Children Desiring God Conference

January 29, 2009

Bethlehem Baptist Church (Head Pastor: John Piper) is sponsoring The Children Desiring God Conference this April 30 – May 2. Given the baby boom at NHF, the creation of the Christian Formation ministry, and ongoing development of our youth program, I wonder whether it makes sense to send a couple of people to this conference? You can find more information here.

A few of the seminars include:

Vision-Driven Children’s Ministry: Knowing and Living Out Your Vision (Gil McConnell)
This workshop is designed to help leaders in children’s ministry think through how to lead with vision and not just be driven by the tyranny of the urgent or the expediency of the activities. The workshop will unpack two main ideas: 1) to lead with vision, you must have a vision; and 2) to lead with vision, you must be willing to put your vision into action.

Mobilizing Men for Children’s Ministry (David Michael)
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.

Partnering with Parents (David Michael)
What does it mean to partner with parents in ministering to children and youth? This seminar will describe a model for partnering with parents in ministry to children and youth that recognizes the parents’ God-given responsibility and the unique position of the church in equipping and resourcing parents.

How the Truth is Caught: Leading Application Time (Linda McIntire)
Leading application time is the most challenging part of the Sunday School hour. Applying truths of the Bible lesson to the everyday life of children is essential. This seminar will help you learn how to ask questions, how to engage children in spiritual conversation, and how to encourage children to respond to the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit.

Equipping Families to Do Discipleship (Tim Jones)
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 is occurring in the homes of your church’s members, all other means of grace will become more effective. This seminar will equip you to train families in your church to be, to play, to learn, and to serve together in ways that will strengthen your entire congregation.

The Church: Too Many Unproductive People (Paul Tripp)
The mobilization of the body of Christ is one of the chief problems facing the church today. Our churches are filled with people who do not understand the heart-motivating, life-transforming truth of their potential in Christ. Because of this, they live with confusion in their personal lives and timidity in regard to ministry. How can we motivate people out of their passivity? How can we teach them the true nature of ministry? This seminar is designed for church leaders who want to see their people involved in what God is doing in the lives of others.

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