Topic - Ministry Focus
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ten Unexpected Man-Centered Causes of Family Tension
It's difficult enough to encounter a problem in the family when you know what's at the bottom of it. It's all the more difficult when the root causes are not faced and addressed. If you want some ideas to help you and your parents to redirect their energies to the CAUSES of and SOLUTIONS for family tension, this seminar is designed for you.
Are They "in the Faith"?
Children raised in a Christian home with parents who faithfully bring them to church can learn how to behave like a Christian without being one. Often these children "accept Jesus" when they are very young, and subsequently assume they are Christians even when there is little evidence of new birth as they mature. In this seminar, we will consider a strategy for how to involve parents in preparing young people for baptism (or confirmation) in a way that encourages them to "examine" themselves to see whether they are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).
Leading Children to a Solid Faith: Preparing Children to Hear the Gospel
This workshop explains principles for leading children to salvation.
Presenting the Gospel to Children
What is the gospel message and how is it presented to our children in Sunday School? This seminar will discuss ways to present the gospel accurately, earnestly, clearly, and in an age-appropriate manner.
Emphasizing Missions in Children's Programming
This seminar will assist you with vision and tools to enlarge the hearts and minds of children and parents toward God's priority for world-wide missions.
Encouraging God-Esteem in a Culture of Self-Esteem
Our culture is saturated with the unbiblical self-esteem myth, namely: My happiness and success is dependent on making much of myself. In this workshop we will explore how we can teach, love, and encourage children in such a way that they will find true happiness, not by making much of self, but by making much of Christ.
Ministering to Families with Children with Disabilities
How many children with disabilities are in your church and community? How does God want you to reach out and minister to them? This seminar is designed to help open your eyes to see disabilities from God's perspective, and to develop a Christ-like response in your church.
Reinforcing the Vision with Events and Programs
Prayer: Utter Dependence upon God in Children's Ministry
God and His Creation: His Holiness and Splendor Displayed in Disability
Missions in the Classroom: Building Hearts that Love God’s Work Among the Nations
Praying Steadfastly: A Call to Parents
The Power of the Memorized Word in the Fight of Faith
Planning Truth-Saturated Events and Retreats
When Children and Families Need Help: God-Centered Counseling
Loving like Jesus: Children with Special Needs in the Classroom
Leading Children in God-Centered Worship