5 People to Meet in Twenty10: Jim Wideman

21 Nov

Name: Jim Wideman

Location: Murfreesboro, TN


Claim to fame: (from Jim’s website)

Jim Wideman is an internationally recognized voice in children’s and family ministry. He is a much
sought after speaker, teacher, author, personal leadership coach, and ministry consultant who has over 30 years experience in helping churches thrive.

Having served in 5 dynamic churches Jim understands what it takes to grow exciting, relevant ministries to people of all ages. For 17 years Jim led one of America’s largest local church children’s ministries in Tulsa, OK. Jim has also held various other positions in addition to children ministry throughout his career giving him a background in almost every area of the local church and Christian school. Jim currently serves as Associate Pastor at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN where he oversees the next generation and family ministries.

In addition to working in a local church Jim has successfully trained hundreds of thousands of
Children’s ministry leaders from all denominations and sizes of congregations in conferences and seminars around the world. Jim is considered an innovator, pioneer and father in the modern children’s ministry movement. He also currently serves as president of “The American Children’s Ministry Association,” as well as president of Jim Wideman Ministries and is one of the executive editors of K! Magazine. The International Network of Children’s Pastors awarded Jim the “Excellence in Ministry Award” in 1989 for his outstanding work in Children’s Ministry, and Children’s Ministry Magazine in 2001 honored him as one of ten “Pioneers Of the Decade” in children’s ministry.

Why We Care:

Jim has been a voice in Children’s Ministry for more years than I’ve been alive.  Jim has seen multiple shifts in the way ministering to kids is done… I want to hear from a guy who has a 30,000 ft view and where he thinks the church and family ministry is heading over the next ten years.


Would Jim be on your list?  Have you shared a cup of coffee w/ him?  Can you hook us up?
Share your thoughts in the comment section!


Posted by on November 21, 2009 in Kidmin, Resources


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10 responses to “5 People to Meet in Twenty10: Jim Wideman

  1. Spencer Click

    November 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Jim is on the top of my list for pretty much everything…he’s a super resource, great friend, and amazing man of God. He also loves young CP’s who want to chat…I’d email him or call his assistant and make a phone appointment. He’ll pretty well talk to anybody…


  2. Todd McKeever

    November 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Jim is definitely one of those that everyone should and usually does have on their list. As Spencer said above, Jim is also one of those who love to talk and learn.

    Go ahead and just call him, he LOVES questions so have your list together and in order of importance to you. In case you do not have all the time you need to get the answers you will get your most important ones out first.


  3. Justyn Smith

    November 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Anthony, Jim is amazing not just because of his knowledge, but because he proves you can be influential and still be a normal, down to earth person. He deserves the best of the best, but he’d never demand it. His life and example speak volumes to me! I love him & the time I’ve spent with him.


  4. justynsmith

    November 21, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Anthony, Jim is amazing and a god friend, but honestly I think he’s everyone’s friend–he loves people, especially the up and coming leaders. I like him not just because of his knowledge, but because he’s real. He deserves the bet wherever he goes, but he’ll never demand it like others would. His life and example speak volumes. Great way to start out your five people to meet.


  5. jonathan

    November 21, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    How could Brother Jim not be on this list?

    Great add!


  6. Jim wideman

    November 24, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I’m sitting in a waiting room crying and humbled by this. Thanks just isn’t enough. It’s an honor to Be on any ones list for anything. This is an easy fix. I take phone appointments weekly. Each lunch dailey and go to starbucks more than I should. Yall sure know how to male an old guy cry. Thanks for including me. Wanting to make a difference.



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