CPC 13 General Session W/Larry Fowler

January 19, 2013

These are my notes from the General Session with Larry Fowler- DISCLAIMER: They are rough as I was typing fast. Please forgive the rough edges:

Power Triangle-

1- Rom 1:16 Power of the Gospel- Preventative Power
The message of the gospel is our power and should always remain the forefront of our ministries. We should consistently present the children we minister to the gospel message.

2- -Power in the Position of weakness- 2 cor 12:9-10 -not a message but a mindset.
We are always praying to get out of these rough situations (mentioned in 2 Cor passage)
but they are the times we grow most.
From a position of weakness God can show his strength.
Don’t attempt something that you know you can do, but go to a position of weakness, so you don’t take the credit. Let it be only something God can do.
* This is so difficult, but a necessary thing if we are to experience God’s power in our ministry.

3. James 5:16- The method of ernest prayer-
To pray earnestly means to “put your heart in it.” – We often give up on prayer and instead God is calling us to devote ourselves to prayer. To pray continually and eagerly expecting God to answer in ways only he can do.

This was a powerful message! I highly recommend you purchase the download from http://www.INCM.org


Why Go to CPC? (Children’s Pastor’s Conference)

January 19, 2013

You may be asking, “Why go to the expense of attending Children’s Pastor’s Conference?”

I believe that I can offer  some answers to that question, and I hope you will consider attending either Orlando 2014 or San Diego 2013. CPC is an amazing conference for not just Children’s Pastors. If you are involved in kid’s ministry, you can and should attend.

First, Everyone needs a time to rest, learn, and worship. At CPC, you are given exactly those opportunities. The schedule is set up in such a way that you can take some time to rest and refresh yourself.  There are many great breakout sessions (watch my blog for the notes to the ones I attended as well as some links to several blogs with notes from CPC13) The breakouts are broken down into many tracks, such as: Administration, Pre-school, Elementary, Leadership/self-care, Creative Teaching. These breakouts are full of great information and opportunities to rub shoulders with others who are in kidmin.

Worship- Each year INCM, brings in some great worship leaders who lead us to the throne and a time to really focus on praise! This year was another great year of worship and I was often in awe of the majesty of God. Another great reason to attend CPC, is the opportunity to interact with people from all around our country and world. I’ve had the privilege of meeting some great people this year and am blessed to have formed some amazing friendships. The body of Christ is a wonderful thing when it comes together around the purpose of glorifying God and reaching the next generation.  There are great opportunities to talk and learn from others. 

A third reason I’ll share is the resource area! There are so many great resources to see and check out at CPC that it can almost be overwhelming. All the major publishers are here sharing their latest and greatest materials as well as many amazing ministries and organizations that can help improve your kids ministry.

The final reason, is the opportunity to be feed yourself. I don’t know about you but I often don’t get the chance to worship and listen to preaching. At CPC, they bring in some wonderful speakers for the general sessions that will impact your heart and life.

Is CPC worth the time and money? ABSOLUTELY!!  I can tell you after attending three years, it was and is worth it.

If you attended CPC, what was your favorite part?

If you have specific questions about CPC, please feel free to contact me.

 


Children’s Pastor’s Conference 2013

January 8, 2013

I cannot wait, one week from today, I’m heading to Orlando Florida for CPC 13 and I’m super excited. For one, this will be the first time back to CPC, since Michael Chanley has become the Executive Director of INCM (International Network of Children’s Ministries) He and his team have done a great job of bringing some fresh ideas and fresh faces to CPC. The workshops scheduled for this year look great and I’m going to jump into the Special Needs pre-conference on Wednesday morning!  I will be sharing my thoughts about the sessions and much of what happens at CPC!

I will  hopefully find some time to host the Kid Ministry Collective Radio program live!! while at CPC!  So if your coming to CPC, look me up!

If you can’t make Orlando, consider going to San Diego in February!

**I also still have some FREE 1 Month Memberships to CM+ which is a great new resource from INCM & CM Connect.   Just tell me what you love about CPC and I’ll be glad to share a free pass with you!!


January 7, 2013

WANT TO WIN A FREE MONTH OF CM+  JUST BE ONE OF THE FIRST 10 TO COMMENT ON THE POST TITLED “Back to Basics”  That’s all  you need to do!

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Members receive the following:

  • access to a growing list of archived trainings (current value over $20)
  • a 10 to 15 minute exclusive monthly video from a thought leader in Children’s Ministry
  • exclusive weekly discussions hosted by INCM
  • bi-monthly MP3 uploads from INCM ($96 annual value)

This content is designed to give members access to exclusive content for developing as a leader in Children’s Ministry. You will not only enhance your CMConnect experience, you’ll also improve your ability to lead in our unique calling!

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Back to the Basics- Get off the Treadmill!

January 6, 2013

Treadmill Laptop Computer Stand

I have decided to try to get back to the basics in 2013. I want to get back to a way of doing things where I truly keep the right priorities and focus and live a life the way God truly intended. Like the picture above, the idea may seem like a good one, but it’s not always the best. I can’t say that I’m going to build a desk for my treadmill, so I can work while exercising, but I do want to get back to a healthy personal lifestyle so I can lead well. It also reminds me that I need to think things through in a better way this year.

As leaders we are all susceptible to getting on the treadmill and rolling along doing the same things or using pre-packaged everything that requires very little prep or creativity.  I would challenge every leader reading my little blog to consider what you are doing and where your investing your time. Is it really important in the scope of eternity?  Is it the best use of your time and resources?

I want to lead a ministry that is doing things right and keeping the main thing the main thing!

So what are your top priorities this year?

Weight loss? better devotional life? resting more? finding a new curriculum? finding new volunteers?

I want to encourage you that one of your goals should be learning a new skill or sharpening an old one! Thanks to Michael Chanley and CM Connect I am going to offer to 10 people a FREE one month trial of CM+  This is the Brand New training resource that is coming from the amazing folks at INCM and CM Connect.  How can you get one? Be one of the first 10 to leave a comment and tell me: What is the ONE thing you want to change personally and professionally (ministry)  That’s it! Nothing too difficult! This ends Jan 8th!! So don’t wait. Sharpen your skills, Get off the treadmill and try something new or just get back to the basics.


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