What is collaborate

Discipleship Ministries has initiated a collaboration process with churches to partner with their children’s ministries in providing a framework that will foster collaboration between the children’s ministry, the home and the church.

The Collaborate partnership includes multiple meetings with multiple churches we are limiting the process to five churches per year. The cost of Collaborate is minimal--only $300 for the entire team to attend the one-day retreat.

To participate you need to have an established children’s ministry team. The team doesn’t have to be fully complete, however, all team members need to commit to completing the partnership and participating in the process. If you are interested in taking your team through Collaborate call Discipleship Ministries at 715-258-8118 or email me for more information.

How Collaborate Works

The Collaborate partnership begins with a children’s ministry one day training at one church or multiple churches (typically lasting from 10am-4pm) and includes the entire children’s ministry LEADERSHIP team. This retreat focuses on three areas of collaboration within the church--family, church leadership, and the children’s ministry team. We will help the team to see what it takes to be a part of a winning team, how to cooperate with and enhance the mission of their church, and how to know what their contribution to the team ought to be. Team members will also be introduced to the “Strengths Finder 2.0” book to help them discover their strengths! 

team, teamwork, together

The Collaborate partnership does not end with this retreat. We provide an ongoing partnership throughout the next year. Two times throughout the school year we will provide an on-site consultation on a Sunday or midweek (depending on the desire of the local church) services. These can be times of evaluation and/or ministry training for the leadership team or the whole children’s ministry department.

Throughout the Collaborate partnership we will be available to the children’s ministry leader and the local senior pastor for on-going phone consultations. Prior to beginning the process, Mark will either have a phone meeting with the local pastor or an on-site meeting to determine the pastor's goals for the children’s ministry team. The Collaborate process can also include numerous online interactive Google+ hangouts with your leadership team.


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