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There’s a new conference in town and I am very excited about it. Group is hosting a children’s ministry conference October 7-10, 2011 in Chicago. There are many speakers such as Jim Wideman, Greg Baird, and Dale Hudson to name a few. You can find the complete listing of speakers here: http://www.childrensministry.com/kidmin-conference/speakers-artists/speakers.

I would have to say what excites me most about this conference is the Connect Groups. This is an opportunity where people in similar ministries can get together and chat, exchange ideas, and get to know each other in a small group type of setting. There are 20 different Connect Groups listed so there is something for everyone. You can find the complete listing of Connect Groups here: http://www.childrensministry.com/kidmin-conference/relate-relax/connect-groups.

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image One of my favorite perks of being in children’s ministry is getting to attend conferences from time to time. I love kidmin conferences – or breakfasts, or luncheons, or training sessions. I love talking with other kidmin about connecting kids and Jesus. I love listening to speakers who encourage those in ministry to new levels of understanding and service. I love listening to teachers explain their new perspectives on reaching and relating to kids. I have done this long enough to know that there are thousands of ideas that I haven’t heard or tried yet, and I want to hear them all and try them all.

However, there is one potential downside to excitement about soaking up all this new information.  In my zeal to know all that I can, and to learn all that I can, I may easily spend all my free time learning, and never take what I have gleaned and put it into action. It’s as though I have become a colander instead of a cup. Very little is retained that can be shared with someone else.

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The Peace of God

Theresa Haskins —  August 26, 2010

This week has been one of the worst for me emotionally and Spiritually (in a very long time).  I started to write an article for our blog on Tuesday, but made the decision NOT to complete it (OR post it).  Remember my previous “story” – with the character Flower?  Well, everything fell apart in our office last Monday-and my post sounded way too negative to complete or post.  It was absolutely awful.  For the entire week, my co-workers didn’t speak to one another.  My boss, who I hoped would address the issue, didn’t.

Today, while teaching my 5th grade class the story of Nabal, Abigail and David, I HAD to share my real-life story with the children (without names, of course).  Our virtue this month is peace and today we talked about how you don’t have to be one of the parties IN the argument to make a difference to the outcome (just as Abigail saved Nabal from David’s wrath).  How God can use US to help resolve others’ issues.  I was able to befriend both girls and point out the fears of the other person.  They still aren’t speaking, but I have hope.  Friday evening, one of the ladies made the first step-and the second responded with how deeply she had been hurt (and wasn’t angry).  I continue to pray for God’s healing and will check back in on Tuesday (I’m home tomorrow-LOVE THAT).

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Am I Teachable?

Wendy Douglas —  August 9, 2010

I desire to be a life-long learner as well as a teacher. I hunger for information constantly and it is an appetite rarely satiated. There is more to it that just obtaining the information for me. I have to not only absorb it and use it to grow, but I also need to be passing knowledge on to others who will benefit from it.  I believe this to be an important aspect to serving and leading in children’s ministry.

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