Emotional Intelligence: Reaching the Hearts of Our Children Training
13th April 2018
What is apparent in all Children's Ministries programmes and training events is the calibre of speakers and facilitators it attracts. With the speakers there is always a guarantee of quality content and information that equips and bolsters the knowledge gleaned from such events. For those who remember the famous lyrics to the song 'The Greatest Love of All' penned by the songwriters Linda Creed and Michael Masser and made popular by Whitney Houston it goes: "I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside." As the mission of the Children's Ministries department is to "nurture children into a loving, serving relationship with Jesus", it goes without saying that those who work with children should be thoroughly trained and equipped for such an important and sobering undertaking.
The 'Emotional Intelligence: Reaching the Hearts of Our Children' training held at the very roomy and architecturally imposing Leeds Central Seventh-day Adventist church was a well-planned and executed event. It was another success for Pastor Patricia Douglas, NEC Children's Ministries director and her team. It attracted a notable number of attendees and speakers. From the British Union Conference was the Family Ministries and Children's Ministries director, Pastor Leslie Ackie and Discovery Bible School director, Pastor Maureen Rock. In his presentation Pastor Ackie mentioned that, "The seminars defined emotional intelligence as the ability to recognise and identify our emotions, manage our feelings, be sensitive to other people's emotions, manage relationships effectively. The sessions explored the emotional relationship between parents/teachers and children by sharing a five-step process to help teach children how to recognize and address their feelings, which includes becoming aware of the child's emotions; recognizing that dealing with these emotions as an opportunity for intimacy; listening empathetically; helping the child label emotions; setting limits and problem-solving."
A late addition to the 'bill' was Mr Satish Paul who covered the topic 'Children with Special Needs'. In his presentation he admonished and counselled that, "The Church has the opportunity to share the love of God and message of hope with all people of different abilities and ages it serves in a designated building or other locations such as homes of believers. Among the people the Church serves are some children with various physical or learning difficulties/disabilities including autism spectrum disorder. These children require special teaching approaches, visual and concrete (real objects) simplified resources and adjustment to the teaching environment in order to improve their understanding and access curriculum, church services, etc., so that these young people may be able to experience the love of God, relate to Jesus someone close to them and feel belonging to a safe place called church and people who love and care for them."
There were a variety of presentations ranging from Special Educational Needs, Holiday Bible School Training, Understand the Grace Link Curriculum and My Bible Study Guide, Smart Love Training, Arts and Craft, Messy Church Training and Keeping the Church Family Safe Policy Training.
One of the comments which encapsulated the impact of the training was from Ifeoma Victor-Igwe the Scottish Mission Children's Ministries sponsor who said "The quality of training was excellent. The training and presentation styles were educative. Having recently assumed the role of Children's Ministries sponsor, I have learnt quite a lot to take home and develop my proposal to the Scottish Mission."
Please keep this important work in your prayers and look out for future training events in your locality and areas.
[Lungani Sibanda, NEC Communication & Media Director]