Children's Ministry





Each Sabbath morning, Sabbath school for each age group welcomes children to an hour of active learning geared to their stage of faith development. These classes provide faith-shaping experiences for newborns through adolescents.


Children's Sabbath Schools

Beginners: birth–2 years old

Kindergarten: 3–5 years old

Primary: 6–9 years old (grades 1–4)

Juniors: 10–11 years old (grade 5–6)

Earliteen: 12–13 years old (grades 7–8)

Youth: grades 9–12

To learn more about GraceLink, the Christ-centered, Bible-based, child-friendly Sabbath school curriculum produced by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, click here.





Leadership Certification

Coordinating children’s ministries in the local church requires more than passion and a love for children.  Children’s leaders and teachers need to understand children and how they grow their faith.  They need to know how to organize programs, teach children, nurture them and meet their needs.  Therefore, the Children’s Ministries Leadership Certification program can be used for such leadership training on a regular basis.  These courses can be taught as seminars during teachers’ conventions, leadership training or certification weekends.  It may take one to two years to complete all nine courses, after which a certificate from the Division will be given to each participant.



AnchorLeadership Certification Level I

1.) Understanding GraceLink
A walk through the GraceLink curriculum, learning about how the four dynamics of grace, worship, community, and service are incorporated into the Bible lessons, and understanding the new approach to teaching it.

2.) Active Learning
Discover the interesting and best method of teaching children of any age by involving them in activities rather than through a lecture.

3.) Faith Development of Children
Find out how children develop their faith and learn to lead them through the stages of faith development to a committed relationship with Jesus Christ.

4.) Positive Class Discipline 
Learn some ideas of managing a class with grace and firmness as you facilitate active learning in your lessons.

5.) Raising Kids to Adore God
Help parents learn the most effective ways to raise children to adore God, making worship as a lifestyle.

6.) Protecting Children from Abuse (Screening Volunteers)
Protect the children in your church by implementing an effective procedure for volunteer screening. Learn how to introduce volunteer application forms without insulting long-time leaders.

7.) Safety and Emergency Procedures for Children 
Provide safety for children in church-sponsored activities by implementing procedures that protect them from physical harm, danger, accidents, and other unforeseen hazards.

8.) Understanding Child Development: Birth through Teens
Discover the developmental characteristics of children ages 0-14, how they learn, and how best to teach them. Understand the needs, the strengths and the challenges of pre-adolescents. Learn practical tips for keeping them connected to the group and to Jesus.

9.) Understanding How Children Learn
Understand how children learn through their different learning styles and try to meet the needs of each type of learner. Discover the secrets for developing a successful lesson plan.



AnchorLeadership Certification Level II

1.) Growing A Vision For Children's Ministries (PDF)

2.) Leading Children to Jesus: How to Have One-On-One Conversations About Faith(PDF)

3.) Postmodern Children's Ministry (PDF)

4.) Involving Children in Mission (PDF)

5.) Building Resiliency in Children; A Guide to Helping Children Cope with Trauma in Today’s World (PDF)

6.) Building And Equipping Your Children's Ministries Team (PDF)

7.) Teaching Children About Race (PDF)

8.) Making Your Family Worship Easy & Fun! (PDF)



AnchorLeadership Certification Level III

1.) Growing Christian Values in Children (Handouts)

2.) Raising Spiritual Giants (Handouts)

3.) Partnering with Parents (Handouts)

5.) Fostering Kid's Time Alone with God (Handouts)

6.) Ministry to Children with Special Needs (Handouts)

7.) How to Include Kids with Special Needs (Handouts)

8.) Teens and Religion (Handouts)



AnchorLeadership Certification Level IV

1. Healthy Inside Out! Celebrations!

2. Involving Children in Ministry & Service


4. Bulliying Tips for Parents

5. Helping Parents of Teens Cope with Bullies

6. Preveenting Child Abuse

7. Protecting Our Children

8. Entering the World of Kids



Leadership Certification Level V

1. Evangelizing the 4/14 Window

2. Intergenerational Worship

3. The 10 Commandments of Parenting

4. How to Communicate With Children

5. Parenting and the Media Challenge

6. Teach Your Children To Witness

7. Teaching Sexuality to Children