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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I’m excited to be here at the CMConnect Conference this week at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky with hundreds upon hundreds of my closest friend. This Conference is comes from Michael Chanley and the people at CMConnect who desire to bring together people who minister to children.

The mission of this conference is Connect / Serve / Advance.

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childrens-ministry-conference-logoNext week, I have the pleasure of speaking at the very first CMConference in Louisville, KY. I’m presenting a workshop called Kids in Crisis: How to Minister to Children from Modern Families on Thursday at 2 P.M. (in room 212). Here’s the workshop description: “Today’s modern families are different, and the church needs to keep up with those changes. In this workshop, we will define family, look at how family has changed, and explore the impact of the modern family on faith and how your church should adapt.”

If you’re anywhere close to Louisville (w/in 300-400 miles), you need to come. The conference starts Wednesday afternoon (pre-conference activities are available) and officially runs through Friday night. The line up of speakers is top notched (present company excluded), including people like Jim Wideman, Michael Chanley, Beth Guckenberger, Andy Kirk, Karen Rhodes, Linda Ranson Jacobs, everyone’s favorite aussie David Wakerly, the Bonnie Deroski, Yancy Richmond, let’s not forget Bo Harrington and many many more. In fact, you can see the whole lineup at and the schedule at

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I know it’s a cheap trick to throw the word FREE in the title of your blog post to get people to read it, but hey whatever works. In this case it actually is FREE though – no strings attached.

I wanted to take a second to let you know about an opportunity to attend a brand new children’s ministry conference for…wait for it….FREE! You may have heard that Michael Chanley and the good people from CM Connect are launching a brand new conference this coming April 15 – 17 (that’s 2015) in Louisville, Kentucky. The Children’s Ministry Conference is going to be a one-of-a-kind experience for many reasons – not the least of which is that I’ll be speaking. On top of that (like you need more, I know), there will be nationally and internationally known speakers whose goal is to equip you at this conference “organized in a church and for the Church” and “designed to meet the specific needs of those attending and to solve problems you face in your church.”

Due to the generosity of some of the Conference sponsors, Children’s Ministry Conference is now offering a limited number of free registrations. Here is some more information from Michael:

“We want this blessing to go to serve churches in need. It’s not an unlimited offer; so, please, if your church will cover your expenses then we ask you to not use this limited code. If you can’t afford to cover your own travel and lodging, please let someone else take advantage of this opportunity. However, if your church is going through a hard season, your budget has been exhausted or you are under-resourced, this is definitely for you… just act quickly before the free passes are all gone!”

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The Orange Flaw Follow Up

Wayne —  November 18, 2014 — 4 Comments

Orange peeledI knew when I published The Flaw in Orange Thinking yesterday that there would be some push back. I was prepared for that. I welcome it because the post was primarily intended to get a conversation started, and I think at least to some extent it’s done that. That said, in hindsight, I would have changed a couple of things to make my point more clear.

1. It was not an article about numbers.

I spent too much time in the article on the idea of 40 vs. 3,000 hours which wasn’t the main point. What can I say? I’m an accountant. I like numbers, but the point of the whole exercise wasn’t to diminish the impact parents have on the spiritual development of their kids. In my ministry to children of divorce, I see the spiritual impact of children not having those faith role models to rely on. Parents are important. Parents are critical.  My goal was simply to point out that there are also other influencers on a child’s faith (beyond the church and parents), and if we’re coming up with a comprehensive plan to minister to families, we need to consider those influencers both from a standpoint of faith development and the great commission. I would have cut that section down or made the point differently.

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The Flaw in Orange Thinking

Wayne —  November 17, 2014 — 14 Comments

orange_PNG766If you work in children’s ministry, you’ve likely heard about the “Orange Theory.” Basically, the idea is that when the church and parents work together in the discipleship of their children, the impact on their spiritual development is multiplied. In is a principal and theory that I (for the most part) agree with. In the past though, I have raised a couple of concerns regarding the implementation of that theory:

  1. I believe many churches, in sincerely trying to implementing this theory, have swung too far back towards parents and abdicated the responsibility of the church in discipleship. In other words, to correct was is perceived as overstepping into the arena of parents in terms of teaching and discipling children, the church has overcorrected and adopted a “that’s the parents’ job” mentality. In so doing, many children (including those whose parents are not interested or not involved) may be “lost in the cracks”. Again, this is a problem in implementation, not in theory. I am not an “Orange hater.” :)
  2. Building on that, I believe many churches in an effort to implement an orange way of thinking have focused on the traditional two parent married biological family of the norm and/or assumed discipleship works the same in all types of different families. Again, kids and whole families get left out in the cold when this mistake is made.

Recently though, I have noticed what I consider to be a very significant oversight (or at the very least weakness) in the orange theory. Consider the following typical video for “selling” this theory and focus in particular on how parents and the church are portrayed in the video:

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