A Conference Designed for Volunteers

Wayne Stocks —  October 19, 2010

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If you live in or near the Austin, Texas area, we want to alert you to a great new conference that is going to be held there on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Gateway Community Church from 9:00 A.M. to 3:15 P.M..

The name of the conference is Illuminate, and it is the brain child of Kenny Conley and his team at Gateway.  I love that Kenny thinks outside the box when it comes to children’s ministry, and this conference is no difference.  According to the article Kenny wrote about the conference yesterday:

“…haven’t you ever come home from a national conference and though, “I wish my volunteers could have heard that speaker?” As a result of asking those questions, we developed the idea for Illuminate. Although I and a few members of my team might hit a national conference, our biggest focus is to bring the national conference to our volunteers.”

Kenny, faced with budget cuts, decided to do exactly that.  He booked a nationally known speaker to come talk to his volunteers.  A couple of weeks ago, they decided to expand the lineup a little with other well known children’s ministers and open it up to the general public for a nominal fee.

I love Kenny’s heart for his volunteers and other volunteers.  It is exactly what we’re about here at Kidmin1124.com.  What a great way this conference will be to fuel the passion that so many children’s ministry volunteers have.  Like so many volunteers, finding the time and funds to attend a national conference can be a challenge.  If you are within driving distance of Austin, I would encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

The lineup of speakers includes:

While I don’t know any of these men personally, I do know there work online and have interacted with some of them through their blogs and other networking sites.  Having said that, I have no doubt that this conference will be worth your time and money.  Oh, yes, money.  I almost forgot, here’s the best news of all.  The total cost for the conference including:

  • Two general sessions with Craig Jutila
  • Two breakout sessions geared to volunteer specific needs
  • Lunch from Chipotle

…is only $25 per person.  If you are a children’s pastor, this is a conference you can afford to take your entire team to.  If you are a volunteer and your children’s pastor isn’t taking you, this is a conference you can afford on your own.  It is sure to be an investment you won’t soon regret!  My only regret is that I won’t be able to attend, but the drive from Ohio is a bit long.

Kenny’s plan is apparently to blog about the conference all week, so make sure to check out ChildrensMinistryOnline.com for more information.

Wayne Stocks

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Wayne is married to a wonderful woman and has four kids whom God uses to teach him on an almost daily basis. He is blessed to volunteer in a wonderful children's ministry at New Life Church Gahanna. He established Kidmin1124 for those who give their time to kids and feel passionately about children's ministry. When he isn't working on Kidmin1124, he maintains another blog at WayneStocks.com and contributes articles on a regular basis to Ministry-to-Children.com.

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