The Children’s Ministry Network (CMN) is an official network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) and was constituted in 1972. It was previously called The Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (CGMC).

It exists to bring together all those with national responsibility for work with children in denominations and Christian agencies who are in sympathy with the aims and objectives of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

About Us

Our Principal Aims

  • Acting as advocates for children in the churches
  • Evaluating and promoting good resources for those who are involved in Christian education
  • Developing support material for children’s ministry
  • Training for children’s work leaders
  • Learning about issues affecting children
  • Hearing the voice of children



Twice a year, CMN members gather together to hare the latest news and information, as well as explore important issues and themes in ministry amongst children, as we continually seek ways to support each other in this vital area of work.  

At each CMN gathering a business meeting of all member bodies is held, giving room for more formal discussions and decisions about ways forward. 


Our business meeting is the decision-making body of the organisation. It elects an executive committee, with representation from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The role of the executive consists of strategy and logistics. CMN is self-financing, being funded by fees from its members. 

Our terms of reference.


CMN takes part in the European Conference on Christian Education (ECCE), a forum for churches and agencies (Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox) in all parts of Europe.

This conference meets every three years. It considers major thinking related to Christian education in general, and work with children in particular.


What People Say

Being part of the network has transformed my ministry. It has helped develop my thinking, opened me up to new perspectives and provided a supportive environment.

Suzi Farrant, Church of Scotland

Although I am not a member of the group, I have benefited from the resources they have created, and the wisdom that they share.

Darren Philip, Church of Scotland