This is Part 3 of the Children’s Ministry Conference Tips series. Click here for Part 1. Click here for Part 2.


 

Children’s ministry conferences can be fundamental assets to anyone working with children in the church. Knowing how to get the most out of the trip is important, however, not only to maximize a ministry budget, but for the leader and their ministry as a whole. Here are some thoughts on how to get the most out of a children’s ministry conference, when you return.

 

When You Return.

Unpack your thoughts.

When you return, you may have mixed emotions. You might feel the need to change 1,000 things. You may feel recharged and passionate about starting a new program in your ministry. Whatever the case, it is important that you take time to unpack your thoughts. Go over the notes that you took in the lectures and from your brainstorming sessions. Find the areas that really jump out at you the most. Bounce ideas off of other volunteers or leaders in your ministry.

Prioritize your ideas.

Remember the fire hydrant analogy? You will be inundated with thoughts and ideas that you can take back and apply immediately at your church. An important step when you return is to pray over your ideas and ask God to lead you in the direction He wants for your ministry. Begin to write down your ideas and prioritize them. You may want to prioritize your ideas from most important to least important or from short-term implementation to ideas that will take a while to implement. Form a list to work through so you will not feel like you have to implement everything at once.

Move into action.

Take your newly formed list and begin prayerfully working toward making your ministry better and stronger. Remember that ministry isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. Some areas may not improve overnight. Some ideas that you thought were great may not work out. With the Lord’s guidance you will use your newly found energy and ideas to create something that will reach the hearts of children and families.

 

Now that you are prepared to make the most of a children’s ministry conference, remember as great as it is, attending a conference isn’t really about the experience in itself. Attending a children’s ministry conference is about what God will do in you and through you for His Kingdom, when you return. That is what it really means to get the most from your experience.

Have you attended a children’s ministry conference recently? What did you do to make sure you got the most out of your trip? Leave your thoughts below, or on social media!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.

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