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KidBuilders '18

KidBuilders is a conference for every member of your Children’s Ministry team. We have a great selection of workshops that will help to improve your skills as you strive to better reach the kids in your church each week.

New Topics

This year we have over 20 new topics from leaders based all across Canada. This will be our fullest schedule ever!

Keynote Speaker

Our 2018 keynote speaker is Melissa J. MacDonald, author of Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids.

Coaching Appointments

Picture it like a personal appointment with a pro! We will meet with you one on one to suggest solutions for you.

REGISTER

Registration begins on November 6th, 2017 - if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, please feel free to contact our team at jchampeau@kidbuilders.ca

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SPEAKERS

This year, we have an incredible selection of speakers. Get to know them by clicking their profile below.

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Melissa J. MacDonald

CMA

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Jeff Champeau

Celebration Church

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Nicki Straza

Freedom House

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Carolyn Burge

Creekside Church

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Donna Jo Hewitt

Calvary Christian School

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Heidi Jarrett

Calvary Assembly

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Kendra Comeau

Gateway Church

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Lindsay Kivell

Calvary

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Natalie Dickert

Calvary Church

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Susan Zuidema

Ontario School

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Veda Newell

Calvary Pentecostal Assembly

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Dan Watterworth

Bayridge Counselling Centres

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Hilary Hawley

KIDLEAD

PROGRAM

We have a packed schedule for you and your team. Click on the tabs below to explore all the sessions we have scheduled for this year.

Registration & Networking

60mins

Main Lobby

Melissa J MacDonald

Plenary Session 1

60mins

Main Auditorium

Melissa J MacDonald

Passionate about the church and about kids, Melissa J. MacDonald travels extensively speaking, training, coaching and consulting. She’s the author of Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids. She currently serves as the national Children’s Disciplemaking Consultant for the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination. With a fresh and unique perspective, Melissa boldly calls the church to be The Church everywhere she goes. She’s been to over 30 countries and seeks out the best ethnic food in every city she visits.

Workshop Session 1

55mins

Multiple Sessions

Workshop Session 2

55mins

Multiple Locations

Lunch

30mins

Main Lobby

Plenary Session 2

65mins

Workshop 3

55mins

Multiple Locations

Workshop 4

55mins

Multiple Locations

Worship & Closing

20mins

Main Auditorium

Donna Jo Hewitt

Exceptionalities: Motor, and Perceptual/Sensory Challenges

Join Donna Jo Hewitt and explore ways to understand and empathize with children who have exceptionalities (special needs) in your church. Discover strategies and specific ways to support these children in church programs. This two-part, interactive workshop will help better equip children's ministry leaders and volunteers in the important work they do.

55mins

Donna Jo Hewitt

For the past seventeen years, Donna Jo Hewitt has been teaching at Calvary Christian School in St. Catharines. She is vice principal, lead teacher responsible for the Kindergarten Program, and is in charge of ministry support and development. Donna Jo is part of the Special Education Team at CCS and focuses on early identification, intervention, and program planning. She is actively involved in presenting workshops in school, church, and community settings.

Lindsay Kivell

How to Have Big Worship With Small Kids

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55mins

Lindsay Kivell

Lindsay serves as the Connections Pastor at Calvary.  Her passion is to see people connected to the life and ministry at the church, community but most of all to God! She is a mom of our two awesome kiddies, Callahan & Lyla, and has been married to her husband Graham for over 11 years. Her and Graham partner together in ministry at Calvary as he is the Worship Pastor.  On her days off from the church she is a private piano and voice teacher.  Lindsay loves being with her family, friends, spending time in worship, and drinking coffee… lots of coffee!

Kendra Comeau

Gift Based Ministry – Deligation

I often hear the question ‘what do you do?” from my peers. They ask me this because my goal is to give away any task that I can, to someone who is more gifted than I am in that particular area. This breakout will help you understand the value and benefits of ministry teams.  Discover how to build teams that thrive and allow you to stick to what you are gifted to do!

55mins

Kendra Comeau

Kendra has been working with children for more than 25 years, at a variety of churches. From inner city Toronto to small rural towns. She is passionate about seeing families move closer to God. She is currently in her sixth year at Gateway Church in Caledonia. She lives in Caledonia with her husband Mike, and three children, a dog, bearded dragon and an ever changing number of barn cats.

Natalie Dickert

Incredibly Hot Games for Elementary Kids!

You’ll see, hear and play more than 20 unbelievably innovative games while you learn gaming tricks you can use immediately. You’ll get crowd breakers, indoor and outdoor games, quiet and wild games, and games for large and small groups. - Discover the secret to picking great games - Develop your confidence in introducing and leading great games - Learn how to adapt games for your specific group - Learn how to create games from the nothing (or the junk in your resource room)

55mins

Natalie Dickert

Natalie is a full-time Children’s Pastor at Calvary Church in Woodstock, ON. She loves teaching kids of all ages about Jesus, creating the wackiest of games, and honestly, doesn’t mind getting an egg cracked over her head.

Donna Jo Hewitt

Exceptionalities: Visual and Auditory Challenges

Join Donna Jo Hewitt and explore ways to understand and empathize with children who have exceptionalities (special needs) in your church. Discover strategies and specific ways to support these children in church programs. This two-part, interactive workshop will help better equip children's ministry leaders and volunteers in the important work they do.

55mins

Donna Jo Hewitt

For the past seventeen years, Donna Jo Hewitt has been teaching at Calvary Christian School in St. Catharines. She is vice principal, lead teacher responsible for the Kindergarten Program, and is in charge of ministry support and development. Donna Jo is part of the Special Education Team at CCS and focuses on early identification, intervention, and program planning. She is actively involved in presenting workshops in school, church, and community settings.

Carolyn Burge

Recruiting Volunteers

Do you feel like you are always looking for volunteers? Then this breakout is for you! We will talk about ways to recruit volunteers that actually work, and how to connect with volunteers so that they want to stay.

55mins

Carolyn Burge

Carolyn has been a kids pastor for 20 years and has worked in churches of all sizes. She has a passion for outreach and seeing families come to know Jesus. She loves to work with kids volunteers to help them reach their full potential. She is a huge Disney fan and loves to visit the mouse as often as possible. She is currently the kids pastor at Creekside Church in Waterloo. She is married and has two fabulous teenagers.

Heidi Jarrett

10 Things Your Kids Pastor Wishes You Knew

Ever want a peak into the inner workings of your kids pastors mind? Here it is, the great, the good and the human.

55mins

Heidi Jarrett

Born and raised in “farmsville”, Ontario, Heidi doesn’t mind rolling up her sleeves, getting her hands dirty and working hard.  In a ministry setting, this is no different.  Her creative approach to sharing the message of Jesus is exciting and surprising for kids of all ages!

Nicki Strava

Creating an Encounter Room

You've heard about it. You've wanted to do it! Now, come experience it for yourself and take home the ideas that you can use in your own ministry.  Join us as we explore how to bring kids (and teens, and adults) into the presence of God through experience, not just teaching.

55mins

Nicki Strava

Nicki'ss passion and energy are contagious as she brings over 20 years of kids ministry experience to the table. From humble beginnings working with traveling clown and drama teams as a young teen, Nicki has worked with kids and youth in nearly every context.  She has been instrumental in the introduction of KidLead to Canada, and regularly runs clubs, trains leaders, and trains trainers to develop young leaders nationwide.

Carolyn Burge

Coordinator Bootcamp

Are you in charge of a room? Do you have a team of volunteers who work with you? In this session we will discuss ways to motivate and encourage your team of volunteers, and ideas to help make your room look organized and inviting for kids. We’ll talk about systems and processes as well as evaluation tools to help you take your room to the next level.

55mins

Carolyn Burge

Carolyn has been a kids pastor for 20 years and has worked in churches of all sizes. She has a passion for outreach and seeing families come to know Jesus. She loves to work with kids volunteers to help them reach their full potential. She is a huge Disney fan and loves to visit the mouse as often as possible. She is currently the kids pastor at Creekside Church in Waterloo. She is married and has two fabulous teenagers.

Veda Newell

How to Lead a Small Group Without Losing Your Salvation!

Let’s face it, being a small group leader is challenging! Some days you think you’re going to lose your sanctification trying to reach these kids. Then there are the days when you and a child connect; I mean REALLY connect! In this workshop, we will examine WHY we do what we do, as well as HOW to reach each child within our group. We will be challenged to increase our effectiveness from Sunday mornings only to moments throughout the week. Be prepared to leave with some practical ideas to help fill up your ‘small group leader’s tool belt’. Those who are currently small group leaders, as well as those who are considering becoming a small group leader, will benefit from this workshop. If you work with kids on a Sunday morning then this workshop is for you!

55mins

Veda Newell

Veda is currently on staff as the Office Manager at Calvary Pentecostal Assembly in Cambridge. There hasn’t been a time when she had not been volunteering in Kids Ministry. For many years she was the Large Group Teacher for a few ages ranging from Pre-school to Senior Kindergarten kids. Currently she’s a Small Group Leader for kids in Grades 1-3. Veda has recently become a grandmother to her first grandchild; and YES she is THAT Grandma!! Be prepared to see a slide show of the little guy in this workshop! KIDDING!!!!

Kendra Comeau

Effective Communication

Have you ever had a meeting with a “hard topic” that you wrote, tore apart, and then wrote again an outline for? This breakout will guide you through steps that will allow you to pin point your message and stay on topic. Bring your tough subjects and leave with a plan.

55mins

Kendra Comeau

Kendra has been working with children for more than 25 years, at a variety of churches. From inner city Toronto to small rural towns. She is passionate about seeing families move closer to God. She is currently in her sixth year at Gateway Church in Caledonia. She lives in Caledonia with her husband Mike, and three children, a dog, bearded dragon and an ever changing number of barn cats.

Nicki Straza

Kindness as an Evangelism Strategy

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55mins

Nicki Straza

Nicki's passion and energy are contagious as she brings over 20 years of kids ministry experience to the table. From humble beginnings working with travelling clown and drama teams as a young teen, Nicki has worked with kids and youth in nearly every context.  She has been instrumental in the introduction of KidLead to Canada, and regularly runs clubs, trains leaders and trains trainers to develop young leaders nationwide.

Jeff Champeau

Seeing your Kid’s Min Space with New Eyes

We get used to seeing our rooms, hallways and spaces but what do new people see? While very few of us can afford a theme park repaint worth $20,000 or more there are things we can do. In this workshop, you’ll work through a list of things that will improve the look and feel of your current space that both you, the kids and their parents will love!

55mins

Jeff Champeau

Jeff is perhaps the most interesting man in the world…the nerd world that is! Hobbies include collecting almost anything Superman, mountain biking, adventure games, drawing, reading, Star Wars, comic books and travelling the world with his beautiful wife. The proud father of 3 twenty something kids, Jeff can be found doing anything but sitting still!

Heidi Jarrett

Leading a Child to Christ

The importance of leading a child to a meaningful relationship with Jesus is so enormous in our adult minds that sometimes we forget how simple it really is! Let’s take another look at how easy it really can be!

55mins

Heidi Jarrett

Born and raised in “farmsville”, Ontario, Heidi doesn’t mind rolling up her sleeves, getting her hands dirty and working hard.  In a ministry setting, this is no different.  Her creative approach to sharing the message of Jesus is exciting and surprising for kids of all ages!

Dan Watterworth

Mental Health

Dan will be talking about how to understand, identify and have meaningful conversations around mental health concerns with kids and teens. He will be approaching these topics from an integrated theological and psychological perspective and yet his goal is to make it very practical for church leaders.

55mins

Dan Watterworth

Dan Watterworth is a Registered Psychotherapist at Bayridge Counselling Centres and works out of the Hamilton satellite office. His focus is on marriage, family and individual counselling which includes children and teens. He has a Bachelor of Theology degree from Master’s College and Seminary, and a Master of Divinity in Clinical Counselling from Tyndale University. Dan is also an ordained minister, and he has youth ministry experience under his belt. He is married to Kendra Watterworth who is a Children and Youth Pastor at Generations Church West Brant. Together they have 3 children of their own.

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Hilary Hawley

Developing Kids to Lead Now

Ever wondered how to harness all that energy kids have? This workshop will help you identify the “leader kids” in your church and how to help them reach their potential. We’ll discover what God has to say in his Word about leadership and you’ll leave with practical ideas of how to get started in developing leaders in your context.

55mins

Hilary Hawley

Hilary has been leading in kid’s ministry for 20 years and can’t imagine spending life doing anything else. She is passionate about giving kids an opportunity to discover Jesus’ love for themselves and is excited to play a part in shaping the next generation of God’s family. As a trainer for KIDLEAD, she equips people across Canada to create leadership labs for preteens. When she’s not doing kid’s ministry, you’ll find her reading cookbooks, looking for recipes to try out on her unsuspecting husband and kids.

venue

Just off Highway 403, this church is a huge, multi-purpose space - close to amenities and hotels.

22 Holiday Drive, Brantford, ON
519-753-4549

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