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Elevate Conference exists to serve children, preteen and family ministry leaders by inspiring and encouraging them spiritually, equipping them practically and connecting them relationally so that they may strategically influence kids to expand God’s kingdom. Finally, at Elevate Conference we create an environment where each leader:

  • encounters the presence of God and the power of the Holy Spirit
  • feels valued and honoured
  • is better equipped to serve children and preteens
  • is challenged and resourced to look at ministry with a fresh perspective
  • has the opportunity to network, share their ideas and experiences with others
  • creates unforgettable memories


March 31 - April 1st, 2017


Christian Life Assembly
21277 56 Avenue
Langley City, BC


You are the mighty ones. The Old Testament tells us of David's "mighty men," his most trusted warriors who were sent on secret missions the king ascribed utmost importance to. God has called you to be His warriors, His special agents to take new frontiers, to win the hearts of children. In the New Testament, Jesus demonstrates for us that the mission of utmost importance to the King is winning the hearts of young ones. That is your mission. You the "The Mighty Ones" of the King.




TRACK 1 : Plan to Protect Focus

Orientation & Certification - 3 HOURS

One of the first steps in protecting your organization is through abuse prevention training. Our three-hour Plan to Protect® Orientation training will equip you and your team to recognize the different types of abuse as well as implement and maintain policies and procedures to protect vulnerable persons in your organization and community. Plan to Protect® Orientation training satisfies insurance requirements for initial abuse protection training*, helps to remove obstacles to organizational accountability, and keeps both caregivers and vulnerable individuals safe.

TRACK 2 : Special Needs Focus

Shepherding Kids with ADHD - 1.5 hours

AD/HD can make church a difficult place for a child to blossom in their Christian walk. Medications that help may even complicate things when it is time for church. Gain an understanding of the biology of AD/HD, and load up on tools and ideas you can try tomorrow that will equip you to lead each child to grow in their faith.

Understanding God's Wonderful Spectrum in Kids with Autism - 1.5 hours

With 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it is likely that your church already includes someone with ASD. If you are a ministry leader, church school teacher or church volunteer, discover specific ways to identify, interact with, and teach those with ASD. Using six key areas of difference, this session will take several best practices in special education and apply them to a church setting. Leave with a toolbox full of new ideas to try right away!



While you’re here, consider signing up for the pre-conference Plan to Protect seminar hosted by Winning Kids Inc before Elevate Conference.  


Call 1-877-455-3555 or go to www.plantoprotect.com or email training@plantoprotect.com

TRACK 3 : Leadership Focus

Family Ministry Essentials for Lifetime Faith - 1.5 HOURS

Are you looking for a family ministry strategy? Come explore the 7 Family Ministry Essentials and discover practical tools to empower families to take spiritual leadership in the home, teach Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth, and understand the role of the Holy Spirit's power to teach and transform.

Volunteer Revolution -1.5 hours

We know that the future of a church is directly tied to its ability to attract, equip, and unleash the God-given potential of volunteers. Yet, it is one of a leader’s biggest challenge. Leaders often feel that there are not enough people to do the things they want to do. What if the God who inspired the vision would also provide the “man power” to see it fulfilled? In this session, we will share practical ways to recruit, train, encourage and retain those in your church to create a volunteer revolution.





Friday, March 31st

12:30pm - Preconference Registration

1:00-2:30pm - Pre-Conference Session

2:30-3:00pm - Break

3:00-4:30pm - Pre-Conference Session

4:30-5:45pm - Pre Conference Dinner with main guest

5:30-6:30pm - Doors Open for Elevate Conference Registration (PreConference Attendees do not need to check in twice.

6:00-7:20pm - Welcome lounge is open

7:30-9:15pm - Main session


Saturday, April 1st

8:30-9:00am - Exhibit Area Open

9:00-10:30am - General Session 2

10:30-11:00am - Break

11:00-11:50am - Workshop 1

11:50-1:00pm - Lunch and Exhibit Area Open

1:00-1:50pm - Workshop 2

1:50-2:00pm - Break

2:00-2:50pm - Workshop 3

2:50-3:15pm - Break

3:15-5:00pm - General Session 3




Kids and Social Media | Victoria Bissell

From the moment children and youth wake up until they go to bed, there are things beeping, buzzing and tweeting at them trying to get them on-line. A MediaSmarts national survey found that 99% of students have access to internet outside of school, 54% of teens use their cell phones daily and 39% sleep with their cell phones. The majority of young people are using this technology unsupervised. What apps and websites are they visiting? Are they safe? This workshop will give you practical tips for talking to your children about internet and technology safety and tips for monitoring their activity online. We will also address appropriate ways for communicating with minors online. Plan to Protect® for the 21st century!

Children’s Ministry Where Everyone is Welcome: Inclusion Strategies | Tory White

With some modifications, teachers, volunteers, and mentors can implement low-cost tools to best support children and youth who struggle with attention, interpreting sensory input, and reading and writing. With the proper supports in place, you can enable them to experience the full life of your school or church and allow them to utilize their gifts. 

“Mighty Ones – Teen Edition…Tapping Into Your Superhero Strengths for Your Children’s ministry.” | Monica Columbus

Hands on games, strategies, ideas and tips to help kids, and to help your adult teacher and get everyone excited about God and His Word. This engaging workshop to specially designed for students grade 6-9. 

Small Church, Big Impact | Charmaine Findley

Starting a children’s ministry and building it from the ground up can be a challenging process. If you serve in a church plant, a church with few or no kids, or in a small rural congregation and have a passion to reach and disciple children, this workshop is for you. Outreach strategies and practical tips will be shared that will inspire and equip you to reach the next level in your local church context. 

Building Your Dream Team | Dave Solmes

Before you are a leader success is all about growing yourself. Once you are a leader success is all about growing others. Good leaders recognize that success comes from the chemistry of different strengths and viewpoints.  Team work makes the dream work. There are no short cuts.  This workshop will discuss how it takes more than a good leader and a good vision to move things ahead.

Leading A Value Based Ministry | Dave Solmes

Someone who is able to build a long-lasting, high performing team, organization, or community is someone who gives constant consideration to not only what they do, but how they do what they do.  This type of leading is all about living according to a deeply held value system. Values driven organizations are the most successful organizations on the planet. This workshop will discuss how the real role of a leader is to manage the values of the group. 

Mighty New Directions in Family Ministry
| Brian Siewert

Family ministry has changed a lot over the past decade.  Discover the latest innovations, ideas, tools, and practical models for family ministry that will work for almost any church, no matter the size.  This look at the fresh face of family ministry will inspire you in new ways as you minister to kids, teens, and parents.  Most importantly, the concept of family ministry will make a lot more sense.

Human rights and Gender Identity | Melodie Bissell

This training will provide an introduction to the issues of Human Rights and Gender Identity that may arise within organizations that service the vulnerable sector. Melodie Bissell, the President and CEO of Plan to Protect®, will share definitions and recommendations on demonstrating sensitivity and understanding within the context of a safe and welcoming environment. Best practices will be provided as it relates to screening on staff, washroom guidelines, change rooms, and overnight. We will include recommendations for responding to inquiries, parental concerns, supervision and oversight. We will also provide case studies for discussion and learning purposes. Let's raise the bar on protection!

Behaviour Speaks | Tory White

This session will equip church volunteers, leaders, and parents with multiple tools to support individuals with unique behavioural needs. While we will cover some strategies for including individuals with intense behaviour needs, participants will leave with a framework to use when interacting with all individuals in their home or church settings.

Spirit-Led, Family Empowered & Gospel Centered Preteen Ministry Strategies
| Megan Marshman

You’re a busy youth leader with a passion for seeing students impassioned by the gospel. Your dream is to strategically inspire them towards a dependency on the Holy Spirit, support them as they seek to live out a vibrant faith as disciples, all while empowering and equipping their parents as the primary influencers. How do you prioritize your time? Where do you start? Join us as we discuss strategies for a dynamic preteen ministry.

Buffet Extraordinaire | Ken McDonald

Ken will be presenting the top 10 questions asked of children’s pastors, several different curricula, as well as offering a time of question and answer to help you in your children’s ministry area.

Effective Response time | Charmaine Findlay

More than teaching stories and principles of faith, our deep desire is to create an environment that invite kids and preteens to experience the transformative presence of God. In this workshop, Charmaine will give practical tips to help students hear the voice of God and respond to it. Through various object lessons and exercise, she will equip you to lead effective response time in your everyday ministry.

Crucial Conversations | Mick Nelson

There are moments in life of disproportionate influence, moments where how someone behaves and speaks has an enormous effect on every result they care about. A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. When we face crucial conversations, we can do one of three things: We can avoid them, we can face them and handle them poorly, or we can face them and handle them well. Ironically, the more crucial the conversation, the less likely we are to handle it well.  People who are most influential and who get things done are those who have mastered crucial conversations.
In this workshop, Mick Nelson will introduce a way of handling the crucial conversations in our personal and work lives that can significantly improve the results we really want.  The principles and skills of Crucial Conversations can dramatically improve the quality of your relationships, the strength of your teams and the effectiveness of your organization.





Super Early Bird

Available until December 22nd 2016

Conference registration: $69*

  • Includes Saturday lunch**
  • Free downloads of all Elevate 2017 workshops

Pre-conference registration: $35

  • Include 3 hours of training
  • Friday night dinner
  • Exclusive panel discussion with our guest speakers

Early Bird


Individual registration: $79*

Group registration (10+): $69

Pre-conference: $39



Individual registration: $89*

Group registration (10+): $79

Pre-conference: $45

At the Door

Individual $99*

No group discount available

Pre-conference: $49

* Lead Pastors attend for Free.  **Past December 24th , lunch on Saturday will not be included and meal tickets may be purchased for $12.







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