Hundreds Attend NPUC Children's Leadership Conference

October 24, 2015

“The best event of this sort I’ve ever attended.”

“Every session has been so helpful.”

These were just a couple of the comments overheard during this year’s North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Children’s Leadership Conference, held Sept. 24–27 in Portland, Ore. More than 300 individuals active in children’s Sabbath School ministries and the Adventurers program came from around the Northwest to take part in a packed agenda.

Primarily coordinated by Alphonso McCarthy and Pattric Parris of the NPUC youth department and Shirley Allen, Oregon Conference children’s ministries director, this conference featured eight general meetings and 80 individual breakout sessions. Guest presenters for general meetings included Brenda Walsh, 3ABN (Three Angels Broadcasting Network) Kids Network general manager, and Terry Johnson, executive director of mission integration at Adventist Medical Center in Portland. Breakout sessions included such diverse topics as “Making Budgets and the Church Board Work for Children’s Ministry,” “Making Scripture Stick,” “Faith Development in Adventurers” and “Great Ideas for Children’s Church.”

With the unmitigated success of this recent event, many are already asking when the next session will be scheduled. “If I had known it was going to be so good, I would have brought more of my friends” was a common refrain. Brad Forbes, director of AdventSource, which provides many resources and materials for children’s ministries, suggested that additional coordination and promotion of these events could be done from the North American Division in the future.

For more information, contact the NPUC youth department at 360-857-7033 or go to their website to watch videos of the conference.