Thank you to all who were a part of this year's

CEF's Children's Ministry Conference

Every year, CEF of Greater New York City is privileged to present our conference for children's ministry leaders, volunteers, pastors and anyone else interested in leading kids to know Christ and to live for Him!  

1 Peter 3:18

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  

To him be glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Some responses to this year's conference:

"The instructors were very knowledgeable and open to questions. They were helpful to clarify the questions that we asked. The only issue was the workshops were too short but they gave us a good taste of individual topics. Nevertheless, I found the ones that I attended gave me a satisfaction of what I really wanted to find out. Thanks for all the efforts to organize this event! God bless your ministry!"

"Thank you for all your hard work from the store to the food to the classes, music, etc. Excellent flow. Great day. Thank you, CEF."

"I enjoyed everything. Every year it gets better and better. Love the books and materials that were available for sale."

"I really liked both general sessions. Pastor Welborn – excellent speaker, informative, biblical encouraging and challenging. Great reminder of 'it is all about Jesus!'  Last session – Life-changing Evangelistic Bible Lesson. Great Bible lesson teaching. Modeling of all the steps [and] evangelistic story telling."

Workshops from 2019

  • Classroom Skills Workshops

    Session 1:  Around the Corner - 

    Around the World (Teaching Missions)

       Linda Duncan

    It is both a privilege and a responsibility to teach the children about missions.  They are the missionaries of the future. Learn how to challenge the children in your classes to be involved in missions by knowing, praying, giving and even going.

  • Session 2:  Reaching Children with Autism         

       Monica Winter

    Equip yourself with strategies, ideas and practical solutions to teach students with special needs. This workshop will review characteristics of autism, and ways to better approach students with these difficulties, so that every child can be reached for God.

  • Session 3:  Foundations for Life

    (Bible Verses: More than Memorizing)

       Micah Booth

    God's Word is living and powerful.  Through it He calls the unsaved child to Himself and helps the saved child grow.  That is why in children's ministry we often include scripture memory in our teaching times.  But being able to recite words does not necessarily mean understanding them.  Join us in this workshop to discover the IPEAR method, a simple and effective way to help the children dig into the meaning of the verses they are memorizing.

  • Discipleship Track Workshops

    Session 1:  Speak Up – Speak Out

    (Training children to share their faith) 

       Brian Evelich

    There are some things that an adult might think, but never say out loud.  Meanwhile, a child walks right up and says the very thing. Kids can lack a filter and their boldness can be limitless.  But what about with the Gospel? When should a believer start witnessing? How old should they be? Let’s harness the excitement and boldness of children, and equip them with the tools to begin a lifetime of sharing the Gospel.

  • Session 2:  One Step at a Time (Victory through Christ)

       Jong Dae Choi

    “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Recognize the full message of this verse and the power that God gives every believer, even the youngest.  Together we can show children the steps to have victory over sin and to claim this reality for their lives daily.

  • Session 3:  God’s Answers to Kid’s Tough Questions 

       Josiah Maddox

    When a child comes to you and asks a tough question, don’t ignore it or change the subject.  Children learn by asking questions, so we value these teachable moments.  In this workshop, we’re going to look at how to give simple yet biblical answers to tough questions children ask.

  • Leadership Track Workshops

    Session 1:  Stop Recruiting and Start Retaining Volunteers and Leaders

       Tanya Velardo

    As a ministry leader who relies on volunteer teams to get the job done each week, you know how difficult it can be to keep all of your volunteer roles filled. Sometimes your ministry can feel like it has a revolving door, simultaneously bringing in new volunteers as current ones leave. The cycle of volunteer recruitment and turnover can be overwhelming, leading to frustration and distracting from the mission. We'll look at four strategies designed to provide individuals with volunteering experiences that motivate them to continue volunteering. Warning: You may even see more of your volunteers inviting their friends to join them!

  • Session 2:  Breathe: From Busyness to Sabbath Rest 

       Tanya Velardo

    One of the greatest challenges in our culture is taking time to cease from all the activities and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness in our lives and ministries. By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out on some of God’s greatest gifts. In the Old Testament, sabbath was given to the Israelites as a gift, and it still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted, then the concept of sabbath will change your life. Our life in ministry must have a consistent sabbath rhythm.

  • Session 3:  Barnabas: A Legacy of Leadership

       Brian Evelich

    Paul was perhaps the most effective leader in the New Testament. He started as Saul, an energetic zealot, but was transformed by God into a hallmark of leadership. One of the greatest influences in Paul's mentoring was Barnabas, the "Son of Encouragement.” In this workshop we’ll explore the attributes and habits of Barnabas and translate them into a strategy to build the leadership capacity of those around us.

  • Youth Ministry Track Workshops

    Session 1:  Evangelizing Teens in a Postmodern Culture

       Marta Slotterback

    To evangelize effectively, we should always approach people with a clear understanding of their background, and talk to them in a manner they understand. In particular, when trying to lead teens to Christ, the real challenge is that many of them have been raised and socialized in a culture where traditional beliefs and behaviors have basically disappeared. Instead, they have been intentionally trained to use a relativistic approach when understanding life and human situations. In this workshop we will describe, in a very practical way, essential aspects that we must consider when we share our faith with teenagers, share ways we can use to interact "at their level", and we will contrast several points where the Gospel and Postmodernism intersect. We will also share proven tools that are available to use to train our church members on how to evangelize our young generation.

  • Session 2:  Activated - Help Your Teens Live God’s Plan

       Brian Evelich

    With the loss of teens and college age church attendees, having a proactive plan to activate and empower teens to grow in their relationship and participation with Jesus is essential.  Strategies to call youth into Christian service gives them a vision for God's plan for their lives, not just for tomorrow but for today!

  • Session 3:  CEF Ministry Opportunities for Teens

       Chris Kotecha

    Kids learn differently in each phase of life.  By the time they are teenagers, they grow by putting their knowledge and beliefs into practice.  Join this workshop to find out about the opportunities CEF has for teens to get involved and learn practical faith skills.  During the summer, or after school during the year, they can be a part of a team that is making a difference in the lives of kids.

  • Spanish Track Workshops

    Sesión 1: Controlando tu Clase

    (Dinámicas de Disciplina)

       Milagros Valle

    ¿Qué haces cuando ese niño sigue escondiéndose debajo de la mesa, o esa niña sigue usando nombres feos con otros niños? Cuando controlas tu clase con los niños en mente, eliminas las cosas que los distraen de lo que estas enseñando. Exploremos esto juntos y preparémonos para crear un grupo que esté listo para aprender.

  • Sesión 2: Fundamentos Para La Vida

    (Versículo Bíblico: Más Que Memorizar)

       Milagros Valle

    La Palabra de Dios es viva y poderosa. A través de ella El llama a los niños inconversos a Si mismo y ayuda a los salvos a crecer. Por eso es que en el ministerio con niños ofrecemos la memorización de la escritura en nuestro tiempo de enseñanza. Pero ser capaz de recitar palabras no quiere decir que las entiendan. Únete a nosotros en este taller que descubre el método IPEAR, una forma simple y efectiva para ayudar a los niños a profundizar el significado de los versículos que memorizan, y divertirse al hacerlo.

  • Sesión 3: Alcanzando Niños Con Autismo

       Monica Winter

    Equípese con estrategias, ideas y soluciones prácticas para enseñar a niños con necesidades especiales. Este taller revisará características del autismo, y formas para poder alcanzar mejor a alumnos con estas dificultades, para que todos los niños puedan ser alcanzados para Dios.