Online Training Series 2024

Kids & Family Ministries:

Making Your Church the Best Place to Raise a Family!

Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024 | 10:00am – 3:00pm

Hosts: Resurrection’s ShareChurch Ministry

Learn strategic and practical ways to engage kids and their families in your church. Five major areas of focus will be covered: kid’s programs with the whole family in mind, celebrating faith milestones that become foundational for life, creating a safe and welcoming environment, development of curriculum content and context specific to your community, and hosting outreach events that broaden your connection to new young families!

This online training takes place 10am-3pm Central Time. Learn more about the 5 sessions focusing on different aspects of ministry with kids and families in Session Descriptions.

Host Site for 10

Cost: $430 – Learn More

With a Host Site registration, you can gather up to 10 people at your church to engage in the training together in one location. You will receive one link to watch the event live with your gathered group or to access the recorded content through August 31.

Your team can gather together for strategic planning and debriefing. This is a great opportunity to dream together about how you might implement the principles and practices you learn.

The cost of a Host Site registration for a group of 10 is $430.

Questions? Contact us at sharechurchconferences@cor.org or at 913-232-4120.

Cost

Individual: $49 / Person

Host Site Rate: $430 / 10 People

This event is made possible by the generous support of our sponsor: Saint Paul School of Theology.

Event Schedule

Thursday, February 29, 2024 (All times are Central Time Zone)
10:00 – 10:45 AM CST Session 1: Faith and Family
10:45 – 10:55 AM CST Break
10:55 – 11:45 AM CST Session 2: Making the Most of Milestones
11:45 – 12:15 PM CST Lunch Break
12:15 – 1:05 PM CST Session 3: Environment & Hospitality
1:05 – 1:15 PM CST Break
1:15 – 2:05 PM CST Session 4: Content & Context
2:05 – 2:15 PM CST Break
2:15 – 3:00 PM CST Session 5: Outreach Events

Session Descriptions:

1: Faith and Family

This session will cover strategic design of programs and gatherings, including equipping grown-ups as faith leaders for their kids and integration into the whole church community.

2: Making the Most of Milestones

We’ll discuss milestones from Birth to Graduation as moments to integrate spiritual formation and connection to the overall community.

3: Environment & Hospitality

This session will be about creating spaces that align with the safety and security of local schools that are also fun and engaging for kids. Plus, recruiting and training volunteer leaders for positive relationships and effective follow-up.

4: Content & Context

Here we’ll focus on full sensory faith lessons that are fun and formational. Teaching a theology of grace and love as the highest values.

5: Outreach Events

A session on reaching new young families in your community and helping them discover what they don’t even know they are missing from their kids’ lives.

Jason Gant

Resurrection Kids Lead Director

Jason began in ministry serving teens for over 20 years and then served eight years as the Resurrection West Location Pastor. He’s always felt a call to reach, shepherd, and equip families, as expressed in his speaking and published works on youth ministry and teen talks. Jason is a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church and leads Resurrection’s ministry with children and families across all of our locations, including online. You will often find him dreaming of new ways to do effective ministry…or way out on a mountain stream fly fishing! He is married to Scharme, and they have two teenage daughters.

Contact Jason: jason.gant@cor.org

Diane Enlow

Blue Springs Resurrection Kids Director

Diane has been on staff at Resurrection since 2013. She grew up in Blue Springs, MO, has been a life-long United Methodist, and felt a call to ministry while completing her master’s degree in teaching. She is constantly trying to think of new ways to do ministry and loves expressing her creativity in Vacation Bible Camp and many other community events. Diane and her husband of 17 years have 3 children. She enjoys spending quality time with her family, watching her kids in all their activities, and road-tripping across the country to wherever her minivan will take them!

Contact Diane: diane.enlow@cor.org

Jennifer Lennan

Overland Park Resurrection Kids Director

Jennifer has been serving in kids ministry for eight years, the past two of which have been as the Kids Ministry Director at our Overland Park location. Jennifer’s call to ministry began while serving as a volunteer kids’ leader at another church, which led to the staff position that launched her life in ministry. Her passion is creating safe, welcoming environments at Resurrection for all kids and their families so they, in turn, can experience the love of Christ.

Contact Jennifer: jennifer.lennan@cor.org

Christie Walker

Brookside Resurrection Kids Director

Christie has served in Kids Ministry for 18 years, 12 with Resurrection since 2011. Having a deep sense to go where God calls, she’s led within 3 of the 6 current Resurrection locations, most recently helping open the newest in Brookside. Christie’s passionate about loving and teaching well – ensuring children and volunteer leaders feel seen, known and delighted in as they experience a message of Jesus in a clear, uncomplicated way. Christie and her husband, Clif, have 3 children ages 11-19. Together they enjoy music, laughter, reading, thrifting, the outdoors and their dozen chickens.

Contact Christie: christie.walker@cor.org

Frequently Asked Questions

The entirety of the conference content will be available for replay by participants for 6 months after the live event ends. With this extended access there is no need to cancel your registration if you find you are unable to participate on the day of the live event. However, if your circumstances change and you no longer wish to have access to the conference content, cancellations for a full refund are accepted through February 16. We are unable to offer a refund after February 16.

Yes. Each registration purchased is intended for one participant. This is on the honor system. We trust if your team intends to watch the conference together that you will purchase a registration for each participant. Each participant needs their own registration with a unique email address to access the virtual platform and for access to the replay of the training session.

If you have a larger group, you can purchase a Host Site registration for up to 10 people. See details above.

American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa are accepted for this event. Should you need to make other payment arrangements, contact us at sharechurchconferences@cor.org.

A link to the online event will be emailed to all registered participants a few days prior to the online training session. The platform is simple to access and navigate, and we will provide easy to follow instructions. We do recommend that you check out the platform a day or two prior to the start of the event to get oriented. You do not need to download any special software.

Yes. You will have access to the recording of the event for 6 months through the online platform. You’ll use the same instructions you use to access the live event.

The time zone for this event is Central Standard Time: Thursday, February 29, 10:00am – 3:00pm CST (begins 11:00am Eastern/9:00am Mountain/8:00am Pacific).

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