Last chance to register for Napkin’s reduced rate

I hope you can join me at the napkin conference this year. I will being doing a talk on collaborating with others called “Stop, Collaborate and listen” Still toying with the idea of shaving lines into my right eyebrow but we will see.

Here is why you should go.

1. Great price
2. I’ve know Pastor Benny (He’s the lead pastor of the church that puts on the Napkin Conference.) for 15 years. He is an amazing leader who has a passion for the  local church.
3. You will have lots of time to talk with and pick the brains of people like Jim Wideman, Dave Wakerley, and Ryan Frank
4. With all sessions being general sessions you will have time to share ideas and dreams with other kids pastors just like you.
5. If you register now the first 10 people that register and mention you come from I will give you a copy of a book I co-wrote with Jim Wideman, and 6 other kidmin leaders when it releases in April.
6. Lastly but not leastly if your Administrator or Sr. Pastor are giving you a hard time about going try staging a flash mob at your next staff meeting. Here is a great little idea for said flash mob. Your Welcome.

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.

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 #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.

Christmas Giveaway Day 2: The Rizers

Day two should be a partridge in a pear tree or something like that but luck for you the pet shop was close so instead I am giving away a Rizers CD. I Stinking love the Rizers. They take their name from the shortened version of the word memorizers. Their music is scripture put to song when I was growing up this was done in hideous fashion, the rizers rock it like you would not believe. We do a few of their songs in our worship service at Uptown the kids LOVE it!

To get this CD in your hot little hands tweet the following: (If you are not on twitter leave a comment)

@samluce is giving away a free copy of The Rizers CD over at #kidmin

Below is  a review I did a few months back.

I listen to A LOT of kids music. I have some I like more than others. One of the things I remember about kids music when I was a kid was that quite a bit of it was scripture based. There is so much good christian worship/music out there for kids but I started thinking the other day that there isn’t a large amount of really cool scripture based worship songs. Using music to teach theology has been something the church has used for hundreds of years.

Enter the Rizers – not only in their music bible based but their music is very current your kids will love it. Actually you will love it. I think I listen to it more than my boys. With catchy music and no miss lyrics buying the Rizers for your kids is a no brainier.

I loved the whole CD they do a great job picking scriptures that go along with some of the things kids struggle with most, fear, loving others, and many more. You can buy the whole album on amazon for just 7.99.

Don’t believe me? Listen to a few full length samples yourself.

Blogging Christmas Giveaway.

I thought it would be fun to Celebrate the Christmas season by giving something away everyday this whole week.

The first thing I would like to give away is a non-autographed version of Three signs of a Miserable job.
I read this book a few weeks back and found it to be one of the best books I’ve read in terms of leading volunteers and building a team. If you lead a team or are part of a team you need to read this book.

I did a series of blog posts about it. Three Signs of A miserable job – Blog Series

To enter to win tweet the following or leave a comment. I will pick a winner and announce it tomorrow.

@samluce is giving away a free copy of Lencioni’s book Three Signs of a miserable job over at #kidmin