Something you know that the Mayans didn’t


The Mayan’s know when the world is going to end. 12.21.12 this date is not to be confused. With the last date for you to register for CPC 2013 and be registered to win some amazing prizes that date is tomorrow 12.12.12. Not only will you be registered for one of the premier children‘s ministry conferences but you will also be registered to win some serious prizes. So stop what you are doing head down to the admin office of your church and use whatever means necessary to get the church credit card and charge your registration. When the administrator balks or starts talking about budgets, gently remend him the world is ending on the 21st of December so he won’t see the credit card statement anyway.

Register fast, register now, thank me later. 

Why you need to come back to – CPC Orlando

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I went CPC last year for the first time it was amazing the conversations that where had the quality of the teaching that was available in each breakout and main session. Most people I talked to said there was “something different” about CPC. Michael Chanley and his team have done an amazing job to create value all year round focused on the five values INCM refers to as initives.

Here they are:

  • Impart God’s truth to this generation
  • Provide a safe and relevant environment
  • Communicate with families
  • Network with a community of leaders
  • Pray for the international children’s ministry community

When a conference is built around simple values it rather than just getting people to attend it creates sustainable value to you and your team all year long.

If you want to connect with me I’ll be at the Orlando location, doing two breakouts.

How to Communicate to Kids – Creative Teaching
Sam Luce
How to communicate to kids from large groups, small groups to one on one. Practical ways to hold their attention and bring application.

Volunteers want to know WHY – Volunteers
Sam Luce
Talk about the why behind the what of ministry. How volunteers want to know why we need them and why they need us. How our why must be found in the correct who.

Bottom line CPC is a great conference that has been around for over 30 years and is only getting better. If you have never come to CPC come this year. If it’s been a while come see what so different. Hope to see you there.

If you haven’t registered make sure you do it NOW and you will be registered to win a ton of prizes like Kindle Fires, Nexus 7, and free airfare and lodging to CPC. So do it now get registered.


Retro Post: How to tweak minute to win it games for kidmin

We started doing minute to win it games as a way to transition to different parts of our service and build excitement at the same time. We do three rounds of boys vs. girls whichever team wins gets 100 bonus point to our Uptown Store. The kids love it! It adds a great level of predictable unpredictableness.

Bobble head –

1) After the headband/pedometor is on the head, the device is set to zero in steps mode.
2) When the clock starts, , player may begin head and body motion without touching the pedometer to register “steps.”
3) If the pedometer/headband moves, the player may stop motion to prevent it from falling off, re-adjust the headband, then continue.
4) To complete the game, player must record 125 “steps” within the 60-second time limit.

Instead of kids banging their heads we have the put the pedometer on their pocket and jump up and down.

Loner –

1) Set up the pencil on it’s unsharpened end 15′ away from the foul line.
2) Player begins game lying down on their stomach behind the foul line.
3) When the clock starts, player may begin rolling marbles 1 at a time with 1 hand towards the pencil.
4) Player must release the marble behind the line. If a marble released across the line knocks over the pencil, the game is over.
5) To complete the game, player must knock down the pencil with a marble that’s released within the 60-second time limit.

Kidmin tweek – We use a marker and a pingpong ball not a marble and a pencil

Keep it up –

1) When the clock starts, player may release two feathers and begin to blow on them to keep them in the air.
2) If the feather touches any part of the player’s body, or touches the floor, the game is over. Incidental contact on the face is allowed.
3) To complete the game, player must use only his or her breath to keep both feathers from touching the ground for the 60-second time limit.

Kidmin tweek We use three balloons instead

Bite me –

1) Set up the game by cutting each grocery bag to a different height (10″, 8″, 6″, 4″, and 2″) on the floor, right side up.
2) When the clock starts, player may attempt to pick up the tallest bag and may only touch the floor with his or her feet.
3) If player touches the ground with some body part other than the feet while attempting to grab a bag, he or she must reset by standing up before making another attempt.
4) To complete the game, player must have all 5 bags concurrently on the table within the 60-second time limit.

Kidmin tweek – We make the heights of the bag higher than they do on Minute to win it.

Leadership Fundamentals.



In the 1960s, the premier football team in the NFL was the Green Bay Packers. They won five NFL titles in 60’s. They also won the first two Super Bowls. Their coach; the Superbowl Trophy’s namesake, Vince Lombardi.

Vince Lombardi was an incredible coach and an outstanding leader; one of his greatest successes, wasn’t just winning championships, but building an enduring team. He won because of the teams he built, and he built the team he did because he focused on what he called the fundamentals of the game.

If you are a fan of sports at all you will have at least heard of the legendary Vince Lombardi. Vince understood something that caused his teams to be great and allow him to achieve greatness on the field few have matched. He understood that winning doesn’t come be accident. He preached the value of fundamentals.
“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” Vince Lombardi
In sport, and life, winning and losing always comes down to the fundamentals, will the person or team do the small things right. If so, nine times out of ten they come out on the winning side.
When I was in High School I played basketball, I wasn’t the best player on the court but I was part a great team.  Our coach absolutely hounded us with the practice and value of fundamentals. We did drills over and over again. We begged to scrimmage; we loved to play the game, but our coach wouldn’t let us, “Any given day any team can lose, but it’s the team that executes the fundaments flawlessly that will win” he would howler. Win we did that year, we lost one game by 2 points and actually ended up placing third in state. Did we win because we were the most talented? I don’t think so, looking back I believe it was because we did the right things all the time.
Leadership is all about doing the right things all the time, developing what Lombardi calls a winning habit. What does a winning habit look like in the leadership in Children’s ministry? What are the fundamentals of Children’s Ministry that winning? If you’re going to soar in Children’s Ministry what are the things you need to be doing at the ground level? What things do you focus on in the first year? If you’re a grizzly veteran, what are the fundamentals you must revisit every year?
Vince Lombardi  said it this way, “Every time a football player goes to play his trade he’s got to play from the ground up — from the soles of his feet right up to his head.”
  1. Lead With Vision
  2. Build with Relationships
  3. Grow with change
An organization that is lead by vision, builds relationship, and is continually changing will produce fruit that remains. As a leader your passion is sapped when you forget these fundamentals, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the arena of kids ministry. Remember and constantly work on the fundamentals.
This is part of my article from  K! Magazine. To read my article in total as well as many others from men and woman I respect greatly subscribe now. I love the layout and content of K! it reminds me of Harvard Business Review and that’s saying something. If you are in Children’s Ministry you need to be a subscriber.

Winners of Zonderkids Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum

Told you a few weeks back if I win you win. And I won so you win.

The winners are as follows.

1. @henryjz

2. @Barbaragraves

3. @CommanderBill

If you won DM me your address. Thanks!

Thanks for participating all of you who did. For those of you who have never heard about Jesus Storybook Curriculum. At first look through it really looks great. I have checked out quite a few of the videos. I haven’t gotten to deep into the actual lessons yet but hope to do so soon.

Here is a link if you want to buy it for your church. It’s on sale right now totally worth the investment.