Welcome to the IGNITE TRAINING HUB!

60 trainers presenting 90 electives to equip you for your ministry with families and children.
Too many to choose from? Bring a friend, bring your team and glean all you can from these experienced resource people.
Choose one elective from each time slot: Stream 1  10.45 – 11.45am          Stream 2  12:00-1:00pm         Stream 3  2:15-3:15pm
  • Topics have been listed according to their ministry focus so that you may choose electives from one category of interest for the whole day or mix and match your topics.
  • The numbers in brackets after each elective title represent the elective timeslot/s in which it will be offered. (1) = Stream 1 only; (2)(3) = offered in Streams 2 & 3
  • Therefore, choose a topic with a (1), (2) and a (3)
  • DOUBLE CLASSES run for 2 hours, across two stream sessions and are indicated (1-2)
  • Most electives are capped at 30 people due to the size of the classrooms available – so apply early to avoid disappointment.
  • Click on any elective title below to reveal a description of the topic and information about the trainer
  • Junior Leaders attending for the first time can enrol in Kickstart Level 1 for FREE. Returning Junior Leaders can either choose KickStart Level 2 or any of the other electives on offer for only $35.

Elective Workshops

#1 KICKSTART Level 1 (for Junior Leaders), Viv & Colin Batt and Jane Dixon (1-2-3)

These 3 sessions will give our first time Ignite trainees insight into the value of their role as a children’s leader and practical strategies to use immediately!
How children and young people learn: Switching children on to learning using Jesus’ simple methods.
Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when children are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of Game and debrief design!

Ministering with and for kids has always been Viv’s thing. From Sunday school teaching as a teen, SRE teaching for many years, school teaching, pastoring to children and families, counsellor and curriculum development, she thinks and prays about kids a lot! She has been connected with Logosdor over the years in various capacities – loving their international vision for kids, open source attitude and desire to partner with others passionate about getting the Gospel to kids. She now works with PeaceWise, pioneering an exciting project, taking the Gospel of peace and strategies of biblical peacemaking to school-aged kids in Australia and eventually the world. Viv lived in Queensland for many years, raising three children, who are all now married. She presently lives in Ballina in northern NSW with her husband, Colin of 33 years who shares the same passion for kids’ ministry.

Colin knew from his teens that God had set him aside to minister with kids. He loves helping, pastoring and teaching children, youth and their families and sharing Jesus’ unconditional love with them. From his teen years as a Sunday school teacher, then a youth worker, he knew he needed solid training to be the best God called him to be for those he helped and guided. So he prepared for ordained ministry, and trained as a school teacher before specialising as a School Chaplain. Many years and ministry roles later, Colin is again a School Chaplain. After raising 3 amazing kids, who are all now married, he lives with his wife Viv in Ballina, in northern NSW – a beautiful part of the world!

#2 KICKSTART Level 2 (for Junior Leaders), (1-2) Louise Bartlett

Taking it from the “what to do and how to do it”, to the “why and the way of ministry with children”. These 2 sessions will give our 2nd level trainee leaders important foundations for week to week leadership. Together we will explore foundational principles in children’s ministry from a practical perspective. We will look at our own leadership skills and attitude (the way); and the overall purpose (the why) when it comes to ministry with children. We will set goals as young leaders with purpose, check our attitude with what Jesus has taught, and build our leadership skills so we can be wise, strong, contributing members of a leadership team.

Louise Bartlett started leading in children’s ministry when she was 13. Having been involved in many different types of ministry with children since then, she now serves as the NSW/ACT Baptist Churches Co-ordinator for Children and Family Ministries.

#5 LaunchPad (1-2), Helen Webb

This is a double session for those starting out or wanting a refresher in Kids Ministry or RI. Helen has brought together a team of people with diverse gifts and experiences to help you develop skills in: engaging content delivery (how to understand curriculum and talk about what is in the Bible to kids of all ages, stages, abilities and backgrounds) behaviour management (just do it), making the gospel clear (are all these stories about Jesus?), surviving the craft carnage (clean, quick, cheap, fun), chatting with parents (this bit is important), answering tricky questions (I am glad you asked that …), and Faith Development (how do kids actually become Christians and how do we follow them up?) You will also walk away with some great ideas for Games, Songs, Memory Verses and Apps. This is a hands on elective. You will leave smarter and better equipped to serve kids and families. We can’t wait to meet you!

Helen worked as a Kids Pastor and Schools Pastor for 9 years. Helen and her team have experience in delivering and training others to deliver Kids church, Kids clubs, RI, Playgroups, Parent groups, Kids talks and Holiday Clubs. Her mix of theologically grounded faith development theory and practical hands on experience are the structure behind her passion and sense of fun in Kids Ministry.

SCHOOLS’ MINISTRY (FIRED UP CONFERENCE)

#10 RI - Moving Forward, Karen Grenning (2)

Members of the Qld Christian Religious Instruction Network will provide an update on the recent State Government review and discuss how this will impact the delivery of our RI programs statewide. There will be time for Q and A, so come prepared with your questions.

Karen Grenning…

#11 Scintillating Science Experiments revealing the Gospel, Fiona Cran (2)

Simple Scientific experiments are a great way to engage kids and youth with the Gospel, helping create concrete understanding for abstract truths. Together we will use everyday items including bicarb, cornflour, red cabbage and candles to create fun visuals that kids will remember and associate with your message long after you have finished your teaching.

Sharing the Gospel with young people has been my passion since my conversion at 22. I have been blessed to work full time in youth Ministry for many years in a variety of roles, including RI, Youth Work, Training leaders and am currently studying a Bachelor of Theology whilst working as a Chaplain in a Christian school.

#12 Once upon a time...Creative Biblical Storytelling, Fiona Cran (3)

This workshop is dedicated to creative storytelling. You will interact with and learn many techniques that even beginners can use effectively to engage your listeners. Learning from Jesus the master storyteller, we will use dramatic storytelling and discover new techniques that have been pioneered by Fiona.

Sharing the Gospel with young people has been my passion since my conversion at 22. I have been blessed to work full time in youth Ministry for many years in a variety of roles, including RI, Youth Work, Training leaders and am currently studying a Bachelor of Theology whilst working as a Chaplain in a Christian school.

#13 Engaging Children with Different Learning Styles, Cheryl Clendinning (1)(3)

Have you ever considered how you learn new things? There are a variety of styles by which individuals come to grasp information, and in fact, learn. So how about how you teach? Come and discover how you can move out of your comfort zone to be more inclusive of children who have a different style to us?

Cheryl constantly seeks to be in the best place that God would have her, and ‘workwise’ currently wears two hats: 1. SRE Consultant and Trainer & 2. Production Coordinator of GodSpace, a ministry resource for SRE teachers and children’s ministries. Each week Cheryl builds her hands-on experience by working with a Years 5-6 SRE class that includes a number of special needs children.

#14 Creative ways to present Scripture with children of all ages, Carole Danby (1)

Practical ideas using drama, craft, visuals to help children explore the stories of God. Participants will be asked to join in the various activities presented.

Carole Danby is employed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and has just completed 20 years of service. She has also been a volunteer Religious Instruction teacher in state schools for 30 years which led her to discover the Network of Biblical Storytellers. She is passionate about teaching children to love and explore Scripture and has developed many creative ways to engage children with the Bible.

#15 Creative ways to pray with children, Carole Danby (2)

Participants will be invited to enter into a variety of ways to pray with children, including visual, auditory and kinaesthetic ideas. Practical ways to invite children into a deeper relationship with God.

Carole Danby is employed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and has just completed 20 years of service. She has also been a volunteer Religious Instruction teacher in state schools for 30 years which led her to discover the Network of Biblical Storytellers. She is passionate about teaching children to love and explore Scripture and has developed many creative ways to engage children with the Bible.

#16 Learning to tell Bible stories by heart, Carole Danby (3)

In this workshop participants will learn a short bible story and hear the techniques used to commit our sacred texts to heart and to recall them when needed.

Carole Danby is employed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and has just completed 20 years of service. She has also been a volunteer Religious Instruction teacher in state schools for 30 years which led her to discover the Network of Biblical Storytellers. She is passionate about teaching children to love and explore Scripture and has developed many creative ways to engage children with the Bible.

#17 Internet Resources for RI, Owen Riley (1)(2)

There are thousands of resources on the internet that could be used in RI lessons – BUT – how do you access, how do you choose and how do you use them? This practical elective will show you how! AND – you get to take home a USB with great resources ready to use.

Owen Riley comes from a teaching background and has been an RI instructor for many years. He is engaging and practical and you will go away equipped to put your learning into practice.

#18 Talking about Jesus so kids really listen, Jonathan Sargeant (1)

Why do kids often switch off when we start talking about faith stuff? And is there anything we can do about it? Yes there is!

Jonathan Sargeant spent 18 years training RI teachers around Queensland. Thinking about mission is his full time ministry!

#19 The BIG Questions, Helen Webb (3)

Who made God? Why do kids get cancer? Will my Mum go to heaven? Kids (and adults) ask these BIG QUESTIONS every day. Come and learn life-long strategies to help kids and families think about the Bible for themselves and engage in the world around them. In the era of Google and Wiki become more prepared to help kids and families be in trusting wonder of God, Jesus and the Bible. Bring your curly questions…

Helen worked as a Kids Pastor and Schools Pastor for 9 years. Helen and her team have experience in delivering and training others to deliver Kids church, Kids clubs, RI, Playgroups, Parent groups, Kids talks and Holiday Clubs. Her mix of theologically grounded faith development theory and practical hands on experience are the structure behind her passion and sense of fun in Kids Ministry.

#20 Simple Ideas for planning ENGAGING, FUN, MEANINGFUL lessons using your curriculum, Wright Ideas with Susan (2)(3)

Help take the pain out of lesson planning with some simple ideas and strategies to help you teach ENGAGING, FUN, MEANINGFUL lessons using your curriculum.

Susan is a professional teacher, CRI volunteer and Youtube influencer in Children’s Ministry.

#21 Classroom management 101, Louise Hodgson (1)(3)

How to effectively work with young people and manage behaviour in a classroom setting to deliver a fun and engaging Bible lesson.

Lou has over 30 years of experience in both church and school based kids ministry. With qualifications in youth work and training and assessment, Lou is currently busy recruiting, training and mentoring religious instructors.

#22 Managing Behaviour & Maintaining Control, Wes Fittell (2)

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#23 Creative Teaching Strategies,Wes Fittell (1)

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#24 Practically Engaging Children with the Bible, Emma Collett (1)(3)

This elective will offer practical tips for helping children to read the Bible and engage with God’s Word for themselves.

Emma Collett has been working in Sydney for Anglican Youthworks as a Children’s Ministry Advisor for the past 7 years. Prior to that she worked as the Children’s and Family Minister at a Church on the North Shore of Sydney. In her current role she offers support and training for Children’s Ministry Workers, Leaders and Scripture Teachers.

#25 Inviting kids into the adventure of God's Big Story, Wendy Strachan (2)

The Bible is more than a collection of stories that entertain or educate. It’s God’s own story – and he invites kids (and us) to be a part of it today. So how can kids become excited about joining God in what he’s doing?

Originally a teacher of children with special needs, I’ve worked in SU children’s ministry in a number of countries and with a variety of churches and Christian agencies – and still love it.

#26 Lesson Planning – Maximising your time, Nicky Ross (2)

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#27 Good Questioning – Engaging Children, Nicky Ross (3)

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#28 Building Positive Relationships- The key to a successful RI program, Julie Terry (1)

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#27 Good Questioning – Engaging Children, Nicky Ross (3)

For our RI programs to have the greatest impact we need to ensure that we build healthy and positive relationships with our churches, teams and school communities. This elective will explore ways to build respectful relationships with the range of people involved in the delivery of our RI programs in local schools.

Julie has been involved with ministry to children for almost 30 years and has a heart for training children’s workers and mission. She has been an RI instructor for the past 17 years and coordinates the RI program in her area. She is the Queensland Baptist Kids Team contact for RI and in on the Qld RI Network.

AGE SPECIFIC MINISTRIES

#30 How to run an effective preschool ministry, Bethany McGibbon (1)(2)

Preschool ministry is such a dynamic, exciting and rewarding ministry. What an honour to be trusted with the littlest people in our churches! Participants will learn the 5 key components to running an effective, relevant and Jesus focused program for under 5’s.

Preschool ministry coordinator at Gateway Baptist and Kindergarten Teacher.

#31 Playgroup as Intergenerational Ministry , Julie Terry (3)

As generational connections are more and more recognised as being vital for ministry and mission, what does this mean for Playgroups? How can your Playgroup become more intentionally intergenerational – and thus more effective? Come along to this elective and explore intentional intergenerationality in the Playgroup context.

Julie has been involved with ministry to children for almost 30 years and has had extensive experience in coordinating a church based playgroup which connected with hundreds of families from the Hervey Bay community over many years.  She is currently the Qld representative for the Christian Playgroup Network and is a member of the Qld Baptist Kids Team.

 


FAMILY NURTURE

#35 Helping Parents Shepherd Their Children, Sandy Galea (2)

Parents are the primary shepherds of their children, so how can we support and encourage them in this vital ministry (without making them feel guilty)?

Sandy is a Children’s Minister at MBM (Multicultural Bible Ministry) in Sydney. She partners with others involved in children’s ministry by equipping them through training seminars, one-to-one consultancy and the resources available on her web site Kidswise. Sandy is a wife, mother and grandmother (what a great privilege!).

#36 Encouraging faith in the home, Tracy Valentine (3)

Parents are the most influential people in a child’s faith life. When parents understand not only what their role is but also how to be effective, they can make God truly relevant in the lives of their children in a very impacting way. Come to hear how your church can empower parents as we partner with them to make God relevant for their children every day.

Tracy is a Children’s Pastor (Early Years) and Pastor of Spiritual Parenting at Gateway Baptist Church and has been passionate about the role of family and parenting in the formation of faith in kids for many years. She has seen that the most effective way to equip kids to be lifelong followers of Jesus is to be in full partnership with parents. Over several years now, Tracy has been seeking innovative and new ways to engage with and empower parents to embrace faith in the home.

#37 The Biblical Role of Grandparents, Josh Mulvihill (1)

What is the biblical role of a grandparent? Every grandparent is given a God-ordained role that is not interchangeable with any other member of the family. Come to this workshop to gain a laser-like focus on what a grandparent’s role is, as well as to learn twelve responsibilities grandparents are given by God from the Bible. Even if you are not grandparent, this workshop will equip you to provide a clear and compelling vision to share with grandparents in your life.

Josh Mulvihill (@DrJoshMulvihill) is the Pastor to Children and Families at Grace Church and the Director of Resources for The Legacy Coalition. Josh has a PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh is the author of Biblical Grandparenting and Preparing Children for Marriage. He is married to Jen and they have five children.

#38 The Family Factor, Daron Pratt (2)

Why Families need to be your ministry’s best friend. Looking at the importance of family in shaping and influencing our kids and why we should help them to be the best they could possibly be. This workshops looks at the research and what works.

Daron has been a passionate children’s pastor for the past 21 years he travels the world training and networking in this area. Catch the passion, change your world. He is also the balloon man seen world wide on satellite and DVD.

#39 How to train parents and small group leaders to grow great kids, Phil Day (1)

Family workers and leaders-of-leaders of teams will be be given practical help to facilitate discussions, coffee times and even formal gatherings in order to train parents or workers in both the long term discipline of children and the ‘in-the-moment’ issues of classroom management. Many of the principles are the same although practice, discussion and reflection will take place in interest groups.

Phil Day is a Children’s & Families Ministry Specialist who has over 40 years of experience of ministry in a variety of secular and church-based teaching, ministry and leadership roles … urban and beach missions, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, CRE, MOPS, play groups and kindergartens. He is also the author of midst.com.au which captures and expresses only some of his ideas, creativity and experience.

CULTURE & MISSION

#40 DOUBLE CLASS Communicating Absolute Truth to Wikipedia Kids, Rodney Trinidad (1-2)

“Communicating Absolute Truth to Wikipedia Kids” is to highlight just one aspect of this principle. The present generation of students/kids often process information with a Wikipedia mindset. To them, information is rarely set in stone, it is always evolving. Gen’s Y & Z are very comfortable with contradiction. Realise when we say something like “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life…,” they tend to take what we see as absolute and immediately place the information into their Wikipedia processor. There they weigh it against other things they have heard or the fact that their friend is Buddhist or Muslim – and they begin to massage that absolute.

Rodney Trinidad is the Youth and Schools Relations Manager for Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He believes that the gospel shapes everything. Rodney has been in youth ministry for over 20 years serving as a youth pastor, Dean of Students at a Bible College in NY, USA and serving as the Youth Coordinator for Word of Life Youth Ministries in Australia. Rodney also helps to lead an inter-denominational network of Youth Pastors/leaders through conferences in New South Wales. Rodney loves developing people (teens and leaders) for the long-term to bring out their potential and to encourage them to share about Jesus naturally.

#41 Using Films and TV to help kids know Jesus, Jonathan Sargeant (2)

Is God present in the pop culture that kids consume? How can we help kids to see God there? Answers found here!

Jonathan Sargeant spent 18 years training RI teachers around Queensland. Thinking about mission is his full time ministry!

#42 Sexual identity in a highly sexualised world, Brett Ryan (1)

We live in a highly sexualised world and it is difficult for young people to navigate. This workshop will help identify a number of the issues and how to address them.

CEO Focus on the Family Australia, formerly Children’s pastor. Invited to speak on a variety of topics including healthy relationships and families throughout Australia.

#43 How to keep tweens engaged in children's programs!, Rachel Doherty (1)

Most kids hit that middle phase where they feel too old for children’s programs but aren’t old enough for the teen ones. Join me as I unpack the world of tweens and give you some strategies to keep them engaged and help them transition.

Rachel is the founder of Tweens2teen, along with being a teacher, social worker and mum to three teenagers herself. With more than 20 years experience, she knows her stuff when it comes to living and working with young people.

#44 Inside the mind of an unchurched tweenRachel Doherty (2)

Are you wondering how to attract more 10 to 12 year olds to your ministry programs? This session will look at what a “tween” is and what you can do to create outreach programs that appeal to them.

Rachel is the founder of Tweens2teen, along with being a teacher, social worker and mum to three teenagers herself. With more than 20 years experience, she knows her stuff when it comes to living and working with young people.

#45 The consumer is king! Why you can no longer do what you want in ministry, Rachel Doherty (3)

We live in a world of information and choice. Bring your children’s ministry into the 21st century and learn the 7 changes every church needs to make if they want to have a vibrant children’s ministry in 2017.

Rachel is the founder of Tweens2teen, along with being a teacher, social worker and mum to three teenagers herself. With more than 20 years experience, she knows her stuff when it comes to living and working with young people.

#46 A Proven Outreach Strategy for Children using Sport and Games, Jeff Howard (1)(3)

The Missional Opportunities of Sport & Play with Children & Families. Sport and Play is a universal language … and kids love to play. Come and be inspired by what God is doing through strategies across the globe that are connecting sport and play with the message of the Gospel. These opportunities include holiday outreach events like KidsGames, TeenGames and FamilyGames, Whole Life Coaching with existing sporting teams, sports camps, community festivals, and more. Plus find where to get all your resources – videos, training manuals, etc – free of charge.

Jeff is currently the Brisbane Regional Manager for SU Qld. Jeff has worked for SU Qld for nearly 10 years across a number of roles. Jeff has a passion for leading people and teams. For the last couple of years Jeff has used his passion for sports to facilitate Sports Ministry. Jeff will share tips and resources from his experience working across the state and also from being blessed to have been able to attend the last 2 Global Sports Ministry Conferences in the USA. Jeff is married to Debbie and they have 2 adult children. Jeff is also a passionate Titans supporter!

#47 The Challenges and Opportunities for the New Millennium Generation, Brad Case (1)(3)

Gen Z, Gen Alpha, Screenagers, the Google Generation; the children in our ministries have many different names and labels, but who are they really? In this fun session we’ll discover what makes these children of the new millennium tick and explore how we might engage with them in ways that help them open up to God and the Big Story of the Bible.

Brad Case is currently the Youth Ministry Development Officer for Scripture Union Queensland and focuses on training and resourcing people involved in youth and children’s ministry, particularly chaplains across the State. Prior to this role Brad has been both a primary and secondary school chaplain, as well as a youth and children’s pastor in the Uniting Church and he has a deep passion for seeing young people begin the life long journey of discipleship.

#48 In Conversation with Michelle Tollentino, Michelle Tollentino (1)

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Michelle was a Compassion sponsored child and now is an ambassador for children and disadvantaged women. One of Michelle’s projects is to co-host a weekly radio program with primary aged children across the airwaves of Manila.

#49 Kids Shaping a Different World, Di Jeffs & Jenny Leslie (1)(2)

This elective provides plethora of ideas for parents, Kid’s Church & Youth Group leaders and RE teachers to help kids engage with God’s heart for the Poor, loving others, and breaking down barriers and simply raise kids who care.

Jenny Leslie is a primary school teacher, mother of four and Kids Church leader. Di Jeffs has a BA, worked in an aid & development & advocacy, and has years of RI experience in schools.

#50 All-age Social Action Ideas, Jonathan Kemp (2)(3)

Many families and churches struggle to come up with good ideas for Social Service and Social Justice activities which can be done by all ages together. This workshop will give you a wide range of proven, effective ideas to try out so you can bring the Gospel to life in your community.

Jonathan Kemp is the Director of Youth, Children’s and Families Ministry for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland.

#51 Getting 'the vibe' of ministry and mission right! , Phil Day (3)

“It’s the vibe, yes, that’s what it is, it’s the vibe!” (The Castle). Leading a team?? There are a number of unseen principles/values that need to be underlined and understood when it comes to getting the vibe right! When forming and growing a team for even a simple ministry or mission activity, leaders of teams come unstuck when these elements are not considered. Find the resources and discussion on this topic to enhance your ministry/mission.

Phil Day is a Children’s & Families Ministry Specialist who has over 40 years of experience of ministry in a variety of secular and church-based teaching, ministry and leadership roles … urban and beach missions, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, CRE, MOPS, play groups and kindergartens. He is also the author of midst.com.au which captures and expresses only some of his ideas, creativity and experience.

#52 Connecting with Boys, David Goodwin (3)

Boys often seem a law unto themselves. They can be difficult to engage in schooling, activities, relationships, church and even a simple conversation. Girls seem far more interested in church than boys do! Boys are often called naughty because they sit at the back and play up! In this elective, David gives insight and understanding into what’s going on for boys and discuss strategies and approaches for reaching them.

David Goodwin (Dip Couns. Grad Dip Min. Cert IV in AWT) is the Director of Kidsreach, an International organisation that has as its mission to train, resource, encourage and equip those who work with children. Kidsreach has offices in Sydney (Australia), Paraparaumu (NZ) and Kandy (Sri Lanka). David is a pastor, counsellor, lecturer and trainer and has written extensively on children’s ministry and counselling subjects and trains leaders in many countries of the world. David can be reached on david.kidsreach@gmail.com

DIVINE ENCOUNTERS

#60 Answering Four Key Questions Children Have about Life and Faith, Michael Trafford (1)(3)

Kids ask lots of questions. This elective will unpack how to answer the following four common questions that kids ask about faith and God which often leave adults tongue-tied;
Question 1 | Nobody lives like a Christian. Why should I?
Question 2 | What is God up to?
Question 3 | Why am I here?
Question 4 | Why should I go to church? ”
The aim of this elective is to assist the parent and the children’s ministry leader as you walk alongside children, about the messiness of life, the mystery of God and the necessity of faith.

Michael is the Church Engagement Manager for TEAR Australia. Michael is known in his community as a social activist and for his work with youth. Michael trained as a Pastor at Malyon College and prior to joining TEAR had been employed as a church pastor, a school chaplain, a primary school teacher and a disability support worker.

#61 Creative prayer ideas for children, Judy Wharton (2)(3)

Visual, creative, exciting ideas to encourage your children to pray. Fun and effective ideas for families, church, RE, camps, bringing an understanding and acceptance of prayer into their everyday experience.

Previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with Children & Prayer. Also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. My passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled me to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#62 Sticky Faith: Growing disciples for life, Jill Kayser (1)

In this workshop we will explore current research on keys to faith formation, challenging some commonly held views and practices re Christian education and evangelism. We will share practical ideas for nurturing children’s faith and reflect on how to invite children to practise Christianity and truly belong to the faith community. “Imparting knowledge about Christianity is an inadequate method of promoting Christian identity and agency. Religious education for a lived Christian faith is an ontological enterprise that is to inform, form and transform people in heads, hearts and lifestyle.”

Jill Kayser is the “Kids Friendly” Coach for the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. For 13 years she has inspired and resourced churches to “let the children come” and cultivate faith communities where children can grow as disciples of Christ. Her work has resulted in a Kids Friendly culture being embraced by many churches in her denomination.

#63 Shaping Stories, Forming Faith, Dr. Paul Jones (2)

In this seminar we’ll explore how stories (biblical and otherwise) are shaped to engage listeners and present them with opportunities for change. We’ll focus especially on the rich resources of the Old Testament for faith formation in children, teenagers and adults.

Paul Jones is Lecturer in Old Testament & Homiletics at Trinity College Queensland. He has worked in a number of church contexts and schools in Australia and the UK, and is passionate about bringing the Bible to life through stories and sermons for people of all ages.

#64 Faith Beyond Santa Dr. Peter Hobson (2)

One of the enduring fears for both families and congregations is that their young people will grow out of the faith they had when they were children. But maybe this is not such a bad thing. As children grow up they hopefully stop believing in Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy as well. The sort of child-like faith that Jesus seems to commend (Matt 18:2-5) does not have to be child-ish. How can we begin to grow a robust, enduring faith in our young people that may not have all the answers, but will help them to wrestle with the questions about faith and life that really matter?

Dr. Peter Hobson…

#65 Creative and Practical Ways To Read The Bible, Joh Knijnenburg (1)

Are you excited about reading your Bible? Is it something you look forward to, or has it become more of a chore? If you’re teaching kids some creative ways to read the bible or you’re looking for how to take your daily Bible reading to the next level, this elective will help creative ways to get more out of your Bible reading.

Bible Society Australia’s Queensland Manager Johannes Knijnenburg, has a long history as a professional communicator, who has presented to over 1000 different schools and churches. He uses a positive Christian message of hope and grace with a unique blend of multimedia, video, illusion, special effects, music and audience participation, delivering a powerful message to encourage and challenge. He has pastored churches in Qld and NSW, served in youth and children’s work as a high school chaplain, spent time on the mission field in India and the Philippines and has worked in the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, Marsden Boys Home, World Vision and Wesley Mission. Joh is an evangelist, leader, musician, singer and teacher. He enjoys surfing, motorcycles, skiing, healthy living and good coffee. He is also an animator and graphic designer. He delivers highly motivating, humour filled messages, leadership training workshops and professional development programs for a wide variety of groups. Often speaking to churches and other organisations as well as students – both primary & high schools (Public and non-Gov schools).

#66 Creative Evangelism with Children, Joh Knijnenburg (2)

Churches work hard in many ways to share the Gospel with children and youth. This elective will provide you with some of the creative resources to help you in your ministry with kids.

Bible Society Australia’s Queensland Manager Johannes Knijnenburg, has a long history as a professional communicator, who has presented to over 1000 different schools and churches. He uses a positive Christian message of hope and grace with a unique blend of multimedia, video, illusion, special effects, music and audience participation, delivering a powerful message to encourage and challenge. He has pastored churches in Qld and NSW, served in youth and children’s work as a high school chaplain, spent time on the mission field in India and the Philippines and has worked in the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, Marsden Boys Home, World Vision and Wesley Mission. Joh is an evangelist, leader, musician, singer and teacher. He enjoys surfing, motorcycles, skiing, healthy living and good coffee. He is also an animator and graphic designer. He delivers highly motivating, humour filled messages, leadership training workshops and professional development programs for a wide variety of groups. Often speaking to churches and other organisations as well as students – both primary & high schools (Public and non-Gov schools).

#67 Leading children from Salvation to Discipleship, David Goodwin (1)

Children need follow up after they have made a decision for Christ to ensure that have every opportunity to grow to discipleship. In this workshop we look at the most important things a child needs to have leant and how to mentor the child in their new found faith.

David Goodwin (Dip Couns. Grad Dip Min. Cert IV in AWT) is the Director of Kidsreach, an International organisation that has as its mission to train, resource, encourage and equip those who work with children. Kidsreach has offices in Sydney (Australia), Paraparaumu (NZ) and Kandy (Sri Lanka). David is a pastor, counsellor, lecturer and trainer and has written extensively on children’s ministry and counselling subjects and trains leaders in many countries of the world. David can be reached on david.kidsreach@gmail.com

#68 Hearing God’s Voice, Chelsea Follett (1)(3)

Hearing the voice of God is so important and learning how from a young age can make a huge difference in a person’s life. In this elective we will discuss how to teach children the different ways God can speak to us, how to know if it is God that’s speaking and what to do when God speaks.

Chelsea Follett has been the Children’s Pastor at Worship Centre Christian Church for over 4 years. She is passionate about teaching children to know who they are in God and to know His voice. Her goal in children’s ministry is that children will not just know about God, but that they will experience Him.

#69 Bible Story Telling, Peter Wellauer (1)(2)

How to tell a bible story in a Simple, Accurate and Memorable way that is non-confronting. You can enjoy telling your class bible stories that will grip their imagination. I wonder why Jesus told stories? Bible story telling is a way that I can talk to my mates about the gospel, do a nonconfronting bible study with a group, and have disciples.

Peter Wellauer…

SENIOR PASTORS’ STREAM

#75 The Family and the Great Commission (Created especially for church leaders. Via Skype from the US, Dr. Rob Rienow (1)

God created two institutions to advance the Gospel in the world: the church and the family. The church in the New Testament equipped families to live for Christ at home and pass faith through the generations. In this breakout session, Dr. Rienow will walk through some essential Scriptures that connect the Gospel and the family, and encourage you with some specific steps your church can take to inspire, equip, release families for the cause of Christ.

Rob Rienow serves as a pastor at Gospel Fellowship Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He is the author of the books “God’s Grand Vision for the Home” (Awana), “Visionary Parenting,” “Reclaiming the Sufficiency of Scripture”, “Limited Church: Unlimited Kingdom” (Randall House) and “When They Turn Away: Drawing Your Adult Child Back to Christ” (Kregel). Rob and his wife Amy also wrote “Visionary Marriage” and “Five Reasons For Spiritual Apathy In Teens” (Randall House).
Rob’s life dramatically changed in 2004. God brought him to a place of deep repentance over the fact that he was discipling other people’s children, but not his own. God then led he and Amy to launch Visionary Family Ministries, a ministry designed to inspire parents and grandparents to disciple their children, to help couples create mission driven-marriages, and equip churches to build Bible-driven ministries. Their mission is to build the church through a global reformation of family discipleship.
Rob has has MA in theology from Wheaton College, an MDiv from Trinity International Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. The Rienow family lives in West Chicago.

#94 Cultivating an intergenerational church, Jill Kayser (2)

In this workshop we will explore why and how our churches should strive to be more intergenerational. We’ll explore the process of culture change and give you some tips (and alert you to potential pitfalls) for embedding an intergenerational ethos in your community of faith.

Jill Kayser is the “Kids Friendly” Coach for the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. For 13 years she has inspired and resourced churches to “let the children come” and cultivate faith communities where children can grow as disciples of Christ. Her work has resulted in a Kids Friendly culture being embraced by many churches in her denomination.

LEADERSHIP

#70 MASTERCLASS Biblical Foundations for Christ Centred Behaviour Management, Derek Hughes (1-2-3)

This workshop looks at the biblical and spiritual foundations for behaviour management. It will provide some basic and fundamental strategies for setting up your space and your heart so that you can minimize disruptive behaviour incidents and pastorally and compassionately address externalizing behaviours.

Derek is a registered teacher and educational consultant who motivates fellow Youth and Children’s workers by sharing his passion and philosophies openly, honestly and with a dash of humour. His degrees say that he is qualified to teach Music, History (ancient and Modern), Geography, Civics, SOSE, Primary – Senior School, but, like most teachers, he has taught and coached just about everything. His real passion though, is pastoral care. He has been a finalist in the National Excellence in Teaching Awards in the category of “Motivational Teaching”. He is currently the Assistant Ministry Leader at Caloundra Salvation Army and the Territorial Life Skills Coordinator for the Salvation Army Eastern Territory. He has undertaken Post Graduate studies in Educational Research and is currently studying a Masters in Theology. He has consulted for organisations such as: Rotary, The Kokoda Track Foundation, PNG Education Department and various schools across Australia.

#71 MASTERCLASS Valuing Your Values, Adriana Morales (1-2-3)

It’s a heart matter! Know, keep and guard your values with all diligence for everything you do flows from them. In this Master Class learn what the three critical values that need to underpin every Children’s Ministry are and how to integrate them into your ministry. Understand why and how the implementation of these values will produce a generation of radical, committed followers of Jesus Christ who are equipped to be effective influencers in building the Kingdom of God in today’s world. Learn how embracing these values will equip you to change your world!

Adriana, Director of Kids In Ministry Australia has a passion to train and equip children in their God-given gifts and see them released into their God-given destinies. She has been passionately serving for 16 years in kids ministry, ranging from preschoolers to youth and is now also training leaders to raise up the younger generation to do the works of Jesus.

#72 The Internal Life of a Leader, Rowan Armstrong (1)

Whether you lead a children’s ministry, minister in a church or share the gospel with your friends over lunch, God is at work within you, preparing you for what He has install for your future. This elective will focus on learning to recognise God’s intention, preparation and plan for your life and leadership.

Rowan has a background in church ministry and Missions, serving as a pastor in the Hunter Valley of NSW and a missionary to Cambodia. Currently he serves as the National Manager of Operation Christmas Child. Rowan’s passion for mobilising the church in ministry helps equip and lead over 6000 volunteers each year for Operation Christmas Child.

#73 Skills and concepts for building effective teams, Rowan Armstrong (2)

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Rowan has a background in church ministry and Missions, serving as a pastor in the Hunter Valley of NSW and a missionary to Cambodia. Currently he serves as the National Manager of Operation Christmas Child. Rowan’s passion for mobilising the church in ministry helps equip and lead over 6000 volunteers each year for Operation Christmas Child.

#74 Building strategic programs that mobilise teams for ministry, Rowan Armstrong (3)

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Rowan has a background in church ministry and Missions, serving as a pastor in the Hunter Valley of NSW and a missionary to Cambodia. Currently he serves as the National Manager of Operation Christmas Child. Rowan’s passion for mobilising the church in ministry helps equip and lead over 6000 volunteers each year for Operation Christmas Child.

#76 Mistakes I've made and Lessons I'm learning, Wendy Strachan (3)

What really matters in children’s ministry? Decades down the track, there are things I wish I’d done differently, people I wish I’d taken more notice of, things I wish I’d been more passionate about. Come and share your own experiences.

Originally a teacher of children with special needs, I’ve worked in SU children’s ministry in a number of countries and with a variety of churches and Christian agencies – and still love it.

#77 Leading Teams, Dani Bryant (1)(2)

We can’t do ministry alone. We all need teams. Come along as Dani talks through what she has learnt from being part of a team and leading teams. Hear Dani’s top tips for leading effective teams and talk through strategies around communication and conflict management. Dani will also share what she has learnt about recruiting and growing teams. If you lead a team or aspire to lead a team, this is for you.

Dani Bryant is one of the Children’s Pastors at Gateway Baptist Church. She has served in kids ministry at Gateway for over 11 years now and been on staff for 2. Dani is passionate about seeing kids come to know Jesus and equipping families as they do the faith journey together. One of the things that brings Dani the most joy is seeing young leaders realise their potential. She loves investing in and equipping leaders and is passionate about seeing teams empowered.

#78 Thriving Christian Community, Brett Ryan (2)

This workshop will help you identify issues and how to address them to create a healthy culture both inside and outside of your Church. The presentation will also include a variety of ideas of reaching your community.

CEO Focus on the Family Australia, formerly Children’s pastor. Invited to speak on a variety of topics including healthy relationships and families throughout Australia.

#79 Reimagining Church, Jill Kayser (3)

In this workshop we explore why we need to re-imagine church for 21st century Australasia. We will share lots of hopeful and helpful stories of and models for intergenerational “Fresh Expressions” of church.

In this workshop we explore why we need to re-imagine church for 21st century Australasia. We will share lots of hopeful and helpful stories of and models for intergenerational “Fresh Expressions” of church.

#80 Growing a servant heart in our kids, Tammy Tolman (1)

Children are gifted and eager to serve. We must start as early as possible guiding and empowering them to find their place in God’s body and serve. This will help give them with a strong foundation that will help when STAY when the world wants to steal them away.

I have been ministering and empowering kids and families for the past 30 years, seeking to be a guide and encouragement to the truth that discipleship is mostly caught, not just taught. As a teacher, pastor, mother and leader I believe we can all do this with the kids God places around us, we just need to be intentional and strategic about it.

#81 The 10 current buzzwords in children’s ministries, Daron Pratt (1)

What are the 10 current Buzzwords that everyone is talking about and why are they important to your children/family ministries?

Daron has been a passionate children’s pastor for the past 21 years he travels the world training and networking in this area. Catch the passion, change your world. He is also the balloon man seen world wide on satellite and DVD.

#82 Inclusion of children with special needs, Natalie Kaiser (1)(2)

Delegates will have the opportunity to complete a ‘health check’ of their ministry in regards to their inclusion of children with special needs. Identify ways they can improve and strategies to assist in facilitating inclusion of children with special needs.

Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#83 Embracing Diversity: Nurturing Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Winnie Blake (1)(3)

This presentation aims to paint the worldview of individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to offer supportive teaching strategies and resources for their educators and parents.

I am a Clinical Psychologist who has been specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorders since 2005.

#84 Pastoral Care of Children, David Goodwin (2)

A pastor is responsible to God for the spiritual welfare of the church (Acts 20:28). The word pastor emphasizes the responsibility of caring for the church, as a shepherd cares for the sheep and implies the nourishing of and caring for God’s people. In this workshop we learn about your important role to care, nurture, mentor, feed and counsel children.

David Goodwin (Dip Couns. Grad Dip Min. Cert IV in AWT) is the Director of Kidsreach, an International organisation that has as its mission to train, resource, encourage and equip those who work with children. Kidsreach has offices in Sydney (Australia), Paraparaumu (NZ) and Kandy (Sri Lanka). David is a pastor, counsellor, lecturer and trainer and has written extensively on children’s ministry and counselling subjects and trains leaders in many countries of the world. David can be reached on david.kidsreach@gmail.com

INTERGENERATIONAL CONNECTIONS

#90 DOUBLE CLASS Exploring Intergenerational Church, Chris Barnet (1-2)

“Generational”, “Multi-age” and “Intergenerational” may be the current buzz words in ministry with children, young people and their families, but what do they actually mean? If an intergenerational approach to ministry has been shown to be vital for sustainable, long-term faith formation and discipleship for people of any age, what does it look like in practice? Come along and explore these questions together!

In his capacity as the Children and Families Ministry Coordinator for the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Chris spends much of his time advocating for, resourcing and modelling intergenerational engagement. His experience of intergenerational ministry includes both the congregational and missional contexts.

#91 Messy Church Explained, Beth Nicholls (2)(3)

Messy Church is a great way to connect with people of all ages, and is shown to be an effective ministry especially connecting new families and those on the ‘messy edges’ of church. This elective is for those who want to find out more or who are wanting to start a Messy Church.

Beth is passionate about helping churches to connect with their local community and enable them in their mission to disciples of Jesus. She is a Uniting Church minister, who has worked in youth, children and family ministry for over 30 years. Beth is the Regional Messy Church Coordinator in Brisbane South & Gold Coast.

#92 Generational Divide, Brett Ryan (3)

This workshop will provide a greater understanding of the different generations. It will provide some keys on how they think, how to communicate more effectively and how to lead them.

CEO Focus on the Family Australia, formerly Children’s pastor. Invited to speak on a variety of topics including healthy relationships and families throughout Australia.

#93 Children in Church, Stephen Urmston (1)

We love seeing children in our churches. We love children in our programs! Research has shown though, unless we think about the place of children in church, we accidentally make church a child free zone.

Stephen Urmston is the Children and Families minister at St Bart’s Anglican Church in Toowoomba. He recently finished a Masters of Divinity at Ridley College, with research into how children participate in Church. He loves sharing the gospel with Children and training people in how they communicate in all age settings. He has studied performing arts, and loves using puppets as to preach and teach.

#95 Worshipping Across the Ages, Tammy Tolman (2)

How can we create environments where all ages can worship, grow, build relationships with each other and God and honour Him. It is not only possible, but also can be a blessing to all ages, not just the children. What are the principles beyond how we can create such an environment. What resources are out there to help you create this in your own context?

I have been ministering and empowering kids and families for the past 30 years, seeking to be a guide and encouragement to the truth that discipleship is mostly caught, not just taught. As a teacher, pastor, mother and leader I believe we can all do this with the kids God places around us, we just need to be intentional and strategic about it.

MENTORING & COACHING

#99 The Power of Mentoring in Shaping Faith for Life, Tim Smith (1)(2)

Both ‘being’ a mentor and ‘having’ a mentor can shape our lives in significant ways. By receiving the support, advice and wisdom of a consistent mentor, we are investing in the development of our character, our personality, our faith and our capacity to invest in others. By committing to being a mentor for someone else, we are applying our experience, knowledge and wisdom into the relationship for them to grow and develop in faith and life! Come and hear about the power of mentoring and the importance of it in our life and ministry.

I have been the Program Development Manager for KIDS HOPE AUS for almost 4 years. KIDS HOPE AUS is a mentoring program that connects a local church with a local state school where the church provides volunteer mentors to spend an hour per week with a vulnerable child who needs some extra care and support. Through my role, I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the mentoring space, with many insights, stories and advice about the benefits of having mentors in our lives and the importance of investing in the lives of others.

CREATIVE MINISTRIES

#100 DOUBLE CLASS From Bible to Kids Talk/Lesson, Matt Gorton (1-2)

This session will help give (and/or refine) the skills needed to move from God’s Word to writing a faithful, engaging and creative kids talk or lesson. It will feature input from the front as well time for hands on practical work shopping.

MAtt is the founder and creative director of Quiz Worx (www.quizworx.com), a children’s ministry group which travels throughout Australia sharing Jesus with kids in fun and creative ways. His passion is teaching the Bible to kids in engaging and relevant ways.

#101 Connecting with children through music, Sean W Smith (2)

Children who know their identity, value & purpose have the capacity to influence the world around them. Music is one such tool that has the power and capacity to help deliver this important message to a generation who desperately need it. Learn how to use music effectively to communicate and engage your children.

Sean W Smith is one of Australia’s leading Christian Children’s Songwriters & Family Ministry Specialists. He has ministered to over 500,000 people worldwide and has released 6 christian children’s albums.

#102 Starting Out with Music - Growing Faith through Music, Snack Music (3)

No matter how many musical bones are in your body, this workshop will help you through the basics as well as giving you a few new tips. Discuss why we use music, how it can help grow children’s faith, learn some of Snack’s songs, how to get the most out of music and how to get the kids involved.

Snack Music is a Christian band for primary school aged children who have written three albums of original songs for kids and perform regularly around Victoria. Snack’s heart is to resource the Church with fun contemporary music that helps children discover God without putting words in their mouth and without making assumptions about their faith.

#103 How to Make Your Up Front Program (Presentation) as Effective as Possible, Snack Music (1)

We can all sing a song to ourselves or read a story to another, but what are the things we need to consider when presenting to a larger group?

Snack Music is a Christian band for primary school aged children who have written three albums of original songs for kids and perform regularly around Victoria. Snack’s heart is to resource the Church with fun contemporary music that helps children discover God without putting words in their mouth and without making assumptions about their faith.

#104 Puppets - Using and teaching with puppets, Stephen Urmston (2)

Have you always wanted to try puppets, but nervous of how you might look for feel? Stephen has trained many churches and people in how to use puppets, and how to write talks with them? Puppets are best used as teaching tools. They can help children learn, and truly are the best at asking questions!

Stephen Urmston is the Children and Families minister at St Bart’s Anglican Church in Toowoomba. He recently finished a Masters of Divinity at Ridley College, with research into how children participate in Church. He loves sharing the gospel with Children and training people in how they communicate in all age settings. He has studied performing arts, and loves using puppets as to preach and teach.

#105 Planted like Trees. Stories to sustain a lifetime of service, Andrew McDonough (2)

Children love to help. There is nothing more important than encouraging children to roll up their sleeves, jump in and serve other people. Enthusiastic children quickly grow into energetic, world change young adults. But helping other people is harder than it looks. Energetic young people can quickly become exhausted, burnt out, disillusioned and cynical. So what will sustain children for a lifetime of service in this broken world? Stories. Ground them in fertile stories.

You may know Andrew McDonough as the author and illustrator of the popular Lost Sheep stories. What you may not know is that Andrew has over 20 years experience working alongside refugees, the homeless, and other marginalized people. His roles include providing pastoral care to community workers, missionaries, church ministers and young activists. He works out of the Fly Bird Fly studio which supports art for the homeless.

#106 The Importance Of Story, Sandy Galea (3)

Stories are both memorable and powerful. And they are essential for helping kids see God’s big truths in scripture (faith, hope, repentance…). This is a very practical seminar with lots of take home ideas, packed full of stories for all ages.

Sandy is a Children’s Minister at MBM (Multicultural Bible Ministry) in Sydney. She partners with others involved in children’s ministry by equipping them through training seminars, one-to-one consultancy and the resources available on her web site Kidswise. Sandy is a wife, mother and grandmother (what a great privilege!).

#107 Using Music Effectively in your Ministry, Dan Warlow (1)

Join Dan in learning how to get the most out of this powerful engagement and discipleship tool. No music experience necessary! Dan will cover techniques on teaching children songs, how to get kids involved, crowd control, and linking songs to your message. See why music can be so effective at getting God’s amazing truth and love into young hearts.

Dan Warlow is a Christian Kids Music Artist and Entertainer. He travels Australia performing in schools, churches, festivals and community events using music and ventriloquism to inspire young people to journey with Jesus everyday!

#108 Oh No! I'm on storytelling time!, Andrew McDonough (3)

Here’s a whirlwind workshop that covers everything from starting with a Bible passage to standing up and telling the story. For those who are have never told a story or are old hands at the game.

You may know Andrew McDonough as the author and illustrator of the popular Lost Sheep stories. What you may not know is that Andrew has over 20 years experience working alongside refugees, the homeless, and other marginalized people. His roles include providing pastoral care to community workers, missionaries, church ministers and young activists. He works out of the Fly Bird Fly studio which supports art for the homeless.

#109 Balloon Twisting 101, Daron Pratt (3)

When your combine the gospel, story and balloons, something magical happens. Come along and learn how to twist and transform your children’s ministries.

Daron has been a passionate children’s pastor for the past 21 years he travels the world training and networking in this area. Catch the passion, change your world. He is also the balloon man seen world wide on satellite and DVD.

#110 Puppetry, MAtt Gorton (3)

Puppets are one of the best tools you can use to engage children (and adults) with what you are teaching. MAtt will share how you can utilise this engaging medium in your own teaching.

MAtt is the founder and creative director of Quiz Worx (www.quizworx.com), a children’s ministry group which travels throughout Australia sharing Jesus with kids in fun and creative ways. His passion is teaching the Bible to kids in engaging and relevant ways.

#111 Introduction to Clowning, Phil Day (2)

Discovering ‘clown-within’ is the journey of a lifetime but it can start in a action-packed hour of learning and practicing 3 simple principles. Access to experience and resources will be a bi-product of this workshop. The time will be well spent as the same 3 principles can also employed to way-enhance your storytelling, drama and puppetry skills.

Phil Day is a Children’s & Families Ministry Specialist who has over 40 years of experience of ministry in a variety of secular and church-based teaching, ministry and leadership roles … urban and beach missions, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, CRE, MOPS, play groups and kindergartens. He is also the author of midst.com.au which captures and expresses only some of his ideas, creativity and experience.

#112 The BEST kids talk I ever gave, Joh Knijnenburg (3)

Looking for a new ideas you can use for your next kids group or RI class? We all have a few. This elective will be a forum for some new ideas and an opportunity to share our own great resources.

Bible Society Australia’s Queensland Manager Johannes Knijnenburg, has a long history as a professional communicator, who has presented to over 1000 different schools and churches. He uses a positive Christian message of hope and grace with a unique blend of multimedia, video, illusion, special effects, music and audience participation, delivering a powerful message to encourage and challenge. He has pastored churches in Qld and NSW, served in youth and children’s work as a high school chaplain, spent time on the mission field in India and the Philippines and has worked in the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, Marsden Boys Home, World Vision and Wesley Mission. Joh is an evangelist, leader, musician, singer and teacher. He enjoys surfing, motorcycles, skiing, healthy living and good coffee. He is also an animator and graphic designer. He delivers highly motivating, humour filled messages, leadership training workshops and professional development programs for a wide variety of groups. Often speaking to churches and other organisations as well as students – both primary & high schools (Public and non-Gov schools).

MOMENTS THAT MATTER

#115 From Consumer To Contributor, Sandy Galea (1)

Kids who actively serve others are more likely to own their faith into adulthood. How do we encourage Christian children to serve one another? How do we identify the gifts God has given them, equip them to use those gifts and create opportunities for them to serve?

Sandy is a Children’s Minister at MBM (Multicultural Bible Ministry) in Sydney. She partners with others involved in children’s ministry by equipping them through training seminars, one-to-one consultancy and the resources available on her web site Kidswise. Sandy is a wife, mother and grandmother (what a great privilege!).

#116 Active Discipleship Through Camping, Jane Moe (1)

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Jane Moe…

TECHNOLOGY IN MINISTRY

#120 Experiments in Mixing Media, Minecraft and the Gospel Message, Stephen Rothery (2)

We will look at a few experiments we have tried at Cleveland Uniting Church to make use of the popularity of games like Minecraft to help in the telling of stories from the Bible, particularly around Christmas and Easter, as well as help provide resources for multi-generational faith formation.

Steve is the minister for Youth and Families with Cleveland Uniting Church. He has a background in information technology, love on-line gaming and is an early adopter of virtual reality.

#121 There's an app for that, Chris England (1)(3)

From making incredible videos, to taking attendance for your programs, we will go through some great apps that can make your life simpler.

A background in media and 6 years as a Children Pastor, I am now looking after Young Adults and communications at a large church in Toowoomba.

#125 Visit EXPO (1)(2)(3)
Your chance to avoid the crowds and visit the EXPO hall.


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