The children’s ministries department is dedicated to the support and training of the leaders and teachers of the children in our churches across the union. With the help of trained volunteer conference coordinators, children’s ministries takes place at churches, camp meetings, and evangelistic meetings. Each year, the department supports the conference coordinators as they conduct Vacation Bible School, Sabbath School, and children’s ministries certification seminars in their areas.
The Southwestern Union’s Annual Children's Ministries Training Retreat is March 10-12, 2023, at Lone Star Camp in Athens, Texas. This is a tremendous opportunity for Children's Ministries, Adventurer, VBS, and Child Evangelism leaders to come together and learn about all the new resources that are available to them to teach children! You’ll learn about tools such as the 2023 VBS by being a kid for a day, and the Go Fish program is a creative way for children to learn about their own spiritual gifts. You’ll gain so many new ideas to equip you to minister to children in your local area, and you’ll even contribute to the conversation and may spark new ideas for someone else!
Presenters from the North American Division and the Southwestern Union team will share fun and practical ideas to encourage children to follow Jesus. Early registration opens on December 5 at $ 119 per person, and regular registration starts on February 6 at $139 per person. The last day to register will be Friday, March 3, and there will be no onsite registration allowed. Click here for the registration page.
There are some important things you should know about the accommodations! We’ll be enjoying a camp-style event, so you will need to bring bedding, personal/hygiene items, and comfortable and warm clothes. This training is for adults and teens over 14 only, and no children under 14, including infants, will be allowed.
Take advantage of a special offer for church groups by registering 7 participants for the price of 6 (regular registration rate only).