March 21

Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.

The TELL conference is designed to equip leaders to make disciples more effectively through gospel-centered teaching, training ministry teachers and leaders, Vacation Bible School (VBS) training, classroom management, and creating safe and secure ministry environments.

This conference will address:

  • Developing a comprehensive safety and security plan for children’s ministry.
  • Partnering with parents in the disciple-making process.
  • Creating a discipleship plan from children to youth.
  • Implementing effective classroom discipline.
  • Plus dozens of other topics related to children’s ministry.

An additional opportunity for developing family ministries in your church and maximizing your VBS effort will be offered in afternoon breakout sessions.

Cost
$20 per person (includes lunch)
The group rate for six or more is $100 and includes lunch

Featured Speakers

Delanee Williams

LifeWay
Delanee Williams serves as a ministry specialist with LifeWay Kids. She has served on kids ministry staffs and currently teaches preschoolers and children at her church in the Nashville, Tenn., area. Delanee is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is passionate about developing, equipping and encouraging leaders.

Breakout Sessions

SESSION 1

Hispanic VBS
VBS is a tremendous evangelistic and outreach ministry in any setting. Come learn how to dig deep to build a lasting foundation using Hispanic resources offered for VBS 2020, Construction and Cranes.

VBS: Preschool
Get ready for 2020 VBS, Construction and Cranes! Explore Lifeway’s Preschool VBS as children encounter Jesus in a fun and exciting way.

Safety and Security in Your Children’s Ministry
It is the responsibility of church leaders to do all they can to create safe and secure teaching environments. What steps does your church need to take to make your teaching environments as safe and secure as possible? 

Teaching Others to Read the Bible with Confidence
Many people say, “The Bible is hard to understand,” or “I start reading the Bible in January but I can’t get past Leviticus,” or “I don’t have time to read the Bible.” This breakout will equip you to teach others how to read God’s Word with confidence. You will receive instruction and easy to use tools that will make exploring, understanding and applying God’s Word natural and easy.

Helping Children with Special Needs Fit Into Your Church, Part One
Gain understanding of children with diagnoses from ADHD to Autism who need accommodations. Learn how to communicate with these children and families in a compassionate way that is effective for the child to be successful in the church environment.

Making the Most of Your Curriculum
Curriculum can be overwhelming and underutilized. Come learn how to make the most of what comes in your teaching packs to make your sessions impactful and fun.

VBS: Preteen
Preteens are fun and unpredictable. Come get a heads up about what’s in store for 2020 Preteen VBS.

Leadership Track: First Things First
Leading others can be tricky and challenging if we don’t take care of first things first! The person in the mirror must be led well so that we can be successful in other areas of leadership. This session will take participants to the next level of self-leadership in a variety of practical and unexpected ways.

SESSION 2

Safety and Security in Your Children’s Ministry
It is the responsibility of church leaders to do all they can to create safe and secure teaching environments. What steps does your church need to take to make your teaching environments as safe and secure as possible? 

Helping Children with Special Needs Fit Into Your Church, Part Two
This session will focus on how to understand, prevent and handle behaviors of children in a way that honors God and supports families in your church. Practical strategies will be taught to not only support your ministry to children with special needs, but can also be applied to children’s ministry in general.

Wednesday Night Live
Many churches are finding that Wednesday nights are prime time for discipling children but require different techniques than Sunday morning. Learn ways you can liven up your Wednesday evenings to capture the attention and hearts of children in your church and community.

VBS: Children’s
Construction and Cranes and Encounters with Christ! Explore how we can lead children to build their foundation on Jesus.

VBS Director
Put on your hard hat and get ready to lead your construction crew in building an amazing VBS!

Games that Teach
A great way to get the attention and hearts of children is through movement activities. Get ready to have fun and learn to teach through Bible learning games.

Hispanic Children’s Ministry
Many churches have a separate Hispanic ministry for their Spanish speaking community. Learn ways that Hispanic children of the church can have a great discipleship experience while at church.

Leadership Track: “Who’s on First?”
Excellent communication is a must in leadership. This session will cover multiple aspects of this important topic with all the major players in ministry world: bosses, teams, volunteers, parents and children.

SESSION 3

Teaching Preschoolers
Teaching and leading preschoolers well is foundational to their faith development. How do preschoolers learn, how does the teaching environment effect learning, how can teachers partner with parents in faith development?

First Impressions
Parents begin the process of deciding if they will return to your church within minutes of arriving on your campus. What are steps you can take to improve your guest experience from the parking lot to the pew?

Equipping Families to be Missional
The Faith At Home ministry has developed a new resource for parents that will help them share the gospel in their homes and communities. The Acts 2:39 Bible study will help the families of your church be intentional in fulfilling the Great Commission. Come discover how this easy-to-use 7-week resource can transform your family ministry.

Classroom Management and Discipline
One of the challenges of teaching any age group is channeling the attention and energy of the children in your class. What are some basics of discipline and how does your classroom management play an important role in discipline?

Lifeway Curriculum Overview
Come check out the resources LifeWay offers for children’s ministry and how they can enrich the way you teach.

Teaching Children
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VBS Extras: Crafts and Decorations
Crafts and decorating for VBS can be both fun and challenging. Discover ways to make your teaching environment interesting while offering crafts that are avenues to reinforce Bible truth.

Leadership Track: It’s OK to be First Sometimes!
In ministry world it can seem selfish and unspiritual to focus on ourselves. If we don’t, we risk burn-out and jumping ship too soon. This session will explore ways to care for our whole self, to be healthy in all areas of our lives and remaining in our current position until God clearly moves us.

SESSION 4

Kids Reaching Kids for Christ
Disciple-making begins at home but can travel to school, the ballfield and playground if children are equipped to share their faith with their friends. How are you and the parents of your church leading your children to be disciple-makers wherever they go?

VBS Extras: Music and Games
Construction and Cranes has great music and games that both inspire and teach. Check out ways to maximize both for encountering Jesus!

Mission Education, Flip or Flop? (RAs, GAs, CIA, Mission Friends)
RAs, GAs and Mission Friends have a rich history of mission education but in reality are fading in many Baptist churches today. How can you revive and have a flourishing mission education ministry in your church?

Classroom Management and Discipline
One of the challenges of teaching any age group is channeling the attention and energy of the children in your class. What are some basics of discipline and how does your classroom management play an important role in discipline?

Lifeway Curriculum Overview
Come check out the resources LifeWay offers for children’s ministry and how they can enrich the way you teach.

2020 Vision for Children’s Ministry
The role of vision in planning for and sustaining ministry is underestimated. What changes would happen if the ministries of your church all had a common vision and strategy? What steps would your ministry need to take toward making that vision reality? Come learn how your ministry can develop vision and lead toward that vision.

Leadership Track: Parent Training Conference Model: Kids and Technology
Technology is a hot topic for parents. This session will be a modeled conference that can be offered to the parents of your church. An outline will be provided for participants to modify as needed.

SCHEDULE

8:30 a.m.

Registration

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote

9:55 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session 2

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

2:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 4

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