If you don’t know who Michael Chanley is, you should! In addition to having a wildly popular post here on Kidmin1124 about hacking into this site earlier this week, he is the founder and brainchild behind CMConnect (a growing community for collaboration of those who work in Children’s Ministry), the genius behind Imakidmin.com (a website to help take online relationships offline) and the editor of the wildly successful book Collaborate: Family + Church. You can find Michael on twitter @MichaelChanley and @CmConnect.
So, why am I introducing the readers of Kidmin1124 to Michael? Well, for a couple of reasons actually. First, it is my intention to begin using Kidmin1124 to share resources which will be of particular benefit to volunteers in kidmin, and Michael’s sites definitely fit that bill. If you don’t do anything else, make sure you join CMConnect. It is the premiere site for people who love kidmin to engage with one another, learn from one another and network with others who understand your passion for children’s ministry.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, Michael has something planned for next month that you will want to check out. All month long for the month of November is VOLUNTEER MONTH on CMConnect. According to Michael’s announcement:
We are going to be focusing content within our community to topics surrounding:
- Equipping Volunteers
- Training Volunteers
- Leading Volunteers
- Recruiting Volunteers
- Retaining Volunteers
- … and more… it’s everything Volunteers!!!
Make sure to check in frequently during November so you don’t miss out. My understanding is that the discussions, blogs and weekly chats will all focus on issues relevant to volunteers and those who lead them, and you won’t want to miss out.
One of the things Michael has started recently is weekly chats. They are at 2 P.M. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 P.M. on Thursday (all EST). These chats bring together leaders and volunteers in the field from around the country to discuss issues relevant to children’s ministry. I have been on three or four of them, and every single one has been both enjoyable and educational. I can’t wait for the chats focused on volunteer issues. I plan to be in on as many as possible, and I’m sure many of the other authors from Kidmin1124 will also want to participate in the chats.
If I here more, I will let you know, but for now please spread the word and plan on participating in VOLUNTEER MONTH on CMConnect.