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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 

INSIDE THE MIND OF A PRESCHOOLER

Find out about preschool children’s spirituality and how to design a programme and environment to meet their needs and answer their questions.

Led by Hannah Medland

B1 

LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME

Come and explore a vision for working effectively with preschoolers and their families in your programmes and your wider church context.

Led by Angela Blundell

C1 

PRACTICAL STORYTELLING TIPS

Discover tips and techniques for communicating God's Big Story in ways that engage and thrill pre-schoolers in your ministry.

Led by Hannah Medland 

Primary-aged Children

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

A2

LIVE & LEARN

Maximise the impact of your church and community programmes through experiential learning. Discover how these experiences help children discover God.

Led by Alison Diprose

B2

GROWING GAMES

Experience some fun games that take the pain out of growing community and building a greater sense of belonging.

Led by Nigel Winder

C2 

HOW TO MAKE FUN WORK

Simple hacks and resources you can use to help leverage fun in your ministry.

Led by Dave Diack

A3 

WHIZZ-BANG POP!

Learn how to engage children using the powerful tool of interactive drama. Go from Blah to Yeeha with some Whizz-Bang Pop!

Led by Stu Paterson

B3

GROWING KIWI BOYS INTO KIWI ICONS

Come and learn some of the things that engage and challenge boys to become servant leaders in their family, church and community.

Led by Michael Good

C3 

CONTEMPLATIVE MOMENTS


Explore ways to weave kid-friendly contemplative practices into everyday life, to help develop greater awareness of God’s presence.

Led by Kirsten Malcolm

A4

MULTISENSORY WORSHIP

Different prayer and worship activities suit different personalities. Explore ways to use multi-sensory activities to help children worship.

Led by Jacolize Becker

B4

MY STORY, GOD’S STORY

Learn the power of telling God’s story through our own stories of faith, and help our children do the same.

Led by Paul Dadd

C4

MIND THE GAP

How does an ancient book speak to today’s child? Explore ways to bridge the gap by equipping children to read the Bible slowly and thoughtfully.

Led by Annette Osborne

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

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE

Explore a variety of practical ideas and strategies to help manage children’s behaviour.

Led by Liz Eichler

B5

HOOK INTO THE BOOK

Explore a variety of creative and innovative ways to encourage children to meet God through the Bible.

Led by Andrew Ramsbottom

C5

FAITH FORMATION

Learn what to expect from children of different ages and stages of development and how to meet them where they are at.

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

WHY DO THEY DO THAT?

How to minister to intermediates as their bodies, minds, emotions, friendships and faith are making major transitions from childhood to adulthood.

Led by Andy Banks

B6

SQUAD GOALS

Tips to encourage the faith of your intermediates at church and home, in language they understand.

Led by Nancy Green

C6

ENGAGE

Learn simple tools to help your intermediates engage with Scripture as they live out their part in God’s big plan for the world.  

Led by Andy Banks

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.

 

 

A7

(Part 1) THE "WHAT" OF SPECIAL NEEDS

Understanding the different abilities, “diffabilities,” of children with special needs will enable you to minister to them more compassionately and effectively.

Led by Donna Funk

B7

(Part 2) THE "HOW" OF SPECIAL NEEDS
Learn and explore tried and tested techniques and strategies to work effectively with children with "diffabilities".

Led by Donna Funk

C7

INTERGEN CHURCH  

You’ve read the books, heard the talks, bought the t-shirt. Explore practical ways to build a strong foundation for an intergenerational church.  

Led by Diana Langdon

Family and Whanau

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

A8

KIDS ON MISSION

Discover how to help families get their kids actively involved in Christian mission in the early years of their discipleship.

Led by Phillip & Siobhan Porter 

B8

MINISTRY TO THE WHOLE

Explore culturally appropriate ways to minister to families and whānau in church and community, acknowledging the child as part of a whole family.

Led by Peter Meafou

C8

FAITH ON FIRE

Hot tips on how churches can support and equip families to ignite faith at home.

Led by Nancy Green

Senior Leadership Track

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

A9 & B9*

A FOREVER FAITH (A two-part workshop)

How do we intentionally disciple our children in ways that last? This workshop covers the key elements of faith formation necessary for children to become lifelong disciples and explores ways to integrate a biblical view of discipleship and an understanding of contemporary  New Zealand culture.

(*Participants must have done part one to participate in part two.)

Led by Hilary Hague

 

C9

TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Leverage your leadership influence by creating a culture that empowers others. Discover traps that limit your influence and take steps to maximise your leadership potential.


Led by Margaret Spicer

 


 

 

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