It’s Jim Wideman’s Birthday Today!

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One of the more moving things for me is going to funerals. Hearing everyone say such nice things about someone is important but It does little for the dead guy.  I think it’s a good idea to tell people how much they mean to you when they are still around to hear it. So with it being Jim Wideman’s birthday today let me tell you a few things I appreciate about Brother Jim:

1. He loves Jesus – His life is driven by that passion first. All the other loves in his lives find their place behind Jesus.
2. He raised a great family – Not an easy task but when you can be in the ministry for 30+ years and your wife still respects you and both your kids are passionate about Jesus. There is nothing greater
3. He taught me to practice thankfulness. There are many things I have learned from brother Jim but practicing thankfulness is something I do each day.
4. He loves the church more than his ministry. So many people out there use the church to build their ministry. Jim’s ministry is about building the church that is rare and beautiful.
5. He doesn’t believe his own bio. – He is humble and cares more about people than he does about extending his legacy.
6. He believes in me more than I believe in myself and everyone needs someone who does that.

I am so grateful beyond words to the whole Wideman family. Each of you have impacted my life in a different way. Y’all are a massive blessing to the Luce’s and countless others. Thank you and Happy Birthday Brother Jim and Roll Tide.

Make sure you stop by his facebook, blog or tweet him happy birthday if Brother Jim has impacted your life in any way let him know. 

Roll Tide: 10 things I learned about leadership from College Football

Be aware of “Yes” men, generally they are losers. – Bear Bryant.

Well I know this may sound crazy especially for you down in the south but I have never watched a full college football game in my life. I wasn’t feeling good and didn’t have anything else to do so I decided to sit down and watch “The” University of Alabama vs. Penn St. The more I watched the more I cared who won. The more I tweeted that I was pulling for the Tide the more I was assaulted by Auburn fans. The more I was assaulted by Auburn fans the more I cared about the Tide winning. I am a die-hard Yankee fan so I understand a good rivalry. I think I may start watching college football more.

Here are some of the lessons I learned

1. If you don’t care about the outcome of the game. No one will love you or hate you. You’ll just be irrelevant to the conversation
2. Leaders make decisions even if they aren’t popular
3. A good defense make a good offense great.
4. Bear Bryant was a big deal and a great coach and not a cartoon character like I thought.
5. If the other team takes it to you in the opening drive bear down and do what you do with confidence.
6. Knowing who your enemy is makes you more focused and more effective.
7. When you care about a team it makes the game matter more
8. When you understand the strategy of the game you love the game more.
9. When you understand the history of the game each game means more.
10. God created the Tide (Day 3 Gen. 1:9-13) before he created Eagles (Day 5 Gen. 1:20-23)

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7 Reasons you need to go to Illuminate – Roll Tide and War Eagle.

If you live anywhere near Birmingham Alabama you need to bring your whole team to Illuminate. Why?

1. You will get a national level conference experience with the content geared toward your volunteers
2. For the price it will cost your church to send 2 people to a national conference you can bring your whole team.
3. Jim Wideman will be there and will be bringing his 30+ years of experience at raising, encouraging and releasing volunteers.
4. You will be able to ask questions and personally connect with kidmin leaders who have a ton of experience
5. You can network with other kidmin leaders in your area.
6. It takes place all day on Saturday August 27th so your volunteers can attend.
7. I want to meet you.

There are a lot of conferences out there but I don’t know of any focused primarily on empowering volunteers. Everything about Illuminate screams the value of team and the local church and I love it. From the affordable pricing to ministry leaders who will be speaking to your volunteers not as “experts” but as in the trenches ministry leaders who are passionate about building the local church.

Roll Tide and War Eagle alike I hope you make the trip to Birmingham. REGISTER NOW>

Here are links for more info

Web site.
FACEBOOK
REGISTRATION 

 

7 Reasons you need to go to Illuminate – Roll Tide and War Eagle.

If you live anywhere near Birmingham Alabama you need to bring your whole team to Illuminate. Why?

1. You will get a national level conference experience with the content geared toward your volunteers
2. For the price it will cost your church to send 2 people to a national conference you can bring your whole team.
3. Jim Wideman will be there and will be bringing his 30+ years of experience at raising, encouraging and releasing volunteers.
4. You will be able to ask questions and personally connect with kidmin leaders who have a ton of experience
5. You can network with other kidmin leaders in your area.
6. It takes place all day on Saturday August 27th so your volunteers can attend.
7. I want to meet you.

There are a lot of conferences out there but I don’t know of any focused primarily on empowering volunteers. Everything about Illuminate screams the value of team and the local church and I love it. From the affordable pricing to ministry leaders who will be speaking to your volunteers not as “experts” but as in the trenches ministry leaders who are passionate about building the local church.

Roll Tide and War Eagle alike I hope you make the trip to Birmingham. REGISTER NOW>

Here are links for more info

Web site.
FACEBOOK
REGISTRATION