Rethinking Children’s Ministry: Creating an Environment of Felt Safety

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Children’s ministry is perhaps the most vital ministry of the church.  It is why families come, why families stay, and unfortunately why families sometimes leave a church.  

We focus on the programs, curriculum, lights, and music that make a Children’s Ministry great but often forget the impact of making children feel safe, secure and loved. Feeling safe can go a long way towards helping them experience and accept God’s love.

This powerful training will help your Children’s Ministry staff and volunteers unpack what it means to provide felt safety for children, exploring the impact that traumatic childhood experiences can have on the diverse children in your ministry.

Each attendee will need to REGISTER for the event. Water and snacks will be provided.

  • When
    10:00 am – 1:000 pm, November 9, 2017
  • Where
    Grace Point Church Student Building
    9650 Huebner Rd
    San Antonio, TX 78240

Testimonial: Jeremy Varnell – Children’s Pastor, Irving Bible Church

I just want to celebrate Ryan and Kayla for leading this training yesterday. Our Children at IBC team and those from the other churches and homes were blessed to receive such expert and applicable training. Everyone present indeed walked away with specific strategies to implement in their ministries to support families in caring well for their kids, not to mention the practicality of how I can parent better at home!

Two specific things (of many) that we walked away with were:

  1. Kids are NOT trying to ruin Sundays. Every child enters the doors with a unique package of understandings, emotions, and experiences, which impact how their Sundays (or any day for that matter) go. This is not a hard truth, but one we often ignore. If we can remember that, then we can find the NEED behind the BEHAVIOR. That sounds a lot like Jesus to me! And that is a spectacular connection to our vision of developing leaders who disciple well!
  2. Allowing re-dos. As Ryan said, “Re-dos are just grace by another name.” So simple, but such a great picture of how we can support an environment of safety while helping to develop positive understandings of desired behaviors.


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