Kidmin road trip overview Part 2

Thursday – Friday (Infuse Retreat with Jim Wideman)
Highlights
  • Catching up with and hearing what God has been doing in the lives of other kidmin leaders from around the country. (Eating southern breakfast at Loveless Cafe – always an experience)
  • Car conversations to the breakfast –  To breakfast: Figuring ways to connect kids and help kids keep their faith when they go to college. From breakfast – How to include college age kids in our ministries helping them to have their needs met at the same time  giving them a place of significant ministry.
  • Connecting with Cory Richmond CEO of Momentum Media – Great guy crazy outside the box thinker. If you have any graphic needs get ahold of him.
  • Networking with, praying for other children’s ministry folks.
  • Touring World Outreach Church’s new space –
You can tell what a church values by how they build their church
What WOC values in my opinion by their building
  1. Community/Relationships
  2. Family
  3. Outreach
  • Listening to Brother Jim talk about Dreaming Impossible Dreams –
[Biggest take away for me from this infuse trip is that God has bigger things for me than I realize. We all seem to under estimate and over compensate. I need to dream bigger and pray harder. I need to see beyond the day to day and even year to year. I need to see what God has for me 10 years from now and start taking practical steps to get there today.
I need to not let the details (noise) of my life drown out the still small voice of God.]

Kidmin road trip overview Part 1

Tuesday – Flew into Nashville drove to Cincinnati – Met up with Matt Mckee one of my good friends and fellow blogger –
{Funny moment of that trip – Matt’s parents upon hearing that all met on line, asking if we were going to steal stuff}
[Take away from the stop – Everytime I get around Matt I am challenged to think different. I love hearing about all the stuff he has going. He is a big thinker and a big dreamer. He constantly challenges me to think beyond what is to what could be.]
Wednesday – Drove back from Cincinnati to Nashville stopped off in Louisville and meet with Tony Kummer and Jared Kennedy
[Take away from the stop – Connecting with Tony and Jared was great. I was very impacted by the need for us as children’s ministers to connect and what we have in common rather than focus on what is different. At the table were a Baptist, Seeker, Missal, Pentecostal/Seeker churches. All very different perspectives all passionate about reaching kids and equipping families. Grateful for the contribution that each is making in their corner of the kingdom.]
Wednesday night – Arrived back in Nashville and had dinner with the Lads Band.
{Funny moment – Loads of them. These guys are a riot.}
[Take away from the stop – I was just blown away by the humility, down to earth nature of The Lads. They are clearly more than performers, they are ministers. They have a huge passion for 5th to -7th graders. I also loved how they are willing to try anything to reach that age group. They have a comic book, TV show and are coming out with a devotional. Great guys! If you are a kids pastor and want to make an impact in your Pre-teen crowd book the Lads]

Kidmin Roadtrip

My good friend and blogging buddy Kenny over at childrensministryonline.com and I are  both part of Infuse (Jim Wideman’s mentoring project) We thought it would be fun to head down a day early and connect with as many Kids people as we can along the way.

We thought it would be fun to ask each Kid Leader we meet one basic question to attack a common ministry problem from many different perspectives and since there are so many of you out there that we will not be able to visit this time 🙂 I want to invite you guys to interact with us over the next couple of days. I hope to have pictures of some of the kidmin environments we see as well as some video. Should be fun!

Looking for Matt McKee?

Had a great time meeting with my friend and fellow blogger Matt McKee. He has recently updated his blog and moved to WordPress and to a new URL http://www.mattmckee.me/ He has a great blog and I know some of you may have lost him in the transition.

Why you need to read his blog?

He  has a real passion to help others
He is one of the most creative guys I know
He is knows more about sign-plotters than anyone I know
He is passionate about growing the local church
He thinks bigger than most people I have ever met.

Click over at his blog right now. http://www.mattmckee.me/