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Children's Ministry Leadership


Cohort Overview

Join fellow children's ministers in this unique leadership development experience. You'll learn to assimilate and train volunteers, build a child protection policy for your church, and partner with parents. You'll be developed as a theologically driven, gospel-centered, mission-focused children’s ministry leader. Cost for this coaching cohort includes one in-person ministry retreat, five conference calls, and five books.

Cohort runs from January through June 2018.


Cohort Leader

Jared Kennedy


Jared Kennedy (MDiv, ThM) is husband to Megan and father to Rachael, Lucy, and Elisabeth. He has served as Pastor of Families at Sojourn Community Church--Midtown in Louisville, Kentucky, for over ten years. He also serves as Children's and Family Ministry Strategist for the Sojourn Network, and as an adjunct professor at Boyce College. He is the author of the Beginner's Gospel Story Bible (New Growth, 2017), co-author of the PROOF Pirates and Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet Vacation Bible School curriculums and co-writer of Leadership Mosaic: 5 Leadership Principles for Ministry and Everyday Life (Crossway, 2016). 

What others are saying...

“Jared has served as an incredible ministry coach in my life. He has helped me lay out a specific and detailed action plan for the church I serve in, held me accountable to it, and provided biblically-informed wisdom as I strive to accomplish this plan. However, as important as the church ministry is, Jared has a deep passion and concern for my personal and family life—leading me to set a similar plan for those areas as well.” 
— Brent Cisson, Family Ministries Pastor, Heritage Fellowship, Medford, OR

“I cannot think of anyone more passionate about gospel-centered ministry than Jared Kennedy. His leadership, excitement and coaching has helped me refocus and shape the direction of my church’s family ministry. If you have the opportunity to learn from Jared in any capacity, I highly recommend you take advantage of it.” 
— Josh Hogue, Children's and Family Pastor, First Southern Baptist Church, Scottsdale, AZ

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