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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

 

A Social Media Manifesto

Wayne —  August 15, 2013 — 1 Comment

Heart-Shaped-Social-Media-Icons-590x335I am not a hater of social media. I actually quite enjoy it, though I must admit that I have decreased my use of it since my initial flurry of activity. Upon further reflection though, I note an alarming trend in social media which causes me to question what the proper use of tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest might be. Accordingly, I offer the following 10 points as my social media manifesto. After much thought, I have decided to live by the following rules in posting to social media sites.

1. Social media should be used to build people up, not tear them down. If I have a grievance with someone, I should deal with that in person. The internet is not a place to air dirty laundry, and I will not use social media to take shots at any person. Nor will I post things about people just to embarrass them or laugh at them. When my kids were a little younger, I felt free to post their exploits online the same way you might tell your friend about them at a dinner party. Now that they are getting older, I generally seek their permission before posting anything that might embarrass them or that they might get flack from their friends about.

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The State of the Bible 2012

Wayne —  April 23, 2012 — 3 Comments

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There is an interesting new report out from The American Bible Society based on a survey conducted by the Barna Group.  The study explores American’s beliefs about the Bible, its role in society and its presence in U.S. homes.  Some of the findings from the report include:

  • 47% of American adults believe the Bible has too little influence in society today
  • 55% read the Bible to be closer to God, down 9% (from 64%) in 2011
  • 79% believe they are knowledgeable about the Bible but 54% were unable to correctly identify the first five books of the Bible  
  • 46% believe the Bible, the Koran and the Book of Mormon are different expressions of the same spiritual truths, 46% disagree
  • On average, 85% of U.S. households own a Bible; the average amount of Bibles per household is 4.3
  • 36% of Americans read the Bible less than once a year or never while 33% read the Bible once a week or more 
  • Americans’ beliefs about the Bible are highly varied by age. Only 34% of those age 18-27 vs. 62% age 66 and older believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know about living a meaningful life.

I was also very interested in the report of responses on the influence of the Bible by age group.  Have a look at the lower right hand corner of the inforgraphic above.  The trends are interesting and should tell those of us who work in children’s ministry something about the importance of teaching the Bible to kids.

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After watching people like Evan Doyle, Christopher Sykes and J.C. Thompson do video reviews, I decided to give it a shot.  I wanted to show them what a video from someone old enough to shave looks like. Smile  More importantly, I wanted to touch on something I didn’t cover thoroughly enough in my original review: Should someone who is not a vocational children’s pastor read this book?

Here is my video:

The Eric Trap–Video Review

 

Head on over to my original written review for your chance to win one of three copies of the book.  The entries are piling up, so make sure to get yours in today!

 

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Blog MadenssThe Kidmin Blog Madness competition is back again this year.  In past years I have campaigned heavily, and successfully, and made it to the Sweet 16 each year.  This year, I opted not to campaign and to use that time elsewhere.  The Blog Madness competition rolled on without  me (go figure), and there are 16 great blogs left in the Sweet 16.

Like previous year, I want to go on record with my picks for whatever they are worth to you!  This gets harder and harder for me each year as I get to know more and more of these bloggers personally.  In fact, this year I know, have met personally or have interacted directly with 15 out of the 16 finalist, and by all accounts Dustin Nickerson is someone I need to get to know (send me an e-mail Dustin!).  That said, I’ve tried to put personal feelings aside and go with who I believe deserves to win this thing.

Here are my picks:

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