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  • Safer Sanctuaries

    Why Safer Sanctuaries?Safer Sanctuaries: Nurturing Trust within Faith Communities is a new and comprehensive resource that continues the tradition of Safe Sanctuaries ministry by building on the trusted policies and procedures that have guided churches over the past twenty-five years. This resource contains theological grounding for the work of abuse prevention, psychological insights about abuse and abuse prevention,…

  • 2024 Cohorts

    Cohorts are about community, learning, networking, resources, and “a space where I don’t feel so alone.” Cohorts in the Michigan Conference offer leaders regular meeting times with others in similar positions or interests. They have made a profound impact on leaders in Michigan and beyond. Past cohort participants have described the cohorts as a place…

  • Hiring a New Children’s Ministry Director

    Hiring a New Children’s Ministry Director

    Hiring a new Children’s Ministry Director (stand alone or combined with other ages) can be exciting and overwhelming. The resources on this page may be helpful in your hiring journey. If you have questions or need additional guidance, please contact Rev. Kathy Pittenger.Getting Started Before posting a new position, take time to clarify the position…

  • Online Ministry with Children

    Online Ministry with Children

    Need something else? Need another resource?  Looking for advice? Please contact Kathy Pittenger.Kids Min in Creative Online Ways Online ministry with children is one creative way to connect with children and families, especially during the time of physical distancing, but even beyond. This page includes best practices, ideas, and more to support and equip your…

  • Resources for Church Leaders

    Resources for Church Leaders

    Need something else? Need another resource?  Looking for advice? Please contact Kathy Pittenger.Copyright Concerns Many resources are copyright protected. Many publishers are also providing permissions to read their books. If you want to read a book, you may want to check with the publisher. Beaming Books has given open rights to online storytelling. See full…

  • Nuts and Bolts

    Nuts and Bolts

    Children’s Ministry Basics This page highlights frequently asked questions and requested resources. Some of the buttons are still under construction. If you have questions, or need assistance finding materials, or have a suggestion for a great resource to share please contact Kathy Pittenger, the Michigan Conference Children’s Initiatives Coordinator.Children’s Ministry Frequently Asked QuestionsCHILDREN’S MINISTRY BASICS…