3 things I love about the next conference I’m going to.


 

There are many conferences out there. Lots of options having gone to many of them I have learned that each one offers a unique take on training, on networking, and on resources.

In a couple of weeks I am going to be speaking at CMLeaders conference in Columbus OH. I am stoked to hear from leaders around the country and to grow in my own leadership. Here a few quick things I love about CMLeaders.

1. While many conference adress leadership, this conference is dedicated to it. The big myth people who get into kids ministry buy into is that I am doing kids ministry because I love kids. The reality is you as a kids pastor need to love people who love kids. That’s leadership.

2. It’s a TED style conference. All general sessions no breakouts – very different but I love TED talks so I am really excited to see how it plays out.

3. Love Michael Chanley‘s passion for equipping and serving people who serve people. Often times conferences take on the personally of the leader. Chanley is a great leader with a huge heart for others.

I hope to see you there. This conference is an amazing opportunity at a great price. REGISTER NOW!

6 questions every leader needs to ask after a big event.

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We just got back from camp it was another amazing year and God did some amazing things in the hearts of the kids that attended. Our kids pastor and his team did a great job. Now that I am back I do what I do every year question everything.

Planning the event is huge, but the thing that we often neglect is the pulling the event apart. It matters little at this phase whether the event was a success or failure because this is actually the first step in planning the next event or planning to cancel the next event. I know that I have avoided this part because of insecurity, but more often because I am done with it and on to the next thing. I have to recognize that my confidence doesn’t come from how well the event went or my ability to keep going. My confidence as a leader comes from putting my hopes and dreams in Christ. When you understand that your worth and your confidence comes from him it gives you the strength to kill a program that you have done for years or the wisdom to make that same program better than it’s ever been.

Here are 6 questions I ask myself after each event we do.

1. Am I doing this program or event because “it’s always been done” Is this event in line with the values and the vision of the church currently?
2. Did we accomplish what we wanted to accomplish with this event?
3. Were we good stewards of the money this event cost the church to pull off?
4. If this is something we are going to do next year how can we involve families in the process?
5. Did I have the right leaders there? How can I leverage the planning, running and reflection of this event to grow the leaders under me?
6. When all is said and done was Jesus magnified more than we were?

 

 

Are Mormons really Christians?

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This is a question that is only going to intensify over the next few months and possibly next few years. I have had a few conversations over the past couple of weeks with people who identified themselves as evangelical christians. Each person told me they believe that Mormons are Christians. I think it’s important to be informed. This isn’t about Mitt Romney it’s about something much deeper.

Let me start by saying I have no ill will towards mormons personally. I have met and known quite a few and all of them have been very kind very nice people. That being said I think it’s important that we address a few of the distinct theological differences Christians and Mormons have.

Mormons hold other writings outside of the scriptures as authoritative. Recognizes the LDS Four Standard Works as authoritative. These include the Bible “as far as it is translated correctly” (Articles of Faith 1:8).
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accepts four books as scripture: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. These books are called the standard works of the Church. The inspired words of our living prophets are also accepted as scripture. (Gospel Principles, Chapter 10)

Mormons believe in a moral gospel – 
By following His teachings, we can inherit a place in the celestial kingdom. He did His part to help us return to our heavenly home. It is now up to each of us to do our part and become worthy of exaltation. (Gospel Principles Chapter 3)

Mormons do not believe in a Triune God but three separate Gods
-These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did; and I will show it from the Bible  (Teaching of Joseph Smith, Section Six 1843-44, p.345)

So many Christians are willing to accept Mormon doctrine as the same as their own because their faith is based largely on what hear from others and they feel. This is very dangerous. The clarity of our faith, doctrine and gospel is imperative for us to reach a world drowning in moralism.

I love what Keller says about the gospel is that it humbles us, because we recognize on a daily basis our need for Jesus. I my hope is that through this new dialog about Mormonism we will be able to preach the gospel to Mormons in a clearer fashion than ever before. Mormons need that saving grace of a triune God through the person of Jesus Christ as communicated to us in the solely inspired Word of God just as much as I do.