Announcing the Official Unofficial CMX 2011 Pre-pre-conference Meet-up

imageHow is that for a mouthful!  Maybe I should have gone with “Meet Me at CMX 2011,” but that seemed a little self-centered to me.  Anyhow, I am excited to be going back to the Children’s Ministry Expo this year in Lexington, KY on July 7, 2011.  I went to the very first CMX last year and had a great time, so I am really looking forward to going back this year.  More on what will be there later, but first I want to give you the details of our meet-up.  Last year, my one regret was that I was not more proactive about meeting people at CMX.  I assumed I would just “run into” people.  That happened, but there were a number of people that I missed that I only found out afterwards.  So, this year I am putting together a pre-pre-conference meet-up. 

The CMX preconference runs from 6:00 – 10:00 PM on July 6th.  So, we are going to get together from roughly 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the food court in the arena where CMX is being held.  So, if you’re coming in early, make plans to join us.  There is no invitation necessary, no agenda and nothing other than a chance to get together with other like-minded people, talk children’s ministry, make some new friends, reacquaint with old friends and just have a good time!  I know I’ll be there, and I hope you can make it too – the more the merrier!

If you’re coming and you can make the meet-up, leave a comment below to let us know.  If you’ll be at the expo, but not in time for the meet-up, let us know that too.  Leave a comment, and I will track you down during the conference.  I want to meet as many people as possible this year!

If you haven’t made up your mind, or haven’t heard about CMX, let me fill you in.

  • CMX will be held July 7, 2001 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM in Lexington, Kentucky at The Lexington Center (adjacent to Rupp Arena).
  • The cost for the entire conference is only……..$25.  That’s right – that’s no typo.  It’s only $25 dollars.  You and a team of 10 people can go to CMX for less than the cost of one ticket to most other children’s ministry conferences.
  • CMX is the brainchild of Roger Fields and the remainder of the Kidz Blitz team.
  • A CMX Pre-Conference will be held from 6:00 – 10:00 PM on July 6, 2011.  The pre-conference will include all of the exhibitors but no presentations.
  • CMX includes over 75 exhibitors showing off products encompassing all of your children’s ministry needs.
  • Exhibitors will be conducting a variety of 20 minute Scoops highlighting how their products can help you in your ministry.
  • On Thursday, there will be “Sit-Ins” from some of the nations best known experts in children’s ministries.  These sit-ins are designed to help you take your ministry deeper and will be presented in three different Tracks.  There is a Leadership Track, A Children’s Ministry Basics Track and a Special Needs Track.
  • Speakers will include Greg Baird, Dr. Alyssa Barnes, Tina Bryson, Michael Chanley, Jeremy Collins, Coach D, Ken Dovey, Amy Fenton Lee, Roger Fields, Jenny Funderburke, Katie Garvert, Dale Hudson, Tony Kummer, Jim Marshall, Gina McClain, Jolene Philo, Karen Rhodes, Michelle Romain, Justyn Smith, Jim Wideman and Yancy.
  • This year will also include a special exhibition of a Kidz Blitz FX Live Experience at 11:00 AM on July 7th.
  • Make sure to sign up for “Speed Networking” at the pre-conference on July 6th.  You can sign up here.

By the way, in case this article sounds like an advertisement, I am in no way associated with CMX or Kidz Blitz.  I am not an exhibitor or a speaker this year.  I am simply a big fan and someone who wants to make sure you do not miss out on this great opportunity!

There you have it.  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make plans to be at CMX on July 7.
  2. Show up for the pre-conference on July 6.
  3. Join us at 4:00 PM on July 6 for the pre-pre-conference meet-up.
  4. If you can’t make the meet-up, let me know so we can get together some other time!

By the way, I am also staying around after the conference, so if your schedule’s full and you want to get together on the 8th, just let me know.

I hope to see you there!

By the way, I borrowed the image for this post from the CMX website.  I hope they don’t mind. Smile

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