Posts Tagged "Conferences"

The Children’s Ministry Telesummit (A Conference You Can Go to in Your Bathrobe)

image There is a great conference coming up next month on June 21 and June 22.  The name of the conference is Children’s Ministry Telesummit 2010.  The summit is bringing together 16 people at the forefront of children’s ministry and family ministry to each offer a one hour talk for the benefit of the conference attendees.  This conference allows you to learn from the wisdom, experience and practical advice of 16 top notched leaders in the fields of children’s and family ministry.  The list reads like a who’s who of the field:

  1. Jim Wideman
  2. Justyn Smith
  3. Michael Chanley
  4. Gina McClain
  5. David Wakerly
  6. Yancy Richmond
  7. Amy Dolan
  8. Karl Bastian
  9. Jerry Moyer
  10. Christine Kreisher
  11. Rob Rienow
  12. Jeremy Collins
  13. Kevin Ranfield
  14. Jeremy White
  15. Lisa Michelle Wilson

There is apparently at least one more spot left to be filled.

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Who Else is Going to the Children’s Ministry Expo?

On the heels of missing the Orange Conference this year, I drowned my sorrows by booking my tickets and hotel for the Children’s Ministry Expo in Lexington, Kentucky.  The conference falls on a Thursday and Friday, so my wife and I are going to travel Thursday morning, and turn the event into a nice road trip and long weekend.

This year’s Children’s Ministry Expo is taking place July 15 & 16 at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Ky.  The Expo is put on by Kidz Blitz (Roger Fields) and is markedly different from other children’s ministry events.  The purpose of the event is to showcase vendors.  There are no formal breakout sessions or speakers as you might find at other conferences.  Instead, there will be over 66,000 square feet of vendors showing you what they can do for your ministry and, hopefully, engaging your imagination and creativity for children’s ministry.  At just $25 per person for admission to both days of the expo, the price is ridiculously affordable.  I did not look much into the cost for vendors, but I understand that it is also significantly cheaper than other conferences.  This should encourage a multitude of vendors.

In addition to the vendors, the Expo will feature a number of 20 Minute “Scoops” which are mini-workshops which will be conducted on the expo floor.  These will offer practical ideas and product information.  The schedule of Scoops is not available ahead of time and will be provided at the Expo.  By the way, you’ve got to love the fact that they gave these things a name that conjures up images of ice cream! 🙂  In addition to Scoops, the Expo will feature a series of 40 minute “Sit-Ins.”  These are open discussion led by children’s ministry experts on topics including:

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The Children's Ministry Blog Patrol (July 2009)

Childrens Ministry Blog PatrolWelcome to the unveiling of the new format for the Blog Patrol. What started as a weekly feature summarizing some of the best articles from the Christian Blogosphere has morphed into a monthly feature focused on Children’s Ministry. Thus, you will note the new name (The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol) and the new graphic.

I haven’t worked out all of the particulars about how this might look each month, but I hope you will find the articles linked to in this feature useful. In addition to articles directly related to Children’s Ministry, this blog will also feature more general articles on children and parenting from a Christian perspective. I haven’t set a schedule in stone yet, but I’m hoping to publish each month’s blog patrol on the first Tuesday of the month.

With that introduction, let’s have a look at some articles you might have missed this month:

Blog Series

Many articles are published as series. This sections of the Blog Patrol is dedicated to such series from the prior month.

Group Review of Too Small To Ignore

In a significant group blogging project over at Elemental Children’s Ministry, a series of authors offered a chapter-by-chapter review of the book Too Small To Ignore by Wess Stafford. I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, but I appreciate these summaries. Enjoy

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