Learning to ride a bicycle.
Starting to wear deodorant . . . hopefully.
These are all important parts of the elementary phase.
Did you know that part of your job helps parents and leaders become more present in the lives of kids during critical life stages? That’s why we hope you’ll be at this year’s Orange Conference!
Here are just a few of the amazing breakouts that you can experience as part of the children’s ministry track:
DESIGNING AN ENGAGING CONTEXT FOR KIDS
You may absolutely love the worship songs and skits used in your kids’ environments, but what do the second graders in your ministry think? It’s tempting to assume an environment that’s engaging for you also connects with kids, but that’s not always the case. Learn how to step back and see how the style and messaging in your space could be adapted to better capture the imagination and emotions of a child.
DEVELOPING A WEEKLY PLAN TO BECOME A BETTER CHILDREN’S LEADER
Do you want your team to discover fresh ways of showing kids they can trust God no matter what? Just remember: You can’t expect your staff and volunteers to grow unless you’re growing too. Are you intentional about your own personal and spiritual growth every week? Leaders who are self-aware and learning become the kind of authentic individuals people want to follow. So when you plan your to-do list, put yourself on it. Developing a weekly plan for personal and professional growth won’t just change you; it will affect everyone around you.
NAVIGATING THE THREE ELEMENTARY PHASES
Whether you spend your Sundays with six-year-old girls in striped leg warmers or nine-year-old boys telling fart jokes, you’ve seen that elementary-age kids are inquisitive scientists. For every idea you suggest, they’ve got a question. They’re eager to learn and they’ll collect everything you offer, from stories to brand-new concepts to knock-knock jokes. Learn the best ways to help them connect their faith to something practical and concrete.
CELEBRATING THE DECISION TO FOLLOW JESUS
The children in your ministry face hundreds of small choices every day, from brushing their teeth to sitting by the totally uncool kid at the lunch table. But there’s one decision that will affect every other choice and relationship—following Jesus. So once this decision is made, how do you make it a milestone for every family to celebrate? Discover how to make this celebration an experience that will set kids up for what comes next in their journey with Christ.
To discover more breakouts or to register for OC15, visit the Orange Conference website.