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EST: Olathe, KS – Sept. 21-22, 2018

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

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 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?

NEW HOPE PCA • Olathe, KS • September 21-22, 2018

At this conference, 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
  • 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
  • B.A. Snider, Marketing Director/Great Commission Publications
  • CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team

Individual Appointments on Friday Afternoon:

You will have the opportunity to register for a one-hour appointment with one of the following team members. These will be on a first-registered basis and we will let you know the time of your appointment between 2-6 pm.

  • 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: $150  $75 (reduced by the generosity of donors) includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
  • 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 with Sue Jakes (no additional cost, but we do need a count)
  • If you would like to schedule a 1-hour individual appointment with Joel Wallace, Steve Collins, Stephen Estock, or B.A. Snider. [Register early for one of these appointments to be held between 2-6 pm on Friday.]

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


Jim Baxter is the Senior Pastor at New Hope PCA. He has been connected with New Hope since it was begun in 1978.  Jim has the privilege of preaching and teaching on a weekly basis at the church that was begun by his father and where he first saw the love of Christ being lived out in the local church. Jim lives in Olathe with his wife and four children.

Steve Collins is the Founder and Executive Director of Adults Protecting Children, a non-profit organization that teaches adults and organizations how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Adults Protecting Children has over 12 years experience in helping churches write and implement child protection policies. Steve has been a presenter at CDM conferences for over 4 years.

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.

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.

Anna Johnson‘s love for children and her desire to assist parents as they raise their children in the Lord has led to her involvement in children’s ministry for over twenty years. Anna taught in the classroom for 16 years before the Lord called her to begin working in the church. She has a master’s degree in Education from Covenant College as well as degrees in elementary and early childhood education. Anna desires for children to learn God’s Word, to love God’s Word, and to live God’s Word – all in a nurturing and grace-filled environment. Anna’s husband Jack has recently retired from the United States Air Force, and they have one daughter, Emma Grace.

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. Show the children Jesus. B.A. began her formal ministry as a children’s director and consultant in 1993, but she has taught and led music for children since she was in junior high school. 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.


  • All Together: Teaching the Bible to Children of All Abilities (Sue Jakes) – Children with special needs often learn very differently than their peers. This workshop will focus on strategies to adapt and teach the Bible to students of all levels of ability without “dumbing down” content and compromising God’s Word.
  • Gospel Centered Parenting (Stephen Estock) – We will explore 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 modern culture. There are principles that you can convey as you interact with parents in your congregation.
  • Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Ministry Volunteers (B.A. Snider) – 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?


  • 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.
  • Choosing Curriculum (Anna Johnson) – What curriculum is the best one for your church? We will focus on asking the right questions to lead you to curriculum that works best in each of your ministry’s programs.
  • Theology Makes a Difference (Sue Jakes) – How does Reformed and Covenantal theology define our ministry to children? From foundational principles to basic teaching methods, let’s compare typical children’s ministries to what we should be expecting as we make kingdom disciples.


  • How to Give the Gospel to Children (Sue Jakes) – As we teach children there is great importance in teaching belief vs. behavior. We will look at how we can point children to Jesus through every Bible Story.
  • Starting from Scratch (BA Snider) – Building your church’s children’s ministry from the ground up, what are the first steps and the most important parts to be considered?
  • Training Children in Worship (Anna Johnson) – Parents and the church are given the Biblical mandate to worship God.  How are we including our covenant children in that practice at home and at church?  Are they truly becoming worshippers in Spirit and in Truth?

Location: Olathe, KS

New Hope PCA Church

13310 S. Black Bob Road, Olathe, KS 66062


Conference Schedule: OLATHE, KS

Friday, September 21, 2018

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

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:

  • Joel Wallace – Engaging Disability
  • 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” (Rev. Jim Baxter, Senior Pastor at New Hope Presbyterian Church)

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

Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:00-8:30 am – Continental Breakfast

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

“Psalm 78: Established – 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

12:45-1:45 pm – Workshop Session #3

2:00-2:30 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, September 21, 2018

ESTABLISHED, Children’s Ministry 101

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


Suggested hotels in the area:

Hilton Garden Inn Olathe

Rates range from $124/night to $174 (depending if you are a Hilton Honors member, if you want breakfast included, etc.). Check online for best rates.

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