Relational Children's Ministry
Children's ministry has the power to change the lives of kids and families. Unfortunately, it's not always clear that the work a person does with kids is really making a lasting difference. Ask children's ministry leaders and kid-influencers if they...
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Children's ministry has the power to change the lives of kids and families. Unfortunately, it's not always clear that the work a person does with kids is really making a lasting difference. Ask children's ministry leaders and kid-influencers if they are making the impact on children's lives as they had hoped and most likely the responses will be mixed. And for good reason. Research over the past decade has revealed an alarming lack of long-term growth in the faith community as children progress through student ministries into adulthood.
Clearly, something needs to change.
Relational Children's Ministry seeks to reverse this trend by equipping children's ministry leaders with practical tools to disrupt the status quo approach to discipleship with children and realign their ministries for greater long-term impact. Ministry leaders will:
Learn how to relate intentionally to kids and families by putting five discipleship invitations modeled by Jesus into practice Explore practical approaches to realign their children's ministry for a new trajectory by hitting three "reset buttons" to ensure long-term discipleship is embedded Encounter examples of disruptive disciple-makers in action and learn key principles that can be translated into their own ministry context
Children's ministry leaders will receive practical training to refocus their children's ministry along with time-tested tools to personally recommit to lifelong discipleship. Kid-influencers can become a disciple-making community that redirects the current trajectory for this and future generations.
Dan Lovaglia is director of new ministries and parent engagement at Awana. With 15 years pastoral ministry experience, he is committed to intentionally equipping kids, families and ministry leaders to know, love and serve Christ. Dan holds a bachelor s degree in youth ministry from Moody Bible Institute, master s degree in evangelism and spiritual formation from Wheaton College, and most recently served as discipleship teaching and content director at Willow Creek Community Church. He and his wife Kate live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with their teenage sons, Avery and Aaron.
- <p>children's Ministry Has The Power To Change The Lives Of Kids And Families. Unfortunately, It's Not Always Clear That The Work A Person Does With Kids Is Really Making A Lasting Difference. Ask Children's Ministry Leaders And Kid-influencers If They Are Making The Impact On Children's Lives As They Had Hoped And Most Likely The Responses Will Be Mixed. And For Good Reason. Research Over The Past Decade Has Revealed An Alarming Lack Of Long-term Growth In The Faith Community As Children Progress Through Student Ministries Into Adulthood.</p> <p>clearly, Something Needs To Change.</p> <p><em>relational Children's Ministry</em> Seeks To Reverse This Trend By Equipping Children's Ministry Leaders With Practical Tools To Disrupt The Status Quo Approach To Discipleship With Children And Realign Their Ministries For Greater Long-term Impact. Ministry Leaders Will:</p> <ul> <li>learn How To Relate Intentionally To Kids And Families By Putting Five Discipleship Invitations Modeled By Jesus Into Practice</li> <li>explore Practical Approaches To Realign Their Children's Ministry For A New Trajectory By Hitting Three "reset Buttons" To Ensure Long-term Discipleship Is Embedded</li> <li>encounter Examples Of Disruptive Disciple-makers In Action And Learn Key Principles That Can Be Translated Into Their Own Ministry Context</li> </ul> <p>children's Ministry Leaders Will Receive Practical Training To Refocus Their Children's Ministry Along With Time-tested Tools To Personally Recommit To Lifelong Discipleship. Kid-influencers Can Become A Disciple-making Community That Redirects The Current Trajectory For This And Future Generations.</p>