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cmconnect conference Note from this presentation are likely to be very sparse. Beth Guckenberger is a gifted speaker and storyteller, and every time I have seen her in the past, I have been so captivated by her stories that note taking takes a back seat. Tonight was no exception, but here are some of the gems from her presentation:

rhino 02 God doesn’t always come in the wind. He doesn’t always come in the earthquake. He doesn’t always come in the fire. He shows up in the still small voice.

We need to come into that posture before God where we don’t need the big show, but the intimate closeness.

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Description: Early trauma causes toxic stress on the brains of young children and it causes untold stress on older kids. Learn tips & techniques to help your leaders/volunteers better minister to traumatized children and their families.

aces Take respect out of your vocabulary. These kids have not been respected, and they don’t know what respect is.

If you want to change a kid’s behavior, change the adult’s responses.

How can churches change?

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Description: Learn how to navigate your way through misunderstandings and confusion through the art of effective communication.

If you are a leader, you are going to have conflict!

The Way Sign If you don’t want conflict, then leadership is not your calling.

Key to having hard but effective conversations is by first understanding the role you play in crucial conversations.

Goal as a leader is to bring resolve.

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Description: A successful lesson begins with a solid understanding of how kids learn best. Come discover how to be a smart teacher and transform the lives of children. In this workshop you’ll learn how to capture kids’ attention, keep them engaged, and more!

21stcenturykids Describe kids today in a word:

  • Stressed
  • Intelligent
  • Energetic
  • Broken
  • Visual
  • Hectic
  • Egocentric
  • Entitled

Kids today are SMART

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Jim Wideman has always been a favorite of mine. He is a fountain of wisdom about children’s ministry and about life. So, it was a great joy to find out that he was coming to the CMConnect Conference to speak and hang out.

What is that one thing that will make my ministry grow? ..connect heaven and earth? Everybody wants the “magic pill.”

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This friday marks the second time I will be attending Group's Kidmin Conference here in sunny Columbus, OH. Each year, I look forward to this opportunity for a variety of reasons. Today I want to highlight just a few of those reasons.

  1. Broader learning. Now that my ministry is not Sunday morning to Sunday morning, I find myself studying a broader range of topics, and Kidmin is a great place for that. Time permitting, I'll be learning about learning styles abd developmental phases – all great information when it comes to parachurch ministry.
  2. Reconnecting with friends. Conferences are great places to reconnect with people you don't get to see very often. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with some of my Kidmin friends this time around.
  3. Meeting new people. Kidmin is designed to connect, and I'm looking forward to making new friends as well.
  4. Katie Wetherbee and Anthony Prince. Both are doing workshops on working with Modern Families, and I am excited to hear their respective takes on an issue near and dear to my heart!
  5. True fellowship. It's hard to decribe the feeling of being surrounded by hundreds of people who share your passion. There is really nothing else quite like it.
  6. Spreading the word about ministering to kids from disrupted homes and modern families. It's great to see Kidmin offer some workshops on the topic, but I really feel led to be a voice calling in the wilderness to churches and people who already work with kids to address this critical issue.


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Problems of being in a ministry of one:

  1. Turing/Burnout
  2. No Support
  3. No one to bounce things off of / feeback
  4. Facility
  5. Volunteers
  6. Age Groups

Fighting Burnout

– Take care of yourself spiritually

– Talk to other people doing the same thing (local groups)

– Create a team with other peopl

Fighting the Loneliness

– Find people

– Conferences

– Local people