Big News From K! Magazine.

I love K! magazine. I have been a subscriber for 3 years and a contributing editor 2 years now. Every time we meet on the phone to discuss future magazine layouts I always feel that I get more out of the conversation that I add, and every time I get my copy of the magazine I feel I get more out of it than I add to it. I feel blessed to be a part of something that helps to build the kingdom in our church and beyond.

One of the things I appreciate about Ryan and his team is they are so open to input and are always looking for ways to innovate. Which is why I am writing this post. Starting with the Sept/Oct issue of K! Magazine, subscribers to K Magazine will begin receiving a free e-version of the magazine! This e-magazine can be read on any mobile device with a web browser! So, when you purchase an annual subscription to K! Magazine (less than 20 bucks a year) you will receive as a free bonus an e-version of the magazine!

I am pumped about this because I have been doing a load more reading on my iPad and the layout and articles look fantastic digitally. So if you are still old school and you like an actual Magazine (nothing wrong with that) you will still get your magazine like normal but as a subscriber to K! you will get the added bonus of a digital copy.

If you are interested in seeing a digital copy check out the current leadership issue it’s packed with great articles from Jim Wideman to Greg Baird.

If you are not a current subscriber you need to be head over to Kidzmatter and sign up now.

Lastly but far from leastly – I am giving away 5 count them 5 year long subsriptions to K! Magazine to win tweet the following.

@samluce is giving away a year subscription to K! Magazine from @kidzmatter over at #kidmin #kmag

Best ipad app: Flipboard for the iPad


One of my new favorite iPad apps is Flipboard. Basically it turns your twitter, facebook or blogging feed into a magazine like reading experience. You can comment, like and read your social media content massively visual appealing layout. If you don’t use Flipboard you need to be. It will change how you read and interact with your content.

I share way more links that I have in the past because the sharing options are drop dead simple. Last but definitely not least flipboard is free so go download it today.

What is your favorite iPad app?

Do me a favor…

I appreciate everyone who stops by my site and adds to the conversation. I want to take a few minutes to encourage you to check out some of the things the people who sponsor this site have to offer.

Summer XP – Jump – If you are planning on doing VBS or some version of it this summer you need to check out the stuff that the Orange group has put together. I have used their curriculum of for the past 5 years and have always found their stuff to be easy to use and always very customizable to fit our context.

Worlds of Wow – Is a one stop shop to custom theme your church or business. Regan heads the company up and is a stand up guy. They put in our indoor playground in our church and 2 years later the kids love it like the first time they played in it.

Kidz Blitz Curriculum – Roger Fields is one of the more creative guys I know in kids ministry he is never afraid to try something new, and isn’t afraid of something failing as a result he has come up with some of the more creative ideas in kids ministry in recent years. Roger has been in kids ministry for years so signing up for his curriculum you get creativity and experience something in my mind that is well worth the investment.

Bible Bucks 2.0 – Winner of the Children’s ministry expo’s Jawdrop innovation award. Bible Bucks 2.0 is a new way to do rewards at your kids church. It’s a web based reward system that will leave your kids talking. – An innovative iPhone app company that was started by a good friend of mine – The user interface is drop dead simple. If you are looking for a iPhone app or android app contact Matt at R04R tell him Sam sent ya!

Jonathan Martin Creative – They are an unbelievably talented company our church will literally never look the same because of them. Every week when kids come to Uptown and their breath is taken away. I am so grateful to JMC for the time and energy they put into making our space amazing.

Lifeway – Parent life magazine – The people at Lifeway have put together what seems to be a great resource for kids pastors and parents, It’s a magazine called Parent Life, a magazine that focuses on the whole child (spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, and social). I haven’t read it yet but plan on reviewing it on my blog soon. The folks at Lifeway always do a great job equipping parents and churches. I always enjoy their blog.