January 27, 2024
9AM - 4PM

Location: Beartown Road Alliance Church
21 Beartown Rd | Painted Post, NY 14870
**No satellite site this year**

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Kids Ministry Track

Breakout Sessions

Childhood trauma becoming a growing concern among educators and psychologists alike.  But does it affect us at church?  You may be surprised to learn that many of the behaviors you're trying to manage on Sunday morning likely have their roots in some sort of traumatic event.  That is why we invite you to join us for training in creating a Trauma-Informed Children's Ministry.  Dr. Robert Crosby, Professor of Psychology at California Baptist University and his wife Lori, a licensed Family and Play Therapist, have specifically designed this training for children's ministry leaders and volunteers so that children of all backgrounds can come to know Jesus in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Breakout 1

In session 1 we'll discuss what trauma is and how we identify it.  We'll be using practical hands-on activities and looking at case studies to see how many behaviors we're trying to manage are potentially symptoms of deeper trauma. Through our time together we'll learn  that we can respond to feelings instead of react to behavior.

Breakout 2

In session 2 we tackle discipline-is it an obstacle or an opportunity?  In this session we explore the 3 C's of creating a supportive children's ministry.  Applying practical methods we'll take a look at our own ministries and evaluate our strengths and areas where we can improve.  This session also focuses on adult behavior in creating a supportive children's ministry.

Speaker Bio

Jen VeitchJen Veitch

Jen Veitch has been involved in children’s ministry for over 30 years.  She is currently the Director of Children’s, Youth and Family Ministry at New life Fellowship Church as well as a member of the District Disciple Making Team and the Children’s Ministry Leadership Team.  Jen continues to fuel her passion for discipling children and training leaders by seeking new practices and continuing to learn herself.