This statement was made in a blog from The Youth Cartel entitled 10 trends that will shape the future of youth ministry. [read it here]
I have to agree. Participation from children and the focus on children and family ministry is on the rise. It may be that I have a seven year old and I notice it more. However, the attendance at kids camps, The Light Kids Conference and other similar special events has been going up – dramatically!
And if we are going to be strategic in reaching children through the church, we are going to have to be intentional about resourcing families, equipping the home, and diligently connecting kids with the Gospel.
Which is why, after having it in the back of my mind for some time, we have decided to begin connecting with children and family ministry leaders for the purpose of networking, learning and growth.
The first CONNECTION event will be held on Saturday, November 10 in Shiloh, IL (St. Louis area). This will be a simple gathering of children’s & family ministry leaders, as well as volunteers from their ministries. Churches that don’t have a staff person in these areas are also invited to send their volunteer children’s church leaders or Sunday School teachers to the event. The goal is to spend three hours together sharpening ministries through seminars, discussion with other children’s workers and learning. You can register online for this event.
If you serve in ministry to children and families, you are also invited to join us on the Children’s and Family Ministry facebook network.
If you are interested in hosting a CONNECTION event in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.