All Things Eric Newman Week 1

Here are the links to all things Eric Newman from the first week of the blog tour of our new book “The Eric Trap”.

My Posts

The Eric Trap
Who is Eric Newman?
Leadership matters.

Brother Jim’s Posts

Ready For A Blog Road Trip?
Day Two Of The Eric Trap Blog Tour
Day 3 of The Eric Trap Book Tour
Day 3 of The Eric Trap Blog Tour continued
The Tour So Far 

Kenny’s Posts

The Eric Trap Blog Tour Begins
The real Eric Newman
The Eric Trap Blog Tour: Day 2
Eric Trap: First video review
The Eric Trap Blog Tour: Day 3
The Eric Trap Blog Tour: Day 4
The Eric Trap Blog Tour: Day 5

Matt McKee

The Eric Trap: A #Kidmin Leadership Book You Should Read Even If You Don’t Like Kids

Andy Johnson

Book Review: The Eric Trap: A Leadership Fable

JC Thompson

The Eric Trap Book Review

 

 

The Eric Trap

Very excited that our Book is done after  2 years of hard work and dreaming up the idea for a different kind of collaborative book project. I love that The Eric Trap is a story about a kids pastor written by kids pastors. Being a leadership fable the story pulls you in and the principles reinforce the things you read in the fable.

Even though this book was written by kids pastors the principles in this book apply to kids pastors but really to anyone on staff at a church. It was lots of fun to write lots of work but really proud of our group. Writing a book with a group of people is no small feat. Kenny and I wrote the story of Eric Brother Jim and the rest of our infuse team wrote the principles everyone did such a good job.

The book officially goes on sale at the Orange Conference. We’ll be doing a book signing. Everyone will be able to get it after Orange. However, we do have some books we’re giving away for bloggers to review and give away. If you are interested in getting a copy to review on your blog/Amazon… please click here.

Excited to share Eric’s story with the world and very excited to find out what happens with Eric next.

Here is what some people have to say about The Eric Trap. 

Every leader in your organization (staff or volunteer) who has even a remote desire to control things can benefit from The Eric Trap – please don’t limit this book’s audience to people who serve in children’s ministry.  This book provides us with a dead accurate description of the dynamics of ministry, coupled with practical, insightful principles that can guide any leader out of the leadership traps we place ourselves in.  Jim, Sam, Kenny and their team write with clarity, power and insight that make this book hard to put down.  I think this book is great.  The topics talked about here are not just Kidmin issues, but also Student ministry issues and even Senior Pastor issues. (it’s why most churches don’t grow past 100 people).  This is a leadership book! Well done!
Senior Pastor
Connexus Community Church

“The “Eric Trap” takes ministry leaders on a dark, serious, and scary journey into the world of working in a church and balancing your priorities.  It was eerie how much the story mirrored my own story in so many ways.  I believe the “Eric Trap” can be a game changer for those willing to shine the light into the dark places of their own pastoral lives.  It’s on the other side of change that the insights gained from this book pay off in a rich way!”

Next Generations Ministry Pastor,
Trinity Church,
From the very first introduction of the book with the story of Eric I was engaged. Without a doubt leaders will identify with different aspects of Eric’s story and the “Eric Traps” we have all either faced or experienced in ministry. If you are a children’s, student’s and/or family ministry leader I would encourage you to get this book. This book will bring clarity by helping leaders see what is important and showing that when you make a deposit in others God will build you & the ministry you serve in.
Jim Wideman, Sam Luce, Kenny Conley and the entire team do an amazing job to identify how you as a leader can rise higher and help you avoid the pitfalls that challenge leaders in ministry. I highly recommend “The Eric Trap” !
Pastor and Director of Ministries
Lakewood Church

 

Christmas Giveaway Day 3: The Lads

Well it’s day three of my Christmas give away and on the theird day of Christmas I give to you 3 kiwi’s singing. The lads are great and they have put together a great curriculum package that would be perfect for a special event like camp or VBS.

I love the lads and I love their passion for the local church and for kids ministry. If you have never heard of the lads before you are missing out. If you have heard of the lads you are smelling what I’m steping in.

Either way tweet the following (leave a comment if you are anti twitter) to win a Lad Curriculum pack.

@samluce is giving away a free copy of @theladsband new curriculum over at samluce.com http://samluce.com/?p=4382 #kidmin

Below is a review of their curriculum I did a while back.

As a kids pastor I am always very cautious when it comes to resources developed outside of a local church context. I believe strongly in the value of the local church. When I met the Lads last year I wasn’t sure what to expect. I liked them from the start. Something about the southern hemisphere. Most people who I have met from there have a great sense of humor. They were a blast to hang out with but more than that they were passionate about the local church. They shared a bit of their journey and how they were committed to connect kids to God through the context of the local church. With that being said they told me about a curriculum they were working on they sent me a copy to review and asked me to give a few away.

My review: What’s included? – 1 music cd, 1 story DVD, 1 Commander’s (leaders) guide, 1 Mission Handbook (comic workbook), 1 Comic story book.

What I liked: I liked how they covered topics kids deal with. The topics they cover reach kids between the ages of 2nd grade and 5th. There is some flexibility based on the user but in my opinion 2nd to 5th is their sweet spot. I loved the integration of comic book, video and live instructor. Each kid would get a workbook that is a comic book and the instructor has their own book, my son LOVES the comic book. The videos are done in a Hannah Montana style kids drama. It is funny and your kids will like it. I also really liked that it focused on the basics of the Christian faith. Some topics include talking about How God has a plan for us, God’s love for us, Salvation great stuff for kids of all ages.

What I didn’t like: There wasn’t much that I didn’t like. The one thing that I find hard is figuring out how to integrate this into what we already do on the weekend. For me this curriculium would be a great discipleship track or a VBS curriculum.

Overall: I really liked it. The addition of the cartoon book was huge especially for boys. I think girls will totally dig it as well, but having two boys I find it nice that there is a curriculum that boys can relate to and enjoy. I would totally recommend this curriculum. For more information on how to get a copy for yourself visit their site. *Disclaimer – I was supplied a copy of the curriculum for review purposes.

Give Away Tuesday: God’s Kids Worship: Modern Worship

A while back I did a review of some worship music for kids by a company called God’s Kids Worship. One of the things that is important to me is that Parents and kids are on the same page when it comes to worship. The folks at God’s Kids Worship do a great job with this. You can read my full review here.

The folks at God’s Kids Worship have graciously agreed to give one of my readers a full 3 CD worship set.

How do you enter you can either leave a comment below or tweet the following

@samluce is giving  3 free worship CD’s from God’s Kids Worship http://bit.ly/aTk7dt over @ samluce.com  http://bit.ly/ckM100  #kidmin

Review: The Lads Kids Curriculum.

As a kids pastor I am always very cautious when it comes to resources developed outside of a local church context. I believe strongly in the value of the local church. When I met the Lads last year I wasn’t sure what to expect. I liked them from the start. Something about the southern hemisphere. Most people who I have met from there have a great sense of humor. They were a blast to hang out with but more than that they were passionate about the local church. They shared a bit of their journey and how they were committed to connect kids to God through the context of the local church.

With that being said they told me about a curriculum they were working on they sent me a copy to review and asked me to give a few away.

My review:

What’s included? – 1 music cd, 1 story DVD, 1 Commander’s (leaders) guide, 1 Mission Handbook (comic workbook), 1 Comic story book.

What I liked: I liked how they covered topics kids deal with. The topics they cover reach kids between the ages of 2nd grade and 5th. There is some flexibility based on the user but in my opinion 2nd to 5th is their sweet spot. I loved the integration of comic book, video and live instructor. Each kid would get a workbook that is a comic book and the instructor has their own book, my son LOVES the comic book. The videos are done in a Hannah Montana style kids drama. It is funny and your kids will like it. I also really liked that it focused on the basics of the Christian faith. Some topics include talking about How God has a plan for us, God’s love for us, Salvation great stuff for kids of all ages.

What I didn’t like: There wasn’t much that I didn’t like. The one thing that I find hard is figuring out how to integrate this into what we already do on the weekend. For me this curriculium would be a great discipleship track or a VBS curriculum.

Overall: I really liked it. The addition of the cartoon book was huge especially for boys. I think girls will totally dig it as well, but having two boys I find it nice that there is a curriculum that boys can relate to and enjoy.

I would totally recommend this curriculum. For more information on how to get a copy for yourself visit their site.

*Disclaimer – I was supplied a copy of the curriculum for review purposes.