The Foundry Kids to host children's leadership conference

Kansas City, Missouri

Registration is filling quickly for the Ignite Children’s Leadership Conference, to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1 to 4 October. 

Ignite Coordinator Kyle Tyler says workshops are tailored to the needs of children’s leaders and are kept intimate to encourage one-on-one conversation and mentorship.

“We are passionate about the spiritual formation of kids and families,” Tyler said. “Every workshop and general session is focused on creating space for children’s leaders to learn in an environment that allows for conversation, feedback, and contextualization. Ignite limits the number of attendees so that workshop presenters are approachable.”

Children's ministries coordinator for SDMI USA/Canda Leslie Hart shares how essential connection and support are at this year's conference. 

“Connecting with other ministry leaders to both listen and share current ministry challenges is so important to me as a leader,” Hart said. “It is both refreshing and affirming. This year Ignite speakers will provide different perspectives that will inform and inspire.”

Keynote speakers will also be available for informal conversation. This year’s speakers include Tim Suttle, Steven James, Robbie Castleman, and General Superintendent Gustavo A. Crocker. 

The daily schedule features general sessions and smaller workshops covering specific areas of ministry. There will also be discussion groups for attendees looking for a team to help them problem-solve.

“We are especially excited about our workshop lineup this year,” Tyler said. “In years past, we’ve heard feedback from experienced children’s leaders. We have listened and responded. This year, many workshops will offer practical, philosophical, theological, and even psychological approaches to ministry.” 

Eric Bryant, The Foundry Kids director, says the 2018 Ignite conference will also place emphasis on support and Sabbath rest.

“Our desire is for children’s leaders to walk away from these three days with fresh ideas and renewed passion, but also with renewed energy,” Bryant said. “The Foundry Kids believes part of our mission is to support and encourage leaders in ministry.”

Children's leaders can register before 20 August at to get the early-bird rate.

--The Foundry Kids