Kids Ministry Summit

October 14, 2017
Celebrate! Family Church, Leicester, NY




You have a chance to provide the most impactful hour your kids will see every week!  And it may not be as difficult as you think!  Reaching kids with the message of the Gospel is as simple as making them feel loved and then sharing the message of Jesus in simple, active, and hands-on ways.  Our heart for this training is to help you tackle the barriers you've encountered - whether it's limited volunteers, space, time or money -  so that your church can provide its best care to kids and their parents. 


This training is specifically for churches that feel stuck. Our goal is to give you practical tools to provide world-class kids’ ministry with limited money, creativity, and volunteers. Our heart is to see kids - and the kids’ ministry in your church - transformed!



Michael Guertin

Mike and his wife Kim, founded Caboose ministries, an itinerant ministry in 2000.  this followed over 14 years heading up Children’s ministries in 4 churches, in 4 states.  They worked in the States of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York State.  They feel led by the Lord to this ministry and are entering their 15 th year with Caboose ministries.

Mike ministers to both the young and old through drama, involving a time machine, a famous past character, The Word Of God, and a deep lesson from the word concerning a famous situation and person in history.  Some of the characters Michael has portrayed include-  Martin Luther, A New York City Fireman, a WWII soldier, etc.


Elim Fellowship Kids Ministry Team

The EF Kids Ministry team is made up of experienced Children's pastors from area churches.  Together they provide years of experience and knowledge.  They each provide unique ideas and perspectives with creative insights, and enjoy the opportunity to help you succeed as you grow your Children's ministry to reach the next generation.  


Joann Jansen

Joann Jansen, along with her husband, Joe, came back to Elim in 2010 after pastoring New Life Church in Herkimer, NY for 18 years. At New Life, Joann served as Youth and Children’s Pastor as well as helping out in various areas while she took time out to raise their children. Joann is not new to Elim, having been the youngest staff person ever hired at Elim Bible Institute when she was 17 years old, as well as a campus kid back in the ’70’s. Joe and Joann have been married 34 years, have 3 adult children, 2 daughter in ‘laws and, most importantly, 3 grandchildren, Wesley, Chloe, and Roman.



          9:00 - Arrival and registration

                           *There will be coffee and bagels available*

          9:30 - Welcome and Worship

          9:45 - Session 1 with Michael Guertin

          10:45 - Break

          11:00 - Breakout Tracks 1

                           - YOUR CREATIVE TEACHING TOOLBOX (Matt Drew)

                           - BUILDING TEAMS WITHOUT BURNING OUT (Ashley Milliken)

                           - “INCLUDE ME!” (Donne Black with Panel)

                           - “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?” -GOD (Joann Jansen

                           - KIDS CHURCH SERVICE AGENDA (Michael Guertin)

          11:45 - Q&A to recap morning

          12:00 - Lunch will be provided

          1:00 - Popcorn sessions

                            - Short, fast-moving talks presented by the EF Kids Min team, to help motivate and encourage you in your work with kids and families.

          2:00 - Break

          2:15 - Breakout tracks 2

                           - YOUR CREATIVE TEACHING TOOLBOX (Matt Drew)

                           - BUILDING TEAMS WITHOUT BURNING OUT (Ashley Milliken)

                           - “INCLUDE ME!” (Donne Black with Panel)

                           - “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?” -GOD (Joann Jansen

                           - KIDS CHURCH SERVICE AGENDA (Michael Guertin)

          3:00 - Break

          3:15 - Closing session with Michael Guertin

          4:30 - Summit End