Read in 2 mins Leader Resources » Volunteer Management » Training Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Free Quiz: What Do You Need From a Children’s Ministry Conference? Published: February 17, 2023 Take our quiz and discover what you need from a children’s ministry conference and go into your next conference with a clear action plan. Children’s ministry conferences are a wonderful and important way to improve ministry skills and knowledge, network with others, find personal spiritual refreshment, and stay abreast of the latest best practices in children’s ministry. We highly recommend lobbying for conference or training funds in your yearly budget for you and your team. The great news is, there are many conferences and price points to choose from—from national conferences that draw international attendees to regional, local, or denominational conferences that have a smaller (and often more specialized) focus. Whatever you’re looking for, with a bit of searching, you’ll likely find it. Take our quiz to get a better pulse on what you need from a conference. Quiz: What Do You Need From a Children’s Ministry Conference? Check out the quiz here! For each question, choose the response that most closely matches your situation. At the end of the section, you’ll tally your total points. Your Score: What It Means 29 or less You may feel like an “old pro” when it comes to conferences. But a local children’s ministry conference or regional training may spark new insights. You’ll have to weigh whether you’ll find what would be most beneficial to you and your ministry at a smaller conference or at a large conference with a broad range of speakers and experts. 30-59 You may benefit most from a specialized conference that hones in on denominational sessions or a specific area of ministry. However, you may also find deep inspiration at a conference where you can get exposure to some of today’s most vibrant and important voices in children’s ministry. You’re fairly established in your role and feel confident, and you likely have a good support network. You know it’s important to keep learning and to stay abreast of ministry issues, safety, and new resources. 60-89 Finding a national or regional conference with a wide offering of ministry topics would greatly benefit you. You have a lot going on in ministry and it’s going well, but you also recognize places where you could expand or improve. You’ll thrive when you make more ministry connections and find wonderful new resources and experts that challenge and excite you. 90-120 Get yourself to a conference with wide offerings. Consider a national conference or one that offers breakout topics that speak to you and your current situation in ministry. Your responses indicate that you’re hungry to connect with others, learn the latest best practices, become better equipped, find like-minded and expert support, and grow in your role. You may even be dealing with church turmoil or other issues, and the support, refreshment, and tools you discover at a conference will be valuable. Questions to Ask Before You Go Once you’ve decided to register for a conference, complete the following questions to train your focus on real goals—and hold on to these questions for future reference at the conference. What specific ministry or career issue am I most struggling with that I want help with? What’s the biggest “pain point” in my ministry? How would I prioritize my time based on that pain point? Personally, what do I hope to walk away with from this conference? For my ministry, what do I hope to walk away with from this conference? What’s my plan for implementing the information I learn following the conference? You can also download these questions as a worksheet here! Want more articles for children’s ministry leaders? Check these out. © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!