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2002 PE Report stories

Congregations demonstrate weekly prayer yields results (December 30, 2001)

L.A. Dream Center, Angelus Temple make history, reach more with merge (December 16, 2001)

Rain, gang doesn't halt impact of newly formed congregation (December 9, 2001)

Women urged to minister hope at global gathering (November 25, 2001)

Volunteers meet needs at Pentagon cleanup (November 18, 2001)

Fear, uncertainty open window of opportunity for evangelism (November 11, 2001)

'Jump for Jesus' raises $40,000 for STL (October 21, 2001)

Widows, single mothers gain practical blessings (October 14, 2001)

Five new executive presbyters elected (September 30, 2001)

Credit card 'freedoms' tempt college students (September 16, 2001)

Fellowship, nation show ethnic makeup changes (August 26, 2001)

Congregations extend a hand, spread gospel after tropical storm (August 19, 2001)

Single-parent families find hope at camp (August 12, 2001) caught in middle of culture war (July 22, 2001)

Pentecostal World Conference looks toward future cooperation (July 13, 2001)

Crossover Community Church ministers to hip-hop culture (July 8, 2001)

Prison chaplain hooked on ministry (June 24, 2001)

National Singles team convenes, plans regional conferences (June 17, 2001)

Children's ministries take center stage (June 10, 2001)

U.S. Christians trek to Israel despite news reports of danger (May 27, 2001)

A/G ministries combat eating disorders (May 20, 2001)

Mobilizing laity leads to church growth (May 13, 2001)

Fellowship convenes conference for women (April 29, 2001)

14,547 'honored guests' attend Convoy of Hope outreach in Dallas (April 22, 2001)

Hollywood sends wrong signals on teen smoking (April 15, 2001)

Iowa community faces unique challenges (April 8, 2001)

Churches support ministries to lead youth out of lifestyle (March 25, 2001)

English lessons reach Chinese with gospel (March 18, 2001)

A/G church, police, schools partner for strong community (March 11, 2001)

Church uses 'human hunt' as evangelism tool for teens (February 25, 2001)

Ministering in the fast lane (February 18, 2001)

Abstinence education saves lives, futures (February 11, 2001)

Donated food helps Convoy of Hope extend hand around the world (January 21, 2001)

American Indian College students impact boarding school (January 14, 2001)

2000 News Digest stories

Children’s ministries take center stage

(June 10, 2001)

More than 1,100 people shed their old ways of ministering to children and embraced new methods of evangelism and discipleship during the Assemblies of God’s National Children’s Ministries Leadership "Empowering the Next Generation" conference held in Springfield, Mo.

Children’s ministers worship during a general session.

"I am challenged to find a place of ministry for every child in our church," says Vicki Hopkins, children’s pastor at Oak Hill Christian Center (A/G) in Evansville, Ind., as she waits for a session to start.

Hopkins says she was disturbed to learn that churches lose more than a third of their children during the transition from elementary to junior high school. "I want the children to have such an experience with God that we don’t lose them," she says.

The four-day conference, held in late April, was hosted by the Children’s Ministries Agency. David Boyd, director of the agency, says the conference built vital relationships among children’s ministers, some who had traveled from as far away as Africa and Asia to attend.

"Friendships were built that allowed veteran children’s ministers to share their insights and years of experience with the next generation of children’s ministers," he says. "They in turn learned new ideas and evangelism tactics from the younger children’s ministers."

Looking ahead with God-given goals became the underlying focus of the conference. Participants at every level of leadership echoed their commitment to use the resources and training they received to improve children’s ministry in their communities. "I have pushed my goals ahead and I’m going back with a recruiting spirit," says Sue Fugate, who works with 6- to 12-year-olds at Riverside Church (A/G) in Sebastian, Fla.

"This conference touched almost every area of children’s ministry," says Glorious Shoo, who directs children’s and youth ministries for the A/G in Tanzania. In addition to taking what he has learned at the conference to children’s ministers, Shoo plans to reach the students of Tanzania’s public schools with the gospel and to warn them of the dangers of AIDS.

More than 250 workshops were held at the conference. "I can’t attend all of them," says Lorinda Butler, who ministers to children at Evangelistic Temple A/G in Nassau, Bahamas. "But I will take some of the tapes back."

Exhibitors filled two floors of Central A/G, the host church, offering the latest tools in reaching children for Christ. Whether the subject was clowning, gospel illusions, Christian comic books or ventriloquism, the emphasis remained the same – to tell children that Jesus is the Savior of the world and He wants to have a personal relationship with them.

Many conference attendees also took advantage of a free leadership seminar conducted by Ron McManus of The INJOY Group a day before the children’s ministries conference began. McManus told those gathered that a church must have ministry to children. "If you don’t have a children’s ministry," he warned, "your church has no future."

— Scott Harrup

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