Children’s Ministry Seminar Empowers Leaders in the Philippines

Ministers to children are called to “bridge the gap” in the areas of faith and service.

Nadeth Quinto, Central Philippine Union Conference, Southern-Asia Pacific Division
Children’s Ministry Seminar Empowers Leaders in the Philippines
Delegates from across the Philippines recently attended a Children’s Ministries development training seminar in Cebu City, Philippines. [Photo: Southern Asia-Pacific Division News]

A recent Adventist Children’s Ministries seminar, the Philippine Tri-Union Leadership Development Training Seminar, took place in Cebu City, Philippines. The seminar marked a milestone in empowering leaders to bridge the gap for every child, regional leaders said.

 The three-day event, themed, “Bridging the Gap: Every C.H.I.L.D. Matters,” aimed to promote a nurturing environment and empower leaders to assure a brighter future for children via care, healing, inspiration, love, and discipline, leaders said.

The seminar brought together a community of like-minded individuals inspired by a common passion for establishing a caring environment for children, regardless of their background or origin. More than 150 delegates from various locations across the Philippines attended.

“Distinguished guest speakers enriched the event, elevating the learning experience for participants,” regional leaders reported. “The program encompassed a wide range of topics, including leadership challenges in children’s ministries, fostering mental health and well-being in young minds, safeguarding children from worldly influences, approaches to Christian music in worship, addressing transgenderism and beliefs, nurturing faith amidst the digital era, discussing the role of spirituality in child development, renewing faith and commitment, and empowering children as future leaders, among other engaging subjects.”

Melodie Mae Inapan, Children’s Ministries director in the Central Philippine Union Conference of the Adventist Church, welcomed delegates from across the region, highlighting the seminar’s transformative impact on nurturing ideal followers of Christ. “This class is invaluable. It not only imparts knowledge but also helps us address our children’s spiritual needs,” Inapan emphasized. “Our mission is to guide them to mature spiritually and physically, and become exemplary individuals for Christ.”

Nenita Caderma, Children’s Ministries director in the church’s Southern Asia-Pacific Division, underscored the seminar’s importance in equipping leaders for a mission-oriented approach. “May you carry back fresh insights and renewed hope to your respective regions,” she encouraged. “With mission as our focus, let us courageously witness and make disciples for Jesus.”

Delegates expressed deep gratitude for the knowledge and empowerment gained. Wanee P. Salayon from the North Philippine Union Conference said, “This conference has ignited a new passion within me to serve children wholistically — spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. As leaders, it’s our duty to influence children’s lives, and this newfound knowledge is invaluable.”

Janice R. Lloren from the South Philippine Union Conference highlighted the importance of spending time with God in today’s digital world. “I feel empowered to bridge the gap with my children while adhering to biblical principles,” she said. “Every delegate is now equipped to proclaim that every child matters.”

Orathai Chureson, Children’s Ministries director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, praised the unity among leaders. “Let us faithfully prepare children’s hearts and nurture their faith,” she encouraged. “Our ultimate goal is to hear God say, ‘Well done, my wonderful children’s ministry leaders.’ ”

The seminar concluded with a candle-lighting ceremony, symbolizing the commitment to train every member of the church and empower the next generation as faithful followers of Jesus and illuminating the path for future generations.

The original version of this story was posted on the Southern Asia-Pacific Division news site.

Nadeth Quinto, Central Philippine Union Conference, Southern-Asia Pacific Division