3 things I love about the next conference I’m going to.


There are many conferences out there. Lots of options having gone to many of them I have learned that each one offers a unique take on training, on networking, and on resources.

In a couple of weeks I am going to be speaking at CMLeaders conference in Columbus OH. I am stoked to hear from leaders around the country and to grow in my own leadership. Here a few quick things I love about CMLeaders.

1. While many conference adress leadership, this conference is dedicated to it. The big myth people who get into kids ministry buy into is that I am doing kids ministry because I love kids. The reality is you as a kids pastor need to love people who love kids. That’s leadership.

2. It’s a TED style conference. All general sessions no breakouts – very different but I love TED talks so I am really excited to see how it plays out.

3. Love Michael Chanley‘s passion for equipping and serving people who serve people. Often times conferences take on the personally of the leader. Chanley is a great leader with a huge heart for others.

I hope to see you there. This conference is an amazing opportunity at a great price. REGISTER NOW!

Why do you do what you do?

As leaders it is so easy lead from a position of What we do and how we do it. If we want to make a difference in our lives, our kids live those who we lead at work we need to do everything from the position of why.

Simon Sinek wrote a book called “Start with why.” I don’t yet own it but plan to very soon. He gave an amazing TED talk on starting with why. Such a great thought as leaders we try to get people to why rather start with why and get them to what. Wow such an impacting idea. I don’t do this enough Here is a great quote from his talk with his talk embedded below. Take 18 minutes to watch it you will thank me later.

Here’s how Apple actually communicates. “Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. We just happen to make great computers. Want to buy one?”Totally different right? You’re ready to buy a computer from me. All I did was reverse the order of the information. What it proves to us is that people don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it. People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.


YouTube Friday: Father's day and TED talks

This sunday is fathers day. Happy fathers out there in bloggy land. I hope every dad out there realizes how big what you do is. I was watching a TED talk the other day and the guy giving the talk was recounting a near death experience he had and the thoughts he was thinking. As he was quickly thinking about his life he wasn’t thinking about money, promotions or twitter followers he was thinking of his family. Dad’s never let the important stuff in life keep you from the really important stuff.