KidMin is heading into
its third year and we've been blessed to have the Brian Davis
Band (BDB) on the journey with us for all three. Each
year, this collective of incredible musical talent and passionate
hearts for Jesus have led the children's ministers at KidMin into
vibrant, refreshing worship experiences. Following each KidMin
Conference past, countless children's ministers name the worship
experiences as their favorite aspect of the conference--a huge part
of the "refreshing" that happens at KidMin. The band has also been
more than willing to play new, creative roles in the overall
program of the General Sessions and lead extended worship
This past week, we caught up with a few members of the band and
asked them to share what they love most about being at KidMin.
Their answers will warm your heart, make you laugh, and give you a
glimpse into why we so treasure our friends in the BDB.
You've been the KidMin worship band for coming up on
three years now--what's it been like to have a home with KidMin and
an awesome mob of children's ministers?
Chuck: It's been a fantastic few
years with Group and KidMin! Getting to meet and hang out a bit
with some of the bravest folks in ministry has been very
enlightening. To get to hear some of the stories of the struggles
and successes has also been very touching. I honestly haven't had a
KidMin yet that I didn't get a little teary-eyed.
Hannah: I love being a part of
KidMin. These children's ministers - week in and week out - pour
into the lives of our next generation. These kiddos will be the
next pastors, presidents, worship leaders, athletes and artists. It
is pure joy to be in a room with them and lead them into the
presence of our Holy God--pure joy.
Brian: Both the folks who run
KidMin and everyone who has attended have been amazing and
unbelievably welcoming! From the first moment we stepped on stage,
it just felt like family. We've all served in ministry in some
capacity and know how difficult it can be to serve in the trenches,
week in and week out, with little-to-no feedback or appreciation. I
think that's the common thread that unites us as we worship
together and it has become something we look forward to every
Sean: KidMin is just that, a home.
We are treated as people, not "stars." Our goal is to lead worship,
but also be invisible as we are all worshiping for the same
What's been your favorite part of leading worship for
the children's ministers at KidMin?
Hannah: My favorite part of
KidMin was the opening for last year's conference. We did a
spoken-word narration [of God's commission to Noah to build the
ark] with lights and smoke and banging on trashcans. It was just
too much fun and set the tone for the weekend!
Sean: I love to look out and
see everyone singing and worshiping Jesus. I hear every year from
attendees that the KidMin Conference was the first time, that year,
they'd been able to actually worship.
Brian: Last year, we had a chance to
share our story at one of the Late Night sessions. Being able to
sit down in a smaller room and just talk with people about life,
faith, and worship is something we look back on as a real high
point since we've partnered with Group for this conference. And,
more generally, we love being able to just hang out and chat with
people in the bookstore. Hearing stories about how other people are
doing ministry from different parts of the country (or even the
world) is such an encouragement and helps all of us know that we're
not alone in this.
Chuck: Seeing our new (and old)
friends each year relax and lift their voices SO high in worship
feels something like a BBQ grill lighting up. The warmth of it
blasts over us when the voices are almost louder than the speakers!
It's a physical experience that I have few words to describe.
What makes KidMin an experience children's ministers
will love and grow from?
Brian: There's a real focus on
refreshing - KidMin does a great job of setting aside those four
days for not just philosophical and practical application, but also
to allow everyone who attends the space they need to rest or
wrestle with what God has called them to do. From what we've seen,
there is a HUGE priority on listening to what God is doing in His
Kingdom and in our hearts and how He wants to lead us and our
ministries to new and deeper places.
Chuck: The collection of
incredible speakers, from Beth Moore [at KidMin 2012] to the
hilarity of the Skit Guys; and meaningful, intentional worship is
like nothing else I've ever been a part of or seen. It's like a
retreat on 5-hour energy and whatever it was that Hulk Hogan ate as
a kid--times ten.
Hannah: The culture at KidMin is
just downright fun. Not only do the staff and speakers practically
equip the children's ministers, they serve their [the children's
ministers'] hearts and souls by loving on them for the
weekend--caring for them both spiritually and
Sean: What I see is everyone is
equal. There's not the "Mega Church vs. Church." The attendees come
together as a group - not knowing each other - and leave as a
family. Looking at the attendees, seeing their love for
children, amazes me. I have a daughter that has been a part of
children's ministry and accepted Jesus into her life, because of
the love she received from those teachers.
What are you most looking forward to about being at
Chuck: All of it. Especially hoping
that Brian and I get mistaken for Eddie and Tommy [The Skit Guys]
again. That was priceless.
Sean: I am looking forward to
meeting new people and hearing the stories of how KidMin has made a
difference in their lives. As in every year, the BDB's goal is to
create an atmosphere for people to worship Jesus.
Hannah: I am excited to meet and
experience more of the children's ministers from around the
country; hear their stories of what God is doing in their
Brian: More of everything
listed above! We're just really looking forward to how God might be
able to use us to serve all the children's ministers who are able
to attend KidMin, through musical worship and prayer.
Thinking through your overall experience leading
corporate worship - if you can narrow it down to one thing - what's
the biggest blessing in leading a crowd of believers in praise to
God? What's it like being in front of all those voices worshipping
Hannah: As worship leaders, one of
our main jobs is to usher the congregation into a place where they
can be set free to worship. Like a shepherd leads his flock to
green pastures, once there, he sets them free to experience the
pasture. One of the most joyful feelings when leading worship is to
step away from the microphone and allow the congregation to drown
out everything with their voices. Best.Thing.Ever.
Brian: The sense of unity that we
share as followers of Jesus Christ is palpable and overwhelming. We
know that we all come from different places, different backgrounds,
have different experiences, different denominations, different
stories, and yet one thing unites us - our belief in Jesus Christ
and our dependence on His love, grace, mercy, and redeeming power.
Hearing all of our voices raised together in community to our
Savior is indescribable. It's something that you have to
experience, and KidMin has easily become one of our favorite
corporate worship experiences. We can't even express how excited we
are to meet everyone this year and be a part of this life-changing
Sean: The conference is full of
different people, different denominations of church and with
different pasts. In all that, when we create an atmosphere by
leading worship, we all become one body in Christ. We're all God's
children, no matter our past.
Chuck: I'd have to say the same as
the answer to the second question. Here I go, gettin' all choked up
Brian (Lead vocals, guitar) - Twitter: @bdavismusic; Facebook
Hannah (Piano, vocals) - Twitter: @hannahsifers; Facebook
Travis (Guitar) - Twitter: @traviskaker; Facebook
Sean (Drums) - Twitter: @thunder_toms; Facebook
Anson (Bass) - Twitter: @ansonyoung; Facebook
Chuck (Violin) - Twitter: @HugeFiddler; Facebook