Irresistible Sunday School?


Want to attract the most kids with the best ideas for Sunday school?

Learning Lab’s Irresistible Sunday school session will walk you through (step-by-step) ways to build an irresistible Sunday school program—one where lessons stick with kids long after they’ve gone home.

Most of us have launched programs that failed. Failure saps creativity and can increase burn out rates.  This workshop will provide tools and strategies to children’s ministry workers to help make Sunday school spiritually formative and irresistible!

Breathe In…Chill Out

Most everyday challenges in life can be alleviated by mindfulness — tuning into the present moment and learning to pay attention to our experiences. c5aa2f433f3c60dfda4f362dbf8c99b8Mindfulness allows us to experience life more directly, without mindlessly believing our judgments, assumptions, and other limiting thoughts.

Join the EARLY BIRDS at the Learning Lab on Saturday, February 18th at 8:00 a.m. for an hour of meditation therapy.

Led by Kristy Suire, LPC.  Kristy received a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Family, Child Consumer Science with a minor in Sociology. She received a Master’s degree from Life Christian University in Christian Counseling.

Controlling the Chaos

 This Learning Lab “Newbie Night” session will teach step-by-step planning and
calendaring methods that will move you from “putting out fires” to planning effective ministry.  All ministries, large and small, have limited resources (time, space, money, volunteers). Effectivsdre planning and calendaring provides the information you need to wisely allocate ministry resources, increase productivity, and create irresistible programs.

About the Presenter:  Lynley Jones is the Director of Children’s Ministries at Asbury UMC in Lafayette, Louisiana and received her certification in Christian Education and Children’s Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Lynley has also served as Outreach/Evangelism Director and Christian Education Director at First United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Child Care Ministry Basics

child-care-ministryAnother “Newbie Night” presentation will feature strategies for providing an excellent child care ministry.  

Our presenter, Allison Womble, has been active in children’s ministry for twenty years.  As Director of Nursery and Preschool, Allison is manages all aspects of childcare including hiring employees, scheduling, and serving as a director with Preschool Sunday School teachers and families.   Allison will walk us through the basic steps to provided quality child care in the church environment.



FYI: Hotel List for Learning Lab

The Learning Lab is the first of our attempts to connect children’s ministry workers on a state-wide level.   We hope you will join us in Lafayette on Feb. 17 & 18th!

Here are the hotels near Asbury UMC, Lafayette

The closest, easiest, is the Hilton Garden Inn on West Congress.

Spring Hill Suites:  Hop, Skip and a Jump!

Fairfield Inn:

La Quinta:

Double Tree (more expensive but nice!):


We Love Volunteers!

The Learning Lab’s “Newbie Night” will include a workshop on Volunteer Management that will equip you reach, teach, relate, and lead your volunteer team effectively.

About the prstacey-boerneresenter:  Stacey Boerner is the Director of Children’s Ministries at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell.  Stacey also teaches PreK 4 at Aldersgate’s weekday ministry, Apple Tree Preschool.


Children + Missions

Children and Missions Plenary Session Announced:  What if we intentionally engaged children in mission in our congregations and communities?   Learning Lab presenter Lindsay Perry will provide practical steps and strategies for intentionally linking the work of mission with children to a need in your community.

About the Presenter:  Lindsay Perry is the Director of Children’s & Senior Adult Ministries at Covenant UMC in Lafayette, Louisiana and received her certification in Christian Education and Children’s Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Lindsay and her family strive to walk out their faith through their service in missions.  They have served as missionaries in Haiti at Respire Haiti as well as serving in numerous local projects.  She and her husband, Nathan, have three boys and serve as a foster family.

Ministry with Special Needs Children


Children’s Ministry Learning Lab is thrilled to have Billie Tate from FUMC, Shreveport, as our Friday night featured speaker.  Billie has a vibrant and relevant ministry for special needs families and will share with us what it took to build G.E.M.S. from scratch.  Billie will also bring examples of tools to use in ministry and that we can make and take with us!  You won’t want to miss this presentation.  Friday, February 17th.  Click here to register:

special-needs-photoThe G.E.M.S. gather to dance.  (FUMC Shreveport)

Learning Lab Schedule Announced


  • “What Every Child Should Experience,” Keynote address by Melanie Gordon, UMC Discipleship Ministries
  • Practical tips and strategies for children’s ministry: volunteer recruitment and retention, budget, calendaring, environments and logistics.
  • Idea Exchange and ministry best practices
  • Resource “Swap Shop”
  • Sessions on children in worship, Sunday school, and outreach/missions


  • Anyone currently involved in ministry with children and their families.
  • Anyone who wants to improve ministry with children.