Youth and Children’s Worker Seminars

March 2, 2019

Falconridge Family Church

155 Falconridge Crescent NE, Calgary, AB

Cost: $45 each or $40 for 10 or more from the same church.

If the seminar is 24 hours or less away, registration cost is $50.

Speakers & Sessions

James Clarence

Youth Pastor at First Assembly - Calgary, AB

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James serves at First Assembly Church in Calgary, Alberta, as the Young Adults & Youth Pastor. He loves his city and nation, loves his church, loves people and is passionate about running alongside them to discover all that God has for them. So come say hi so we can be friends!


Leadership Pipeline 101

Learning how to multiply yourself by delegating and empowering your community.

Understanding Youth Culture

Understanding culture and how to navigate biblical truths in todays current context.

Building People Over Crowds

Often times we get distracted by numbers because they make us feel successful, but Jesus was more concerned with the individual than the crowd because if he could reach the one, he could reach the many.

Alison Springer - Calgary, AB

Director of Young Women of Power

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Alison Springer is the Founder of Young Woman of Power (YWOP) and a Youth Communications Specialist based in Calgary, Alberta. She has co-written curriculum used in Junior High Schools throughout Western Canada, and has developed and facilitated programs used in Calgary’s Youth Judicial System. Alison works with many diverse audiences ranging from street kids, student leaders, faith based youth groups, students with high needs, aboriginal youth and ESL students. As the Founder of YWOP, Alison is committed to seeing girl culture change in Canada. Alison’s passion is helping youth discover leadership and the greatness that lies within.


Hopeless to Hopeful

Helping students manage their mental health.

God knew this day was coming, where youth are overworked, stressed, and anxious about what’s around the corner. God has answers for His kids. Alison will make the word of God 3D tangible for you. In this session, you will walk away with exercises that you can implement into your messages, or help advise a student one on one so they can mentally shift from hopeless to hopeful. Topics that will be addressed: helping students deal with anxiety and self-harm, treating body soul and spirit, suicide, depression, low days, and healthy ways of coping with stress.

Larry Moore- Calgary, AB

Executive Director of United Youth Outreach, Calgary, AB

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Larry has been involved in youth ministry for over 35 years, and is presently the Executive Director of United Youth Outreach, the covering for Equipping. Larry’s heart is to see young people won to Christ, developed into powerful disciples and sent out as influencers for the Kingdom of Light. He believes that one of the best ways we can see this happen is to influence those who influence students — Youth Leaders. Larry is married to Sandra and they have 4 children: Adam, Greg, Luke and Daniel, as well as, two beautiful granddaughters, Winifred and Willow, and 1 furboy: Baxter The Wonderdog. He also continues to believe that one day the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup (A man of faith indeed)!


Are We Making a Difference?

At his trial, Socrates is credited with the statement, "An unexamined life is not worth living." Though this may have meant something different for him, Christian leaders owe it to their Father to actively examine their lives and ministries to see if they are bearing fruit. But what are the guideposts for this and how do we really know? Larry will examine a number of points that a we can use to examine our ministry well, in light of scripture. This is crucial for youth ministry if we value having biblical outcomes.

Rick Wengel- High River, AB

Program Coordinator - Equipping, Calgary, AB

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Rick is presently serving in Equipping, a Youth and Children’s Worker training seminar based out of United Youth Outreach. He has served in youth ministry for over 30 years and has a passion for students to experience a living relationship with Christ that will change their life and their world. Rick is married with 3 married children and has 6 grandkids. His favourite sport is hockey, which makes him truly Canadian.


Heart to Heart

Connecting with youth on another level, "Ministering to youth in such a way as to bring lifetime changes".

Leann Woelk- Spruce Grove, AB

Children's Ministry Director Alberta and NWT District Office of the PAOC

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As a wife, mother and leader in the ministry of children, Leann has been serving in small churches with enthusiasm for over 26 years. Leann is passionate about walking along side leaders who desire to teach children about the fullness of His salvation and hearing from God for themselves. Through whimsical creativity and thrifty practicality, leaders will take home ideas they can implement the next day in their ministries. She, and her husband Kevin, have been married 30 years and have two amazing sons and a beautiful daughter in law. Leann is the director of Handle with Care Ministries and also serves as the Children’s Ministry Specialist at the ABNWT District Resource Center for the PAOC.


Made With Love

Psalm 139 reminds us that the one who made us, knows us inside and out. God designed us to be exactly the way He intended, with each intricate detail and every emotion. We often can easily tell children "you're fearfully and wonderfully made" but do we believe it for ourselves and what does that really mean? Let's take some time to examine our hearts and allow our maker to remind us how we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" with love.

A Family of Faith

As Children's Ministry leaders, we are extended family members who have the privilege of parenting with parents in their child's faith walk. Equipping parents (and ourselves) with teachable moments with everyday items can be a wonderful part of His plan to "talk about them at home, on the road, when you lie down and when you get up: as Deuteronomy 11 instructs us.

Children's Ministry FUNdamentals

With the 5 pillars of a prevailing church as our foundation, learn the who, what, where, when and how of the essentials to having a successful kids ministry in your church and have FUN at the same time.

Jennifer Escalante

Director of Children's Ministries, Calgary Full Gospel; Manager/Minister, JCAQUAD

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Jennifer Osmond Escalante has been pursuing Jesus and a godly life for the past 40+ years. With a rich pentecostal heritage from her parents, a passion to worship at the feet of Jesus and a persevering spirit, Jennifer has overcome incredible physical obstacles through the strength and joy that only Christ can give. In ministry, her passion to see children connect with Christ has deepened over three decades, pastoring children and families in Calgary, serving as a Director of Child Development Centres in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. Jennifer currently serves as the Full-time Director of Children’s Ministry at Calgary Full Gospel Church, engaging, equipping and energizing children for Christ, in the heart of the city! Along with her husband Carlos, she also manages the "JCSQUAD", a family-based initiative that combines creative arts with intentional Children’s Ministry, releasing children (including her own) as leaders into dynamic ministry. The JCSQUAD is available throughout Calgary for itinerant children’s ministry at churches and events.


"Irresistible: Smile Science"

How to engage children and point them to Jesus.

In our media-crazed world, kids are pulled in all sorts of directions! As children's pastors, directors, and leaders, our greatest desire is to see kids truly connect with Christ. How do we compete with the colours, sounds, and attractions the world has to offer? Join Jennifer as she unfolds time-tested strategies that will energize, engage, and equip children for a lifelong commitment to Jesus. She'll also share from her personal journey of engaging children by wearing a smile!

Heather Skinner - Calgary, AB

Children and Youth Director

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Heather Skinner has been pastoring children, youth and families for almost 20 years in Canada and the United States. Most of her ministry career has been spent in mega-churches, however, she loves the community of serving in mid-sized churches and came to Falconridge Family Church in Spring 2017 as their Director of Children and Youth Ministries. Heather is passionate about weaving creativity into ministry, through music, art and kinesthetic learning. She loves to equip others to serve the kingdom to their fullest potential and believes in a team-approach to ministry leadership. She is also a trained and experienced counsellor in the fields of grief, crisis and trauma for children and adolescents and has consulted with many churches on creating safe, secure and God-honouring environments for ministry to vulnerable individuals.


When Disaster Strikes

We know things are going to go wrong. Disasters come in many forms: the photocopier breaks, a teacher calls in sick, one of the parents died that week, a child says they were abused. Learn how to assess, prioritize and mitigate the disasters that come your way, while protecting your own heart and communicating Christ's love.