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Art Murphy

Author, Leader, Speaker, Mentor

For more than thirty years Art Murphy has been respected nationally and internationally as a leader, innovator, and pioneer in children and family ministry.  



The Faith of a Child [Moody Publishers]

First Things First: A Spiritual Growth Journal for Children [helping children develop good habits]

Targets for Successful Parenting [live training event for parents and grandparents]

Step by Step: Leading Your Child to Christ [seven lesson video training course]

The NEXT LEVEL: Children's Ministry Leadership Training [10-12 hour training course]​

How to WIN at Recruiting Children's Ministry Volunteers [ten proven strategies for building an effective recruiting system]



   Children's Ministry Pastor, First Baptist Church, Orlando, FL

​   1984 - 2001

    • Ministry grew to 2000 children, and a school of 1000 [k-12]

    • Built a team of 725 volunteers [starting with 67]

    • Over 1300 children became Christ-followers during this time period.

   Founder/President, Children's Ministry Solutions (formerly Arrow Ministries)

​   1996 - present

    ​• God has blessed Art with a unique insight, passion, and expertise in the areas of children's                             ministry, volunteer enlistment, leadership development, children and salvation, and parenting.

    • Thousands of churches use Art's training and resources to impact the lives of millions of                                 children.

   Chairman, Children & Preschool Ministers Metro

    1998 - 1999

    • Membership included ​approximately 100 children & preschool ministers from the largest churches in the U.S.

2010 - present

   Family Pastor, BridgePoint Church, St. Petersburg, FL

   ​2011 - 2014

    • Founded in 2006.  By 2011 attendance had grown to 250.

    • From 2011-2014 attendance grew to over 1600.

    • KidzPoint (birth-5th grade) grew from 25 to 200.

    • KidzPoint volunteers grew from 6 to 95.  


   Family Ministry Consultant, First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL


    • Served as advisor to pastor and staff during transition to new campus

    • Led design team for new children's building

    • Mentored new family ministry pastor

    • Selected and trained children's ministry leadership team

    • Created all new children's programming and schedule

    • Increased volunteers from 25 to 145



    • Interviewed by USA Today, Moody Radio, Today's Family, and various media outlets                     regarding childhood and parenting issues.

    • Consultant to several of the largest churches and Christian organizations in the U.S. [see             sample client list]



   ​Speaker/Teacher at National Conferences & Events Including:​

    • Children's Pastors Conference (INCM) [San Diego, Nashville, Orlando]

    • National Pastors' Conference (Jacksonville, FL)

    • National Preschool and Children's Conference (Lifeway, Nashville)

    • Preschool and Children's Ministers Metro Conference

    • State Evangelism Conferences (AR, KY, OK, PA)

    • Ridgecrest (NC) & Glorietta (NM) Training Centers (SBC)

    • Keynote speaker at dedication of ​Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, Orlando, FL

    • National Rec-Lab (Orlando)

    • Plus, The Next Level regional training events in over 200 cities


    Whether you are a seasoned veteran, or a rookie just starting, you will benefit from Art's expertise,        insight, creativity, encouragement, and honesty. Coaching sessions are scheduled:

    • One hour each week by phone or web cam 

    • Basic program is three months 

    • Or, you may prefer a three day retreat format. Your place, or beautiful St. Petersburg, FL

    Contact us about setting up a mentoring plan for you and/or your staff.


   Union University (Jackson, TN)​  

2010 - present

    B.S. Health and Physical Education [1975]

    • Voted "Mr. Union University" by student body

    • Varsity men's basketball team

   Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY)


    ​Pastoral Ministries [1981], Union University campus, Jackson, TN

   University of Memphis (Memphis, TN) [formerly Memphis State University]

    ​M.Ed. Early Childhood Education [1984]

    • Additional studies in counseling and educational administration/supervision

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