Date - May 01, 2009
"There is None Besides Me": Biblical Foundations for the Centrality of God
His Story or Your Story: Who Reigns Supreme in Your Heart?
Mobilizing Men for Children's Ministry
How can we motivate men to be involved in a ministry role that can be perceived as a ministry better suited for women? This seminar will consider why the role of men in children’s ministry is crucial to the strength and effectiveness of that ministry, and explore strategies for mobilizing and equipping men for effective ministry with children and youth.
Equipping the Family to Do Discipleship
Jonathan Edwards declared, “Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church, consecrated to Christ, and wholly influenced and governed by His rules. Family education and order are some of the chief means of grace. If these fail, all other means are likely to prove ineffectual.” It’s still true! If discipleship takes place in the homes of your church members, all other means of grace will become more effective. This seminar will equip you to train families in your church to play, to learn, and to serve together in ways that will strengthen your entire congregation.
Resources for Family Ministry
Lots of books…so little time to read them! Finding really great resources is time consuming. This seminar will highlight great ministry resources for parenting, marriage, family, pre-marriage, singles, Christian education, and counseling, and give suggestions on how to use them effectively.
Shepherding Leaders Well
Would you like to be settled and satisfied in God as you encourage and equip your team of leaders? Would you like to make the best use of your gifts and even your goof-ups, while navigating through anxiety and affliction? Come, be refreshed and strengthened with Gospel hope for the ministry to which God has called you.
Beyond Access—God's Delight in Disabilities
Because God is good, some of His creation will live with a disability! Many hold the view that a good God would never purposefully create suffering for any of His creation, but God uses disabilities to point us toward Himself. The purpose of this seminar is to explore specific references to disability in the Old and New Testaments that reveal God’s glory and purposes in His creation. At the conclusion, participants will appreciate the significance of disability in the Bible, be familiar with themes on disability found in Scripture, and see how disability consistently reveals the glory and goodness of God.
Doing Family Ministry: Real-Life Ministry Models for Real-Life Churches
“Okay, so I realize that my church needs to do family ministry, but I have no clue what needs to change or how to make the transition.” Pastors and ministry leaders, if that describes your feelings about family ministry, this seminar is for you. Dr. Jones will examine the need for family ministry and outline three models for family ministry. You'll also develop a step-by-step plan for transitioning your entire church into a family-equipping model of ministry.
How do you encourage new teachers and help them grow into mature teachers who effectively impart spiritual truth to children and youth? This seminar equips you to come alongside your new teachers with training and encouragement to help them grow in their teaching effectiveness. Instruction will be given on how to do teacher observations to provide helpful teacher feedback.
Word Art: Word Pictures in Gospel Teaching
Jesus, the master teacher, used both visuals and word pictures to convey and clarify truth. As concrete learners, young children can more easily grasp deep spiritual truth when presented with verbal and visual pictures. We will examine biblical word pictures and learn the basic principles for crafting them for our teaching.
God-Centered Teaching in a Child-Centered World
The book of Proverbs is an account of a father teaching his son to walk in the way of wisdom and embrace it in his life. In a world where various learning styles are promoted as breakthroughs in helping teachers teach and children learn, it is fascinating to see what the Holy Spirit inspired as a model of teaching. This seminar aims to equip teachers to teach in a God-centered manner using a God-Centered approach to teaching and learning.
Leading Application Time
Understanding the value of application time will assist the leader to properly prepare, lead and engage students in life response to the Word of God. This seminar will provide that understanding along with guidelines that will equip leaders to increase their effectiveness in guiding and learning from application time.
Beyond Classroom Management
Attentive, well-behaved children sound like a teacher’s dream. But could this goal fall short of achieving something more important— training in righteousness? Let’s consider effective correction that connects heart attitudes with behavior. Our goal is not simply well-behaved children but children who joyfully submit to God.
The Centrality of God in the Children's Ministry Leaders
This seminar will both explore the effect of our influence on others and challenge us to “guard our hearts and minds” so that we are authentic examples to the next generation.
Choosing God-Centered Resources
How do we, as teachers and parents, evaluate these resources in a way that is discerning concerning the centrality of God? This seminar will focus on practical, clear guidelines for evaluating Christian books, music, and visual media developed for children.
Raising God-Centered Children in a Self-Centered Age
The concept “Self” has radically changed the way that children learn and teachers teach. We will trace the ideas contributing to this concept, examine the resulting practice, look at how churches have unwittingly adopted some wrong thinking and consider how to teach the rising generation the “praiseworthy deeds of the Lord” in ways that fix their eyes on Him and away from themselves.
Expanding the Expectations of Parents and Youth Workers
What radical, Christ-exalting things are you expecting Jesus to do in and through the young people you serve? The Bible and church history reveal that God’s expectations for teenagers are much higher than ours. Our expectations as parents and pastors can be the greatest stepping stone or stumbling block to the fulfillment of God’s glorious kingdom purposes in the lives of the teenagers we serve.
Mining the Word—Scripture Study Skills for Adults
Would you like to increase your depth of insight and gain greater passion and momentum for the Word? Join us as we examine several simple, helpful Bible study tools together. Bring a Bible!
Owning the Word—Teaching Youth to Study Scripture
Would you like to transfer your love of God’s Word to your students and equip them to feed their own souls from the Word? Join us for this seminar designed to motivate and equip you to study the Bible more effectively with youth. Bring a Bible!
Raising Boys to be Godly Men in a Confused and Conflicted Culture
We need to equip children and youth to respond to a worldview that breaks down distinctions between the sexes, resulting in confusion and conflict. We will seek to explain how this happened, expose the underlying assumptions of popular feminism, and refocus our thinking through the lens of Scripture so boys and young men have a great vision of what God has called them to and equipped them for in this generation.
Raising Girls to be Godly Women in a Confused and Conflicted Culture
We need to equip children and youth to respond to a worldview that breaks down distinctions between the sexes, resulting in confusion and conflict. We will seek to explain how this happened, expose the underlying assumptions of popular feminism, and refocus our thinking through the lens of Scripture so girls and young have a great vision of what God has called them to and equipped them for in this generation.