10 Reasons to Attend the CM Leaders Conference

If you haven’t heard, the CM Leader’s Conference is coming to the sunny tropical hilly accessible Columbus, Ohio area again this year.  CM Leaders is put on by INCM, the fine folks who bring you CPC.  This is the 2nd year for CM Leaders, and it’s time once again for my top ten reasons to attend the conference.

1. The Unique Style

Presentations at CM Leader’s are all done from the main stage in a TED style format.  This is unique in today’s conference world, but it provides a unique opportunity for learning and for discussing each presentation with others at the conference.

2. They’ve added and pre and post conference.

This year there are options for additional training before and after the actual CM Leaders Conference.

3. The Speaker Lineup

I didn’t think they were going to be able to top last year’s list, but this year’s presenters are a formidable bunch.  Come learn from:

  • Amy Dolan
  • Andy Kirk
  • Beth Guckenberg
  • Brad Tate
  • Charles Lee
  • Johnny Rogers
  • Jonathan Cliff
  • Matt Summerfield
  • Michael Chanley
  • Michelle Anthony
  • Patsy Palmer
  • Raziel Nunez
  • Ryan Frank
  • Scott Berkley

4. Steak ‘N Shake

No really.  I know it seems silly, but some of the my best memories from last year’s CM Leaders Conference happened after the venue closed and a group of us went to Steak ‘n Shake for hamburgers and fellowship.  In the end, the relationships you form and grow at these conferences are often more valuable than anything you will hear.

5. They’re aren’t trying to sell you anything

This is a small resource area at CM Leaders, but INCM is in a unique position in terms of conferences in that they are not a publisher.  They don’t have anything they’re trying to sell you.  There are great conferences put on by publishers (including another one here in Columbus later in the Fall), but at CM Leaders you won’t be left wondering if there is some secondary motive for putting on the conference.

6. Grove City Church

The church where the conference is held is very nice, and if we’re lucky the road construction around it won’t be quite as bad as last year.

7. Be A Better Leader

The whole purpose of this conference is to help you, and others who attend, to become leaders and leaders.  If you are a leader, you can take your ministry only so far.  If you become a leader of leaders your ministry becomes limitless.

8. The Three Leadership Arts

This conference is organized around INCM’s three leadership arts: develop : lead : disciple.  These leadership arts not only provide a good framework, they provide a pathway for better ministry and effective leadership.

9. I’ll be there.

Thanks for Michael Chanley and his crew, I will once again be hanging out at CM Leaders and maybe causing a little trouble.  I’m looking forward to reconnecting with some old friends and making plenty of new ones again this year.  After years of not being able to get away to conferences, it’s nice that Columbus has become the children’s ministry conference mecca of the world this year. 🙂

10. September in Ohio

Those of us who live in central Ohio can probably rattle off quite a few nice things about living here (you know like insane college football fans, the concrete corn field and Graeter’s Ice Cream), but the weather will never be on the top of that list.  Around here people will tell you that if you don’t like the weather, you should just wait 10 minutes and it’ll change.  From constant rain in the spring and summer to the cold spells during the winter, there really isn’t much to look forward on the weather side.  However, for a couple of weeks in September, central Ohio is the weather mecca of the world.  Cool but not cold with plenty of sunshine and the changing fall colors.  It’s my favorite time of the year.  Of course, now that I’ve mentioned it, it’s probably going to rain that weekend, but it still rounds out my list.

Make sure you register today, and if you’re coming – let me know.  I’d love to meet you!

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