Speaker: Dr. Michelle Anthony
Topic: We Are One: With the Families We Serve

  • “God is moving in every generation, no matter what it looks like.”
  • “Generational changes don’t happen over night, they take time. We must have faith to say we are in it for the long run.”
  • “Children’s ministry is not a movement of next Sunday. It is a long-term movement of generational culture change.”
  • “If we are measuring success by what’s happening after each program, then we are likely not really measuring success at all. It likely will be our grandchildren who see the  of our ministries.”
  • “The question is not, ‘How do I get my parents on board with what I’m doing,’ but, ‘How do I get on board with what God is doing in my ministry and the parents in my ministry?'”
  • “Do we long for the day when Christ is formed in parents at our church or do we just want them to participate in our plans?”
  • “What does your heart really long for? Is it recognition? Is it acceptance? More funding? Better ideas? Appreciation? A sense of worth? Or is it what Paul said…’the day that Christ is formed in you?'”
  • “God’s Voice must be heard.”
  • “Who’s playing counterfeit Holy Spirit in your life? Your boss, a speaker, your spouse…?”
  • “What is God doing in our ministries and families and how can we come along-side of it?”
  • “Faith must overcome our disappointments.”
  • “Success must be redefined if we are going to be part of this movement.”
  • “There’s no room for celebrity children’s pastors here. This movement is for humble servants.”
  • “Success must be defined by being faithful to listen to His voice, overcoming our disappointments, and defining success like He does.”
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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.