MARCH – MAY 2020

Encouragement and empowerment through community with children's ministry leaders.

Hear from veteran leaders and have conversations that will ignite your children’s & family ministries.

Welcome to

Ministry Spark Conversations

We need each other when it comes to leading well in children and family ministry. We need each others’ ideas, encouragement, stories, and even failed attempts to equip ourselves.

Ministry Spark Conversations are where all of it comes together–veteran leaders sharing what they’ve learned, group discussions to challenge and empower you, and time to worship our Creator together. There’s nothing like it!

Our Conversations events are all about community, and we hope you will join us. Whether you feel like you’re rowing up stream without a paddle or that it’s all smooth sailing, there’s something for you!

Our Theme:

Understanding Gen Z

Gen Z is rapidly becoming the largest American generation yet. George Barna stated, “Gen Z is the most diverse generation we’ve observed in American history”. Barna defines this new generation as those born between 1999 to 2015. These children, students and families are the audience that make up your ministry… right now! The discipline of exploring Gen Z will refine your understanding and hopefully reshape the way you are reaching, engaging and discipling this great generation.

Join us as we answer questions like:

  • What are the characteristics of Gen Z?
  • What impact is technology having on Gen Z?
  • What should the church start doing or stop doing to do purposeful ministry with this generation?
  • What do the parents of Gen Z need?

These are just a few topics that Sean and Jim will crack open for us in an exclusive video message only available at this event!

Hear from these ministry experts

Sean McDowell, Ph.D.

Best-selling author, co-author, or editor of more than 18 books including Is God Just a Human Invention? and Evidence that Demands a Verdict (with his father, Josh McDowell). He is an associate professor of apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Sean speaks internationally on a variety of topics related to culture, students, and apologetics.

J. Warner Wallace

A cold-case homicide detective, speaker, and author. He is a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. J. Warner and Susie Wallace also write popular apologetics books for kids and created the award-winning Case Makers Academy.

2020 Event Calendar

Kansas City, MO

March 24, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Christ Church

5500 W 91st St.

Overland Park, KS 66207

Chicago, IL

March 26, 2020 • 10am-12pm

The Bridge community church

302 Euclid Ave.

Prospect Heights, IL 60070

Dallas, TX

March 31, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Central Bible Church

8001 Anderson Blvd.

Fort Worth, TX 76120

Nashville, TN

April 2, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Otter Creek Church

409 Franklin Rd.

Brentwood, TN 37027

Charlotte, NC

April 21, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Stonebridge Church

3700 Prosperity Church Rd.

Charlotte, NC 28269

Washington, DC

April 23, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Burke Community Church

9900 Old Keene Mill Rd.

Burke, VA 22015

Orange County, CA

April 28, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Crossline community Church

23331 Moulton Pkwy.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Twin Cities, MN

April 30, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Bethel Seminary

2 Pine Tree Dr.

Arden Hills, MN 55112

Houston, TX

May 5, 2020 • 10am-12pm

University Baptist Church

16106 Middlebrook Dr.

Pasadena, TX 77059

Denver, CO

May 7, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Arvada Vineyard

75855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg. B

Arvada, CO 80003

Frequently Asked Questions

We design these events to primarily connect you with God and other likeminded people in ministry just like you. When you come, you’ll be treated to a light breakfast and have some time to meet some new friends and catch up with old friends, too. We’ll spend some time in worship led by a local leader. Then we’ll jump into the main topic, led by a vetted ministry leader. After time to hear and process at tables, we’ll pray and be sent back into our ministry fields.
Anyone with a heart for children’s or family ministry! We have many kids’ pastors that come on their own, and we have full staff and volunteer teams come out as well. Having someone else (whether staff or volunteer) that’s on your team to come and process the conversation can be extremely helpful to implementing what you learn back in your ministry!
It got a new coat of paint! From the beginning, we wanted our network events to be about more than just the events. Ministry Spark is the best place online to get the inspiration and encouragement you need to take your ministry to the next level. Because we’ve been doing the same thing at our Network events, we thought it only made sense to put them in step with one another.
This event hovers above the discussion of curriculum use and preference. The focus is on you as a leader.
We’re planning out the next round of cities already and would love to consider it! We also may have some surprises in the works for an online event in the future. We’ll have more info soon. In the meantime, sign up for Ministry Spark emails to stay in the loop for all things related!