Marler to serve N.C. Baptists in childhood ministry
    October 13 2011 by BSC Communications

    Jan Marler began Oct. 1 working with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) on a contract basis in the area of childhood ministry. Marler, a former children’s specialist with LifeWay Christian Resources, has more than 25 years of experience in childhood ministry at the local church and denominational level, including the publication of several resources for children’s leaders.

    Marler will serve in this position until the BSC hires an individual to fill the position permanently.

    Jan Marler, former LifeWay children's specialist, will serve North Carolina's children's ministers until the BSC finds an individual to fill the position permanently.

    “I am looking forward to developing relationships with children’s ministers, and to seeing them succeed and grow spiritually,” Marler said. Marler is also looking forward to helping children’s ministers as they reach out to children’s families.

    Marler will continue to live in Nashville, Tenn., but will be available for phone calls and email consultations on issues related to preschool and children’s ministry. Next year she will also lead regional workshops for childhood ministry leaders. Areas of emphasis in the workshops will include safety and security and practical skills for children’s ministers.

    “Jan Marler is a most capable and personable expert with whom you will enjoy connecting,” said Brian Upshaw, BSC church ministry team leader. “We still intend to hire a full-time childhood ministry consultant, but in the interim, Jan will provide us with an expert in this area who is able to field the various day-to-day questions that arise regarding children’s ministry.

    “Numerous studies have expressed the crisis of college students and young adults who are leaving the church. There is a growing understanding that much of that dropout can be avoided if a firm spiritual foundation is laid in childhood,” Upshaw said.

    Marler can be contacted at (919) 810-1466 or Churches can also connect with her by contacting the BSC at (800) 395-5102, ext. 5646, or
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