Speakers and Artists

Deborah Addington
 Keynote Speaker for Children's Ministry Conferences
Children's Ministry Leadership Training
Children's Ministry Volunteers Training
Regional and National Denominational Organizations
In addition to Keynote & Break Out Speaking Presentations,
Deborah Addington also offers personal
Children's Ministry Consulting / Coaching
Travels from Georgia
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Deborah Addington’s personal experiences as a child and teen clearly showed her that God can and does speak to the hearts of children.
At 8 years old she came to salvation through Jesus Christ, and at 16 years old Deborah surrendered her life to Him at a Christian camp.
God used children’s ministry to call Deborah to her life’s work in children’s ministry leadership and training children's ministry leaders.
Having served as Children’s Ministry Director at three churches since the 1980s, Deborah currently serves as Director for IGNITE 3:16, Inc., a ministry that equips and trains students to evangelize their generation via camps, clubs, and a variety of other ministry opportunities.

As a conference speaker, Deborah’s keynote addresses include vision-casting messages that inspire and motivate children’s leaders in their important work in churches, community organizations, schools, and camps, as well as practical topics that provide specific information and training that can be implemented in ministry to children.  Ideal audiences for Deborah’s range of speaking topics include church staff and lay leaders, leaders of Christian organizations, as well as volunteers who serve in children’s ministry.



Speaking Topics
Putting the GO in GOspel!
Jesus said, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel."  As children's ministry leaders, we understand the importance of reaching the unreached children of our communities.  But how?  To do this, we have to be intentional, creative, and GO.  Discover some of the tried and proven ways to reach your community!
Touching Hearts:  Changing Lives

This presentation teaches how to reconnect with God in powerful ways so your ministry is an overflow of your life.  You will receive practical, meaningful tools to grow your passion for serving in children's ministry.  And you will experience the power of encouragement and commitment in guided worship and prayer time.

How to Develop a Children's Worship Program
You can teach kids about the Tabernacle ... or you can lead them into the HOLY OF HOLIES.  Creating an engaging yet worshipful program can be achieved by planning creatively, playfully, strategically, and, most importantly, PRAYERFULLY.  Together, we will examine the beginning, middle, and end goals of a very successful worship program that will help the children in your program worship God.
Building Resilience by Ushering Children into God's Presence
As children's ministry leaders, many of us know the importance of doing what we can to build the resilience of faith in children.  We also know how important it is to teach children about worship.  What if the two went together?  Could there be connections between worship and resilience?  In this session, you will gain new insights into what true worship is and how worship results in the resilience of a child's faith and connection to God.
How to Keep Your Volunteers Coming Back
Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!  Definition of Vol-un-teer:  a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.  This presentation covers who should volunteer, what is a volunteer, when should you get volunteers, where to get volunteers, and why you need volunteers to help you accomplish the task of reaching children for Christ!  Your ministry hinges on your volunteers ... you cannot afford to get this wrong!
Leading Children to Christ
"A child of five, if properly instructed, can as truly believe, and be regenerated, as an adult."  Charles Spurgeon
Leading a child to Christ is THE most important part of your ministry.  Making sure that the volunteers working in your ministry know how to do this is critical.  We will explore the dos and don'ts of leading a child to Christ.  Eternity is a stake!
Turning Classroom Chaos into Classroom Control
This informational classroom management presentation focuses on practical ways to reduce chaos and maintain control.  Whether a seasoned veteran or just beginning, every teacher experiences times when having a tool belt of techniques comes in handy.  In everything teachers do, the goal is to disciple as well as discipline.  You will gain knowledge in the "how to" of discipline that is effective in keeping your classroom under control, whether you have 5 or 50 in attendance!
Overall Program Evaluation and Suggestions
Sometimes all it takes is a fresh set of eyes and ears to move your program from mediocre to excellence.  Deborah offers this service as an in-person observation preceded by a meeting with the children's director of staff focusing on areas they feel need improving, or as a one-on-one consultation.

“It is my privilege to recommend Deborah Addington as a Consultant for your Children’s Ministry.  I have known Deborah most of her life and have had the honor of working on staff with her at Glen Haven Baptist Church where she served as Director of Children’s Ministry for 21 years.
“There are many adjectives I can use to describe her ministry: passionate, creative, innovative, driven, consistent, and effective, to name a few.  God has given Deborah the unique ability to connect with children of all ages, helping them to apply God’s truth to their daily lives.
“Deborah would be a great blessing to any church by helping them to be more effective with reaching children for Christ.”

Rev. Stan Berrong
Pastor Emeritus
Glen Haven Baptist Church
“What a blessing to work alongside Deborah Addington for 7 years as her pastor.  Deborah has a tremendous heart and love for children.  There are people who work with children, but Deborah was called by God to do what she does with Children’s Ministry.  She did her work with excellence in all aspects.  Deborah has a strong administrative and teaching gift.  She will be able to advise any church with experience, practicality, and clarity.  Most importantly, she has the gift of evangelism so she is effective in leading many children to Christ.  I recommend any church or children’s organization to take advantage of her training.”
Rev. Jeff Hawkins
Franklin Baptist Church
“Thank you for all the hard work you did at First Baptist!  Thanks for your deep love for God that you routinely live out!  Thanks that you serve a BIG GOD who does great things!  Because you serve this BIG GOD, you do some incredible things!  I have been amazed at the quality of VBS, at you getting Dr. Kevin Leman here, having great Fall Festivals, etc.  You are a class act!!  I also think the way you lead Children’s Worship is wonderful.  My children have grown in their faith!  Thank you for your love that you give so freely to people - both children and adults.”
Dr. Marian Colosimo, MD
First Baptist Church of Winder
“Deborah Addington is the most creative children’s teacher I have ever seen.  My kids loved her, and our children’s leaders said that her training conferences were the best they have ever been to.  I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a children’s event or any type of training event for your children’s workers. 
“The first time I saw Deborah, she was teaching a chalk art class for people that can’t draw.  I decided to go because I can’t draw.  I left feeling like I had truly been in the presence of God.  She is very anointed to teach and share God’s Word.  I liked her so much I asked for her resume because we needed a children’s minister at our church.  That was the best decision I ever made.  Our children’s ministry tripled in size under her leadership.  I highly recommend her to you if you are looking for a children’s event or a time of training for your children’s workers.
“Deborah has a unique approach to leading children.  She is creative, entertaining, anointed, and I have learned everything I know about children’s ministry from her.  She taught my own children in children’s church.  They came home every week so excited, and they could not wait to go back.  She always puts Jesus first in her life and it shows when she teaches children or leads conferences.  I highly recommend her to you for your next children’s event or for your next children’s workers training.”

Rev. Kevin Davis
Children’s Minister
Antioch Baptist Church
Lumberton, North Carolina
“We recently offered a children’s leadership experience for our churches.  I wanted to share the contact of Deborah Addington who led this training for us.  I can assure you that she would be a blessing to your leaders as well.
“Deborah was well prepared and brought all of her own resources – handouts already printed and even extension outlet plugs!  She was very creative and kept the interest of our participants. She also communicated well with each of our leaders, taking time to talk to them individually, and even praying individually with them.  Deborah was able to combine teaching techniques that worked in any situation or group, modeling them in her own teaching, and sharing personal experiences.  Most importantly, Deborah was able to always make a connection to the Biblical truth and point leaders back to the gospel and how to take advantage of every opportunity to share the love of Christ with children and families.
“Deborah has many already prepared training sessions with titles and descriptions and worked with us to determine the best topics and messages for our particular churches and their needs.  We were only able to offer two sessions with our schedule, but we look forward to having her back to explore some other areas and her expertise.  One of the most meaningful was the leading worship experience with time for teachers to explore hands-on stations to lead themselves in worship and gain ideas of how to use these for their church programs with children. 
“Deborah has a compassionate heart, prayerful Biblically based messages, and is using her spiritual gift to teach and further share the gospel.
“I urge you to book her for your next leadership training.”

Alan Taylor
Associational Mission Strategist
Robeson Baptist Association
Lumberton, North Carolina
“Deborah moved our church’s children’s ministry from the ordinary to absolutely outstanding in a very short time.  She has extensive knowledge and skills in effective methods to teach, reach and train children to love and worship God.  Perhaps as important as her knowledge and skill is her genuine love for children and their families.  She continually looks at available resources for children’s ministry and is very skilled at weaving just the right pieces into excellent worship experiences for children’s worship.  Most often her plans were developed into units which allowed children to get a greater depth of understanding and be able to retain what they were learning.  When I observed Children’s Worship, I was amazed at how much the children knew and how engaged they were in their learning and worship.
“Deborah is a motivating leader who knows how to train adults to be more effective teachers for children.  She knows how to recruit volunteers, train them, appreciate them, and keep them involved in children’s programs.  I believe that God is calling her to use her skills in a larger arena to work with churches and their children’s workers.  She is an excellent trainer and is always well prepared.
“I have worked with Deborah in a variety of settings of children’s ministry.  My experience as an educational consultant and watching numerous other consultants over the years has provided me with a set of expectations for consultants.  Deborah is one of the best trainers I have worked with and one who spends a lot of time preparing.  She is organized and effectively uses technology to enhance her presentations.”

Mrs. Brenda Erwin
Elementary Teacher
Middle School Principal for 40 years
Georgia Educational School Improvement Specialist
“Thank you for that amazing class!  We have implemented a lot of your ideas, and they have been working wonderfully!”
Danielle McBride
Lumberton, North Carolina

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