Last week I flew to Tennessee to take part in the last retreat of the second year of our infuse group. For those of you who don’t know Infuse is a now 6 month leadership mentoring experience with Jim Wideman.
We had an amazing time connecting with eachother but most of all learning from Brother Jim. Infuse and brother Jim came to my life as an answer to prayer, 11 years after I prayed it. When I first started working in kids ministry I would have given anything to have a mentor, someone to speak into my life to help he gain proper perspective. To keep me from making some of the mistakes I did. Learning the hard way has some advantages but I am a strong believer in learning from the mistakes of others so you don’t have to repeat them.
Even after being in kids ministry for 13 years I still need a coach. There is something that is healthy and necessary to have someone in your life that can speak into your life personally, professionally and spiritually. I am so grateful to brother Jim and his family for their time and for pouring into the lives of so many other Children’s Ministers from around the country. My life has been truly touched by your wisdom and grace.
If you are new to Children’s ministry or have been in kids ministry for years I can think of no greater step for you to take than to fill out an application for Infuse 5. Six months learning from Brother Jim you will be a different person. I know that many of the things I learned over the past couple of years I will not soon forget. I would like to spend the next couple of day going through some of the things that I have learned from my time in Infuse.