"Give children’s ministry the value it deserves,” encouraged Ashley Wade, workshop leader at the L.E.A.D. Kids training event on Saturday, March 9, at Camp Lookout in Rising Fawn, Ga. Saturday’s retreat was the first in a series of training events planned for children’s ministry workers sponsored by the Holston Conference Children’s Ministry Team. The acronym L.E.A.D. stands for “Love, Equip, Advocate, Disciple.”
Wade, of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, went on to offer advice on recruiting and keeping volunteers while her co-presenter, Hixson UMC’s Melia Warren, discussed leading children’s ministry teams in the local church. Team member Jaymie Derden of State Street UMC led an afternoon workshop on starting and growing a children’s ministry with only a handful of kids.
Participants, representing the Chattanooga and Cleveland districts, also enjoyed a roundtable discussion about programming on a shoestring budget. From painting shower curtains for backdrops to indoor “campout” fundraisers, these tips revealed a fun, creative group of folks who embrace their calling.
In addition to the training, networking, and fellowship, attendees also enjoyed Camp Lookout’s hospitality. Camp director Don Washburn led the music for the morning devotion in front of a cozy fire, and the staff prepared a delicious lunch. Wylene Fauscett from Trenton UMC expressed everyone’s enjoyment: “It was a great day!”
The next L.E.A.D. Kids event will take place on Sept. 20-21, 2013, at Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend, Tenn. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.