As Children’s Ministry leaders, we have a strong heritage of Christ-followers who were not afraid to rock the boat. We have a cloud of witnesses who came before us, calling the church to take ministering to children seriously. The church has followed the call to minister to its next generation of leaders and innovators – we’ve created mission organizations that focus on children, we’ve developed strategies that equip parents to pass on of their faith, we’ve invented resources and magazines to empower and lead those called to children’s ministry and we’ve made strong progress in gathering together as a group of leaders focused on The Kingdom rather than our own castles of ministry.
Though innovation runs deep in our family history, it is easy for some of us to become stagnant. Many of us will be taking a look (if we haven’t already) at our strategic plans for 2010… and very few of us will be trying something totally new. I’ll be honest, I’m speaking to the mirror on this one.
When was the last time your ministry team invented something? When was the last time you sat down with a blank piece of paper and decided to dream big?
For some of us, myself included, we need a catalyst to initiate change. We need others to rally alongside us to seek out innovation together.
This year, try something new.
Write your best idea on a napkin, and meet me in Las Vegas this February.
Hundreds of Children’s Ministry leaders from around the country will descend on Nevada to ask the right questions and listen to the new things God might be calling us to.
Justyn Smith, Children’s Pastor and one of the hosts for Napkin has this to say about the event…
“I’m extremely excited to announce the creation of a national children’s pastors and leaders conference called ‘Napkin Conference’. Everybody doodles and writes their ideas on napkins. Napkins are a dreamers best friend. What’s going to set this conference apart from every other conference you ask? Napkin Conference is not just a conference–it’s a giant brainstorming session with some of the world’s greatest children’s pastors and leaders. Not only is there going to be leadership principles, but there is going to be idea sessions with practical application from real children’s pastors in the trenches–just like you. Oh, since we’re in Las Vegas–the entertainment capital of the world–your registration gets you a free Las Vegas show on the famous Las Vegas Strip! Join incredible children’s leaders like Jim Wideman, Justyn Smith, Hillsong’s David Wakerley, Byron Ragains, Lifechurch.tv’s Allyson Evans and more! For more information visit www.napkinconference.com. Can’t wait to see you in Vegas!”
This is not a mega conference. You will have time and opportunities to have real discussions with real leaders who’ve been in your shoes and who share your hopes and dreams.
If you haven’t signed up, do so today. Watch this video. See you in Vegas.