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Children’s ministry takes centre stage at Ignite

Ignite Conference. Photo courtesy of Ignite

The latest ideas and resources for children’s ministry will be showcased at the annual Ignite Children’s Ministry Conference and Expo in Brisbane next month.

The day-long event is a project of the Queensland Children’s Ministry Network, an ecumenical network which provides specialist training and resources.

Ignite will include more than 40 displays and 70 electives, with delegates from 20 different Christian denominations from across Queensland.

Paul Clark, senior minister at Redcliffe Uniting Church and member of the organising committee, says that people working in children’s ministry need encouragement, support and inspiration.

It’s demanding work, he says, and leaders are often forgotten because they are “out the back on Sunday morning while the rest get on with ‘real church’.”

“I know of no other event in Brisbane that will do this better than Ignite.

“You spend a day with people who share the passion, sit under some of Australia’s leading children’s ministry workers—and get the inspiration you need to put in the next 12 months of perspiration!”

Keynote speakers at Ignite are Tammy Tolman, writer and producer of a variety of Australian resources and Peter Lusk, Generations Pastor at Careforce Church in Melbourne.

Ignite Children’s Ministry Conference and Expo will be held on 2 March at Mueller College, Rothwell. The event is free for country delegates, and a travel subsidy is available for those travelling from remote locations.

Messy Church workshops

Lucy Moore, founder of Messy Church UK, will present Messy Church Explained at the conference.

Ms Moore is in Australia as part of a national tour sponsored by the Uniting Church and in partnership with the Queensland Children’s Ministry Network.

Messy Church, a multi-age congregational planting strategy that focuses on connecting with “unchurched” children and their families, is now registered in more than 70 places in Australia.

Messy Church Explained workshops will take place in Toowoomba, Maryborough, Gladstone and Brisbane.

To register, visit www.event.goregister.com.au/messychurchqld2013.

Photo: Ignite Conference. Photo courtesy of Ignite