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

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

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

[email protected]. Churches can also connect with her by contacting the BSC

at (800) 395-5102, ext. 5646, or [email protected].