This month 10 Kids and Teen ministry leaders went to a 4-day CPC conference in Orlando, Florida. CPC is a Children’s Pastors Conference that is organized by INCM (International Network of Children’s Ministry). About 2,000 Kids’ pastors and other ministry workers gather each year from 1,600 churches. Represented are 70 major Christian denominations of United States and internationally. Most of the attendees are from the US, but some other 15 countries are represented as well.
CPC conference is created to meet children pastors’ needs - such as networking, education, training, empowerment, etc. For this reason, during the 4 days the leaders attended 6 general sessions, 8 breakouts and 4 networking lunches and dinners. For breakout sessions they had a choice to attend a class with one of the 100 speakers from different fields of ministry and experience. Some of them are kids’ pastors, others are family pastors, educators, experts in a specific area, missionaries, different outreach ministry leaders, and book authors.
Each leader gained more knowledge and understanding as well as felt renewed and more equipped to serve the kids and families at City on a Hill church.
Here is feedback from some of the leaders that attended the conference:
CPC was the greatest conference I’ve had a privilege of attending thus far. The leading experts of children’s ministry in the nation taught on a variety of topics, with points on what makes a church thrive. By attending this conference, I was able to participate in incredible worship each morning, hear interviews of leaders who share the same passion and focus, and was motivated and challenged to increase my effectiveness in ministry to children. I am excited to go home with a refreshed outlook to begin utilizing the information I received at the conference. (Galina Adzhigirey)
The conference in Orlando not only brought more awareness for the importance of children’s ministry but gave us greater education on how to teach our children about our God and Savior Jesus Christ. Unless we have an effective children’s ministry we will not be able to lead the next generation to Christ. We learned different ways of how we can evangelize through children’s ministry and share the gospel with our local community. The networking lunch gave us a great opportunity to meet other children’s pastors and volunteers. It was encouraging to know that we are not alone in this ministry. Overall, the INCM conference improved my knowledge about creative teaching, spiritual formation, ways to deal with discipline problems and personal spiritual growth. I would strongly recommend INCM to anyone who is involved with children’s ministry. (Slavik Golovatyuk)
“The opportunity of going to the Children’s Pastor Conference was exactly what my Kids Ministry team at the North campus needed. Coming into Kids Ministry eight months ago, I had no previous training or experience. At the conference, I attended many sessions on leadership and how to build up a team like Jesus did with His disciples. Coming back from the conference, I have a better vision of how our ministry should be like and we now have the tools and knowledge to train others to become a more dynamic kid’s ministry.” (Angelina Velichko)
“Going to the CPC conference has been a true eye opener to the sacrifices our leaders make and to the seriousness that God places on kids ministry. This is the future of our church; the present day work that we put into kids ministry will have a huge impact on the future of our children and our children’s children. We heard from many speakers who have gone through many trial and error moves that defined the structure of their kids’ ministry; and the effect that those changes have made on the community of God's family, the church. As we move forward with our children's ministry, we strive to lead our children by listening to and following the lead of the Holy Spirit. I can honestly say that this conference has been a true eye opener and a life changing experience, for which I am deeply, humbly grateful." (Alina Kravchenko)