Have you heard the buzz building about Group’s Kidmin Conference? Here is a quick video I made with Christine Yount Jones who is helping plan the event.
Deeper Learning Tracks: 8 hours | 4 class sessions
Deeper Learning Tracks offer a progressive series of four classes (2
hours each) for a total of eight intense hours focused on that topic
with the same speaker(s).
- Early Childhood Ministry: Reaching and Teaching Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers | Jennifer Hooks & Barbara Price
- Authentic Leadership: Who You Are Makes the Biggest Difference | Craig Jutila
- Your First Two Years in Ministry | Dick Gruber
- Preteen Ministry That’ll Knock Your Socks Off | Nick Diliberto & Patrick Snow
- Discovering, Equipping, & Empowering Volunteers That Stick | Jim Wideman
- Business 101: Handling “the Job” Part of Your Ministry | Jay Hostetler & Todd Hostetler
- What It Takes to Finally Reach Families Today | Brian Haynes
- Strategic Planning: Guiding Your Ministry With Purpose | Greg Baird
- What Children With Special Needs Wish You Knew | Pat Verbal
- Kids’ Spiritual Development: How Kids’ Faith Really Grows | Holly Allen
Half-Track: 4 hours | 2 class sessions
- Making It for the Long Haul in Children’s Ministry | Dale Hudson
- Developing Kids as Leaders | Alan Nelson
- Thriving Children’s Ministry in Small Churches | Rick Chromey
- IdeaSparks to Infuse Creativity in Your Ministry | Patty Smith
- Leveraging Technology in Children’s Ministry | Kenny Conley
- Discipline Philosophy, Strategy, and Tips That Work | Gordon West & Becki West
- Fifth Wind—Reinventing Yourself Again…and Again! | Jeff Harmon
Half-Track: 4 hours | 2 class sessionsIf you want depth with more variety, Half Tracks are like DeeperLearning Tracks, but in half the time! Half Tracks offer two classsessions (2 hours each) for a total of four hours.1. Making It for the Long Haul in Children’s MinistryDale Hudson2. Developing Kids as LeadersAlan Nelson3. Thriving Children’s Ministry in Small ChurchesRick Chromey4. IdeaSparks to Infuse Creativity in Your MinistryPatty Smith5. Leveraging Technology in Children’s MinistryKenny Conley6. Discipline Philosophy, Strategy, and Tips That WorkGordon West & Becki West7. Fifth Wind—Reinventing Yourself Again…and Again!Jeff Harmon
The event is over one year about, but people are getting excited already. The event was announced in June, just after I go home from their PandaMania VBS field test. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming conference:
- It’s October 7 – 10, 2011 in Chicago
- Christine Yount Jones from CM Magazine is taking a lead role in planning
- Registration is already open (wow 13 months early!)
- Some of the planning is crowd-sourced. They’ve been doing “brainstorming groups” and building an “Inside Track” from leaders in the field of kidmin.
- They have announced “BOUNCE” as the theme.
Here is the description from their Facebook page:
* Deeper learning that leads to transformation
* Authentic conversations that become supportive relationships
* Renewed passion for the God you serve
No matter where you are in ministry, the KidMin Conference is your springboard to something new!
Kidmin Conference Rumors?
Now for the rumors, I caught this little nugget from preteenministry.net
The conference will be more relational than most out there. Roundtable discussion in affinity groups. Connect with others and swap ideas. No more “information overload” like most conference. It will be modeled in many ways after the SYM (Simply Youth Ministry) conference, but the focus is on Children’s Ministry. You will be able to choose different tracks to go on. It is going to be different in these ways and many others … What I am also stoked about is the preteen ministry focus. Not quite sure how it is all going to work out. A lot is still on the drawing board. But there will be some sort of preteen track.
Dale Hudson also left a hint about the conference on his blog:
Last week I was at Group Publishing. We were planning out a new KidMin conference that you will hear about soon. We were discussing key note speakers. One thing that we all agreed on was that we wanted key note speakers who were accessible. We don’t want someone who comes in, stays in the Green Room, does his/her deal on stage, and then takes off. We want speakers that people can talk with and interact with.
Chris Jones posted this on Twitter:
Enjoyed the last two days dreaming the 2011 KidMin Conference with sharp, sharp kidmins! #kidmin
What Do You Think?
Do you know any rumors about this event? It’s like a wise man once said, if you don’t have anything nice to say, just make something up. Leave a comment and start your best rumor about the kidmin conference.