Tell the Next Generation: Family Ministry Conference

Event details

  • March 8, 2019
  • 11:00 pm
  • 3866 Old Hwy 94 S. St. Charles, MO 63304

$10 per person (we suggest people register by March 1)



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Plenary Sessions | Schedule | Videos | Resources 

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Do you wish you saw (and heard) more young children in your congregation? Do you want to help families feel equipped as they teach their faith? Do you wish you had more resources to engage with families and young children?

Tell The Next Generation will focus on supporting congregations in family ministry. You’ll find fellowship, as well as ideas and resources you can implement right away. Click here to register.

Plenary Sessions
Dr. Kim Marxhausen
“Teach Them to Your Children” Parts I & II

Children’s parents are their first and best teachers, especially when it comes to sharing the faith. God designed our brains and hearts to learn best within a family setting, and the church can do much to support parents. In our plenary sessions, we will explore how faith teaching is essential to a child’s spiritual and emotional well-being. We will learn how God cultivates resilience through the teaching of His Word. The goal of these sessions is to give you much to think and pray about as you build family and child ministry in your church.

Kim Marxhausen is a Lutheran educator of more than 30 years. While teaching early childhood, she earned a Masters in Literacy Instruction and then a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology. She currently teaches and designs classes for graduate programs and presents for teachers all over the country. Kim has published two books through Concordia Publishing House. She writes Parent Pages for LCMS School Ministry and her third book, Weary Joy: God’s Blessings for Caregivers should be available later this year. You are welcome to check out her parenting blog, devotional blog, and ministry resources here.

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Bible Study

Rev. Dr. W. Mart Thompson is Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and the Director of the Specific Ministry Pastor Program. Through this work, he encourages a family-centered and church-supported paradigm for raising children as disciples of Jesus Christ. Prior to the seminary, he served as a parish pastor for 28 years, where he learned and applied this approach to family ministry. He is the past administrator of the Gateway Family Friendly Partners Network and is currently an Ambassador for the Concordia Center for the Family. He is husband to Cheryl, and together they have been blessed to raise Marie, Adam, and Will in the Christian faith.

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9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. Bible Study: Rev. Dr. W. Mart Thompson
9:45 a.m.  Plenary I: Dr. Kim Marxhausen “Teach Them to Your Children” Part
10:30 a.m.  Break
10:45 a.m.  Sectional One

  • Early Childhood Education: Friend or Foe? Cheryl Haun & Lee Wagner
  • Milestone Ministry: Equipping Families to Grow in Faith, Bethany Andrews
  • The Character Formation Project, Rev. Dr. Matt Hoehner
  • Family Life in the Trenches, Rachel Brandon
  • Models and Tools for Passing Down the Faith to our Children, Rev. Steve Andrews
  • Generation to Generation: Equipping Families in Small Town Congregations, Tessa Brasher

11:30 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m.Sectional Two

  • Faith Development, Dr. Kim Marxhausen
  • Shaping the Faith Through Song: Music as a Tool for Teaching, Rev. Elden Kohn
  • Collaboration vs. Competition, Angela Kollbaum and Rev. Todd Kollbaum
  • Children’s Ministry Outside the Box, Larry Yochum
  • Kids in Worship? Andrew Nelson and Jolene Siebarth
  • Equipping Parents to Lead the Faith at Home, Rev. Pete Jurchen

12:30 p.m.  Lunch
1:15 p.m. Plenary II: Dr. Kim Marxhausen “Teach Them to Your Children” Part II
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Sectional Three

  • Family Ministry: Getting Started, Rev. Dr. Lee Hagan
  • The Character Formation Project, Rev. Dr. Matt Hoehner
  • Early Childhood: Baptism and Sunday School, Rev. Andy Becker and Haley Link
  • Family Ministry on a Tight Budget, Andrea Roettger
  • Small Church, Big Impact: Creating Opportunities to Connect, Tessa Brasher
  • Family Ministry as Outreach, Brandon Metcalf

3:00-3:15 p.m. Closing in Sanctuary

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