Childhood and Family Ministry Summit

August 10 - 11, 2018
First Baptist Church, Garland | 801 West Avenue D. | Garland, TX 75040

This summit is a multi-leveled event to equip teachers for the Weekday Ministry Program, Preschool Bible Study, and Children's Bible Study. Everyone in Childhood leadership will leave equipped to teach. A must for every teacher!



Early Registration Ends July 10
One Day: $45  |  Both: $75

Regular Registration Begins July 11
One Day: $65  |  Both: $100 | Student Rate:  $40

Online registration is no longer available.

To register, please contact Sarah Johnson at 214.828.5405 or

You may also register on site.


This year, all vendors will have better access to our participants.  Participants will have the opportunity to visit the vendor booths before they register. 

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Karyn Henley

Karyn Henley is an award-winning author and educator and has been a children's entertainer and popular speaker around the U.S. and internationally. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults and has written and published over 100 titles, most recently novels for young adults. Her other works include picture books, middle grade nonfiction, early readers, activity books, preschool musicals, parent-teacher guides, magazine columns and articles, and curricula for preschool and elementary children. She has also written, recorded, and performed songs for children worldwide. She is best known for writing the original The Beginner's Bible, which sold over five million copies and was translated into 17 languages.

A graduate of Abilene Christian University (BSEd), Karyn received a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2004. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Friday, August 10

9:00 am | Registration begins, Welcome Center
10:00 – 11:00 am | Session One
11:10 am – 12:10 pm | Session Two
12:10 – 1:00 pm | Lunch, McDonald Activity Center, Fellowship Hall
1:00 – 2:00 pm | Session Three
2:10 - 3:10 pm | Session Four
3:10 - 3:30 pm | Break with Snacks
3:30 – 4:30 pm | Session Five
4:40 - 5:40 pm | Session Six: Keynote, Auditorium

Saturday, August 11

8:00am | Registration begins, Welcome Center
9:00 – 10:00 am | Session Seven: Keynote, Auditorium
10:10 - 11:10 pm | Session Eight
11:20 am - 12:20 pm | Session Nine
12:30 - 1:30 pm | Lunch, McDonald Activity Center, Fellowship Hall
1:30 - 2:30 pm | Session Ten
2:40 - 3:40 pm | Session Eleven

Hotel Information

We have courtesy blocks with negotiated rates at the following hotels. Click the "Book Now" button to receive our negotiated rate.
If you call and the block is full, please contact Sarah so that more rooms can be opened.

Holiday Inn

$109 (includes breakfast)
5110 N President George Bush Hwy
Garland, TX  75040
Ask for Childhood Summit rate

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Hyatt Place

$99 (includes breakfast)
5101 N President George Bush Hwy
Garland, TX  75040

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Tru by Hilton

$95 (includes breakfast)
5055 N President George Bush Hwy
Garland, TX  75040

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"Each year I look forward to the Summit because I know I will walk away with great ideas that are fresh and new - things that I would not have thought of on my own. I never want my ministry to become stale, so sharing ideas with others is priceless. "

Charlotte Davidson
Minister to Preschool and Kindergarten
First Baptist Church Garland

"I love the summit for many reasons, but the main reason is the variety of classes that are taught.  Whether you are a Sunday School teacher or in weekday education classroom, you will be inspired and have ideas you can immediately implement in your church. "

Elaine Clark
Preschool Minister
First Baptist Church Amarillo

"The Summit has had a big impact on my ministry.  Each year I come away feeling more equipped and have something new to implement in my ministry - a special event idea, relevant research, or new techniques and resources to try."

Sharity Wade
Children's Minister
Sachse's Church

"I think The Childhood and Family Ministry Summit is a very interactive, learning program that has a relaxing atmosphere, combined with practical teaching helps."

Sewasew Egigou
Children's Minister
Ethiopian Evangelical Baptist Church

Childhood Ministry Certification Program

More about the Certification Program

Participants may substitute up to TWO certification program classes at the Childhood and Family Ministry Summit. Classes which may be substituted are:

  • Guidance in the Classroom
  • Principles of Teaching/Choosing Curriculum
  • Special Needs Ministry


For each class that will be substituted, the participant must attend 4 breakout sessions from specific topics and finish the assignments which are required for that class. For example, you are going to substitute breakouts in Special Needs instead of attending the Special Needs Class, you will: 

  • Inform Diane Lane you are substituting the breakouts for the Special Needs Ministry class
  • Attend any four of the breakouts dealing with Special Needs Ministry and have your certificate (in program) stamped. 
  • Complete the assignments that are associated with the Special Needs class. 
  • Turn in the assignments and certificate (back of program) to Diane Lane or Sarah Johnson.