Workshops

Choose three workshops, one from each time slot, A, B & C.

 

WORKSHOP A

WORKSHOP B

WORKSHOP C

Preschoolers

Choose from this track if you want to learn more about preschoolers.

 

A1 REDEEMING PRE-SCHOOL CRAFT

Explore how we can create meaningful space for preschoolers to imagine, experiment, take the lead and draw closer to Jesus through craft.

Led by Hannah Medland

 

B1 SMILE, GREET AND GROW

Wondering how to help preschoolers settle into your programme and ensure families return? Learn simple and important skills to build relationships.

Led by Christine Snow

 

 

C1 FROM ROUTINE TO RITUAL

Discover how to transform ordinary, everyday routines into extraordinary rituals that engage children's senses, develop their feeling of security and make lasting memories.

Led by Hannah Medland

 

 

Primary-aged Children

Choose any of these topics if you work with primary-aged children

 

A2 ENGAGING BOYS

Learn how to understand and connect with boys so they want to connect with God.  

Led by Nigel Winder

B2 CHURCH SEASONS

A creative look at the church calendar and how you can include seasons like Advent and Lent plus lesser known events into your Sunday programme.

Led by Liz Eichler

C2  REVIVING THE MEMORY VERSE

Is your memory verse teaching feeling a little repetitive?  Come along and explore some fresh ideas on how to help children learn, reflect and meditate on Scripture.

Led by Paul Dadd

 

A3  THE ART OF CRAFT

When, how, and why do we use craft?  Explore together great art and craft ideas that will add value to your programmes.

Led by Claire Wyeth

B3 YOU’RE LOSING US

Children and young people are disengaging from church. We have eight strategies that can help your whole church engage with this concern.  

Led by Annette Osborne

 C3 WHY FUN MATTERS

Ten fresh ideas on how to spice up your Sunday, midweek and holiday programmes.

Led by Dave Diack

 

A4 Q&A

How to explore those tricky Bible questions with children. How do we encourage children to ask questions, and find the answers for themselves?

Led by Annette Osborne  

B4 CREATIVE GAMES

Games are great! Find out how to play and run inexpensive, fun, creative games in your kids programme!

Led by Grant Vincent

 

 C4 I WONDER  

Explore storytelling and faith sharing tools, including Godly Play and other contemplative learning resources that acknowledge we are all learners together.

Led by Jill Kayser

Children’s Ministry Certificate

This track is part of our Children’s Ministry Certificate which develops essential skills in children’s ministry. See the website for further details. You do not need to do the whole certificate to enrol in these workshops.

 

A5 CONNECT

Discover ways to build strong relationships with children in order to help them grow in their own relationship with God.

Led by Liz Eichler

 

B5 TELL IT LIKE IT IS

Storytelling is a vital tool for anyone working with children. Learn a variety of ways to make this essential part of any Bible programme exciting and memorable.

Led by Paul Dadd

 

C5 PRAYER ZONE

Explore what it means for children to develop a deep relationship with God through prayer. There will be lots of practical advice and ideas to help it happen.

Led by Glenis Silby

 

Intermediates

Ministry to intermediates is a different mix of skills and practices than ministry to children or youth. Choose any of the following topics if you want to learn more about  working with 10- to 12-year-olds during their intermediate years.

 

A6 WOF

Give your intermediate programme a Warrant of Fitness check. Discover what is working well, what needs a service, and learn some maintenance tips.

Led by Andy Banks

 

B6 MULTISENSORY WAYS TO ENGAGE INTERMEDIATES

Explore a variety of multisensory ways to engage intermediates with God. Treat every moment as a teachable moment.

Led by Paul Humphreys

Note: This workshop is now at a different time than advertised on our brochures. 

 

C6 TRANSITIONING TO YOUTH MINISTRY

Transitioning intermediates to youth ministry can be difficult. Discover helpful tips that will enable leaders to create a smooth transition.

Led by Steve Adams

 Note: This workshop is now at a different time than advertised on our brochures. 

Intergenerational (InterGen)

This track is for people interested in working with all ages. These workshops focus on helping the generations to connect with each other, in church and community settings.

 

A7 INTERGENERATIONAL MINISTRY IN A DIGITAL AGE

How can the church maximise the opportunities and resources that technology offers, as tools to connect with children, young people and adults?

Led by Diana Langdon

B7 LOSSES & GAINS OF INTERGEN FAITH

What does church lose and/or gain from InterGen faith? Be inspired and challenged to have generations connecting in faith.

Led by Andrew Ramsbottom

C7 HOW TO INTERGEN

Yes, InterGen faith is doable. Explore strategies and practices that will help generations to interact and connect with each other.

Led by Andrew Ramsbottom

 

Specialist Ministry Areas

This track is for people who want to dig into certain issues or topics. These workshops are for all leaders, from experienced through to those just starting out.

 

 

A8 & B8 UNDERSTANDING SPECIAL NEEDS

Part 1, Understanding the “why” of special needs: Understanding the different abilities, “diffabilities,” of children with special needs will enable you to

minister to them more compassionately and effectively.

Part 2, Understanding the “how” of special needs: Learn & explore tried & tested techniques and strategies to work effectively with children with "diffabilities".

(This expanded workshop covers both A & B timeslots.) Led by Donna Funk

C8 LET’S TALK

Discover some simple Biblical tools to engage in meaningful conversations with children, young people and adults around mental wellbeing and suicide.

Led by Paul Humphreys

 

 

 

Family and Whanau

This track is for people who want to work with families and whanau, either in the church or community.

A9 CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY

Implement simple strategies that can bring whanau and community impact, and attract funding.

Led by Peter Meafou

B9 FAMILY IN FOCUS

Partner with families on their children’s faith journey! Discover some great resources and apps to help families explore faith together at home.

Led by Nancy Green

 

 

C9 POWERFUL PLAY

Games are a powerful tool to help children explore the Bible. Explore how to equip parents to intentionally play on the faith journey.

Led by Jacolize Becker

 

 

Senior Leadership Track

These topics are for experienced team leaders who want to understand themselves and the way they lead.  

A10 & B10 TO INFINITY AND BEYOND

Expand your theological understanding of children’s ministry practice as incarnational mission beyond our church walls.  Explore some practical examples and how they can be developed in your context.

(This expanded workshop covers both A & B timeslots and is for experienced children’s ministry leaders)

Led by Beth Barnett

 

C10 NEXT LEVEL CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Learn how to use vision and strategy to develop a ministry that is healthy, vibrant and influential.

Led by Karen Warner

 

 

 

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