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. 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone: Practice Thankfulness.

Today is Thanksgiving. One of the best pieces of advice I have ever gotten was from Brother Jim. He told me that when I feel overwhelmed or feel like giving up I need to practice thankfulness. I am so grateful for all of my families.

1. My personal family I am spending the week with them such a blessing love my family to bits.

2. My church family – So blessed to be part of a church family that loves me and my family. I am blown away by the team God has allowed us to be a part of.

3. My blog/kidmin family – Appreciate each of you stopping by my blog adding your voice to the conversation. You all bless me beyond words.

Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy you families. Practice thankfulness.

Conferences I’m going to: Austin Illuminate.

I thought I would start talking about some of the conferences I am going to and how they are all so different and why I am excited to be going to each of them.

In a little less than two weeks I will be going to Austin Texas to Illuminate Conference.

Why is it different – It’s the first conference to bring National Known Speakers like Jim Wideman to train and equip volunteers not just Ministry leaders. Everything about this conference is focused on volunteers. It’s on a saturday so volunteers can come. It’s priced in such a way that a church can send their whole team for the price of sending a few leaders to a national conference, all the content will be crafted and delivered with volunteers in mind.

Why I’m excited to be going – It has the feel of a national conference but at the local level. It’s an honor and a privilege to speak to people and pour into the volunteers who are the lifeblood of children’s ministry. I also am excited because all the speakers are involved in a local church to me that’s huge I love the local church and when someone is apart of a local church and not a traveling expert that is always a huge plus for me. I am also excited to meet many of you.

A bit about Kenny the founder – I have known Kenny for years (we met online) he is the real deal. He feels strongly that this is a God idea and I am with him. If the church was and is important to Jesus it should be important to us. Kenny has some sponsors but is funding this thing on his own, that’s the kind of guy Kenny is he puts his money where is mouth is. He loves the church, he loves the next generation. I am proud beyond words to be called his friend. Not many people would step out in faith to equip and train leaders and volunteers to be more effective at reaching the next generation.

If you are within driving distance for the love of all that is holy sign up bring a car load of volunteers create some memories and learn, grow and dream together.

 

Conferences I'll be attending: Illuminate Birmingham

I thought I would start talking about some of the conferences I am going to and how they are all so different and why I am excited to be going to each of them.

In a little less than two weeks I will be going to Birmingham Alabama to Illuminate Conference.

Why is it different – It’s the first conference to bring National Known Speakers like Jim Wideman to train and equip volunteers not just Ministry leaders. Everything about this conference is focused on volunteers. It’s on a saturday so volunteers can come. It’s priced in such a way that a church can send their whole team for the price of sending a few leaders to a national conference, all the content will be crafted and delivered with volunteers in mind.

Why I’m excited to be going – It has the feel of a national conference but at the local level. It’s an honor and a privilege to speak to people and pour into the volunteers who are the lifeblood of children’s ministry. I also am excited because all the speakers are involved in a local church to me that’s huge I love the local church and when someone is apart of a local church rather than a traveling expert that is always a huge plus for me. I am also excited to meet many of you.

A little bit about Kenny the founder – I have known Kenny for years (we met online) he is the real deal. He feels strongly that this is a God idea and I am with him. If the church was and is important to Jesus it should be important to us. Kenny has some sponsors but is funding this thing on his own, that’s the kind of guy Kenny is he puts his money where is mouth is. He loves the church, he loves the next generation. I am proud beyond words to be called his friend. Not many people would step out in faith to equip and train leaders and volunteers to be more effective at reaching the next generation.

If you are within driving distance for the love of all that is holy sign up bring a car load of volunteers create some memories and learn, grow and dream together.

To register right now click on the following link – REGISTER NOW.

What will you kids remember when your gone?

I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three amazing kids we had a great day together for fathers day. It was special and typical all at the same time. It was special in that my wife and kids went out of their way do things for me that I like and enjoy. It was typical because I had to correct each of my kids a few times throughout the day.

I hesitated initially because it was fathers day and I didn’t want to ruin anything by being “Harsh” on a special day. One of the parenting fears I have is that the last interaction I have with my kids will be one where I am correcting them. I know it sounds stupid and even as I type it sounds a bit silly to me. But it’s a legitimate fear I have. I don’t want my kids last memory of me to ever be one of anger, frustration or ambivalence.

As I sit here thinking through the day I really felt God speak something  to me. I am not judged by my kids for a single instance of perceived anger but that single instance is judged in the context of all my ineractions with my kids. What does that mean? I can’t live in fear that every interaction with my kids will be my last I need to trust that God has placed me in their life to love them with a love that is greater than my capacity because of the greater than earthly love Jesus demonstrated to us on the cross. When correct our kids in love there is no greater message of love and confidence that they are loved by you. You love them to much to let them destroy themselves with foolish choices.

So happy fathers day. Start today building a legacy of tough love infused with grace. Your kids with thank you for it and praise you because of it no matter what your last words to them might be.

Hebrews 12:8-9
8 If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. 9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?