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EST: Fort Worth, TX – Feb. 1-2, 2019

PCA Children’s Ministry Conferences

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God…” — Psalm 78:5-7

FORT WORTH PRESBYTERIAN • Fort Worth, TX • February 1-2, 2019

Our covenant theology makes our approach to ministering to children unique. In the Bible, God promises to establish His people, and in response we are commanded to teach our children that our hope doesn’t lie in what we do or don’t do, our hope is in Jesus. As we seek to impart these truths to our children, it can be easy to forget how important our task is. In the grind of ministry, we can feel alone and forget how God is using our efforts.

We want to invite you to an Established Conference, to encourage and equip you to minister to the smallest in your congregation. Whether you are a volunteer, a staff person, or a parent, we want to remind you that God sees what you are doing, and you are not alone. God promises that He will continue the good work He has begun, and He has called CDM to partner with your church to make disciples of the next generation. Will you join us?

At each of these conferences, you will have the opportunity to attend interactive workshops on:

  • Recruiting, Training And Retaining Your Volunteers
  • Choosing The Right Curriculum For Every Age Group
  • Child Safety Policy Development
  • Special Needs Training To Fit Your Church’s Needs
  • Nursery Planning And Enhancement
  • Reaching Out To Your Community’s Children
  • Gospel-Centered Parenting
    …and much more

Who should attend an ESTABLISHED conference?

  • Children’s Bible Teachers, Sunday School Teachers, and Classroom helpers
  • Children’s Ministry Directors and Staff
  • Church Leadership
  • Parents
  • Youth Helpers
  • Nursery Coordinators
  • …and anyone willing to be more involved in “telling the next generation!”

Special Training from:

  • Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator
  • Sue Jakes, CDM Children’s Ministry Coordinator
  • Steve Collins, Director of Adults Protecting Children
  • Kristen Harnly, Engaging Disability with the Gospel
  • B.A. Snider, Marketing Director/Great Commission Publications
  • CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team

Individual Appointments on Friday Afternoon:

Opportunity for individual meeting with one of our Team Members – Sign up for a 1 hour time slot to meet individually (or in a small group with others from your church) with one of these consultants on Friday afternoon. This time is an opportunity for you to ask questions, receive advice, brainstorm ideas, and consult with those who are experts in their field. They are here to help you with your ministry, your role, and your church.  Once you sign up for an appointment  you will receive an email from Bethany Belue 2 weeks in advance to confirm your specific time slot. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity at the Established Conference.

  • Kristen Harnly, Engaging Disability with the Gospel
  • Steve Collins, Director of Adults Protecting Children
  • Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator
  • B.A. Snider, Great Commission Publications

Each church represented will receive a free copy of Children’s Ministry 101, the newly published book giving a covenantal approach to next-generation ministry.

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Conference Details

Registration:

  • Early Registration (deadline is January 9, 2019):  $150 $60 each (reduced by the generosity of donors) includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
  • Registration (deadline is January 25, 2019): $150  $75 (reduced by the generosity of donors) includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
  • Pre-Conference:  Additional $10 to attend the Friday afternoon session
  • If there are 5 or more attending from the same church, the 6th person is free. Please contact Kathy Wargo for a code to register the 6th person.

When registering, you will indicate:

  • Your 3 workshop choices to attend on Saturday
  • If you will be attending the Pre-Conference training on Friday afternoon, ESTABLISHED, Children’s Ministry 101 (no additional cost, but we do need a count)
  • If you would like to schedule a 1-hour individual appointment with Steve Collins, Stephen Estock, or B.A. Snider. [Register early for one of these appointments to be held between 2-6 pm on Friday. We will let you know the time of your appointment.]

If you have registration questions, please contact Kathy at kwargo@pcanet.org or 678-825-1132.

Speakers:

Austin Ariail is Director of Children’s Ministry at Park Cities Presbyterian Church. He has over 15 years of experience working with children, youth, and families in churches in South Carolina and Texas. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two precious little girls as well as following South Carolina Gamecock sports.

Bethany Belue graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in early childhood education. She has served on staff with 2 large PCA churches as the Children’s Director, Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City and Oak Mountain Presbyterian in Birmingham. She currently works at CDM as the Executive Assistant to Stephen Estock and Certification Administrator. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Dustin.

Barrett Ball, Claire Baker and Heather Squibb became fast friends through Park Cities Presbyterian Church. When their children were in preschool, they teamed up to enhance the VBS program at PCPC. They’ve gone on to successfully produce 7 original and unique VBS programs. They all bring different gifts to the table. Barrett manages the logistics, Claire is the writer and Heather administrates the event.

Steve Collins is the Founder and Executive Director of Adults Protecting Children, which trains adults in how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Steve has comprehensive experience training adults and working with organizations in how to prevent the sexual abuse of children. His experience includes developing and implementing child protection policies. I have expertise in how communities can create child protection initiatives that can train enough adults in that community that the culture of the community is changed and becomes a safer place to raise children.

 

Stephen Estock is Coordinator for the PCA Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM). A former USAF officer, he has been in pastoral ministry for 20 years, serving churches in Montgomery, AL and St. Louis, MO. Stephen has also been an adjunct professor at Birmingham Theological and Covenant Theological Seminaries. His Ph.D. is in education, with an emphasis on competency-based learning and leadership training. He and his wife, Susan, have three children and live in Atlanta, GA.

Kristen Harnly received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Medical College of Georgia (now Georgia Regents University). After moving to Philadelphia, PA she worked as an occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and in early intervention. Kristen’s interest in disability ministry began as she served families with young children in the nursery of Tenth Presbyterian. In 2007, she began Tenth’s special needs ministry and served there for nine years. In 2012, Kristen joined Engaging Disability’s team of volunteer Ministry Facilitators. Drawing on her experience there and at the congregational level, Kristen joined the staff of Engaging Disability in 2016 as Associate Director, Congregational Ministry. Kristen and her husband, Keith, have two children and live in Havertown, a suburb of Philadelphia.

Mary Elizabeth Haynes grew up in Alabama and graduated from Auburn University where she studied Communication Disorders and Human Development, concentrating in infancy and preschool. After graduation, she served on staff with RUF at Texas Christian University for three years before moving to Chattanooga in the summer of 2016 and joining the team of the Chattanooga Youth Network. Mary Elizabeth lives at the base of Lookout Mountain and is a member of North Shore Fellowship (PCA). She loves to be outside and to read.

Candace Hilton is a retired Lockheed Martin engineer. She Studied Theological Studies at RTS Orlando. Candace has participated in Christian education since 16 years old and is a member of Forth Worth Presbyterian Church.

Sue Jakes is mother of four, grandmother of eight, and lives in Atlanta, GA where she serves as Children’s Ministry Coordinator for the Presbyterian Church in America’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries. She is also a teacher trainer and consultant for Great Commission Publications and the PCA’s Special Needs Ministry. She has served as director of children’s ministry at Covenant PCA in Fayetteville, GA and is now serving as children’s director at Westminster PCA in Atlanta. Sue received a Masters Degree in Education from West Georgia College, taught in the public schools for seven years and home-schooled for twenty-two years.  She has been teaching children, youth, and women’s groups in the church for over thirty-five years. Sue is co‑author of “Heart of the Home”, a Bible Study ministry for moms and Teach Me To Worship, CDM’s children’s church online curriculum.

Kaye Jordan is a 40+ years PCA pastor’s wife who has spent her years loving and teaching the children of their churches. She is a graduate of RTS with a degree in Christian Education. She and her husband Darwin live in Fort Worth, where he is the pastor of Fort Worth Presbyterian Church. She has 3 grown children and 5 Grandchildren.

Mary Flo Ridley began presenting a popular parenting seminar in the Dallas area in 1986, teaching parents how to talk to their children about sex. Armed with medical research, personal stories, and humor, Mary Flo walks parents through very specific ways to answer their children’s early questions with confidence. She gives parents a simple strategy that allows them to share their values along with basic biology and develop a positive plan for introducing the subject of sex in the preschool and early elementary years. Mary Flo grew up in El Paso, Texas, and graduated from SMU. She has been joyfully married to her husband Dave for 36 years and they have three married children and six grandchildren.

B.A. Snider has more than 20 years’ experience as a children’s director in PCA churches ranging in size from 200 to 4,000 but finds her passion is the same no matter how many children she’s serving. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and taught college until the Lord called her to seminary and full-time ministry. She graduated with a master’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia International University. Speaking at conferences, consulting with leadership, and training teachers brought her to Great Commission Publications in 2014 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Director.

WORKSHOPS – SESSION #1

  • Birds and the Bees (Mary Flo Ridley) – Learn a time-tested strategy for teaching young children about the “birds and the bees” before the culture does it for you. Parents will be equipped with a simple plan for talking with their children about the beauty of God’s design for sex and become more confident in answering the big questions.
  • Child Sexual Abuse in the Church: Its Prevalence and Prevention (Steve Collins)  We will look at the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the church and what steps can be taken to protect children. Participants will receive valuable resources that will help in writing and implementing child protection policies and procedures.
  • Gospel Centered Parenting (Stephen Estock) – A deeper understanding of the freedom and power found in the gospel shapes the way parents raise their children in the Lord. This workshop explores how the good news of what Christ has done (and IS doing in the lives of parents and children) gives you freedom from the chains of parenting according to the shifting sands of contemporary culture. We will consider principles that you can convey as you interact with parents in your congregation.
  • Infusing Gospel Hope through Intergenerational Relationships in the Church (Mary Elizabeth Haynes) – God has made the Church multi-generational so that His goodness and glory can be seen, savored, and shared from one generation to another. We need each other and yet, no church is immune to intergenerational disconnectedness. Creating life-giving intergenerational relationships in the church is essential for every generation to flourish in faith and life. This seminar will provide practical and proven ways to connect the generations in your church.
  • Ministry To and Through our Big Kids (Austin Ariail) – How do we train and empower our children to serve from the beginning? How do we use our “big kids” to invest in our youngest children?  We will discuss big picture vision as well as practical ideas.
  • Special Needs: Ministering to the Whole Family (Kristen Harnly) – Families touched by disability experience unique challenges and opportunities. We will examine these as we explore ways to foster spiritual, emotional, and relational growth for the child. We will also focus on ways to help parents and siblings be able to worship and grow through various ministries of the church. We often think of ministry to the family as primarily about meeting their needs. We’ll look not only at how families living with disability need the church, but also how the church needs them.

WORKSHOPS – SESSION #2

  • Coming Alongside Parents: Connecting the Home and the Church (Sue Jakes) – What are the best methods of encouraging and equipping your families in their discipleship journeys? How is communication working both ways, uniting home and church? This workshop will talk about the importance of healthy communication between home and church as well as practical tips!
  • Discipleship for Kids with Disabilities (Kristen Harnly) – We have a common goal for all of our kids – that they know and love God and flourish in the community of the church. In this workshop, we will consider ways to facilitate participation and growth in the church for kids who have disabilities. Topics will include communication with families, understanding the spectrum of inclusion, tips for using peer or adult buddies, and curriculum adaptation.
  • Nursery from A to Z: 6 Must Haves for the ChurchNursery (BA Snider) – A thriving nursery is an important part of children’s ministry. Come learn about the essential elements for establishing a great nursery from infants to 3-year-olds. We’ll also consider strategies for adapting as your ministry changes and grows.
  • Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Volunteers (Bethany Belue) – Volunteers are an essential part of a children’s ministry, but how do we effectively recruit, train and retain our church members to be a part of investing in the next generation of our church body? This workshop will talk through big picture ideas as well as practical tips to help you in your ministry
  • Teach Me To Pray (Candace Hilton) – Children learn to pray by example and participation. How can we effectively help them in praise, thanksgiving, confession, and intercession for themselves and others? We will look at a simple method that you and your children will enjoy.
  • Thinking Outside the Curriculum Box (Kaye Jordan) – Buying the perfect curriculum for your church’s needs can make you feel like a step sister trying to cram your foot into the glass slipper! This seminar will encourage you to exercise your creative mind and theological muscles to design a curriculum that better fits your church’s needs.

WORKSHOPS – SESSION #3

  • Birds and the Bees (Mary Flo Ridley) – Learn a time-tested strategy for teaching young children about the “birds and the bees” before the culture does it for you. Parents will be equipped with a simple plan for talking with their children about the beauty of God’s design for sex and become more confident in answering the big questions.
  • Building or Rebuilding Your Children’s Ministry (Austin Ariail) – Whether building your church’s ministry from the ground up or strengthening an existing children’s ministry, what are the first steps and the most important aspects to be considered? This workshop will discuss essential elements of building a growing and fruitful Children’s Ministry.
  • Church, My Happy Place (Kaye Jordan) – “Let the children come” were Jesus’ words to the disciples who were trying to send the little ones away. How is your children’s ministry blessing and encouraging all the children to participate in every element of church community?
  • Nursery Age Appropriate Discipleship (Bethany Belue) – Teachingin the nursery is sometimes the last thing on our minds. However, at the age where our children are learning faster than at any other time in life, we should be introducing them to Jesus. This workshop will talk about why we should be discipling children from a young age, but also specific ways to teach children from the time they enter the nursery ministry.
  • Training Children in Worship (Sue Jakes) – God calls us to worship Him in all that we do. How do we include covenant children in that practice both at home and at church? How do we help them become worshippers in Spirit and in Truth? While parents are the primary spiritual leaders for their children, they often feel lost or defeated in leading their children. What are practical ways the church can train children for worship and also equip and empower parents to lead family worship and disciple children in their homes?
  • Vacation Bible School (Barrett Ball, Claire Baker, and Heather Squibb) – This workshop will be all things VBS! We will discuss writing your own curriculum, customizing your program for your church’s size and budget, formulating a plan for outreach, and including multi-generations in your community. Come hear how you can easily develop a week-long program that can impact everyone in your church and neighborhood for the whole year.

Location: Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth Presbyterian Church

6251 Oakmont Trail, Fort Worth, TX

(817) 731-3300

Conference Schedule: Fort Worth, TX

Friday, February 1, 2019

2:00-5:00 pm – ESTABLISHED: Children’s Ministry 101 (Sue Jakes)

Spend the afternoon reviewing the new book by this title, unpacking all the basics of beginning, developing and sustaining ministry to children in your local congregation.

2:00-6:00 pm – Individual Appointments Register for a one-hour appointment with:

  • Kristen Harnly – Engaging Disability with the Gospel
  • Steve Collins – Child Safety Policy consultant – He will evaluate your church’s present policy and advise on suggested improvements.
  • Stephen Estock – CDM Coordinator
  • B.A. Snider – Great Commission Publications

Browse Bookstore and Exhibits

6:30-8:30 pm – Dinner and Opening Session

“Psalm 78 – The Great Value of Ministry to Children” – Dr. Stephen Estock, CDM’s Coordinator of Discipleship Ministries

8:30-9:30 pm – Dessert Social – Visit Exhibits and Bookstore

Saturday, February 2, 2019

8:00-8:30 am – Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:30 am – Introductions, Instructions and A Charge for the Day

“Psalm 78: The Great Hope that is Ours” – Sue Jakes, CDM’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator

9:40-10:40 am – Workshop Session #1

10:40-11:00 am – Break

11:00-Noon – Workshop Session #2

Noon – Lunch and Panel Discussion

1:15-2:15 pm – Workshop Session #3

2:30-3:00 pm – Closing Session

“Psalm 78:  Established – THE Covenant Promise” – Dr. Stephen Estock, CDM’s Coordinator of Discipleship Ministries

Pre-Conference Optional Training and Appointment Opportunities:

Friday, February 1, 2019

ESTABLISHED, Children’s Ministry 101 – Additional cost is $10

Spend the afternoon reviewing the new book by this title, unpacking all the basics of beginning, developing and sustaining ministry to children in your local congregation.

Opportunity for individual meeting with one of our Team Members – Sign up for a 1 hour time slot to meet individually (or in a small group with others from your church) with one of these consultants on Friday afternoon. This time is an opportunity for you to ask questions, receive advice, brainstorm ideas, and consult with those who are experts in their field. They are here to help you with your ministry, your role, and your church.  Once you sign up for an appointment  you will receive an email from Bethany Belue 2 weeks in advance to confirm your specific time slot. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity at the Established Conference.

  • Kristen Harnly, Engaging Disability with the Gospel
  • Steve Collins, Director of Adults Protecting Children
  • Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator
  • B.A. Snider, Great Commission Publications

Hotels:

We have a special PCA/CDM rate of $109/night at:

Home2Suites by Hilton Fort Worth

Southwest Cityview

5401 SW Loop 820

Fort Worth, TX 76132

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