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Upcoming Events

Find information for upcoming events related to children, youth, family, and intergenerational ministries here. Events may be local, global, or international. They may be free or fee-based. They may be one-time or on-going. If you have a suggestion for an event to be added to this list, please contact Kathy Pittenger.

Recorded workshops/webinars hosted by the Michigan Conference will also be posted here.



Fall In-Person Gatherings

Faith Formation Leaders are invited to meet up for conversation, idea sharing, and lunch 🙂  All gatherings will be from 10:00am – 1:00pm.  

October 19 – Traverse City Central UMC
October 24 – Birmingham First UMC
October 25 – Saline First UMC
November 2 – Georgetown UMC (Jenison, MI)

Register here!

kids min zoom

Kids Min Zooms

Kids Min Zooms are on the first and third Wednesday of the month from September – May.

Unless otherwise specified, zooms are at 10am and 7pm (eastern). Guest speakers are at 10am only. A summary (or sometimes recording) and discussion is at 7pm).

Recordings from Kids Min Zooms (when they are recorded) are available at the bottom of this page.

Register for Kid Min Zooms here


2024 Faith Formation Cohorts

Coming Soon! Faith Formation Cohorts for 2024. We are currently welcoming input about 2024 cohorts. If you would like to share your ideas or needs, please use this form.

Faith Formation Leadership Academy

Equipping faith formation leaders in United Methodist Churches as they guide and support Christ’s disciples in the work of loving God and loving neighbor. Offered by the Rio Texas Conference of The UMC. Learn more here.

Practical Resources for Churches Cohorts

Ecumenical Cohorts are led by a variety of leaders. Learn more at the PRC website.

APCE Annual Event

Learn more about APCE (Presbyterian) and their annual event here

Children’s Spirituality Summit

Learn more about CSS (ecumenical) and their event here


Learn more about Forma (Episcopalian) and their annual conference here


Learn more about Intergenerate (Ecumenical) and their event here

PRC- Practical Resources for Churches

Previously recorded webinars for a variety of topics by a variety of speakers.

Recorded Workshops and Webinars

Caring for the Mental Health of Children

Guest Presenter: Lauren Victor, LMSW

Appropriate for leaders who work with children and youth and their parents/caregivers.

Children and Worship

Guest Presenter: Melanie C. Gordon


Kids Min Zoom 3/3

What We Have Learned and Where We Are Going

Conversation about re-opening in-person kids min among other things, questions included:

  • What have we learned over the past year?
  • What are the questions we have?
  • What are the questions we have about in-person kids min?
  • What are the best practices we have come across?

This conversation is less about answers and more filled with thoughtful questions and ideas about next steps. Watch the video or download the questions and responses here.

Trauma Informed Ministry, Part 1

Guest Presenter: Rev. Christy M. White

Trauma Informed Ministry, Part 2

Guest Presenter: Rev. Christy M. White