Chidren's Ministry Leaders Connection: Schedule

Friday, January 24

4:30 - 5:30 pm & 7:00 - 9:00 pmRegistration open - O'Hare Ballroom (Lobby Level)
4:30-5:30pmWelcome Reception
5:30pmDinner on your own
7:30–9:00pmWorship and Speaker: Michelle Anthony

Michelle Anthony is the executive pastor of families at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the dean of Youthmin Academy. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, A Theology of Family Ministry, and 7 Family Ministry Essentials. She has more than 30 years of church ministry and leadership experience in children’s and family ministries and graduate degrees in Christian education, Bible, and theology from Talbot School of Theology, as well as a doctorate of education from Southern Seminary. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with her family, reading a good book, and drinking a strong cup of coffee on the beach.

Saturday, January 25

9 - 11amWorship and Speaker
Stromberg, Mark

Mark Stromberg has served on the staff of the Northwest Conference for more than 18 years. During this time, he has served in a variety of roles and is currently in his third term as superintendent. Prior to his time at the NWC, Mark served churches in Florida and Minnesota. He and his wife, Terri, have two children; a married daughter, Amy, and a special needs son, Michael. Mark will share his journey as the parent of a developmentally disabled child as well as lessons he and his family learned as they navigated unique challenges in the context of local church ministry.

Justice Journey for Kids
From the very beginning in Luke 4, Jesus frames his ministry around issues of injustice. Come experience and explore the background, approaches and biblical rationale for Justice Journey. Reflect on your own journey and see how you can help children and families live into their justice journey.

Dominique Gilliard

Working with Your Senior Pastor

Your relationship with your senior pastor can be one of the most joyful and frustrating relationships you’ll navigate in the church. This seminar will explore practical ways to do more than just get along with your boss. Learn practical communication techniques and strategies for leading from second chair and managing conflict.

Joyce Norman and Anna Carlson

Special Needs Ministry

Is God calling you to open your heart to special needs children? Are you ready to ask this question of your church community: Who are special needs children, and what do they need? Discover how to adapt your Sunday classrooms and host a special needs respite care event at your church.

Barbie Souza

12:30 – 3pmConference Lunches
3:30 - 5pmConversation Groups
5:30pmDinner on your own
7:30 – 9pmWorship and Speaker: Arlene Pellicane

Arlene Pellicane is a speaker and author of several books including Parents Rising and Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life. She is also the co-author with Gary Chapman of Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World. She has been a featured guest on the Today Show, Fox & Friends, Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, The 700 Club, and Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah. She writes regularly for Proverbs 31 Ministries, Girlfriends in God, and MomLife Today. Arlene earned her BA from Biola University and her master’s in journalism from Regent University. She is now a stay-at-home mom in San Diego where she lives with her husband, James, and their three children. To learn more, visit

Sunday, January 26

9am - 11amCombined YWC and CMLC Worship and Speaker: Jean Cheng Gorman

Jean Cheng Gorman
After graduating from Brown University, Jean Cheng Gorman began her career in elementary education but quickly moved into the field of psychology in which she earned her doctorate from New York University. As a California-state licensed psychologist, Jean developed a specialization in working with children with special needs as reflected in her publications (several professional journal articles and two books for educators), clinical practice, and as a lecturer. She completed her master’s of divinity at Fuller Seminary and is ordained to Word and Sacrament in the ECC. As director of ministerial health for the Pacific Southwest Conference, Jean develops resources to invest in leaders and strengthen church systems, oversees care for clergy and ministry spouses, and supports churches in conflict resolution and transition. She has been married to Michael for 25 years. They have three children and a really big Great Dane.

11am - 1:30pmLunch on your own

Intentionally Intergenerational 

How do we elevate the place of children in the life of our church while valuing the input of older generations? Come learn practical ideas for involving all ages in the rhythms of church life.

Nancy De Jong

Making Steps Toward a Trauma-Informed Ministry

No ministry leader is immune to trauma’s impact on individuals, families, and communities. Children are especially vulnerable to the overwhelming experience of trauma. Untreated trauma affects multiple generations, and the church must address despair and pain with the hope and healing of Jesus Christ.

Join us as we discuss trauma and how to begin to make steps toward integrating a trauma-informed theology and practice in your ministry context.

Rose Lee-Norman


Explore being a part of a movement that is lifting up children's ministry in new and profound ways. Learn how Legacy engages church leadership and helps each church reimagine a plan that establishes children and children's ministry as a top priority. We will explore what Legacy is, what makes it successful, how you and your church can benefit, and how your success can benefit other churches.

Steve Burger

3:00pmClosing Session

Monday, January 27

9am - noonBonus Session: Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and founding partner in the Youth Cartel, providing resources, training, and coaching for church youth workers. The author of more than 70 books, including What’s Right About Youth Ministry, Marko is a sought-after speaker, writer, and consultant. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Jeannie, and two young adult kids. Twitter: @markosbeard