Networking is a pivotal (but often forgotten) part of any children’s ministry. I learned this working at the Kids Beta Conference. Beta is a small conference that gathers new children’s ministers together in Nashville to address some topics and situations that may come up in the first few years of ministery. It seemed the most recent attendees could talk with one another for hours about their ministrieswhile gaining new ideas from each other. This got me thinking… do they network at home? Do they even know where to begin? Here are a few practical tips to help get to know other #kidmin leaders and maybe even learn a few things along the way:
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is normal and good to not know everything about children’s ministry. No one knows it all! Connect with people so that you can share knowledge and gain confidence in yourself as a leader.
If you are or know of a new children’s minister who has been serving in kids ministry for 3 years or less, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more info about our next FREE Kids Beta Conference.
Comment if you have any ideas or tips to improve networking between children’s ministry leaders.
ParentLife writer Tonya Grant provides 13 questions to get your preteen talking about media choices and peer influence. Try some of these with your preteen about one of his favorite media topics.
Initiating conversations like these will not only guide your preteen in his decisions, it will also help your know his heart better. Be open to having your mind changed as well; but remember, you are the parent. You have the right to lay down the law in your home.
What topics have you struggled with when it comes to talking to your preteens?
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Everybody seems to be doing more with less. More work with people, more deadlines with less time, more productivity with less help. Folks at church, in business, and even families are having to figure out how to get things done quicker and easier so they can spend time on other things.
Here are 6 ways I get things done in my work day & home life:
GTD – A few years ago, I was introduced to the book “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. It really helped me think about how I think. It sounds crazy to read a book about organization, but it really helped. The biggest principle I’ve taken away is the importance of getting things out of my head and tracking to-do items in a trusted system. PRICE about $10.
GMail / Google Docs / GCal – These are simply the best at email, sharing documents, and calendaring because it all happens online and syncs in the cloud. I’ve got access to my email from my computer, phone, or any other device. My calendar is always up-to-date so I’m always able to check my availability. The Google tools work well because they all communicate with each other too. Price FREE.
Evernote – This is best reference tool because everything is searchable, everything can be tagged, and it allows you to upload pretty much any type of file or document. This is my one-stop source for all reference material that I want to hang on to. Price FREE.
Omnifocus – Keeping track of projects and deadlines has traditionally been something I just keep in my head, but after reading GTD, I’ve tried out a few different software solutions. Omnifocus is my current (and favorite) solution for this because of the level of detail it allows you to add to a project, it has an iPhone app for capturing to-do’s anywhere, and a nifty feature is the “start on” date in addition to the “due” date. Unfortunately it is only available for Mac computers and devices. Price $100 for Mac & iPhone version. NOTE: Prior to using Omnifocus, I worked in Remember the Milk which is web-based and free! RTM is a super solution that allows you to keep up with lots of lists.
Quiet Space – Not every solution for getting things done is a piece of software. My best times of productivity have been getting away for 2 hours while the baby naps on Sunday afternoons and cranking out work projects, home projects, or just reading at the local Panera. Too many times, the quiet space in our lives is filled with TV, facebook, or just running around … but carving out a couple of hours in the course of a week has really helped me stay on top of my workload. Price FREE!
Jeremy Echols leads our camp team and always challenges us to add new tools to our toolbox whether in leadership or tech skills. JE has written before about Tech Tools You Can Use in #Kidmin. Connect with JE on twitter & comment on our Facebook page to share how you get things done.
You’ve seen their names. You may have even sent them an email or called them with questions about camp. Now it’s time to put faces with names of your 2012 camp directors!
LEAVE A COMMENT and let them know how excited you are to see them this summer at camp!
If you are in #kidmin or work with children in any capacity, then you talk to kids all the time. As you “talk” with kids, don’t miss opportunities to engage them in a deeper conversation. Here are 6 simple reminders for engaging kids in conversation from Henry Dutton. Henry is a CentriKid camp director who excels at training camp staff & modeling how to have intentional conversations with kids.
Last weekend, we brought in all the CentriKid directors & assistant directors for training … and it was a great experience to learn, share ideas, grow in leadership, & prepare for the summer. Our directors and “AD’s” this year are top-notch!
Click on the image to open a new window with a panoramic view of our Directors and Assistant Directors as they made preparations for the summer.
Here are 4 things I’ve learned from CentriKid Director Training over the years:
Jeremy Echols leads our camp team and spends lots of his time investing in the leadership of the CentriKid program. The panoramic image in this blog post was created using the “Dermandar” app … check out the iPhone app online. You can connect and keep up with JE on twitter.
Today, as I sat at my desk at work, I edited. A lot. I’m working on the CentriKid Camps staff notebook, tweaking some things and making changes. I know you’re going to think I’ve been brainwashed or something like that, but I actually really love editing. I’ve always had fun taking something and making it better. Constantly evaluating and since I’m not an English major, I’m also constantly looking up grammar rules. Nonetheless, I enjoy the editing process.
Let’s get real for a minute: Editing is really only fun when what you’re editing isn’t you. Making changes in your own life isn’t as easy as making that lower-case letter capitalized or changing the past tense to the present.
When I’m editing something, most of the time it gets really overwhelming when I’m trying to tackle everything at once. I usually end up making a list of things to look for, i.e. misspellings, sentence structure, etc. This helps me to be very thorough and not overlook anything.
Basically, I’ve created a list of things that I can work on “editing” in my own life. Most of these are just simple re-directions. (sidenote: simple in theory, not necessarily in practice)
-Instead of worrying about something, stop and pray.
-Find something good about something you would normally complain about.
-If you say you’re going to do something, do it.
-If you say you’re not going to do something, don’t do it.
-Turn bitterness into forgiveness.
-Replace laziness with something productive.
Of course, when all of the editing is done (and is it ever really done?), you need to have first started with strong content. Start your day with some time in God’s Word. Don’t expect to get encouragement to face the day from any other source.
*You will probably see things that need to be edited in this blog post. Don’t worry about it
Jen Hall is our camp intern. She is excited to direct CK2 at Campbellsville this summer. Keep up with Jen via twitter.