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Saturday, April 6, 2019 8:30am – 4:15pm

Halifax, NS

Location: Full Gospel Church 2256 Larry Uteck Blvd, Bedford, NS B4B 1E3

Please make sure to register at the bottom of this page! Thank you - can’t wait to see you there!

NEXT, a children’s ministry conference designed to encourage and equip you (leaders and volunteers) to make a difference in the lives of kids and families. The day is full of lots of practical workshops that
will help you make a difference in your kids ministry immediately. 


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Rev. J. Sheldon MacLeod believes in serving, connecting, and coaching people and organizations at their most transitional and transformational moments.

Sheldon has over two decades of service assisting people and organizations as they navigate significant moments of their lives. He is a regular speaker at churches, camps, conferences, and seminars. He consults regularly with pastors, churches, not-for-profit organizations, and post-secondary institutions, in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, student life, enrolment and growth development, faith and life integration, next-generational ministry, spiritual formation, organizational effectiveness, and personal development.

Sheldon currently serves as the Regional Director for Atlantic Canada with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and as the Director of Student Services for the University of New Brunswick. He has also served as a pastor, para-church ministry Executive Director, and chief enrolment officer and chief student affairs officer for faith-based and public universities.

Sheldon is also an ordained minister, holds an honours degree in theology from Master’s College & Seminary, and a Master of Adult Education with a focus in faith-based post-secondary leadership from St. Francis Xavier University. He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate for his leadership and service within post-secondary and the church.

Sheldon is a family man whose three children provide a source of rich blessing and humour. He loves working with children, youth, and students, is a contagious storyteller, and tells poorly executed dad jokes with ease. Students say his Instagram account is on fleek….apparently that means it’s good.



2019 NEXT Schedule

8:30a - 9:00a Registration, Coffee & Sign-up for Workshops

9:00a - 10:45a Opening Session [Welcome, Worship & Featured Speaker]

10:45a - 11:00a Transitions

11:00a - 11:50a Workshops One

11:50a - 12:50p Lunch [Intentional Conversations]

12:50p - 1:40p Workshops Two

1:40p - 1:55p Transition

1:55p - 2:45p Workshops Three

2:45p - 3:00p Break & Snack

3:00p - 4:15p Closing Session [Worship & Featured Speaker]


You’ll get to choose 3 workshops To do - that equip you to be an amazing kids ministry leader!

See the great workshop topics listed below:

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How to Engage Children with Local and Global Missions –Louis Knowles

Connecting Sunday to Monday —Geoff McLean

Why I Stopped Doing VBS —Natasha Davidson

How do we Join God in our Neighbourhood? —Holly Gosbee

Faith Practices at Home —Kristen Price

Matthew the Mustard Seed & Midnight Excursions —Andrea Allaby

Engaging with Middle School Youth in Children’s Ministry —Lori MacLeod

Soul Care: How to Lead Yourself as you Lead Children —Sandy Sutherland

Relationship - The Key to Discipleship and Mentoring —Shaun & Michelle Slauenwhite

How to Teach and Show Grace to Children with Behavioural Issues—

Helping Families Navigate Screen Addiction —Jon Dixon

Creative Ideas to Teach and Engage Multi-age Groups —Julia Benwell

Preschool Connection —Nancy Weir

Creativity & Imagination in Children’s Ministry —Erin Jackman

Engaging Bible Story Telling —Carol Anne Janzen


On-line registration is now closed, you can register at the door Saturday morning for $55/person. Doors open 8:30 am. You can pay with cash or cheque. Workshop selection is also now closed on-line and can be made on-site this Saturday. See you there!!!

The coupon you see in the registration is for the first 100 Wesleyan’s registered! You should have received a NEXT coupon code from your Wesleyan District. Sorry to those those of us from other denominations (Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Salvation Army, Non-denominational…) - no coupon for you :( Yes, this Wesleyan coupon still applies at the door on Saturday.

Chateau Bedford has offered a rate of $129 for anyone looking for accommodations for the NEXT Conference.  You can access this rate by asking for the CBAC rate.  The hotel is booking up fast so early registration is suggested.