Spring 2021

Encouragement and empowerment through community with children's ministry leaders.

These online events give you a space to hear from veteran leaders and have conversations that will ignite your children’s and family ministries.

Welcome to

Ministry Spark Conversations

We need each other when it comes to leading well in children and family ministry. Here’s what you can expect from our online Ministry Spark Conversations.


  • These online events are 2 hours long—from 12-2PM Eastern—and are full of awesome content you won’t want to miss.

Order of Each Event

  • The first thing we’ll do is worship together through music and song.
  • Then we’ll hear from a ministry expert with actionable ideas and strategies for ministry now in a 30-minute talk.
  • Next, we’ll split up into breakout rooms where you will be able to discuss questions and have conversation with other ministry leaders from around the country. There will be 10 leaders in each breakout room so that everyone has a chance to connect.
  • Lastly, we’ll come back together to wrap up and cheer you on!


  • Ministry Spark Conversations each cost $10 per person. The price includes your event registration and a digital ministry resource.
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Upcoming Ministry Spark Conversations

Creativity and Innovation in Spite of COVID-19

March 4, 2021 • 12-2pm ET

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Speaker: Dawn Heckert

Through creativity and innovation, we can continue the spiritual formation of the children in our flocks.

Reframe—Why Spiritual Formation is Important Now

May 13, 2021 • 12-2pm ET

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Speaker: Melissa MacDonald

Spiritual formation is meant to be done in community—a partnership between the church and its families. Discover steps for doing just that.

Tickets available soon!

Nashville, TN

April 2, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Otter Creek Church

409 Franklin Rd.

Brentwood, TN 37027

Charlotte, NC

April 21, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Stonebridge Church

3700 Prosperity Church Rd.

Charlotte, NC 28269

Washington, DC

April 23, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Burke Community Church

9900 Old Keene Mill Rd.

Burke, VA 22015

Orange County, CA

April 28, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Crossline community Church

23331 Moulton Pkwy.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Twin Cities, MN

April 30, 2020 • 10am-12pm

Bethel Seminary

2 Pine Tree Dr.

Arden Hills, MN 55112

Houston, TX

May 5, 2020 • 10am-12pm

University Baptist Church

16106 Middlebrook Dr.

Pasadena, TX 77059

Frequently Asked Questions

We design these events to primarily connect you with God and other likeminded people in ministry just like you. When you come, you’ll be treated to a light breakfast and have some time to meet some new friends and catch up with old friends, too. We’ll spend some time in worship led by a local leader. Then we’ll jump into the main topic, led by a vetted ministry leader. After time to hear and process at tables, we’ll pray and be sent back into our ministry fields.
Anyone with a heart for children’s or family ministry! We have many kids’ pastors that come on their own, and we have full staff and volunteer teams come out as well. Having someone else (whether staff or volunteer) that’s on your team to come and process the conversation can be extremely helpful to implementing what you learn back in your ministry!
It got a new coat of paint! From the beginning, we wanted our network events to be about more than just the events. Ministry Spark is the best place online to get the inspiration and encouragement you need to take your ministry to the next level. Because we’ve been doing the same thing at our Network events, we thought it only made sense to put them in step with one another.
This event hovers above the discussion of curriculum use and preference. The focus is on you as a leader.
We’re planning out the next round of cities already and would love to consider it! We also may have some surprises in the works for an online event in the future. We’ll have more info soon. In the meantime, sign up for Ministry Spark emails to stay in the loop for all things related!