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2022 Children’s Ministry Leader Cohorts

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Children's Minister Leadership Cohorts

Creating space for trying new ideas and processing learning with other children's ministry/faith formation leaders. The cohort will be geared for ministry with children, but anyone who is interested in the topics is welcome to join. In 2022, we have two different cohort options. Each will be facilitated by Rev. Kathy Pittenger, Children's Initiatives Coordinator for the Michigan Conference. 2022 Cohort have already started. If you are interested in joining, please contact Kathy Pittenger.

Cohort Information

Purpose:

The children's ministry leadership cohorts will equip, encourage, support, and inspire leaders in children's ministry/faith formation and leadership.

Facilitated by:

Rev. Kathy Pittenger, Children's Initiatives Coordinator for the Michigan Conference

COHORT 1 - Foundations

COHORT 2 - Seasoned

Dates/Topics

January 11 - Welcome & Systems (no video)
February 8 - Working on a team/staff
March 8 - Curriculum
April 12  - Volunteers
May 3/5 - Milestones
June 14 - Preparing for the Fall
August (hybrid - no formal meeting - on your own work with discussion starters for the group) - Courageous Conversations
September 13 - Including Children in Worship
October 11 - Leadership (we will discuss the book we are reading on leadership)
November 8 - Caring For Your Soul

Dates/Topics

January 27 - Welcome & Systems (no video)
February 24 - Hybrid Ministry
March 24 - Holy Wondering
April 28 - Children's Discipleship Pathways
May 26 - Ministry with Parents
June 9 - Themes from Bridging Theory & Practice in Children's Spirituality
August (hybrid - no formal meeting - on your own work with discussion starters for the group) - Courageous Conversations
September 22 - Children's Literature in Children's Ministry
October 27 - Leadership (we will discuss the book we are reading on leadership)
November 17 or December 1 * - Avoiding Burnout

Foundations Cohort Videos and Notes

Seasoned Cohort Videos and Notes

February 2022

Guest: Laura Witkowski
Theme: Working on a Church Staff/Team

February 2022

Guest: Elizabeth Christie
Theme: Hybrid Ministry
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NY Time Article about Teen Mental Health and Schools

March 2022

Guest: Brittany Sky McRay
Theme: Curriculum

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2021-2022 Curriculum Guide (Michigan Conference)

March 2022

Guest: Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen
Theme: Holy Listening

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Tanya's book, Holy Work with Children

April 2022

Guest: Sarah Flannery
Theme: Ministry with Volunteers

Slides 
Sarah's book, Children and Family Ministry Handbook

May 2022

Topic: Milestones

Slides

Resources:
Children and Family Ministry Handbook by Sarah Flannery (chapter 7)

Faith Formation with a New Generation by John Roberto with Lisa Brown, Tanya Eustace Campen, Lynn Barger Elliott, and Lee Yates

Faithful Families by Traci Smith (section about ceremonies may be helpful)

For Everything A Season from Milestones Ministry

Milestones Ministry

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