Children's Ministry Institute

NGUMC Children’s Ministry Institute (CMI)                                                                    

Participation is encouraged for all new children’s ministry directors or those leading local church children’s ministries wishing to grow in their leadership skills. Potential participants’ senior pastors will be made aware of the opportunity for their director to participate.  Upon successful completion of the cohort, participants will receive appropriate NGUMC and local church acknowledgement. The NGUMC CMI will be:

  • Informational
  • Practical
  • Accessible
  • Relational
  • Theological

Children’s directors will be invited to participate in a Regional Cohort. Each cohort will have:

  1. A regional Coach/Mentor
  2. Monthly gatherings
  3. Private social networking site for continuing active participation, idea sharing, support, prayer, questions, et cetera. Access to Zoom meetings, and additional on line resources.
  4. Resources and books (see list below)
  5. A designed in-house training/planning session for cohort participant and his/her ministry team at cohort participant’s local church.

New Cohort Forming Fall 2019

The cohort will be hosted at McEachern Memorial UMC and meet from 10 AM – 1 PM on the following dates in 2019:

August 22          Soul Tending                Continuing to grow in faith as a leader

September 19    Nuts and Bolts              The Basics of Leading and Planning a Year in Children’s

                                                                Ministry: Creating a team, Volunteer invitation,

               Planning, Budgeting, Equipping others for ministry

October 17         Wesley Primer              How does our Wesleyan heritage impact our ministries?

November 14     Experiential Learning    How Children Learn-Age appropriate Faith Formation          

December 5       Fulfilling Our Mission    Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Children

Each participant will receive the following books and resources:

  • Rise Up. Vanessa Myers
  • Little Steps Big Faith. Dawn Rudman
  • Age/Stage Developmental Chart
  • Developing an Intentional Discipleship Plan for Children. Kathy Pittenger (Discipleship Ministries)
  • Sustainable Children’s Ministries: From Last Minute Scrambling to Long Term Solutions. Mark DeVries and Annette Safstrom
  • Additional resources as suggested and prepared by session leaders.

Cost: $100 per participant. A discount will be given for more than one person from a congregation. It is our expectation and hope that participants’ congregations will support them financially and prayerfully.

If interested in participating contact:  Debby Fox