I remember several years ago being part of a conversation about what makes a conference great with Christine Yount-Jones and her team at Group. One of the things that came out of that conversation was the need for authentic conversations. The Kidmin Conference that Group puts on does many things well, what I think they do better than any conference I have been to is create intentional space for conversations to take place. From the affinity groups, to structuring time in breakouts for interaction, to the placement of Xorbee chairs all over to create conversational pit stops.
What I am looking forward to most at the Kidmin conference is using those opportunities to learn from old friends and new friends alike.
This year I was honored to be invited back to help add to the conversation. I am incredibly excited to do that by discussing a couple of things that are important to me. This year my breakouts will center about the why, what and how of communicating the gospel to kids. In years of ministry to kids in the same church I have become more aware of our need to do those things with excellence. If we don’t understand why those gospel matters to kids what we say and how we say it will have less impact. If we know why the gospel matters but don’t know how or what to say about it the impact will never be felt by our kids. I hope to help paint a picture of the power of the gospel how we need it as much as the kids we serve and when we understand that fact it will change everything for us even how we practically communicate to kids.
I really hope to see you there. I am praying that every person that comes is changed for the sake of the kids they are called to serve.
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A couple of weeks ago I was at the Gospel Coalition Conference. There were many sessions and breakouts that ministered to me personally. One of my favorite sessions was a panel discussion on justice. Panel discussions are temperamental they are fragile they can go bad quick. Much of that depends on the moderator far more than the panelists or the subject matter. DA Carson did a brilliant job moderating. The interruption with the various guys on the panel was lively and respectful. I left the session encouraged, challenged and hopeful. In light of the recent events in Baltimore which are just a string of many other events where justice is being sought, not in the way it should by any means. In light of these events I thought I would share the video of that panel discussion with you. I hope you find it as helpful as I did.
Go! Curriculum Review
Go! is a new player in the kids curriculum scene. (Go! will release fully this August.) They have what looks like a great mix of what you would expect from a “Large Group/Small Group” curriculum and fresh ideas. Here is how they describe themselves.
GO! lessons, you’ll probably notice that every section of the lesson is designed to help kids engage with God through their minds, hearts or hands. Some sections are designed to help kids learn about God and His Word. Some sections are designed to help kids experience, reflect on and respond to the love and grace of their Savior. And some sections are designed to equip kids to live their faith in the real world. A well-rounded approach to children’s spiritual formation should have elements of each of these. One of the wonderful things about the GO! curriculum is that it can so easily be adapted to fit the needs and time restraints of your ministry. As you make additions or substructions, though, be sure to keep in mind the balanced approach that’s inherent in the lessons and important in the spiritual development of the kids in your ministry.
Love the idea of heart, mind and active engagement of kids.
What I liked –
Devotions – Devotions for your leaders to help them grow and connect personally to what they are going to teach either in small group or large group.
One of the things I never have enough of is good stock photos. Photo sites like iStock Photo started out cheap but is now no longer affordable. When you are making a website or flier promoting your church great stock photos make all the difference. Below are 10 of the best stock photo sites that give you quality photos for free. Hope these help. If I have missed one you use please leave the link in the comment section.
Leading under an insecure leader is just plain difficult. It’s difficult because you often times don’t know where the land mines are. You end up leading carefully and timidly. The irony of leading under an insecure leader is that it can produce in you the very thing you see in them. Leading up is never easy and in the case of an insecure leader it can be nearly impossible.
Another reason insecure leaders are challenging to work for because everything takes twice as long because you have to clarify, explain and garner their support before anything can move forward. It can, quite frankly, be exhausting.