Since I started actively blogging and networking online with other children’s ministry professionals, I have come to admire and appreciate the work and resources of many in this field. A couple of individuals who I have come to admire immensely for their willingness to share their insights and wisdom with others in the children’s ministry community are Kenny Conley and Sam Luce. Their blogs are included in a list of very short blogs for which I make sure to read each and every article which is published.
A couple of months ago, I was listening to one of the very few good children’s ministry podcasts available out there today when a random thought popped into my head. The thought went something like this:
“Sam Luce and Kenny Conley ought to do a podcast. I think that would be a great blessing to the kidmin community.”
It was a bit of a fleeting thought and as quickly as it came, it was gone. Well, it went away for a little while anyhow. Over the course of the next several weeks, the thought kept coming popping back into my head over and over again at the oddest times. I chalked it up to bad shell fish at first. Did I say shell fish, I meant selfishness. It was something I wanted – a new podcast and a chance to gain some additional insight into the thoughts and ideas of other people with a passion for children’s ministry was an appealing idea to me.
Anyhow, I kept ignoring the thought until I eventually became convinced that it might not be a me idea but a God idea. Now I’m not normally one of those “God spoke to me this morning and told me which tube of toothpaste to use” kind of people, but if God can create the world and everything in it, he can certainly plant a thought in my head. Regardless, I decided that whether it was my idea or God’s, the least I could do was pass it along to Sam and Kenny and let them figure it out.
Then it happened! I caught a glimpse of a facebook comment from some random who said they had just finished listening to a podcast from Gina McClain. She is another one of those people whose insights I value, so I went on ITunes and found a podcast called CM Edge. There were only five episodes in total, and were recorded sometime last summer. Gina McClain had contributed to the fourth and fifth episodes of that podcast.
Then I noted that the podcast was hosted by Henry Zonio, yet another person in the children’s ministry community who I have a great deal of admiration for. As I read through the descriptions of the individual episodes, I found out that the list of contributors and co-hosts included a number of people who fell into my “highly respected” list of kidmin people I had crossed paths with online including:
Then I realized that both Kenny Conley and Sam Luce were also co-hosts of this seemingly short lived podcast. As it turned out, I wasn’t the only person who thought these guys should be doing a podcast, and in fact Henry Zonio has brought together not only these two but others as well. As I listened through the five episodes that were recorded and available on ITunes, I confirmed my suspicions about how useful such a podcast could be. I was blessed from the five episodes, and when the last one was done, I was left wanting more.
So, starting today, I am officially launching a BRING BACK THE CM EDGE PODCAST campaign. I e-mailed Sam and Kenny last week to let them know it was coming. Now, I am putting them all on notice. J If you agree and would like to see the podcast revived, I encourage you to do three things:
- Leave a comment on this post.
- Go to the individual blogs linked above and let them know you want to see CM Edge back in action!
- Post a comment here (http://www.cmedge.org/who/) on the CM Edge site letting Henry know you want to see the podcast started back up again.
I know these guys are all busy, and what we’re asking them is to devote some more of their limited time to this endeavor, so let’s make this a grassroots effort to let them know how much we appreciate them. Never mind the elections in November, throw your support behind something that can make a real difference – bring back CMEdge!