Welcome, and thank you for joining us in Soul Summit.

This information has been assembled with YOU in mind. All of us who work in this very special children’s ministry want you to feel confident in what we do to serve the children at Judson Baptist Church.

So, what is it we do in Soul Summit?

Our primary mission in Soul Summit is to invest in the lives of children in these ways…

  1. We teach them that God is big enough for them to trust with anything.
  2. We show them to be friends who have a positive influence.
  3. We add another mentoring voice telling them the same things you do as parents.
  4. We share wisdom from the Bible that they can remember when they come home.
  5. We reinforce what their parents teach them at home. 

Soul Summit is everything “big church” is for adults, geared toward the understanding and enjoyment of children. We make learning about God fun, meaningful, and memorable. From singing praise & worship songs to paying tithes & offerings to giving a message & invitation, we teach kids what to expect and how to behave in a real church service.

Everything the children see and hear in Soul Summit is centered on God’s virtues. Each month, we focus on a different one of God’s virtues, sing about it, and study it every week. We give them relevant Bible stories and present skits to show a practical application. We cover three full years worth of virtues in Soul Summit – 36 revelations of God’s character that all of us try to learn and practice. The virtues are…

  1. Love
  2. Responsibility
  3. Individuality/Uniqueness/Creativity
  4. Cooperation
  5. Compassion
  6. Discipline
  7. Service
  8. Honesty
  9. Friendship
  10. Endurance/Perseverance
  11. Wisdom
  12. Contentment
  13. Trust
  14. Initiative
  15. Respect
  16. Uniqueness
  17. Peace
  18. Orderliness
  19. Kindness
  20. Courage
  21. Joy
  22. Patience
  23. Humility
  24. Self-control
  25. Honor
  26. Knowledge
  27. Determination
  28. Gratitude
  29. Generosity
  30. Resourcefulness
  31. Fairness
  32. Hope
  33. Conviction
  34. Forgiveness
  35. Faith
  36. Grace

We strive for the children to go home knowing what each virtue means to God and how to live it as they interact with others, and they become a little bit more like Jesus every day.

OK, who can come to Soul Summit?

The ministry is geared primarily to teach children about God from 4 years old through 4th grade by engaging them at their level of understanding and experience.

It is also meant to be a safe training environment for middle and high school kids to learn how to serve others and encourage the younger ones to pursue a relationship with God.

Of course, parents are also welcome and encouraged to join us in teaching and demonstrating God’s virtues to these children.

Many people invest their time every week putting a Soul Summit production together. In fact, Soul Summit is run by an all-volunteer team. The complete list of roles is…

  • Welcome/Sign-in
  • Credible Host
  • Comic Host
  • Worship Leader
  • Motions Leader 
  • Teacher
  • Show Producer
  • 4-year-olds Leader
  • 5-year-olds Leader
  • 1st Grade Leader
  • 2nd Grade Leader
  • 3rd Grade Leader
  • 4th Grade Leader
  • Skit Coordinator
  • Actress – Cammie
  • Actress – Sam(antha)
  • Actor – Marshall
  • Actor – Tyler
  • Actor – Gordo 
  • Actor – Vinny
  • Actor – Grandpa Henry
  • Actress – Mrs. F

Following is a descriptive list of the adult roles in Soul Summit…

Roles Description
Children’s Pastor staff leader of Judson Baptist Church Children’s ministry
Welcome/Sign-in welcomes children & parents, facilitates sign-in process, administrative
Credible Host participates in Welcome skit as a reputable, trustworthy character
Comic Host participates in Welcome skit as funny, farcical character
Worship Leader leads praise and worship singing
Motions Leader leads hand motions during worship
4- & 5-year-old Leaders leads pre-K and K children to LIFE Group at ‘Split’ (before message)
1st Grade Leader sits among children and leads 1st graders to LIFE Group
2nd Grade Leader sits among children and leads 2nd graders to LIFE Group
3rd Grade Leader sits among children and leads 3rd graders to LIFE Group
4th Grade Leader sits among children and leads 4th graders to LIFE Group
Skit Coordinator prepares skits, actors, and directors; coordinates backstage
Skit Director runs drama rehearsal on Wednesday nights; directs blocking
Actor – Grandpa Henry adult male actor – grandfather of Gordo
Actor – Mrs. F. adult female actor – mother of Gordo
Lesson Teacher gives the message associated with the virtue
Show Producer prepares all audio & video aspects of Soul Summit

For those interested in joining in what we are doing in Soul Summit, and for those parents of youth who want to participate as well, our vision is to have multiple volunteers for each role. This way, everyone has the opportunity to serve in Soul Summit as much or as little as they are able. We are very sensitive to ensuring that anyone serving can also attend church services and LIFE groups.

We ask that you consider making a commitment to participate in Soul Summit from promotion Sunday of the school year (in August) until the next promotion Sunday the following year. For the youth who are interested in serving with us, we defer to their parents to direct and determine their level of participation.

And when does Soul Summit meet?

Soul Summit meets the first hour of services Sunday mornings (9:00AM), which means that those who are in Soul Summit will be able to join the second church service or their LIFE group that meets the second hour (10:30AM).

Soul Summit does not meet on Sundays when Judson has only one morning service. On these mornings, all Soul Summit workers and children attend worship together. In a month with five Sundays, the children’s service is a Missionary Sunday, which provides specific focus on heroes of the faith or a local missionary who will speak to and share with the children that morning.

Where does Soul Summit meet?

Soul Summit meets in the Soul Summit Clubhouse (room 3105-A on the third floor) in the main education center of the church.

So, what’s it like in Soul Summit?

Soul Summit is where kids can come to learn how to worship God, sing to Him, pray to Him and talk about whatever is important to them, give tithes and offerings, and hear what Jesus did for them and how He wants them to live. Oh, and we have LOTS of fun, too! The skits are funny and entertaining.

Each week, the kids learn about one of the virtues — a part of the character of God — and how God wants them to live out that virtue. We say that His virtues are something that God does in us to change the world around us.

Who do I speak to if I have any questions?

You can speak to any of the leaders of Soul Summit. We welcome your questions, concerns, insights, and suggestions.

Nick & Tiffany Anton
nanton@comcast.net (615) 708-5037
tiffany@comcast.net (615) 293-1322

Phil & Julie Robertson
philandjulie@yahoo.com (615) 595-9611

Everything we do is under the guidance and leadership of God and our Children’s Pastor:

Jack Oliver
jack.oliver@judsonbaptist.com (615) 833-6600

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