Read in 5 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: June 5, 2019 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? For each question, choose the response that most closely matches your situation. At the end of the section, you’ll tally your total points. Psst! You can download a PDF version of this quiz here. 1. What’s your goal or purpose for attending a conference? I’m not sure.  I have budget funds I need to use, and this seems like a good choice.  I’m interested in going, but I’m not sure what my focus is.  I am very interested in going, and I have learning topics to focus on.  I’m very interested in going because I want to make ministry connections.  My leader wants me to go.  2. How would you feel if you weren’t able to attend a children’s ministry conference this year? Okay.  Relieved.  Somewhat disappointed.  Like I was missing out on an important opportunity.  Like I’d let my ministry kids and families down.  3. Are you personally struggling in your ministry role? A lot.  Somewhat.  Not at all.  4. Are you hoping to reach the next level in your ministry career? Yes, definitely.  Possibly. I don’t have a career plan right now.  I’m comfortable where I’m at, but I like to keep challenging myself.  5. Describe your ministry experience. I am a rookie.  I’m experienced.  I’m a veteran.  6. Do you feel isolated in your ministry? Yes.  Sometimes.  No.  7. Describe the level of support you currently experience from your church. It’s very lacking; I often experience obstacles.  Partial support—I need more from my leadership.  Partial support—I need more from my congregation.  I have a great deal of support from leadership and my congregation.  8. Are you aiming to start a new ministry area, such as special needs or prenatal ministry? Yes.  I’m considering it.  Not at this time.  9. Would troubleshooting assistance for a specific topic such as budgeting, public relations, or recruiting volunteers be of help? Yes.  I could use some expert help here and there.  Not at this time.  10. Describe the day-to-day functioning of your ministry. We have an organized, well-managed approach. There are best practices in place, our ministry is a priority in the church, and things are going smoothly.  We have a plan, but things don’t always go according to plan. We could use more training and more funding. Overall, things are going well, though we’re aware of areas we could improve upon.  We’re struggling as a ministry. We have good ideas but have a hard time implementing them or gaining lasting support and budgeting. We need help.  11. When was the last time you went to a conference or formal training? Under a year ago.  Within the past two years.  Within the past three to five years.  Five or more years ago.  Never.  12. How important is networking with other children’s ministers to you? Not important.  Somewhat important.  Very important.  13. How important is learning from children’s ministry experts to you? Not important.  Somewhat important.  Very important.  14. How important is meeting children’s ministry thought leaders to you? Not important.  Somewhat important.  Very important.  15. How important is finding new resource offerings and resource providers to you? Not important.  Somewhat important.  Very important.  16. Are you looking for a job change? Yes.  Maybe.  No.  17. Is your current ministry undergoing a change, transition, or difficult time? Yes.  No.  8. Do you need spiritual refreshment? Yes.  Sometimes.  No.  19. Are you hungry for encouragement? Yes.  Sometimes.  No.  20. Do you long to spend time with like-minded people? Yes.  Sometimes.  No.  21. Are you searching for new ministry tools, best practices, or philosophies? Yes.  Somewhat.  No.  22. Do you currently have a supportive children’s ministry network? Yes.  Somewhat.  No.  23. Are you hoping to refresh your personal enthusiasm and drive in ministry? Yes.  Sometimes.  No.  24. Do you feel it’s important to be willing to challenge yourself, processes, and ideas? Yes.  Sometimes.  No.  Scoring Total: _______________ Your Score: What It Means 29 0r 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, such as 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? Psst! You could download these questions as a worksheet here. Want more articles for children’s ministry leaders? Check these out. © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. 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