NGUMC Children's Ministry Institute for Athens-Elberton Cohort
This event recurs Monthly on the 4th Thursday except 4/25/2019 from Thursday, March 28, 2019 to Thursday, May 23, 2019

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Debby Fox

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 acknowledgment. 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

The pilot cohort will be in the Athens Elberton District and meet from 10 AM – 1 PM on the following dates in 2019. * April 8th will be Monday from 6:30 – 8:15 PM
January 24     Wesley Primer                  What is unique about being a United Methodist?
February 28   Soul Tending                     Continuing to grow in faith as a leader
March 28       Experiential Learning         How Children Learn-Age appropriate Faith Formation
April 8*          Done in a Day                    Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Children
May 23         Off and Running                  The Basics of Leading and Planning a Year in Children’s Ministry creating a team, volunteer invitation, planning, budgeting,                                                                                                               equipping others for ministry

Each participant will receive the following books and resources
Rise Up. Vanessa Myers
Keeping in Touch: Christian Formation and Teaching. Carol Krau 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

Cost: $100 per participant. A discount will be given for more than one person from a congregation.