Equip: Children & Families Ministry Online Training

'How praying together shapes the church' by John Onwuchekwa, the book forms the training of discussions and practical application suggestions and learnings 

Children & Families Ministry Online Training


Choose from three streams and engage in a fortnightly meeting with leaders from the CCCNZ/Open Brethren heritage movement to discuss a chapter of the assigned book. Each stream will run concurrently. 

Each session will include:

  • prayer

  • an opportunity to feedback on actions committed to in the previous session

  • discussion of the week’s chapter

  • reflection on what God might be saying to us on this topic

  • an action we commit to trying before the next meeting

Lastly, Julie McKinnon (Children and Families Ministry Enabler) will meet one on one with you to support and encourage the changes you make as you implement what you have learnt from this training series. 


8-12 August 2023


Fortnightly sessions 


No charge


I don't usually make time to read and it was motivating to take time to read and think at a higher level about Children's ministry. The discussion was great and spending time with others talking through impacts and reflections. The Reflection/Action points were useful to be held accountable to the actual ways my thinking and practice needed to change.

-2021 E-QUIP Participant


CCCNZ will provide the book, a reflective journal to assist you in your learning, and a reading plan for the course.

Participants will read a chapter or two per the provided reading plan each fortnight.

The group will meet on Zoom fortnightly to discuss the chapter(s) of the book.  We reflect individually and corporately about what God might be saying to us in our own context and in the movement as a whole.


  1. Provide foundational training for leaders.
  2. Create unity with leaders learning together.
  3. Networking opportunities with leaders from around NZ meeting together regularly.

E-QUIP was helpful for hearing what other churches were doing; feeling encouraged / inspired by their intentionality.

-2021 E-QUIP Participant


There are three different streams running, which all follow the session plan.

1. Welcome

2. Prayer – seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit to grow us and teach us.

3. Feedback – providing feedback and accountability for the actions committed to at the previous session.

4. Discussion – everyone comes ready to discuss the chapters assigned per the reading plan.

5. Reflection – A time to reflect together on what God might be saying to us individually and as a group/movement through this topic.

6. Action – a time to share and commit to an action we will take – to be followed up at the next session.


Stream 1 will read 'It takes a church to raise a parent' by Rachel Turner.

7x fortnightly sessions, from the week of 8-12 Aug. Facilitated by Jodi Wichers (CCCNZ National Children and Family Ministries Team)

Session 1 – Introduction

Session 2 – Vision

Session 3 – Skills

Session 4 – Introduction to Church Culture

Session 5 – Creating Multi-generational Community

Session 6 – Services and Children's Ministry

Session 7 – Youth Ministry and the Fringes

One on one for those in this stream will be with Julie McKinnon (Children and Family Ministries Enabler).

It takes a church to raise a parent. Book written by Rachel Turner


Stream 2 will read 'Engage All Generations: A strategic toolkit for creating intergenerational faith communities', edited by Cory Seibel.

6x fortnightly sessions, from the week of 8-12 Aug.
Facilitated by Julie McKinnon (Children and Family Ministries Enabler)

Session 1 – Introduction and intergenerational Dynamics in Deuteronomy

Session 2 – Intergenerational Church and Sociocultural Faith Development and Growing Together

Session 3 – Selected chapters chosen by participants!

Session 4 – Embracing the Leadership Challenge

Session 5 – Learning to Walk Together

Session 6 – Cross-generational Communication and Pathways to an Intergenerational Future    

Engage all Generations by Cory Seibel


Stream 3 will read 'Bridging Theory and Practice in Children's Spirituality' edited by Mimi L. Larson and Robert J. Keeley.

6x fortnightly sessions, from the week of 8-12 Aug. 
Facilitated by Julie McKinnon (Children and Family Ministries Enabler)

Session 1 – What have we learned? Seventy-Five Years of Children’s Evangelical Spiritual Formation

Session 2 – Faith Forming Environments for Children

Session 3 – Reimagining the Role of Family in Twenty-First Century Faith Practices

Session 4 – Sharing Hard Stories with Children        

Session 5 – Little Theologians: Learning with and from Children as We Live in the Story Together

Session 6 – Does the Church Care if Children Can Think?     

Bridging Theory and Practice in Children's Spirituality' edited by Mimi L. Larson and Robert J. Keeley.


Julie McKinnon is the Children and Family Ministries Enabler for CCCNZ. She is passionate about kids and growing their faith in Jesus. Recognising the key role parents play in this Julie is committed to encourage those relationships and to partner with and support local churches to see their Children and Family Ministries grow and flourish. Julie is married to Jason, they have four daughters and are based in Hamilton where they attend Hillcrest Chapel.

Get in touch
021 158 3668


Registrations close 20 July


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