Why you should attend Group’s Kidmin Conference!

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Last year was the first year group did their own ministry conference. I attended and did a couple of breakouts. I had a blast got to meet a lot of new people and reconnected with some old friends. Chris and her team did a great job putting together a conference that is definitely worth attending.

Here is why I think you should attend.

1. It is one of the most intentionally relational conferences I have attended. They offer multiple places and multiple ways for people to network and connect with one another.

2. If you use Group stuff you will get more out of the conference because they base it around their R.E.A.L. philosophy (Relational, Experiential, Applicable, and Learner-Based) They ask each of the break out speakers to make sure the format of their break out follows these four points. I think this is great. If you don’t use Group stuff you will still get a lot out of this but you just wont understand the why behind what you are hearing.

3. It refreshing to have a conference not located in the Bible Belt. No offense to you Southerners but when I have to take three connecting flights to get to the conference because I live in the north it gets old. It’s also driving distance from much of Middle and Eastern US.

4. If you use groups VBS or curriculum stuff it is a great opportunity to speak to the people who created it. Learn how they think ask questions to be more effective at using groups curriculum.

It’s a great conference. I hope to see you there.

They are only a few hundred seats left so make sure that you register asap! REGISTER NOW

Blogging from Group’s Kidmin Conference

Hey everyone just wanted to let you know that I have to privilege of being apart of Group’s first ever Kidmin Conference. I will be attending, blogging and speaking. I am very honored to be a part. I am looking forward to connect with old friends meet some new ones. I want to try to keep all of you out there in the internets up to date on what is going on so be sure to check out my twitter feed @samluce and here at my blog the next few days for updates from the conference and stuff I am learning.

Jim Carey on Canada

We are going as a family to Canada for a few days to visit my wife’s family. I always love going to Canada everyone is always so nice and it’s always so clean. I wanted to share one of my favorite bits on Canada. Jim Carey doing an old stand up routine about peoples misconceptions of Canada. So funny!

Lead, Innovate or get left behind.

I always love it when I come across an article like this Jessie Jackson Jr. talking about how the iPad is killing american jobs. When will we learning that clinging to the old ways of doing things and persacuting and blaming the new way of doing things only holds us back from leadership and Innovation.

I am a firm believer that the name iPad is stupid but I digress. We as kids pastors and church leaders need to take a look at the old way of doing things and say what can we change? What can we get rid of so we can innovate and make better. We do the same thing as Jackson. In the church world we cling to old models of doing things way to long, we embrace things way to slowly and we fear change to greatly. Steve Jobs innovates to improve his companies bottom line and has done that through embracing the future. We have so much more at stake than Jobs does but how we lead you would never know it.

We need to lead, innovate or get left behind.

YouTube Friday: The best things come in small packages

I am sure I was the last person in all of America to see this video. But this week someone showed me the video of a 10 year old girl that in my opinion could dethrone Susan Bolye as the most amazing vocal talent I have ever seen. I remember hearing Susan for the first time she was stunning. Equally stunning is Jackie Evancho a 10 year old girl who has only been singing for 2 years. Unbelievable! Enjoy.