Last weekend, about 20 members and staff from North River attended the All Generations Family Conference in Denver. It was the first conference of its kind with over 1,100 people from our fellowship of churches around the world coming together to teach, learn, plan, connect, dream, and be inspired for the families in our churches. “Cradle to Campus” was one of the main themes of the conference, expressing the vital need to heavily invest in our children at every age, from infancy through high school. It was also emphasized that regardless of anyone’s phase of life, demographic, or marital status, we are ALL part of God’s family. There was a very strong spirit of collaboration and community as each part does its work to help all the others. All those from North River who attended the conference are very inspired and extremely grateful for the opportunity and support to attend.
Here are a few takeaways from some of those who attended:
“It was incredibly inspiring for me to see how God is helping us as a church family to shift our focus from campus growth into a family focus where our children and grandchildren can also have a thriving, growing home with leadership emphasis. ‘Cradle to Campus’ is my new mantra!” — Melissa Tulloch, Children’s Ministry coordinator
“I want to foster deep spiritual and personal relationships with kids and encourage others (campus, singles, young marrieds, empty nesters, etc.) in our church family to do the same. Everyone needs to be a part of the joy of seeing our own children learn to make Jesus Lord.” — Chele Redmond, Middle School Ministry worker
“I left the conference with such a vision for our next generation. I am incredibly grateful for all of the disciples who are working tirelessly to come up with a plan to deliberately train our kids, as well as us as the parents at all stages of life. I wish we had done this years ago!” — Lin Ottenweller, North River Church staff
“Family is what we are as the church, so all members of God's family should be living out their faith-life within multi-generational family settings. Jesus modeled this, and Paul, as a single man, wrote more on marriage and parenting than any other author in the Bible.” — Michael Kodinsky, Middle School Ministry worker
“The family of God is moving toward modeling a more nuclear family, where people in all phases of life are involved in the family-building concept. It's more beneficial for all groups to be in this type of environment, because it helps to convert our kids and helps people to continue to have purpose in reaching and giving to the next generation, really living out Matthew 28:18-20.” — Tommy Redmond, Middle School Ministry worker
“We need inclusiveness for all our children — both neuro-typical and those with special needs — into God's family. It was amazing to see the amount of resources available and how we can collaborate and help each other build great ministries.” — Vivian Hanes, North River Church staff
“The church provides key relationships that every child needs as they get older, but parents will always be the main influence on their children spiritually. The middle school parenting workshop reminded us that we are all busy, but we must pray to keep our priorities in line with God's as we make Jesus Lord of our homes.” — Sarah Kodinsky, Middle School Ministry worker
“As a minister, I was convicted on my role as an ambassador to parents and teens at a time where it is common for the family dynamic to be disconnected. We need each other, from the youngest to the oldest.” — Adeoye Famodun, Youth & Family Ministry staff
“Frank Kim's ‘A Church for All Generations’ message was powerful and eye opening. Frank challenged the churches to reflect Jesus' heart in their priorities, and no longer give ‘the leftovers’ of thought and energy to children and families. This was incredibly validating! Frank's word for the task of bringing children and families to faith in God was ‘glorious.’ What a glorious message and what a glorious conference!” — Lois Schmitt, Children’s Ministry coordinator
If you are interested in listening to some of the lessons from Denver, the audio files are available here .
We are excited to announce, 3 NEW Facebook Groups.
Exceptional Families - for parents of children with Special Needs. (click Exceptional Families)
Forever Families - for parents who have or want to adopt (click Forever Families)
Kingdom Kids Leaders - for disciples who are coordinating a children's ministries and want to connect with other leaders around the world. (click DTKingdomKids)
We look forward to seeing you in Denver for the 2017 ICOC Family Conference, "All Generations," over Labor Day weekend next year. Check back for registration information.
All Generations is a multiple track conference that will bring together, youth and family leaders, Kingdom Kids Leaders, exceptional families and parents (Classes from birth through the teen years, including classes for single parents, blended families and forever families).
With the theme "Can I Survive Without Lying?” The discourse will center around a talk show format as the children share their own submissions and convictions about liles.
The focus of the discourse in particular is to help develop a deeper understanding in the mind of our children of the deceit of lying and its consequences.
Venue: The Mission House: 1 Jobi Fele Way, Alausa Ikeja
Date: November 7, 2015
Time: 11 A.M.
Join us for 2015 THRIVE: Three extraordinary conferences! Early registration ends Friday, July 31. Register now before prices increase!
Some of our young children don’t want to come to class? Only about 20 percent of the teachers were willing to come the teachers’ communion? Many teachers were unprepared and coming in very late, even after the children arrived? These were just a few of the problems that our Kingdom Kids ministry faced. In November 2013 we were asked to lead the New Jersey children’s ministry and we considered it to be an honor. Our children’s ministry was in serious disrepair. Many sincere, dedicated disciples were working hard to keep it running, but things were not changing. Here are some of the convictions that we had and have tried to instill in our congregation, especially in those who serve the children.