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now based in the West Midlands
Experience has shown that providing training for volunteers motivates and inspires children's workers who may otherwise become exhausted, discouraged or harrassed.
• be reminded of ways to show genuine agape (unconditional) love to the not-very-loveable child
• discover how to encourage volunteers to work hard
• find grace to keep going when you think you might give up
• gain refreshment, enthusiasm and a new spring in your step
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Perhaps you could extend the event to include workers from other local churches, to give it more impact and to develop friendships and networks among those with the same heart for children.
Training Days have included visits to
Birmingham Maidstone, Kent Bristol
St Alban's Eastleigh, Hants Cowes, IoW
Southampton Oxford Aberdeen
London: Plaistow, Ealing, Stratford
and conferences where I've been speaking include visits to Newcastle Cardiff Wimbledon
Glasgow Belfast Manchester
Cambridge Eastbourne Odense, Denmark
Church groups served include Baptist, Elim Pentecostal, Salvation Army, Church of England, Assemblies of God, Methodist, Newfrontiers and others
The benefits of gathering your team for a training day are many and various, including fellowship, team-building, a fresh understanding of purpose and vision, opportunities for prayer, encouragement... To provide training communicates with your team that they are valued and that high quality teaching and ministry among children is important.
The sessions are very flexible, but consider the following timetable
Or for a shorter, evening gathering:
It's often helpful to provide resources - appropriate books (Children's Ministry Guides and practical ideas), CDs of Children's worship songs, plus a small selection of inexpensive puppets - all these can be inspiring for members of your team.
all day event morning or afternoon
(up to four sessions) or evening event (two sessions)
Reasonable travelling, accommodation and subsistence expenses are added where applicable (kept to a minimum). Andy will provide an itemised invoice after the event, payable within 30 days, please.
Andy's presentations are fully illustrated, and thus a digital projector is needed to display his Powerpoint shows. Many churches have invested in this technology, and have a portable or installed projector on their premises.
For this reason, (and several financial ones, to be honest) Andy supplies the laptop and the programme; you supply the digital projector, please, (vga connection). If this presents a difficulty, Andy will attempt to hire suitable equipment, at cost, given sufficient notice.
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Select from these topics:
Dealing with Disruptive Children
Andy Back examines this complex issue with personal stories, wit, insight, Godly wisdom from various scriptures and with characteristic passion for the souls of children and the sanity of their teachers.
Building a Team of Volunteers
Andy Back has been a volunteer in church children’s work for many years, and he shares his insights into team meetings, recruitment and training, accountability issues, the need for communication, etc.
or Revitialise Your Young Teens Group
Over many years, Andy Back has been interacting with youngsters and learning how to draw the best out of them, how to teach them effectively, and suggests practical ideas for those working with this exciting, exasperating age group.
Andy Back shares a few insights into providing age-appropriate teaching which maximises the learning potential of each child and young person.
Preparing & Presenting a Message
Andy Back shares from many years’ experience.
Understanding & Maximising Learning Styles
Andy Back will assist as you explore the possibilities, consider using other emphases and see that you can communicate more effectively and reach each you teach when you make the effort to see things the way they see them.
Using video clips and a passion for CS Lewis' children's favourite, can we effectively preach the gospel to children through the adventures of the four Pevensie children as they encounter the White Witch and the extraordinary Aslan?
Andy Back explores the strengths and weaknesses of using this fable. Is it a parable? Are there important differences between Aslan and Jesus? Does this story accurately mirror the gospel message, accurately communicating important theology in child-frinedly language?
Wisely structuring the way you organise your volunteers, your time, your finances and your energy can make a significant difference to the effectiveness of all the effort you put into ministering to children and young people. What's the best time and place for children to learn? How can you maximise the impact of your message?
Andy Back shares from his extensive experience, from important research and from scripture to show that there may be some adjustments required.
Click here to contact Andy about the benefits your children's workers could gain from some training on these and other topics and to discuss the structure of your training day. Please include details such as your town (so that travel/accomodation issues can be considered), and the day/time you'd like to have a training event. Check Andy's diary here. (This list of bookings is not an exhaustive appointments diary, and is subject to change and amendment at short notice, but is a general guide to how busy the man gets.)
Andy Back is a best-selling author and communicator in the UK and internationally. He has written full-time for the Children’s Ministry Teaching Programme, (Kingsway Communications) drawing extensively on many years of experience with children and young people, and now works as a freelance writer. He was an enthusiastic member of Church of Christ the King, Brighton (part of the Newfrontiers family of churches) for nearly 25 years and was responsible for a variety of initiatives, including the church website, a range of shows (theatrical, musical and other events) preparation and several ongoing writing projects.
Late in 2008 he relocated to Birmingham, to join ChurchCentral (Newfrontiers). He has been working with the team teaching children on Sundays, and developing plans for a youth group, as well as participating in Alpha courses. In addition, he's been establishing an accountability group with some young men, providing stand-up comedy and quizzes at Awards Ceremonies, deputising as a LifeGroup leader and working alongside the lead elder in providing suitable illustrations for a range of teaching series.
He is a popular speaker at Bible Weeks and in training contexts, and has been a regular fixture at the Children’s Ministry Conference for several years. He’s also travelled to speak to pastors and children’s workers in Denmark, and to various groups in the Channel Islands and throughout the UK.
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He assisted in the leadership of the youth work at Church of Christ the King, Brighton, UK for many years, and became a member of the Kidz Klub team. He wass also contracted to the communication department of the church, as editor of www.cck.org.uk website, and assisted in presentations and events (working alongside church elder David Fellingham) such as the highly successful Quiz Nights, concerts, cabarets, variety shows, art exhibitions and the justly famous Pantomimes, which he writes and directs (oh yes he does!). He has also served occasionally on the Alpha speaking team.
His spare time is devoted to books, film and theatre, plus music (composing, performing and attending gigs), playing bridge and hanging out with friends and their children. He loves meeting people, strolling confidently through Birmingham suburbs connected to his iPod (slightly missing the joys of Brighton seafront and the sound of the sea and the salty air...) and to drink lots of top quality coffee. He’s also delighted to be an uncle five times over.
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Y-Zone Leader’s Guide, Activity Sheets and Magazines for Children’s Ministry Teaching Programme, (Kingsway).
164 x 2-hour multi-activity sessions, each including Bible teaching, discussion starters, games, drama, puzzles, quizzes, articles, stories, sketches and study guide. Plus Backchat column
Children's Ministry Guide to Dealing with Disruptive Children (Kingsway)
Top seller, now reprinted. Six main reasons why children may be being awkward or attention-seeking. Plus strategies towards refocusing their attention on the topic and showing them the love of Christ. Includes discussion questions
NB this book is also available in Czeck language edition as Proc déti zlobí a co s tím and in indonesian language edition as Menangani Anak yang 'Bikin Pusing' di Kelas Sekolah Minggu dan Pelayanan Remaja which is, I think you'll agree, perhaps the catchiest title in Christendom.
Children's Ministry Guide to Building a Team (Kingsway)
Children's Ministry Guide to Working with 9-13s (Kingsway)
Puppet Scripts (Kingsway); contributor to a selection of easy-to-use scripts
100 Fun Ways to Teach the Bible to Children
by Cathy Kyte (Kingway) Introduction
Dynamic Youth Leadership (FPI/Word)
Principles in practice. Chapters on devising a varied programme; values & vision; working with church leaders; working with church leaders' children; team recruitment.
101 Dynamic Ideas for your Youth Group (FPI/Word)
Proven practical ideas for worthwhile and exciting activities including discussions, sports, crafts, themed evenings and special events.
Storyline Books (retelling Bible books Daniel & Acts for 9--11s) Dan the Man & Acts of God (FPI/Word)
Kingsway Kids Go Wild (story/activity book for 9-11s; Kingsway)
Teddy Bear Manifesto pen name: Camem Bear (Hugglets)
Other writing credits include:
Current projects include: