Please join Superintendent Jeff Rainwater in welcoming Rev. Bradley Laurvick and Rev. Jeremy Scott to Vital Conversations on April 14 at 11:30 am to discuss Preschool Ministry as Evangelism. Preschool ministry is a blessing to both the congregation and the community it serves, and this discussion will allow you to learn more about the details of successful preschool ministry. We will discuss the relationship between the church and children’s ministry in regards to leadership and oversight, staffing, funding, and the best ways to make connections between the families served through the preschool and members of the congregation. Increased community presence and visibility is a benefit, but perhaps you feel as though your church can’t manage a preschool ministry due to size or age. We will respond to this question as well, providing you with guidance and inspiration as you consider this outreach opportunity.
Rev. Bradley Laurvick serves northwest Denver as pastor of Highlands United Methodist Church. His leadership, in the congregation and community, has built relationships, cared for families in need, and advocated for progressive changes in society. During his 7-year tenure, the church has nearly tripled the size of its congregation, opened a preschool, and created a new community space (The Garage). Brad believes in strong community partnerships and has served as the president of the West Highland Merchants Association; Vice President of the board of directors for Denver Urban Matters (DenUM); and serves on the Centennial Elementary Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and Fundraising Committee. He is an active supporter of Reading Partners, Family Promise of Greater Denver, and Education Through Music Colorado. He has brought a plethora of community events to his neighborhood, from Taste of Highlands to Día de los Niños (in partnership with Latino Pride). As a community leader, he has brought Child Assault Prevention Training, Bias Awareness Training, and community listening sessions to the neighborhood. Brad and his wife Meghan have two children, their oldest is a DPS first grader. He and Meghan enjoy volunteering in the classroom and reading with their kids. His previous work experience includes community health education (CU, Boulder) and technology (Apple, Inc). He received his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder (BS, ‘03) and his Master's degree from the Iliff School of Theology (MDiv, ‘07). Brad enjoys yoga, cycling, and swimming as ways to care for himself. Most of the year, you’ll find him biking to and from board meetings.