Leadership Certification

Coordinating children’s ministries in the local church requires more than passion and a love for children. Children’s leaders and teachers need to understand children and how they grow their faith. They need to know how to organize programs, teach children, nurture them and meet their needs. Therefore, the Children’s Ministries Leadership Certification program can be used for such leadership training on a regular basis. These courses can be taught as seminars during teachers’ conventions, leadership training or certification weekends. It may take one to two years to complete all nine courses, after which a certificate from the Division will be given to each participant.

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Understanding GraceLink

A walk through the GraceLink curriculum, learning about how the four dynamics of grace, worship, community, and service are incorporated into the Bible lessons, and understanding the new approach to teaching it.

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Active Learning

Discover the interesting and best method of teaching children of any age by involving them in activities rather than through a lecture.

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Faith Development of Children

Find out how children develop their faith and learn to lead them through the stages of faith development to a committed relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Positive Class Discipline

Learn some ideas of managing a class with grace and firmness as you facilitate active learning in your lessons.

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Raising Kids to Adore God

Every believing parent should endeavor to pass the Christian faith to each of his or her children. The result will be the children’s eternal salvation, as well as a life of knowing and serving the Lord.

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Protecting Children from Abuse (Screening Volunteers)

The local church should take reasonable steps to safeguard children engaged in church-sponsored activities by choosing individuals with high spiritual and moral backgrounds as leaders and participants in programs for children.

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Safety and Emergency Procedures for Children

If you work with children, you think SAFETY! Safety and Protection is the responsibility of every person in children’s ministry.

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Understanding Child Development: Birth through Teens

In order to work effectively with children, it is important that we understand how children grow and develop. It is helpful to note the characteristics of their growth at different age level.

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Understanding How Children Learn

Children differ in the way they learn. Understanding how children learn can help religious education teachers engage children in learning for spiritual growth.

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Growing A Vision For Children's Ministries

Vision is seeing what is around you and perceiving what God wants you to do with it.

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Leading Children to Jesus: How to Have One-On-One Conversations About Faith

Children's leaders need to know how to talk about God, Jesus, salvation, and other key spiritual topics in manners that make sense to a child.

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Postmodern Children's Ministry

How should we deal with postmodern children? We need to understand postmodern sensibilities, not fight or deny them.

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Involving Children in Mission

• Children are most likely to hear God's call to full-time Christian ministry (missionaries, ministers, etc.) between the ages of 4-14.

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Building Resiliency in Children; A Guide to Helping Children Cope with Trauma in Today’s World

The resources one uses to cope with difficult times and the ability to bounce back from these hard situations.

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Building And Equipping Your Children's Ministries Team

When people work together, things happen. When good people work together better things happen. When good people work together with God, eternal things happen!

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Teaching Children About Race

We need to teach our children not to make value judgments about people based on their color.

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Making Your Family Worship Easy & Fun!

Family worship seems to be a significant factor in helping youth develop a deep, rich, lifechanging faith.

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Growing Christian Values in Children


Growing Christian Values in Children (Handouts)

Children need more than good food, a nice physical environment and psychological understanding; they need to learn ethical principles—a firm notion of what they ought to do, and what they ought not to do, and why?

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Raising Spiritual Giants


Raising Spiritual Giants (Handouts)

We all like to ensure children are healthy and strong. We also spend a lot of money on ensuring children are educated with well developed intellects. To raise children who are spiritual giants must also become our priority.

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Partnering with Parents


Partnering with Parents (Handouts)

Parents are primary spiritual mentors of children and it is essential to extend ministry into the home and partner with them.

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Fostering Kids Time Alone with God


Fostering Kid's Time Alone with God (Handouts)

Are you as intentional about your children’s spiritual growth and development as much as their physical, academic and social development?

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Ministry to Children with Special Needs


Ministry to Children with Special Needs (Handouts)

Children with special needs are valuable to God. Peel away the negative labels associated with disabilities

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How To Include Kids with Special Needs


How to Include Kids with Special Needs (Handouts)

It is a wonderful way to show that every child can receive God’s promises and serve in God’s kingdom.

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Teens and Religion


Teens and Religion (Handouts)

Teens largely define the values and leisure endeavors of the nation. The economy is substantially shaped by their choices as consumers and their work habits in the work force.

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Healthy Inside Out! Celebrations!

In today’s modern world, more and more children are becoming overweight, lack energy, and spending more and more time in front of the television and the computer. We are raising a generation of “couch potatoes!”

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Involving Children in Ministry & Service

The philosophy behind Children’s Ministry is that children have the ability and the heart to serve God at a young age, and we should aim to provide them with opportunities to do that.

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Being God's Faithful Steward

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given the responsibility of taking care of God’s world. They were to manage, to plan, and to control their environment.

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Bullying Tips for Parents

Bullying is defined as constantly saying or doing nasty or unpleasant things or teasing in a way someone doesn’t like.

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Helping Parents of Teens Cope with Bullies

Teens can be either bullies or bullied in various ways. Regardless, their role always begins in their hearts.

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Preventing Child Abuse

Children suffer – The physical and emotional harm can last a lifetime. Society, suffers too – The cost in ruined lives & broken families can’t be measured. But there’s a lot you can do – Help prevent child abuse and limit the damage suffered by children & families.

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Protecting Our Children

This presentation is designed to introduce Seventh-day Adventist Church Board members concerning the challenge of being PREPARED in the prevention of child abuse within our families, congregations, during church sponsored activities and the rising trend of children and youth abusing one another.

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Entering the World of Kids

It’s essential that you make the effort to learn and understand the world of kids.

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Evangelizing the 4/14 Window

During the past ten years the Seventh-day Adventist Church has targeted our worldwide evangelism on the 10/40 Window, a geographic region where millions of people with different ideologies who have not heard the name of Jesus.

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Intergenerational Worship

In the Bible, God’s people have always included all ages in worship. Today churches, however, offer more options.

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The 10 Commandments of Parenting

The Ten Commandments presented in this seminar have been adapted from the Bible’s Ten Commandments as recorded in Exodus 20:3-17.

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How to Communicate With Children

The purpose of this presentation is to give some understanding on how we can effectively get through to children. In order to be successful teachers and parents we need to know how to be effective communicators.

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Parenting and the Media Challenge

The 21st Century children are submerged in media technology. This is all what they know. In the USA, as many as half of all kids up to age 8 use internet-connected devices. 7.5 million kids under 13 use Facebook.

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Teach Your Children To Witness

If children can understand salvation, they can also understand how to present the Good News.

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Teaching Sexuality to Children

In order to feel comfortable about teaching sexuality to children, parents and educators of children need to recognize the following basics in sex education.

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God's Design for Highly Healthy Children

The well being of highly healthy children depends on their inner life as well as their physical health.

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The Ins & Outs of Adolescent Brain Development

Society cannot continue to ignore the laws of biology . The more we learn about early brain development, the more responsibility we have to act on that knowledge.

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Hold On to Your Kids; Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers

The relationship between child and parent is sacred. Faced with the challenge of the peer culture, we need to keep our children’s attachments to us strong and to make these attachments last for as long as our children need to be parented.

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Preparing Your Child for Baptism

What your child needs is Jesus Christ, not happiness, or health, or academic success.

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Talking to Kids About Disaster

Today many children have to deal with disasters and catastrophes that make them fearful and anxious. How can we minister to these children and families who have been affected by a disaster?

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Empowered Children’s Ministries in the Local Church

These 8 characteristics can be factored into Children’s Ministries so that it can maintain a healthy and growing department in the local church.

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Evangelizing Postmodern Teens

To reach teenagers today and to lead a person to Christ, you have to reach them where they are and communicate with them in a way they can relate to.

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7 Ways to Reach More Kids

Here are a few interesting and successful ways to reach many more kids with the gospel. Try those that suit you.

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10 Ministry Lessons from Walt Disney


10 Ministry Lessons from Walt Disney handouts


10 Tips for working with Special Needs Teenagers


10 Tips for working with Special Needs Teenagers Handouts


Children's Mental Health


Children's Mental Health handouts


Disabilities and Faith


Disabilities and Faith handouts


Wired for Connectedness


Wired for Connectedness handouts


How to Reach Digital Natives with the Gospel


How to Reach Digital Natives with the Gospel handouts

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19 Inexpensive decorating ideas for Sabbath Schools handouts


19 Inexpensive decorating ideas for Sabbath Schools (Presenter's notes)


Celebrate Diversity in Children's Ministries (handouts)


Celebrate Diversity in Children's Ministries (presenter's notes)


Sharing The Gospel With Your Children (handouts)


Sharing The Gospel With Your Children (presenter's notes)


Positive Discipline (handouts)


Positive Discipline (presenter's notes)


Suicide Prevention for Teens and Youth (handouts)


Suicide Prevention for Teens and Youth (presenter's notes)


Teaching Children to Pray Without Ceasing (handouts)


Teaching Children to Pray Without Ceasing (presenter's notes)


Helping Children & Teens deal with Peer Pressure (handouts)


Helping Children & Teens deal with Peer Pressure (presenter's notes)

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