“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1
If I were competing in the Olympics (and there are very good reasons I’m not), I would choose a team sport. I like watching the individual athletes, but this hypothetical decision reminds me of a conversation I had with my oldest son when he was little. I asked him if he’d rather play a sport like singles tennis or hockey. He thought about it for awhile and said, “I’d like to play on a team so sometimes I could rest.”
Well, there are more benefits than resting on a team. I think about Ecclesiastes 4:12 that says “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”
With this in mind, let me give you the four reasons any children’s minister needs to come to our national KidMin Conference this year.
1. You’re not alone! Even if you come by yourself, we’re intentional about getting you in relationship with others through conversation, REAL learning, round-table workshop settings, connect groups, and more. You won’t be alone at KidMin. And you won’t be alone after you leave. Your new friends will stand back-to-back with you throughout the year.
2. Your team can grow. It’s amazing when you pull away from your ministry as a team to gain new perspective. You’ll hear from trusted experts and from in-the-trenches peers. That problem that’s been dogging you in your team’s performance or your ministry? You’ll find new ways of tackling that challenge at KidMin!
3. We celebrate you! It’s not often that you get to stand on the podium to receive a medal for the amazing commitment you bring to ministry. We’ll celebrate you and applaud you. We understand your heart and so do thousands of other people who are longing to gather with you to celebrate, most importantly, the Champion Savior we do all of this for.
4. You can rest. You work hard all year long. Come and get refreshed with people who understand your heart and what matters most to you. Come take a nap. Come let us minister to you and let the Holy Spirit minister deeply to your spirit.
I hope you’ll come to KidMin! Check it out soon as our conference fills up fast.