3 reasons I can’t wait for Group’s KidMin Conference


Honored to be a part of Group’s KidMin Conference. Love Chris Jones and her staff. They have such great hearts to help refresh and equip kidmin leaders from all over. Really appreciate what they bring to the conference scene.

1. I get to teach a breakout with my good friend Gina McClain. She’s amazing, such a great leader you do not want to miss hearing her heart on volunteers.

2. I really like that the whole hotel is taken over by people from the same conference. It forces lots of great random conversations.

3. Looking forward to connecting with other leaders in and outside of breakout, main sessions and conversation pits. Looking to grow, learn. Can’t wait!

It’s coming just around the corner. A couple of weeks ago they sold out in only their second year! Very impressive – If you want to get on the wait list you can do that here.

4 Things to keep in mind when deciding what conference is right for you.


I remember when I first became a kids pastor years ago there were only a couple of options when it came to attending a conference. It was this or that. There are now so many conferences out there that how you pick conferences has to change. I believe that you now need to attend a conference based on what you feel your needs are. Until a couple of years ago I had only attended a few conferences in the course of 12 years of ministry. I was not a conference junkie by any means. I did pick conferences that I felt would help me grow a pastor and leader.

Over the next few days I am going to talk about the conference I will be attending in the fall and highlighting a few of each conferences strong points. This by no means will be a comprehensive list, but rather a point of reference that I hope will help you make the best decision for you and the ministry you lead.

I believe you need to keep a few things in mind before blindly booking a conference package. As you read my posts over the next few days ask yourself these questions.

1. What area do I need to grow in most this coming year?
2. Where is my church at presently and where is it headed?
3. What is the bottom line price of this even with pre-cons included?
4. What value can I add as someone attending?



My reading list for 2012

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business

Silos, Politics and Turf Wars

Unleashing the power of rubberbands

The Circle Maker

Creating Community: Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

The Effective Executive

Inovation and Entrepreneurship

Tell to Win

The Mesh: Why the future of business is sharing

Strengths Finder 2.0

Writing Fiction for All You’re Worth.

Thinking like your editor

Steve Jobs

The Secret of Teams

Age of Opportunity

The Slow Fade

The Importance of Being Foolish

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

9 Things You Simply Must Do


CPC Orlando Roundup – the essential list

If you didn’t come to CPC Orlando you missed it. It was fantastic. I thought I would put together a blog post that links to content about CPC Orlando from around the web.

Photos of CPC Orlando

Sam Luce

Why I’m Excited about CPC this year.
 First Night at CPC Orlando
Kidz Blitz
Wrapping Up CPC Orlando

Roger Fields

Beth Guckenberger Rocks CPC

Dale Hudson

A Secret Peek Inside The Church Tours at Children’s Pastor’s Conference (Pt.1)
A Secret Peek Inside The Church Tours at Children’s Pastor’s Conference (Pt.2)
A Secret Peek Inside The Church Tours at Children’s Pastor’s Conference (Pt.3)
Inside Notes from Children’s Pastor’s Conference Orlando Wednesday Night
Inside Notes from Children’s Pastor’s Conference Thursday Session with Reggie Joiner
Do You Recognize the Importance of 100 Little Details?

Matt Mckee

My First Time to the Children’s Pastors Conference and 5 Reasons You Should Come

Jonathan Cliff

Looking forward to CPC

Ryan Frank

Check out Tout
Day 2 at CPC 

Spencer Click

Why I’m going to CPC
CPC opening session
Breakout: Leading for the long haul 

Breakout – 8 traits you need to get and keep volunteer leaders
Breakout: Slammin’ Mid-week Experience

Justyn Smith

CPC Orlando 2012 Wrap Up

Andy Johnson

What I’m Doing at the Children’s Pastor’s Conference This Week
Top 10 Lessons Your Ministry Should NOT Learn from Disney
Dying to Self as a Leader to Kids

Anne Clay

Children’s Pastors’ Conference Overview
Rock Solid
Not a Picture but a Story