Event - 2011 Conference - Holding Fast to the Word of Truth
What Would You Tell the Next Generation of Church Leaders?
The Sum of Your Word Is Truth
No Longer Tossed To and Fro
Your Testimonies Are My Delight
Youth Lesson Preparation and Presentation
This seminar will include ideas for organizing your preparation, structuring your teaching time, and encouraging student understanding. This seminar is primarily directed at those doing the teaching of the youth curriculum, but can also be beneficial to those assisting, small group leading, or overseeing a youth classroom.
Reinforcing the Vision with Events and Programs
Can a father teach his daughter lessons in biblical womanhood at a church-sponsored High Tea? Can a weekend with Dad at a men’s retreat help a son embrace biblical manhood? In this seminar, you will learn how to purposefully plan events that will reinforce the vision of raising the next generation to find their joy and satisfaction in Christ, love His word, and embrace biblical roles for men and women.
Disability, Autism, and the Tender Mercy of Our God
Many children’s ministry teams are seeing an increase in the enrollment of children who have disabilities involving significant behavioral challenges, such as autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, and others. No matter the diagnosis, our task is to lean on God in prayer and to find ways to bless hurting parents and joyfully include them and their children in the body. God, in His mercy, brings hard things to the church and to individual believers for our good and for His glory. Facing the ministry challenges of complex disabilities with our hands outstretched to God for answers is the only answer.
Encouraging Your Children's Ministry Team
For those of us in leadership, are we more obvious in our desire to get ministry right in terms of philosophy, theology, practical application, and a general order of things as compared to our obvious and believable love for people? We desperately need both, but where do we tend to land? This seminar is intended to do two things. First, it is intended to delight our hearts in the Gospel reality of God’s rich mercy and great love upon His own children. In sum: Be glad, God loves you in Jesus’ name! Secondly, it is intended to cultivate love for the people we serve with. It is intended to strengthen our longing to be with them, and to encourage them and to do so in practical ways. In sum: Love others!
Prayer: Utter Dependence on God
We can do so much in our lives and ministry without God, can’t we? Don’t we? How long would it take us to notice if the Spirit has left us on our own? Has He? We are utterly dependent upon God in every circumstance, in every relationship, and in all ministries for all good and for the ability to honor His great name in them. There is a necessary connection between our felt dependency upon God and our pursuit of God in prayer. This bleeds over into our ministries. We are either modeling before people (children and adults) how to serve without God, or with Him. This seminar is intended to cultivate your thirst for a felt dependency upon God, and to express that thirst in prayer as you meditate upon Scripture. It is also intended to cultivate creative thought in how to lead your ministry teams and children/youth in prayer in the context of the ministry program, as you corporately meditate upon Scripture. This seminar is about seeking God with all of our hearts, through prayer.
Preschool Teaching and Small Group Leading
This seminar presents an overview of preschool ministry with biblical foundations and ideas for structuring the Sunday school hour. The seminar will also include focused time on leading small group application time with preschool age students.
Preschool Lesson Preparation
Teaching preschoolers is a unique privilege and challenge. Come to this hands-on presentation to learn how to prepare and present a preschool lesson using CDG curriculum.
Biblical Womanhood and Church Ministry
There is much fulfilling work for women in the church, while embracing a complementary role that supports men in ministry. Consideration will be given as to how a woman serves in a leadership role biblically—coming under the appropriate male leadership with a submissive, supportive, and a servant-helper demeanor. We will review the scriptural foundation for gender roles, and seek to make specific application to areas of service for women.
Protecting Your Church From Predators
Have you thought about how to protect your church from sexual predators? In this seminar, we will consider ways in which you can protect the children entrusted to your care. We’ll consider the common techniques of predators, and we’ll try to give you practical ways to adjust your policies and programs to fight against this problem.
Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
How can you turn recruiting from headache to joy? How can you see greater retention of current volunteers from year to year? What does the Bible have to say about recruiting? This workshop will seek to answer these questions and more for leaders in children’s ministry and beyond. We will look at a number of time-tested and biblical lessons learned for recruiting and retaining volunteers.
How to Share and Spread the Vision
As a follow-up to the seminar, The Importance of Sharing and Spreading the Vision, this session provide practical tips and suggestions for implementing the vision. Issues such as removing blocks to the vision, maintaining the vision, and ensuring the curriculum is not the focus of the ministry will all be explored.
The Importance of Biblical Literacy for the Next Generation
We have the tremendous responsibility and privilege as parents and teachers of giving our children a thorough knowledge of the Bible. This seminar will focus on the importance of Bible literacy, as well as age-related goals and expectations, and practical tips for achieving these in the classroom and home.
Helping Children Develop a Biblical Worldview
We are living in an increasingly postmodern culture that is hostile to absolute truth, especially the truth and authority of God’s Word. This seminar will focus on the necessity of giving our students and children a biblical worldview, so that they would see and interpret everything in life through the truth of Scripture.
Introduction to CDG Curriculum and Sequence
Are you puzzled by CDG’s curriculum options and components and how all the pieces fit together? Come to this session to learn how the CDG curriculum sequence intentionally builds towards theological understanding and spiritual growth. An overview of all the CDG curriculum will be included: Nursery & Toddler, Preschool, Elementary, Midweek, Youth, Intergenerational, and Backyard Bible Club.
Why Small Group Application?
If WHY is your favorite question come and learn WHY application time is essential to effective Bible training and discipleship. If "help me get started" is what you are thinking, an overview of the entire application process will be presented with an emphasis on personal preparation and Holy Spirit guided conversations.
Helping Families Deal with the Unexpected
Jobs suddenly disappear. Finances evaporate. A child is born with a disability. A spouse receives a life-threatening diagnosis. How do you lead when the unexpected happens in the families of your church, or in your own family? This seminar will explore specific references to suffering and God’s sovereignty over the unexpected. Participants will learn biblical strategies for walking alongside families in difficult, unexpected situations.
Towards a Biblical "Relational Youth Ministry"
God’s design for Christian relationships far surpasses simply “hanging out.” He has brought us together in Christ for so much more. He desires for us to be powerful means of grace to each other. We must lead those we shepherd toward the depth of relationships necessary to fulfill Jesus’ "one another" commands, and point them to his pathway toward astounding blessing. Come grow in your appreciation for God’s gift of and design for biblical fellowship, and find practical ways to help students and families understand, experience, and crave it.
Leading Students to Feast on God's Word
Oh, that we as parents and youth leaders—along with the students we shepherd—would delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night! Come increase your appetite for the Word, and learn how to help young people take in its rich nourishment. By God’s grace, our times with Him in the Bible will be increasingly grounded in biblical doctrine, propelled by prayer, marked by a right handling of the Word, and aimed at seeing and savoring the person and Gospel of Jesus Christ, culminating in humble reception and real life application.
Nursery and Toddler Ministry
We will be discussing and discovering together: 1) the essential importance of foundations laid in nursery ministry; 2) the intentional, Godward purpose for each nursery; and 3) the components that will ensure the laying of a Christ-centered, Bible-saturated foundation of truth on which our children can securely stand.
Missions in the Classroom
God is always at work calling a people to Himself. In this seminar, we will discuss ways to share the excitement of that work, and our joy in participating in what He is doing in very practical and manageable ways in the classroom, from preschool to high school.
This seminar will provide a biblical mandate, inspirational encouragement, and practical resources for equipping children and adults to memorize Scripture.
Small Group Leading: Nuts and Bolts
This seminar will highlight the practical “nuts and bolts” of small group leading, including preparation, the use of workbooks, directing conversation, and logistics.
Truth-Drenched Youth Ministry
How can we breed a ministry full of students who set their hearts to study, live, and teach the Word (Ezra 7:10), treasure the words of His mouth more than food (Job 23:12), delight in the law of the Lord (Psalm 1:2), desire God’s Word more than gold, and have the Word of Christ richly dwelling in them (Colossians 3:16) all to the praise and glory of King Jesus? We can’t! But God can! Come find out how God graciously seeks to create this kind of Bible-saturated breeding ground in your ministry to young people, for the fame of Jesus’ name in this generation!
Elementary Lesson Preparation and Presentation
Teaching children is a privilege from God. Teaching them well is dependent on heart preparation, studying the lesson before teaching, and effective presentation. This seminar will include ideas for organizing your preparation, structuring your teaching time, and encouraging student understanding. Both new and seasoned teachers will benefit from this seminar.
Effective Teaching Strategies
Effective teachers are growing teachers. Learning and developing effective teaching strategies is part of the growth process. This workshop will highlight how to avoid some common teaching errors in an effort to help you make the most of your classroom time with students.
At face value, media is neutral—it is neither good nor bad. However, it is well documented that electronic media is a very powerful influence on the American Culture. Radio, TV, music, cell phones and internet outlets such as YouTube, Facebook and blogs have become check-in points for Christians and non-Christians alike. The vast array of choices is having an impact on our daily lives, and is moving our western society from being solely consumers to the dual role of consumer-producer. We aren’t watching “stuff”; we are making it in our blogs, tweets, emails, and scratchy home videos.
Mastering Media Choices
If we take every thought captive to Christ, and then desire to live our lives with a distinctive biblical Christ-centered worldview, how are we approaching our consumption and production of media.
Leading Children in God-Centered Worship
Leading worship, or just singing songs? This seminar reviews what Scripture says about worshiping "in spirit and in truth," involving both a child’s heart and head, and invites audience participation as it addresses topics related to leading children in worship: structuring and planning age-appropriate worship times, selecting songs, using instruments and movement, encouraging leadership in children, and more.
Using CDG in Non-Church Settings
This seminar will consist of a panel of Children Desiring God (CDG) partners who use the curriculum in other settings (e.g. Christian schools, neighborhood ministries, etc). Panel members will share how they use and adapt CDG material for their ministry’s needs, and how CDG resources have been helpful to them as they serve children and youth in their respective ministries.
Training Parents How to Discipline with the End in View
When we think of Christian eschatology, we tend to think first of prophecy charts or apocalyptic novels, but nothing is more eschatological than parenting. This session will discuss ways discipline communicates a decidedly counter-Christian vision of the end of all things. We will be reminded of the importance of calling parents away from mere behavior modification and toward a discipline that images the Fatherhood of God. In discussing ways to crucify our own anger, wrath, and passivity, the session will show how to communicate discipline as Gospel announcement by portraying God as both just and Justifier. We learn ways to cultivate a healthy love of hierarchy, authority, order, and the rhythm of cause and effect, while also calling forth a love of grace, mercy, and belonging.
Mars and Venus on the Playground: Cultivating Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Raising the next generation is difficult enough without cultural confusion about what it means to be a man or a woman. This session will call teachers and church leaders toward a vision of biblical manhood and womanhood, and will challenge us to start training toward masculinity and femininity from the very beginning. We will examine particular aspects of confusion addressed by Scripture as specifically faced by boys (pugilism or passivity), or toward girls (aggression or sexual objectification). The discussion will seek to equip parents to recognize problem areas, to encourage patterns of growth, and to break free from cultural stereotypes of masculinity and femininity, which in the end subvert a Christian concept of the glories of manhood and womanhood.
Teaching the Difficult Doctrines in Children's Ministry
The goal of this seminar is to help teachers and ministry leaders understand the importance of teaching the “difficult doctrines” to children and to suggest some practical ways of teaching these doctrines. Doctrines to be discussed include: sovereignty, sin, law and grace, fear of God, suffering, election, and hell.
Small Group Leading: Maximizing Spiritual Influence Through Relationships
Relationships of trust foster opportunities to be a spiritual influence on students. This seminar focuses on practical suggestions for fostering healthy Gospel-oriented relationships, maximizing opportunities to be a spiritual influence, and getting beyond surface conversation to draw out heart issues.
Wife, Mother, Disciple-Maker
Our vision of motherhood will shape our attitude, our actions, our influence, and the outcome of our mothering. Christian mothers are God’s ambassadors to their children, called to the ministry of reconciliation and discipleship. This seminar will unfold a biblical vision for mothering and give some practical suggestions for being effective ambassadors in our homes.
A Vision for God-Centered Worship in the Next Generation
A Vision for God-Centered Worship in the Next Generation explores the difference that intentional vision has on ministry as well as the definition of and biblical basis for “God-centeredness.”
A Vision for Biblical Literacy in the Next Generation
A Vision for Biblical Literacy in the Next Generation examines the place that the Bible has in children’s ministry and outlines the essential pieces of a ministry that teaches children the whole counsel of God. (Jill Nelson joins David & Sally in this talk.)
A Vision for Encouraging Faith in the Next Generation
A Vision for Encouraging Faith in the Next Generation emphasizes the urgent call to teachers and parents to encourage faith in the next generation, through biblical teaching of the word, recognizing that faith is a work of God in the heart.