Speaker: Jeffery Reed
Kingdom Building in Children’s Ministry
  • We need to be kingdom building, not church building
  • We need to be developing kids that are culture thinking not culture shaped
    • We must teach kids to love others
    • Teach children to teach others to lead
    • Teach children to shake the culture
    • Teach parents that their kids belong to God
  • Bring it on, not take away
    • Heart transforming, not behavior modifying
    • Philippians 2:13
    • Instead of saying “act like this” we should be saying to kids “know Him more”
    • God wants leaders, but more than that, He wants a community of leaders that are focus on one purpose.
    • Our future leaders are in our hands
Speaker: Craig Johnson
The Importance of Networking
Reasons why people don’t network
  • Isolation
    • The more isolated we are the more we can limit the power of collaboration.
    • When you come together with other ideas, in agreement, a “symphony” takes place
    • If we let isolation set in, it separates us from letting us be what God wants us to be
    • Proverbs 15:22
    • A great children’s program is never usually developed by one person
  • Fear
    • We may be afraid someone won’t value our ideas
    • Fear of the other person not having time
    • Fear will stop you more than any other enemy could
    • Most resistance is not external, but internal
Reasons why you should network
  • When you are good to someone else in your “storm” it can help you out of it
    • Sometimes we face issues in our church that force us to reach out to others
    • Special needs is a growing need, but very few churches address that need
    • Networking can help address those needs
  • Change your environment
    • This helps us grow and develop in our leadership
    • The dream in your heart may be bigger than your environment
    • Don’t let your environment limit your potential.
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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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