Equipping pastors and volunteers that invest in children and families
The Toronto Children’s Ministry Conference was first held in 2011 under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Catherine Keating with a group of lay people and clergy in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto at St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church. This group, committed to promoting Christian Education and formation for children and youth, provided resources and networking among those who worked in the Christian education community along with developing this annual conference to be held on the first Saturday of November. In 2015, Dr. Keating approached Wycliffe College to take over the conference. Wycliffe expanded the leadership team to include Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ), Tyndale University and Blessings4CM Consulting Ministry and helped continue this work of resourcing and equipping ministry workers and parents through the Toronto Children’s Ministry Conference until the completion of the 2021 Conference, including maintaining a strong online conference for 2 years through the global pandemic.
In early 2022, Wycliffe indicated the desire to continue to promote the conference while internal restructuring in a way that would have the current leadership team be able to bring the conference under a new organization that is better situated with focus on ministry to children & family. This leadership team successfully relaunched a hybrid conference on November 5, 2022 with over 200 people in person and over 80 online under the interim host of St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church as this team looked for a more permanent established organization to carry this critical conference forward.
Since 2016, CBOQ has been an official partner in the development of this conference and in early 2023 has officially become the host organization to carry this conference forward. We are excited to continue to “Inspire and Equip” pastors and volunteers that invest in children and families through an ecumenical gathering of people who are dedicated to the spiritual growth of children – parents, church volunteers, ministry leaders, and anyone who has a passion for ministering to children in this excellent one-day conference.
TCMC, held at St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church, our presenting sponsor, along with the Diocese of Toronto, Blessing for Children’s Ministry and Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ), Tyndale and Wycliffe are pleased to jointly present the 13th annual Toronto Children’s Ministry Conference on Saturday, November 4, 2023. This Conference brings people together to meet others in the field, to share ideas and experiences, and to hear thoughts and wisdom from experts.
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