Melanie Gordon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In July 2009 the leaders of ministries with children are invited to attend a quadrennial event called Focus. The Focus 2009 event will be held July 21-24 in Indianapolis and is sponsored by the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship.

Focus began 30 years ago in response to the International Year of the Child. "The important thing is that children are put in our care," says Melanie Gordon, director of younger children's ministries with GBOD. "In order to care for our children we must stay current." Focus brings together the people who are doing the research in a variety of areas with the people who are working with children. It enables all to receive training in working with children and keep it rooted in the Christian and United Methodist tradition.

This year the theme comes from Psalm 139, recognizing how we are "fearfully and wonderfully made." There will be innovative workshops, unique worship experiences, inspiring preachers, dynamic speakers, relevant resources, and networking opportunities that will support attendees in creating, renewing and revitalizing ministries locally and globally.

For more information or registration details, please visit the Focus 2009 Web site at or contact Melanie Gordon at