A Time for Children Workshop to help rethink how conference churches minister to youth

November 02, 2015
Story and photos by Charmaine Robledo
Director of Communications, Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church

"Children need more than what we're offering them," said the Reverend Leanne Hadley during the A Time for Children Workshop on Nov. 3 at Grace United Methodist Church in Denver. "God calls us to step up and do our finest."

The A Time for Children Workshop is a two-day event that will focus on rethinking the ways churches are ministering to children and youth. Hadley, an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church and a published author, leads trainings specifically on spiritual development with children and teens. This coaching and visioning process will take approximately three years, and results will be tracked by the conference's Children's Ministry Team and shared with other conferences to improve their own programs.

Along with the Rocky Mountain Conference, Hadley is working with three other annual conferences: Kentucky, North Texas, and Central Texas. About 50 people from churches specifically selected by Rocky Mountain District Superintendents are participating in the two-day training. Aside from this workshop, the process will include monthly web-based learning teams and personal phone calls and emails.

During the opening worship for A Time for Children, Hadley listed several sobering facts about children and teens, emphasizing the need for churches to truly reach out.

"Now is our time to step up and do things differently," Hadley said. "We need to decide that embracing children is a priority."

For more information about Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley, click here.