Why Furniture Matters at KidMin

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Sometimes when I look at marketing brochures for conferences, I
can’t help but feel that there are herds (or is that hoards?) of
people being shuttered down a long corridor (or is that a chute?).
It reminds me of cattle or sheep. They sit in a giant bowl with
rows and rows of chairs. And then they move to crowded classrooms
and sit shoulder to shoulder.

Is that what a conference is about? Being one of many, lost in a
herd? At KidMin, we want you to be heard–not herded! We
want to know your name! We want to have authentic conversations
with you and for you to have those with others.

How do we do it? This may sound crazy, but in some ways it’s all
about the furniture.. 

1. We use sack chairs. It’s impossible to
not connect with people when you flop on one of these irresistible
Xorbee chairs. Laughter ensues when you try to get out of one. And
connections form as you relax here between sessions. 

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2. We use round tables. In training
sessions, you don’t sit in rigid rows and face “the expert” at the
front of the room. We embrace that every person who comes has
expertise, knowledge, and a story that needs to be shared. We work
closely with our training presenters to ensure that no one lectures
incessantly. Instead, these creative whizzes pull you into the
conversation and you all make discoveries together.

3. We use movable chairs.  Even in our
general sessions, we facilitate relationship, connection, and
conversation. We want you to turn to a partner or get in a small
group to talk or pray because we know you’ll get more out of the
session in the context of relationship.

Jesus said, “For where two or three have gathered in my name, I
am there in their midst.”

It’s true: God never designed you to do ministry–or
life–alone. It’s in the space between people that God shows up. We
need each other. We need to be real. We need to be known.

At KidMin, we welcome you into a setting that won’t overwhelm
you with herds of people. Instead, we see you–one person on a
mission. One person who has needs and desires and dreams.

Everything about KidMin is engineered to create meaningful
conversations. You’ll make new friends–real friends. God will give
you connectionst that’ll change your life!

Come and join us! Sign up today because space fills up fast.
www.group.com/kidmin

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as Group’s Children’s Ministry Champion. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources.

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