Welcome to the IGNITE TRAINING HUB!

50 trainers presenting 70+ 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.

 

SCHOOLS’ MINISTRY (FIRED UP CONFERENCE)

#5 Making Every Second Count, Emma Collett (1)(3)

The purpose of this elective is to help delegates consider how they can effectively manage their time in class, with some practical tips on how to make the most of every lesson.

Emma Collett has been working in Sydney for Anglican Youthworks as a Children’s Ministry and Primary School Scripture Advisor for the past 8 years. She has been teaching Protestant Scripture in local Primary Schools around Sydney for over 15 years.

#6 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 (NSW) Consultant and Trainer & 2. Production Coordinator of GodSpace, a ministry resource for RI teachers and children’s ministries. Each week Cheryl builds her hands-on experience by working with a Year 6 SRE class that includes a number of special needs children.

#7 An Update on Current Issues in RI, Karen Grenning (2)(3)

This session will focus on problem-solving issues that RI Coordinators face. Whilst the session will mainly focus on Coordinators, RI Instructors are also welcome to attend. There will be plenty of time for Q and A.

Karen is Spokesperson for QCRIN (Qld Christian RI Network) and a member of Education Queensland’s consultative committee for RI. She has been an RI Instructor and Coordinator at a number of schools for over 22 years and has been involved in children’s ministry ever since she was a child!

#8 Simple Ideas to Plan Engaging, Fun and Meaningful RI Lessons, Susan Wright (1)(2)

In this elective you will be presented with simple ideas to help you plan RI lessons that are fun and meaningful and involve your students.

Susan is a professional teacher and full time volunteer minister of the Gospel teaching well over 330 children every week. She is also an international Youtube Influencer offering FREE video tutorials for children’s ministry workers as well as for parents and grandparents who teach their own children. Check out her Youtube channel ‘WRIGHT IDEAS WITH SUSAN’ for 100+ short video tutorials. There you will find simple ideas showing object lessons, games, craft, music, drama, technology, Bible storytelling, memory verses and so much more.

#9 Being RI Compliant: Being, Saying, Doing, Shirley Culhane (1)(3)

The context in which we deliver RI is changing. What do we need to do to be ‘RI ready’ in 2018?

I have been privileged to be involved with RI instruction and materials development for more than 10 years and regard RI is as a significant learning opportunity for children in government schools.

#10 How to Talk to Kids about Jesus so they don't switch off, Jonathan Sargeant (1)

For some kids, the moment the conversation turns to faith stuff, they switch off. This seminar examines why that is so and gives you dynamite skills on how to talk about faith so no-one switches off!

Jonathan Sargeant has been working with children and young people and training their leaders for more than 20 years. He’s been a teacher, a chaplain an education officer, a youth worker and a ministry lecturer. And he reviews movies for formedfaith.org!

#11 Using Film and TV in your Ministry to Supercharge Relevance, Jonathan Sargeant (2)

Film and TV might be giving your kids new stories to live their lives by. How can we use film and TV to talk about the gospel message? This workshop shows you how.

Jonathan Sargeant has been working with children and young people and training their leaders for more than 20 years. He’s been a teacher, a chaplain an education officer, a youth worker and a ministry lecturer. And he reviews movies for formedfaith.org!

#12 Engagement, Engagement, Engagement, Owen Riley (2)(3)

How do you know if children are staying on task in your RI lesson or kids’ program? This elective answers the question with one word – Engagement! You will take away resources and skills that will make your approach more fun and (you guessed it) completely ENGAGING!

Owen is currently delivering RI in two schools on the Sunshine Coast. His background as a Primary teacher and many years as a mentor and trainer make him ably qualified to lead this energetic and engaging elective.

#13 Digging for Treasure in the Bible, Fiona Cran (2)

Whatever curriculum you use in your ministry, you should always remember that the Bible is your ultimate curriculum! Discover practical ideas and games that will help your kids be inspired to engage in the bible so that they connect with the people, its teaching and its author, God.

My great passion is to engage and inspire young people to know, love and live for God. Currently serving as College Pastor in Glasshouse Christian School and completing my Bachelor of Theology, my ministry experience includes RI, Kids Camps/clubs/youth work, Puppet Ministry, Schools Gospel presentations, Ministry Trainer, you name it! I love networking with Christians and Ministries because I have been so blessed over the years to learn from others skills and experience.

#14 Amazing Illusions to Illustrate Bible Truth, Fiona Cran (3)

Kids love anticipation and wonder and this workshop is full of it! Using everyday items you will learn simple but impressive illusions to turn spiritual truths into concrete examples for kids to understand. No magic wand needed!

My great passion is to engage and inspire young people to know, love and live for God. Currently serving as College Pastor in Glasshouse Christian School and completing my Bachelor of Theology, my ministry experience includes RI, Kids Camps/clubs/youth work, Puppet Ministry, Schools Gospel presentations, Ministry Trainer, you name it! I love networking with Christians and Ministries because I have been so blessed over the years to learn from others skills and experience.


NURTURING FAITH IN THE HOME

#20 The Family Factor, Daron Pratt (2)

Why do families need to be your church’s best friend. Families are an essential catalyst to a child’s faith. This workshop will explore ways to connect Church and Home to enhance lifelong faith.

Daron is a passionate Children’s pastor with more than 20 years experience in his field. He travels extensively throughout Australia and the Pacific resourcing and equipping children’s leaders and teams. He is married to Lisa and is the father of two young adult children Andrew and Maddison.

#21 Preparing Parents for Easter, Andrew McDonough (3)

There’s a number of new Lost Sheep Easter stories. In this workshop let’s brainstorm ways of using these stories to enable parents to share the way of the cross and resurrection of Jesus with the kids leading up to Easter.

Andrew McDonough is the creator of the popular Lost Sheep stories used in churches, schools and outreach around the world. He tells loads of stories every year to kids & adults in a variety of settings.

#22 Encouraging Faith in the Home, Tracy Valentine (1)

We have 40 hours each year to disciple kids, but parents have 3000! How to engage with parents to empower and equip them to leverage their impact for 24/7 intentional ministry without overwhelming them. Tracy is passionate about empowering parents to live out their faith with their kids and has developed some key ways to help parents do this.

Tracy currently oversees the Generations Ministries (age 0-18) at Gateway Baptist Church. After 20 years of ministry in many different church contexts, she realises that it is only through providing relevant, effective programs along with parental partnership that we can be most effective. 

#23 Spiritual Parenting: Childhood Anxiety and Autism, Roz Niven (3)

This workshop will cover: How do we glorify God among the pressures of parenting children with high anxiety, or Autism? How can we advocate for our child at school and outside the home and still embody Jesus?

Roz Niven is a secondary school teacher, engineer, ministry worker and pretty nice person. She is a wife to Dan and together they have four children, two of whom are on the Autism spectrum with multiple medical diagnoses. She has a heart for the people that break the mould, that come from unconventional backgrounds, and desires to see God glorified.

#24 Parenting with Purpose, Joan Koskela (3)

The whole subject of the training of children is huge and in this brief session we can do no more than scratch the surface.  However, there are some very basic principles which in general hold true for every situation, so Joan will try to capture them as briefly as possible. Keep in mind that we are talking about our commission to actually train our children, as opposed to merely caring for them. This demand an active role with hands on commitment, time and attention. James Dobson said, “Parenting Isn’t for Cowards’ and it is our divine invitation to get more skills and wisdom.

Joan is a qualified Counsellor and has been running her own practice from North Brisbane for over 12 years. She is also the author of the My Life Rulz material and a teacher/speaker/trainer for the Living Wisdom material on renewing the mind from a Biblical perspective.

#25 Supporting Families in Faith Formation, Jillian Ross (2)

Parents & grandparents often have a big influence on Faith Formation so how can we help & support them to pass on faith at home. Let’s explore how you can support parents/grandparents regularly as well as during special seasons of the year, like Lent & Advent.

Jillian is a wife & mother of 2 teenage children. She has been in ministry at St Paul’s Uniting Church, Stafford for about 6 years, currently serving as Faith Formation Pastor, previously as Children’s & Families Pastor. Jillian has been passionate about passing on faith to children for many years.


CONNECTING ACROSS GENERATIONS AND IN COMMUNITY

#30 Youth Leadership and its place in Discipleship, Tim Walter (1)

We often look to our youth to help with our children ministry, but how can we maximise their leadership to be a part of their discipleship pathway? This elective explains how we can incorporate some foundational skills that will serve our youth leaders well into their young adult years and beyond while setting them up for a win for both kids ministry and their own journey.

Tim is the Associate Pastor at one2one church in Ballarat and oversee the children, youth, young adults and family ministry areas. I have spent the past 15 years in paid children ministry as a children and family minister and have a track record in growing children and family ministries from the ground up. I and my wife Evette have 3 fantastic children and are passionate about seeing families thrive and God’s kingdom grow. I also love cars… but that probably does not help with the elective …

#31 Mentoring for Faith, Daron Pratt (3)

Why is mentoring the X factor when it comes to passing on faith to our children and how can churches be more effective in mentoring children. This workshop will examine the reasons why mentoring is the X factor and then present a practical tool that works.

Daron is a passionate Children’s pastor with more than 20 years experience in his field. He travels extensively throughout Australia and the Pacific resourcing and equipping children’s leaders and teams. He is married to Lisa and is the father of two young adult children Andrew and Maddison.

#32 Joining the Dots, Sandy Galea (3)

Generations have been so clearly identified and defined within our society we even have names for them. As the family of God, how to create a mindset whereby each generation intentionally thinks about how to disciple those younger and older than them? How do we create opportunities for meaningful engagement one generation to another?

Sandy has been the Lead Children’s Minister at MBM (Multicultural Bible Ministry) in Sydney for the past 26 years. She partners with others involved in children’s ministry both in Australia and OS 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!).

#33 Challenges and Opportunities for Millennials, Brad Case (1)

Whether we are in children’s or youth ministry we’re working with people in Gen Y, Gen Z and Gen Alpha…and their world is changing faster than ever. In this fun and interactive session, we’ll explore the world that Millennials live in and hear about some of the real challenges they face. Together we’ll discover some ways in which we can approach ministry with children of the new Millennium.

Brad Case is currently the Mission Action Partner for Youth and Young Adults with Churches of Christ QLD. In this role he focuses on coaching and equipping people involved in ministry, particularly youth and young adult pastors across the State. Prior to this role Brad has been both a primary and secondary school chaplain and youth ministry specialist at SUQld, as well as a youth and children’s pastor in the Uniting Church. He has a deep passion for seeing young people begin the lifelong journey of discipleship. In his spare time he loves playing squash, indoor cricket, playing his saxophone and currently planning a wedding with his fiancé, Mercy.

#34 Reaching Pre-Teens, David Goodwin (2)

The preteens could be described as the most difficult age group to reach in the church but they could also be the most exciting. Once they get a passion for the Lord, they quickly become involved in serving Jesus.

David Goodwin is a pastor, writer, trainer and counselor with a passion to helping those who help children, particularly children who have been hurt.

#35 Playgroup that Transforms Lives, Becky Clark (1)(2)

Playgroup is so much more than just child minding and craft. This class will help you plan and deliver an intentional playgroup program that builds relationships, connects people and demonstrates the love of Jesus.

Becky Clark is the coordinator of Playgroups at Redcliffe Uniting Church. She is a qualified Primary Teacher and has worked with playgroups for over 10 years. Becky has a passion to see parents and kids build meaningful relationships with each other, across generations and with the community around them.

#36 The Why and the How of Sports Ministry, Jeff Howard (1)(2)

Sport is a natural social adhesive, connecting many who would previously find very little common ground. We will look at practical ways that Sports Ministry connects you, and your local Church with the Community. We will also look at the Pray, Play, Say program which has been developed to prepare each Christian to be influential and respected within their own sporting teams, and the wider sporting community. This elective will showcase all areas of Sports Ministry and identify great opportunities. The elective will give people the skills needed to become a strong Christian role model in your sporting circles.

Jeff has been working with SU Qld for the last 10 years in a variety of roles. Some of those roles include District Coordinator, Field Support Manager and Conference Manager. Currently Jeff is the Brisbane Regional Manager. Jeff also looks after SU Sports Ministry. Jeff has had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Global Sports Ministry Conference in Orlando over the last 2 years. Attending that conference with leaders from all around the world has been the catalyst for seeing Sports Ministry develop in Brisbane and beyond. Jeff has been married to Debbie for the last 29 years and they have 2 adult children, Jordan and Laura.

#37 MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Rachael Carter (1)(2)

Want to attract young families to your church? Serve your local community? Draw people to Christ? If you answered ‘yes’, then this elective is for you.MOPS is a highly effective tool for building a bridge between your church and your community.Learn how MOPS can achieve these goals through a fortnightly church based group offering a time-out program for mothers of young children.

Rachael is the Queensland Growth and Strategy Leader for MOPS Australia. She is a mother of three and is a Registered Nurse working with Newly Arrived Refugees.

#38 Being Intergenerational, Jillian Ross (3)

Research shows that children who are part of a wider faith community are more likely to feel a part of their faith community. Let’s explore why we should be intergenerational in our churches and how we can add intergenerational elements to worship, discipleship, social events & all facets of church life.

Jillian is a wife & mother of 2 teenage children. She has been in ministry at St Paul’s Uniting Church, Stafford for about 6 years, currently serving as Faith Formation Pastor, previously as Children’s & Families Pastor. Jillian has been passionate about passing on faith to children for many years.

EXPLORING LIFE ISSUES

#40 DOUBLE CLASS Let's Talk About Suicide and Mental Health, Brett Ryan (1-2)

Suicide is everyone’s business. This elective will provide an overview of suicide – how to identify and what to do if someone has suicidal ideation. It will also briefly explore grief, depression and some keys in helping to build resilience.

Brett is currently the CEO of Focus on the Family Australia for 5 years. Prior he was a Children’s Pastor for 13 years and prior to that was a Critical Care Nurse for 15 years with majors in ICU and A&E.

#41 Talking to Kids about the Big Issues, Brett Ryan (3)

This elective will provide some keys of the importance of how to speak to young people and their parents on the BIG issues of today. Sex & pornography, drugs & alcohol, technology and sexuality from a biblical worldview.

Brett is currently the CEO of Focus on the Family Australia for 5 years. Prior he was a Children’s Pastor for 13 years and prior to that was a Critical Care Nurse for 15 years with majors in ICU and A&E.

#42 Inclusion of Children with Special Needs, Natalie Kaiser (2)(3)

Delegates will explore some simple strategies to assist in the inclusion of children with special needs in their ministry.

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

#43 Building Resilience in Children, David Goodwin (1)

Helping children and young people face, overcome, and be transformed by adversity.

David Goodwin is a pastor, writer, trainer and counselor with a passion to helping those who help children, particularly children who have been hurt.

#44 Counselling Children, David Goodwin (3)

Learn how to use a simple problem-solving/counselling technique (POOCH) based on Reality Therapy (Choices and Consequences).

David Goodwin is a pastor, writer, trainer and counselor with a passion to helping those who help children, particularly children who have been hurt.

#45 Creating Confident and Connected Kids in your Community, Linda Ross (1)

As children deal with growing issues of mental health, family breakdown and behaviour challenges, how do we help them to be confident, connected and inspired to make a difference. This can be hard when so much of the world is telling them they are not enough! In this session we will discover the three important keys to creating a sense of value, love and purpose in kids. You will walk away with the steps to manifest communities of kids that value who God made them to be, know that they can achieve and be empowered to make a difference in this world.

International speaker, author and educator, Linda Ross is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. With over 20 years of experience in working with children Linda has served as a chaplain, ministry leader and primary school teacher. Currently she is creating and sharing her empowerment programs for other inspired people to make a difference in their community. Linda strongly believes that when we invest in a child we truly CHANGE THE WORLD!!!

#46 Boys to Men, Paul Clark (2)(3)

Harvey Weinstein, Domestic Violence, Tinder – How do you raise boys to be men who honour women? Start young, be intentional. In this elective we will look at a blueprint for helping boys become young men of Christlike character.

Paul Clark is heard on radio across Australia with his “At the Top” life coaching moments. Author of 20 books, Senior Pastor at Redcliffe Uniting, father of two and husband to Becky.

#47 Responding Pastorally to Gender Identity Issues, Meryem & Greg Brown (1)(2)

This elective will explore gender ID issues and young people – the research, the at-risk factors and the components of an effective pastoral response.

Meryem and Greg Brown conduct a counselling service and have worked with clients and family members affected by gender ID issues. They are often invited to present workshops on relationship issues including aspects of sexuality.

#48 Big Questions, Helen Webb (2)(3)

Learn strategies for answering some of life’s most difficult questions. Who made God? Why is there suffering? Who wrote the Bible and how do I know it is true? Gain some theological background and practical tips for answering kids (and adults) questions in a sensitive and faithful way. It’s ok if you bring your big questions too.

Helen Webb has worked in Children’s Ministry for more than ten years. She has been a Kids Pastor, a Schools Pastor and an RI Instructor. Helen and Ben have 3 kids who ask a lot of questions, and bring home their friend’s questions. She is currently working as a classroom teacher for Education Queensland.

#49 Blockages to Emotional Resilience, Joan Koskela (1)

There are some very powerful ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’t’s’ which will either invoke resilience or crush it. Any parent, carer, teacher, adult can benefit from keeping these concepts in mind in their work with children.

Joan is a qualified Counsellor and has been running her own practice from North Brisbane for over 12 years. She is also the author of the My Life Rulz material and a teacher/speaker/trainer for the Living Wisdom material on renewing the mind from a Biblical perspective.

#50 How does it feel?, Alison Cox (2)(3)

Ever wonder how it feels to have a disability? Let’s explore what it might be like and work on practical ways to create opportunities for all people to feel welcome and included in our activities and programs.

I have been a youth, children and families worker for the Uniting Church for over 20 years. My current role is with Wesley Mission Qld where we are establishing a new transition program for school leavers with disability. Our daughter Jasmin is a committed connected member of our church – and she has a disability.

#51 Creating a Sensory Sensitive Option in your Children’s Church, Chelsea Follett (2)(3)

Following on from the keynote session, explore how your church can create a sensory sensitive option for children who find it difficult to cope in the sometimes crazy atmosphere of kids church. We will look at options for churches of all sizes.

Chelsea has been the Children’s Pastor at WorshipCentre Christian Church for over 5 years and is passionate about creating a children’s church experience that enables all kids to experience God.

#52 FUNSplash - Creating an inclusive event for kids with ASD, Wendy Paroz and Christine Thomas (1)(3)

We will look at the DNA of belonging; creating inclusive community as part of a church’s missional strategy. The impact ASD has on a child and their family. The FUNSplash case study; how to run an event that is fun and affirming for kids with ASD and their families.

Christine and Wendy are part of LIVE church plant’s leadership team on the Sunshine Coast. They’re committed to living life to the full, regardless of ability. Wendy has trained as a Primary School Teacher and currently works in a part time capacity at the local State Primary School in classroom, special education and behaviour support roles. Christine was involved in event management and is currently a Pastor and the Manager of The Training Collaborative, QLD Baptist’s training arm.

ENGAGING CHILDREN IN MISSION

#55 All-Age Faith Formation through Social Action, Jonathan Kemp (3)

We’ll share at least a hundred social action ideas as we explore how to conduct inter-generational service activities which can be done with all ages in your church or community to learn and grow together.

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

#56 Step Into My Shoes - Implementing Missions Curriculum, Michael Keeffe (1)(3)

Step into My Shoes is a children’s curriculum developed by Compassion and Fuller Youth Institute to help children engage with mission and understand the role they can play in helping the poor.

I’ve worked with Compassion Australia for over 3 years as a Relationship Manager fostering partnerships between local churches here in QLD and Compassion’s work through the local church in the field. Previously I was a pastor in a local church for over 10 years working in both children’s and youth ministry.

ESTABLISHING DIVINE ENCOUNTERS

#60 DOUBLE CLASS Growing Faith in Kids, Sandy Galea (1-2)

Faith is a gift given by God. It is his work from beginning to end. God however calls on us to be careful not to cause little ones to stumble. We can impact children for good or ill. What are the six significant things we can do that will help establish in children a faith that is robust and strong… that will persevere until the end?

Sandy has been the Lead Children’s Minister at MBM (Multicultural Bible Ministry) in Sydney for the past 26 years. She partners with others involved in children’s ministry both in Australia and OS 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!).

#61 Telling Bible Stories, Josh Bartlett (2)(3)

This elective will provide a range of tips, demos and activities to help equip you to present Bible stories that are simple, memorable, and true to the Bible. We’ll also mention some different ways to help kids engage with a Bible story.

Josh Bartlett has volunteered with SU camps for 15 years, and currently works as a Bible Engagement Facilitator for Wycliffe Australia. He is an experienced Bible storyteller, and has run Bible storytelling workshops in Australia and South Africa.

ENCOURAGING LIFE CONNECTIONS

#65 DOUBLE CLASS Discipleship through Action Based Learning, Andrea Eadie (1-2)

Action based learning (ABL) is fun and engaging. If done effectively, it disciples young people in a way that results in real change and growth. This elective will develop your ability to use ABL as a means of working with spiritual concepts so that they become practice rather than theory in the lives of those we work with..

As a teacher, counsellor, long-term SU chaplain, program developer and VITALprojex trainer, Andrea has been using fun, action-based learning as major key to growing Christian values with both church and secular groups for many years.

#66 Helping Kids Feel they Belong, Michael Trafford (1)(2)

In the six months up to Ignite 2018, Children’s ministry leaders throughout Brisbane gave their children in their ministry a video camera and asked them to interview each other about why they feel (or don’t feel) they belong in their church community. Through watching segments from their videos we will unpack truths and tips to help the kids from our churches feel connected in our local church communities.

Michael is currently serving as a school chaplain in a local state school and as an associate pastor on the North Side of Brisbane. Michael believes that a key element in creating lifelong disciples is children identifying their local church as a significant place that they belong and is therefore passionate about listening to children to hear from them and their experiences.

CREATING MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES

#70 Ballooning - You Can Do It, Daron Pratt (1)

Why are balloons so effective in ministry? The magic of Balloon Twisting combined with a good story along with the power of the gospel changes lives. You can do it… come along and learn the art of twisting balloons into a powerful weapon!

Daron is a passionate Children’s pastor with more than 20 years experience in his field. He travels extensively throughout Australia and the Pacific resourcing and equipping children’s leaders and teams. He is married to Lisa and is the father of two young adult children Andrew and Maddison.

#71 Intentional Learning that lasts a Lifetime, Linda Ross (3)

How can we use how the brain works to create fun, meaningful moments that change kids lives? Discover practical keys to turning fun programs into intentional learning moments that children remember and learn from. You will walk away with ready to go activities that are designed to be amazing, memorable with deep connections being made in kids head, heart and soul!!

International speaker, author and educator, Linda Ross is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. With over 20 years of experience in working with children Linda has served as a chaplain, ministry leader and primary school teacher. Currently she is creating and sharing her empowerment programs for other inspired people to make a difference in their community. Linda strongly believes that when we invest in a child we truly CHANGE THE WORLD!!!

#72 Mainly Music, Helen Meinel (3)

Come and join in a practical 30 minute Mainly Music session, and discover that we are so much more than a fun and educational music program. Not only do we provide musical activities to help grow and develop the child, we provide a safe, nurturing space for families where connection occurs and a pathway to the local church is created.

The current Children and Families Pastor at Mueller Community Church, Helen has been passionately involved in Children’s and Youth Ministry for over 20 years. Together with her love of music, Helen heads up a energetic team of volunteers who faithfully run multiple Mainly Music Sessions each week and have seen firsthand the positive connections made with the local church.

SHARPENING MINISTRY TOOLS

#80 Winning Your Church Leadership for Kids Ministry, Tim Walter (2)

Some leadership teams don’t understand the high importance of children and family ministries. This elective will unpack some strategies in communicating the need, building on success and winning the hearts, minds and ‘budget’ of your Church leaders.

I am the Associate Pastor at one2one church in Ballarat and oversee the children, youth, young adults and family ministry areas. I have spent the past 15 years in paid children’s ministry as a children and family minister and have a track record in growing children and family ministries from the ground up. I and my wife Evette have 3 fantastic children and are passionate about seeing families thrive and God’s kingdom grow. I also love cars… but that probably does not help with the elective …

#81 The Golden Rule to Growing your Children's Ministry, Tim Walter (3)

Often we want to ‘have more kids’ but don’t know how to ‘grow the ministry’. This elective will examine some tried and tested practices to grow your children’s ministry in a way that is biblical, sustainable, relational, and discipleship focused.

I am the Associate Pastor at one2one church in Ballarat and oversee the children, youth, young adults and family ministry areas. I have spent the past 15 years in paid children ministry as a children and family minister and have a track record in growing children and family ministries from the ground up. I and my wife Evette have 3 fantastic children and are passionate about seeing families thrive and God’s kingdom grow. I also love cars… but that probably does not help with the elective …

#82 Christ Centered Behaviour Management - Introduction, Derek Hughes (1)

Delegates will be introduced to the basic principals of Christ centered Behaviour Management. We will answer the question: How do I best set up my heart to allow the Holy Spirit to guide my behaviour management practices.

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. 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 Head of Middle School at Australian Christian College in Caboolture. He has undertaken Post Graduate studies in Educational Research and is currently studying a Masters in Theology. His website www.derekhugheseducation.com has more information on the services he offers.

#83 The Biblical Foundations of Christ Centered Behaviour: Minimising and Responding to Disruptive Behaviours, Derek Hughes (2)

Delegates will discuss the principles of Christ centered Behaviour Management. We will look at strategies to help us respond to youth and children in a way that represents a loving, compassionate God who still demands excellence.

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. 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 Head of Middle School at Australian Christian College in Caboolture. He has undertaken Post Graduate studies in Educational Research and is currently studying a Masters in Theology. His website www.derekhugheseducation.com has more information on the services he offers.

#84 The Biblical Foundations of Christ Centered Behaviour Management: Let’s Explore Your World, Derek Hughes (3)

Delegates will be given the opportunity to ask questions of Derek and the rest of the delegates about difficult behaviour management issues they are facing. This is always a very moving and productive networking time where delegates get to express their frustrations and come to realise that they are not alone in this journey.

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. 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 Head of Middle School at Australian Christian College in Caboolture. He has undertaken Post Graduate studies in Educational Research and is currently studying a Masters in Theology. His website www.derekhugheseducation.com has more information on the services he offers.

#85 Fire Up Your Storytelling, Andrew McDonough (1)

If you’re teaching kids, you’re telling story. In this workshop, we’ll consider the power of storytelling, hone your storytelling skill, explore how to start with a Bible passage and end up with a story. And loads more.

Andrew McDonough is the creator of the popular Lost Sheep stories used in churches, schools and outreach around the world. He tells loads of stories every year to kids & adults in a variety of settings.

#86 Jelly Bean Jam, MAtt Gorton (1)(3)

As with colours in a packet of Jelly Beans, there are many different creative tools you can use in ministry with children. Come and witness many creative methods that you can use in your own ministry context.

MAtt is the founder of creative children’s ministry Quiz Worx. Using as many creative tools as possible is the way they keep 60,000+ children engaged and entertained as they share Jesus with kids throughout Queensland, NSW and the rest of Australia.

#87 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!

#88 Square Pegs: Working with Kids who don't quite fit in, Rachel Doherty (2)

Managing challenging behaviours isn’t just about responding to them, it’s also about creating an environment that makes kids feel welcomed and valued. Join Rachel as she explores the 5 fundamentals of supporting kids with challenging behaviours.

Rachel is the founder and director of Tweens2teen, a resource on living and working with young people. As a social worker and teacher, she’s worked with children for over 25 years and gets to practice what she preaches at home with her three teenagers.

#89 How to Use Social Media to Engage with Families, Rachel Doherty (3)

The era of Facebook provides a great opportunity to connect with families in your community to not only let them know what you offer, but to also encourage connection and share wisdom. See what you could do in an hour or two a week to bring your work with families into the 21st century.

Rachel is the founder and director of Tweens2teen, a resource on living and working with young people. As a social worker and teacher, she’s worked with children for over 25 years and gets to practice what she preaches at home with her three teenagers.

#90 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 a part of a team and leading teams. Hear Dani’s top tips for leading effective teams of volunteers 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 of volunteers or aspire to, 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 12 years and has been on staff for 3. Dani is passionate about seeing kids come to know Jesus, investing in and equipping leaders and seeing teams empowered.

#91 The Essentials in Kids Ministry, Tracy Valentine (3)

Whether you are starting out or have been in kids ministry for years, this session will be a great reminder of the keys for a vibrant and engaging ministry for kids. This is a practical session to help you frame your ministry to be its best and to help build it for longevity. These principles apply regardless of your church context.

Tracy currently oversees the Generations Ministries (age 0-18) at Gateway Baptist Church. After 20 years of ministry in many different church contexts, she realises that it is only through providing relevant, effective programs along with parental partnership that we can be most effective.

#92 Fire Up your Ministry without Burning Out, Linda Ross (2)

How can we have an on fire ministry while avoiding the pitfalls of burn out? In this session you will learn how to recognise when burnout is coming, how to avoid it and what to do when you find you have run out of steam! We will also look at how to help those in your ministry team do the same! Get ready to fire UP without Burning Out!

International speaker, author and educator, Linda Ross is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. With over 20 years of experience in working with children Linda has served as a chaplain, ministry leader and primary school teacher. Currently she is creating and sharing her empowerment programs for other inspired people to make a difference in their community. Linda strongly believes that when we invest in a child we truly CHANGE THE WORLD!!!

#93 Exploring the Big Story of the Bible in Digital Spaces, Adrian Blenkinsop (1)(2)

Engaging kids with the bible as one big story, rather than as a series of random, unrelated stories is vital if they are to develop a healthy understanding of scripture. Using digital spaces to engage kids with scripture can be a great support to the ongoing face-to-face discipleship if used well. In this elective we’ll explore how the biblical ‘meta’ narrative can and should shape the development of young people’s personal ‘midi’ narrative, and what digital resources might support you in that endeavour.

Adrian Blenkinsop has been a children and youth ministry specialist for many years, having worked with Bible Society Australia as their National Youth Ministry Development Manager for over 10 years. Currently he is the Regional Facilitator across Australia & NZ for OneHope, a US-based bible agency, as well as a Youth Ministry Coach with Churches of Christ in SA.

#94 Early Years Ministry: More than just Babysitting, Bethany McGibbon (3)

Research explains that the first 5 years of a child’s life are foundational. Therefore, your early years ministries have to be intentional. If you have a heart for prayer, reaching families and loving on preschoolers then this elective is for you. We will be discussing creative ways to help your early year’s ministry thrive and build a foundation of faith for every preschooler that walks through your doors.

Bethany McGibbon is the co-ordinator if early years ministry at Gateway Baptist Church.  She is a qualified early childhood teacher and has 7 years of experience working in Early childhood environments.  She has a passion for the under 5’s and their importance in the Kingdom.

#95 Starting from Scratch, Donna Graham (1)

If you are starting a kids ministry from scratch in either a new campus plant or a new ministry in your church, come to hear some golden ideas to help you create a flourishing ministry while also learning about a couple of pitfalls to avoid. From a ministry with 2 kids to 45 kids, Donna has seen progressive growth and is looking forward to sharing encouraging advice to those in similar ministries.

Donna has 15 years experience in Kids Ministry. During that time she has run Sunday morning, Kids club and Holiday programs. 5 years ago she took the brave step in leading a kids ministry in a campus plant for Gateway Baptist. During this time there have been many lessons learnt as she has navigated this new frontier of ministry as this ministry has grown and stretched her leadership each year.

#96 ChildSafe Children's Ministry and Great Adventures, Joh Knijnenburg (1)

Most of us aren’t too keen on lots of paperwork. We really want to spend time doing ministry, sharing our faith and our adventures with our youth. But we also want our kids to be safe and go home the same way they arrived, apart from having had the best time of their lives. This elective will help us understand how to get the paperwork done, set great standards for safety and still have loads of time for doing ministry, leading young people and having exciting adventures.

Joh Knijnenburg (aka BibleJoe) is the Northern Relationship Manager with ChildSafe Australia.

#97 Introduction to ChildSafe Training 101, Joh Knijnenburg (2)(3)

ChildSafe SP3 is a Safety System built on the idea that no-one is accountable to themselves when it comes to safety management around children and vulnerable people. This elective will help you understand some of the principles of safe management practices when working with children. (People who attend this elective will also be eligible for 25% off the M3 ChildSafe Accreditation Training)

Joh Knijnenburg (aka BibleJoe) is the Northern Relationship Manager with ChildSafe Australia.

#98 Stepping Out: Turning Your Gifts and Passions into a Ministry, Dan Warlow (1)

Do you have a dream of one day stepping out into a ministry of your own but don’t know how? Come and hear from Christian Kids Music Artist, Dan Warlow, as he shares Key principles into his journey of discerning, building and financing his full-time music ministry. If you have a gift or a calling that you’d love to use to build God’s Kingdom, then you won’t want to miss this workshop!

Dan Warlow is a full-time Christian Kids Music Artist who sings and performs in schools and churches around Australia and internationally.

#99 5 Attributes of Great Leaders, Cath Tallack (2)(3)

As leaders we want to be the best we can be for those we lead. Cath brings her ministry experience and passion for leadership development to bring 5 attributes that all great leaders hold and that every leader of ministry should be growing in and working on.

Cath worked in local church ministry as a children’s pastor and generations pastor for 9 years before taking on the national director role for Arrow Leadership Australia, a program designed to develop emerging Christian leaders, male and female participants aged 25-40, drawn from across Australia in full time ministry across varied denominations.

#100 How the church can love and serve individuals with Autism, and their families, Roz Niven (1)(2)

This session will aim to equip church leaders and members to better understand Autism Spectrum Disorders and to select strategies that allow each individual to grow in Christ and to be more fully included within your church body.

Roz Niven is a secondary school teacher, engineer, ministry worker and pretty nice person. She is a wife to Dan and together they have four children, two of whom are on the Autism spectrum with multiple medical diagnoses. She has a heart for the people that break the mould, that come from unconventional backgrounds, and desires to see God glorified.


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#105 More Radical than We Realise: Intergenerational Faith Formation, Dave Csinos (1)

“Intergenerational” has become a hot topic for folks involved in faith formation. But what does it really mean to foster relationships among people of various ages? What do we gain? What do we lose? In this session, we’ll explore just how countercultural it is to engage in intergenerational ministry and how it holds the power to manifest God’s Kingdom on earth. (Elective will be via Skype)

Dave Csinos is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also serves as founder and president of Faith Forward, an ecumenical organisation for innovation in ministry with children and youth. Dave writes widely about faith formation, children’s ministry, youth ministry, and culture, and his books include Children’s Ministry that Fits, Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus, and the Faith Forward book series. Dave holds a PhD in practical theology from University of St. Michael’s College. He has spoken at  churches, conferences, camps, and universities throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

#106 Serving Families in their Faith Formation Responsibilities, Panel (2)

A panel of three practitioners from differing contexts will share their stories, experiences, challenges and lessons learnt in their adventures of helping their families invest into the eternity of their children. Exploring the complementary role of the local faith community will be a focus of this elective.

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


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