We have set ambitious goals for Ministry with Children and Families across the Tennessee Conference. The following is an explanation of what we plan to accomplish during the next 3 years of ministry. We would love for you to join us on this journey!!
Each of the following goals for 2019 are accompanied by a benchmark that we plan to accomplish in 2017. We are already at work developing action steps and processes to make these a reality. Which of these fuels your passion? Join us!!
We will implement a full menu of Children’s Ministry training opportunities across the Tennessee Conference. This includes training for new children’s ministry leaders, practical and program-related content, as well as deeper leadership and spiritual development.
2017 Benchmark: We developed a network of leaders who train and coach. We developed a training calendar for those who train trainers. We explored conference-wide training opportunities for ongoing training needs.
We created a Children’s Ministry Faith Formation Strategy that churches can contextualize and personalize. This strategy includes both church-based and family engaged components.
2017 Benchmark: We have formed a team to review best practices and faith formation. We have developed a template for churches as a process to form their specific contextual strategies.
The Children’s Ministry Discipleship Team sponsored 6 annual children’s ministry events throughout the conference. These events included: Confirmation Retreats, Family events, Pre-Teen events, Children’s Spiritual Life, “Created by God” events and retreats, and worship arts events.
2017 Benchmark: The Children’s Ministry Discipleship Team has formed design teams for each retreat. The dates, sites, and opportunities have been scheduled on the calendar and a plan for publicizing has been developed.
A conference-wide worship arts program has been developed. The program started with a children’s choir and has expanded as interests and passions are nurtured.
2017 Benchmark: We have identified ages, sites, and the initial focus for the first event.
A central communication plan for all Children’s Ministry-related news has been implemented. This plan will provide a space where all information is funneled so that all people at all times will find the information they desire about ministry with children in the Tennessee Conference.
2017 Benchmark: We identified a point person to contact that will help coordinate information received. A monthly newsletter has been developed that includes curriculum links, best practices, welcoming of new children’s ministry leaders, and a link to the conference children’s ministry calendar as well as other locally sponsored children and family focused opportunities.