Being a Children’s Ministry leader takes a lot of energy, and it’s also easy to become discouraged or tired. We’ve created a world-class event that is uniquely designed for you, so that you can thrive in the calling that God has put in your life.

Date: January 15, 2019—January 17, 2019
Event: INCM's Children's Pastor Conference
Topic: Gospel 101: What is the Gospel?
Sponsor: INCM
Venue: Caribe Royale All-Suites Hotel and Convention Center
Location: 8101 World Center Drive.
Orlando, FL 32821
Registration: Click here to register.
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In the fall of 1997, Pastor Mike Servello Jr. and the youth of Redeemer Church founded the Generation Conference. Within several years, the Generation Conference created a youth movement in the Northeast uniting churches, pastors and students. The vision was simple and remains the same to this day – to see students encounter and be transformed by Jesus Christ. 

This simple vision has done things that we could never have expected. Thousands of students have been saved, many powerful conferences and ministries have been birthed, and the youth culture of the northeast and beyond has been shaped.

Over the past 21 years the Generation Conference has changed in look, location and even name, but our core vision will never change. We exist to see God’s kingdom established in this world. The past 21 years have been a blessing and we pray that God sees fit for 21 more.

Date: November 9, 2018
Event: Encounter Conference - Albany
Topic: The Gospel for Leaders
Sponsor: Redeemer Church
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Venue: Redeemer Church Albany
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Location: 183 Schoolhouse Rd.
Albany, NY 12203
Registration: Click here to register.
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In the fall of 1997, Pastor Mike Servello Jr. and the youth of Redeemer Church founded the Generation Conference. Within several years, the Generation Conference created a youth movement in the Northeast uniting churches, pastors and students. The vision was simple and remains the same to this day – to see students encounter and be transformed by Jesus Christ. 

This simple vision has done things that we could never have expected. Thousands of students have been saved, many powerful conferences and ministries have been birthed, and the youth culture of the northeast and beyond has been shaped.

Over the past 21 years the Generation Conference has changed in look, location and even name, but our core vision will never change. We exist to see God’s kingdom established in this world. The past 21 years have been a blessing and we pray that God sees fit for 21 more.

Date: November 10, 2018
Event: Encounter Conference - Utica
Topic: The Gospel For Leaders
Sponsor: Redeemer Church
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Venue: Redeemer Church Utica
(315) 792-4748
Location: 931 Herkimer Rd.
Utica 13502
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

As part of the Children’s and Family Ministry Network, you will have an opportunity to connect with ministry leaders in your area. We’ll worship together, experience an encouraging message, and—perhaps most importantly—build relationships with one another. Get ready to become part of this supportive community of ministry leaders.

FAMILY MINISTRY 2.0

Come hear fellow ministry leaders as they use story to speak about recently discovered ideas, patterns, practices, and philosophies in this area. Make room to dream as you continue to build a healthy and biblical family ministry.

As veterans who continue to explore and discover new ideas, these leaders are disciplined readers, observers of culture, gifted writers, and excellent communicators. There will be time and space for you to share your story as we gather in community to learn and share together.

Date: November 13, 2018
Time: (10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Event: David C. Cook Network Event - Atlanta
Topic: Family Ministry 2.0
Sponsor: David C. Cook
Venue: Restoration Church
Location: 410 Rucker Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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There is No Such Thing As a Pastor’s Kid

Pastor's kid

A few nights ago I had a conversation with my wife because our son was in a play that had some language in it (he didn’t have any lines). There were also a few suggestive ideas in the play. My wife asked me “should this be a play that a Pastor’s Kid is in?” My response was there is no such thing as a pastor’s kid.

Being a pastor’s kid is challenging. The expectations are more than most people realize. Some people are waiting for you to mess up so they can say “See, told you so” others see you make a mistake and they act as if this is a total shock that this should ever happen. What doesn’t help is your peers tend to view you with suspicion or with the expectation that you should know every answer to every Sunday school question. There are some benefits to being a pastor’s kid, but in general, the crushing burden that you feel from most people can be overwhelming. In my experience with being a pastor’s kid and knowing lots of them the reaction to these expectations tends to create either rebels or Pharisees.

I was a Pharisee. This is still something I struggle with, I was a good kid that goodness led to pride until I failed to live up to the expectations that others had for me, then my failures were both public and crushing. I strove so hard to be a good kid and not to embarrass my parents or the church that I ended up being a professional people pleaser. I don’t want that for my kids. I don’t want that for any pastor’s kids.

How as a church community do we help the children of our leaders not become rebels or Pharisees? How do I as a pastor raise my kids to love the church and cherish Christ? Here are a few things I have learned the hard way.