Community94 is a group designed to invest in the lives and ministries of Childhood Ministers. The group will meet 8 times throughout the year and have 4 hours of training each time. Think of this as a professional day tailored for Childhood Ministers.



  • Entire Calendar Year – $200 **
  • Pay by Meeting – $50/meeting

The cost covers a meal, resource item, and guest speaker expenses. (**The September meeting/retreat will have an additional charge of $30)

Note: If you choose the “Pay By Meeting” option, the member must notify the childhood ministry office at least one week prior to the meeting if they plan to attend for the purpose of having an accurate count for lunch.


New Community 94 Schedule for 2017

(February, March, April, May, August and October.  September Retreat Schedule will be posted later.  November meeting will be combined with VBS Jumpstart)

  • 9:00 a.m.         Mr. Mark will host a coffee talk (pre-session)
  • 10:00 a.m.       NEW start time
  • 10:00 a.m.       Devotional
  • 10:15 a.m.       Transition
  • 10:20 a.m.       Breakout Session 1 (Four to choose from)
  • 11:00 a.m.       Transition
  • 11:10 a.m.       Skype Interview
  • 11:40 a.m.       Discussion
  • 12:00 p.m.       Lunch
  • 12:50 p.m.        Breakout Session 2 (Four to choose from)
  • 1:30 p.m.         Transition
  • 1:40 p.m.         Skype Interview
  • 2:10 p.m.         Discussion
  • 2:30 p.m.         Dismiss


2017 DATES

February 9

Skype – Delanee Williams, “Cradle Roll – Connecting with Families before the Baby”

Skype – Shane Garrison, “What Parents Are and Are Not Teaching Their Kids about Sexuality”

  • Families and Grief – Kevin Laufer
  • Planning for Camp – Glenn Barber
  • Leading Outreach – Ruffin Snow
  • Resource Room Organization – Lynn Jordan

March 9

Speaker – Klista Storts, “Building and Understanding your Leadership Team

Skype – Phil Cooke-Author of: “Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media” *

  • Gathering and Providing Parenting Helps – Debbie Barrett
  • Creating Learning Centers – Genea Pine
  • Policies and Procedures – Sabrina Thompson
  • Incorporating Missions in Children’s Ministry – Gina McKean

April 6

Skype – Shelly Melia, “Millennial Parents: Understanding, Equipping and Empowering

Skype – Gary Keller-Author of: “The One Thing”

  • Hard Conversations with Parents – Debra Stephens
  • Publicize Your Ministry (Branding) – Keith Badgett
  • Appreciating Workers – Courtney Ingram
  • Milestones and Traditions in Kid’s Ministry – Glenn Barber

May 11

Skype – Brian Dollar, “Hard Conversations with Your Kid

Skype – James Hargrave, “Every Kid Engaged During Class

  • Enlisting Workers – Charlie Gatton
  • VBS Promotion and Follow-up – Ronda Pinkerton
  • Parents and Child’s Spiritual Journey – Mark Jones
  • Communicating with Teachers and Parents – Paula Lawson *

No Meetings in June or July

August 24

Skype – Leil Lowndes, Author of: “How to Talk to Anyone”

Skype – Melita Thomas,”Social Media Safety”I

  • Long Range Goals – Emily Townley
  • Budget Planning – Debra Stephens
  • When You Disagree with Your Pastor/Staff – Debbie Thompson
  • Large Group Activities – Amy Adams

September 14-15 – Fall Retreat (Location TBD) – Additional $30 charge to cover extra meals and materials.

Speaker – Jana Magruder, Author of: “Kid’s Ministry Essentials”

  • Motivating Your Class – Lynn Jordan
  • Planning for Diverse Families in Your Ministry – Emily Townley & Gina McKean
  • The Holidays are Coming – Carrie Wood
  • Help Me Get Organized – Paula Lawson*
  • Games – Mark Jones

October 5

Skype – Robert J. MacKenzie, Author of: “Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child” *

Skype – Clara Mae Van Brink, “Smart Stuff Every Children’s Minister Should Know” *

  • Dealing with Childcare Issues – Debbie Miller
  • Having Great Worker’s Meetings – Laurie Fryklund
  • Choosing Curriculum – Sarah Johnson
  • Decorating/Sharing Classroom Space – Shelby Egender

November 9 – Community 94 – VBS Jumpstart

If you pay for the entire year of Community 94, you do not have to pay a registration fee for VBS Jumpstart.


* Means that these speakers are not yet confirmed.

Times & Locations

The group meets 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (lunch provided) on Thursdays (unless a different day is noted). The meetings are typically held at the BGCO. If the location is different it will be noted on this page.


Community 94 Registration

All registration will be done online. You can register by clicking the link below. Attendees will have the flexibility to register for any meeting they choose.  If you choose to attend individual meetings, we ask that you please register one week in advance so that we can have the most accurate count for lunch.  2017 Community 94 REGISTRATION OPENS ONLINE NOVEMBER 17, 2016.  CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO REGISTER FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR OR MONTHLY:

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