About the Kid Ministry Track

Training Ground 2021 Kidmin focus is about Championing life, ministry, and community. We want you to be strengthened in your abilities to care for yourself, the families you minister to and the community you reach out to.

Melissa MacDonald will be sharing from her years of experience and wisdom in ministry and developing leaders in ministry. She will help equip us with practical actions and ideas for how we can learn from 2020 and excel in 2021. We will also provide an opportunity for a Q&A with Melissa at the end of each breakout. So, if you are a weekly Sunday school teacher or a once a quarter helper in the Children's Ministry in your church, the Kid Min Track is for you.

We want you to be encouraged to keep pushing forward in what God has asked you to do, while knowing we all need some help along the way. That is why we want you to join us this year for Training Ground 2021!

Breakout Sessions

Championing Your Soul:
When crisis hits and pivoting becomes our full-time job usually we forget to champion our souls. Our thresholds become low, our creativity becomes weak, and our souls feel brittle. This breakout will focus on practical tools and ideas for helping you champion your soul in the midst of an uncertain season. Come and be refreshed.
Championing Families:
With ministry looking vastly different at the start of 2021 than it did at the start of 2020 many parents are struggling to stay engaged in church and take the spiritual lead in their homes. This breakout will encourage you and give you practical ways to champion families and help them become who God calls them to be.
Championing Creative Ministry:
We’re pivoting and we’re adjusting and we’re finding new normals. While hard, that can also propel unique creativity. Come and hear some of the amazing ideas that are working for churches to reach the community around them in this season of “new normal”.

Speaker Bio

Melissa J. MacDonaldMelissa J. MacDonald
Children's Ministry Specialist

Melissa grew up in a pastor’s home. Ministry was always done as a family. She graduated with her undergraduate degree from Crown College in Minnesota. From there she went on to be a children’s pastor in both Florida and Idaho. She moved from Idaho to Vienna, Austria where she was a missionary working at an international school as the Elementary Chaplain and Counselor. She received her master’s degree in leadership and counseling from A. W. Tozer Seminary.
She worked for 10 years as the Children’s Disciplemaking Specialist for The Christian and Missionary Alliance. While there she created and founded cmalliancekids and was the creator and dean for the Children’s Disciplemaking Leadership Certificate.
Mel currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for INCM (International Network of Children’s Ministry). She travels and speaks extensively in both the US and abroad and is considered one of the leading voices in children’s ministry today.
Melissa married her husband, Luis, in March of 2018. Being a wife and being “Auntie Mo” to her 5 nieces and nephew are her very favorite jobs. Melissa’s prayer is that she may be forgettable and Jesus may be memorable.