CPC Online Virtual Event

I AM SO EXCITED!! It’s conference season and there are SO MANY great options to choose from!! For the next week or so, I’ll be posting about different upcoming conferences, so you can make a great choice on where to best spend your resource dollars and time. I believe everybody in kids ministry benefits from attending a conference. So hang on to your seats, and here we go!

Today, I’m spotlighting something new from INCM, the hosts of the CPC – the Children’s Pastor’s Conference. The CPC is a HUGE conference that is held in California and in Florida, so you have options as far as distance. The CPC East is going on RIGHT NOW, but still to come is the CPC West. It will be held from February 16-19, 2015, and will be four days of jam packed info and resources for all involved in kids ministry!

At the CPC, you will find tons of great speakers who have been and are right where you are in children’s ministry. They have wisdom and encouragement to offer, and you will greatly benefit from their words. If you’d like more info, or to register, go check out the CPC West! There is still time to get in at the early registration cost, but that changes on January 26. So you better hurry!

But what if you are like me and are unable to physically attend due to cost or time or distance? I am so EXCITED to share some news! This year, the CPC is going VIRTUAL! WOOHOO! This online event is happening on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 9:00-3:30CST (10:00-4:30EST), and only costs $149. It will include the 7 main sessions, and there are tons of BONUS resources that are included – my favorite being a license to open your office or home to invite as many people as you’d like to watch with you! THAT is amazing! Because for $149, I can offer AMAZING training to my entire kids ministry team at church, as well as kids ministers all around my area!

I signed up this morning for the CPC Online Virtual Event, and I couldn’t be more excited! Go check out the event to sign up, too! And if you happen to be in my neck of the woods, come hang out with me for the day on February 5. My amazing hubby is turning my living room into a theatre for the event, and we will be hanging out together in our comfy clothes eating lots of finger foods and worshiping and learning together. Hope to see you there!!

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Faith – The First Step is the Hardest

Faith is one of those things you can’t really put your finger on. It’s a belief in something you can’t really see or always understand, but you know it’s there. And when you step out in faith, the first step is always the hardest.

A few months ago, I started hearing the still, small voice of God whispering in my ear. Truth be told, it was after my husband had been yelling the same thing in my ear for several months prior. But I am thick skulled. It takes a few (or quite a few) times of hearing the same thing before it sinks in. And God always has a way of getting my attention. He was telling me it was time for a change.

I had been a children’s pastor for a local church for the past two and a half years, and was very happy in what I was doing. It was comfortable. And I loved the people I had the pleasure of serving alongside. Really, I couldn’t have asked for a better team of volunteers!

But God was calling me to a change.

Two weeks ago, I resigned my position as children’s pastor. Yesterday was my last Sunday. That was the first step. Actually, it’s the only thing I knew for certain I was supposed to do. God hasn’t shown us the rest of the plan as of yet. But God rarely shows me more than one step at a time, and He wants to see if I will be faithful in the first step before He reveals the next.

I did wonder if I misheard the voice. Did I do the right thing? Was I acting on my own? But every single time I have questioned the decision to resign, God has given me confirmation that it was right. Every single time. It has been amazing to see all the different ways God has confirmed His plan.

And now we wait. We are taking a little time off to rest and regroup. We are praying and getting in the Word of God to seek direction. And we are keeping our eyes peeled for the next step in our ministry journey. No, I have no idea where we will end up. But I know the One with the plan. And His ways are best!

When you follow the voice of God Almighty, you won’t go wrong. It’s been hard to explain that to a few people who couldn’t understand why I would want to leave. If I’m not mad at anyone and not actively looking for a new place of employment and not moving, why would I quit and leave? Because unless I step out in faith and follow His voice, He’s not going to point us to the next step.

Faith. It’s a hard thing to understand, and an even harder thing to really explain to others. But it’s what we are called to. Every day is filled with opportunities to act in faith and trust God for something. The first step is always the hardest.

Is there something God has called you to act in faith on? Somewhere you couldn’t really see the end, but you saw His hand? I would love to hear your story, so share in the comments!

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Welcome Back!

So it’s been awhile since I have written for The Children’s Pastor blog. Truth: it’s been MONTHS! Why? Well, a lot has happened.

A couple of years ago, I thought I had pretty much everything figured out. I was running a pretty good children’s ministry. God was blessing us and even sent us to a new area of ministry. Things were good. And I have learned that, when things look like they’re going really well, I’d better watch out. Because, for me, that’s when pride begins to creep in. And boy does God have a way of bringing me to my knees.

All at once, everything started to fall apart right in front of my eyes. I trusted that God would use it for His good purposes, but that didn’t really make any of it any easier at the time. I had a highly respected person of faith question my motives behind calling myself a “children’s pastor” when I had no degree to back that title. That seriously shook my thinking. And it seemed the more people I tried to help, the more God showed me how little I really knew. Every time I sat down to blog, I couldn’t shake the thought that, “I’m not really a children’s pastor. He said I’m not. And he’s right, you know. I have no degree. Just a calling. Or what I thought was a calling. But really, I have no idea what I’m doing. I know nothing.”

And that’s exactly where God needed me to be.

I let my last “The Children’s Pastor” site expire without renewing it, because I didn’t feel I had anything to say. The only reason I kept the Facebook page was because, for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to delete it! But that was God.

I have spent the last 2 years humbled by how little I know and how dependent I am on Almighty God. I have realized that He DID call me to children’s ministry, and I AM a children’s pastor, no matter what anyone says. I minister to children. I lead kids to Christ. I help others who do the same. I am a children’s pastor. And I have spent that time learning a great deal about kids and leadership and God and all manner of things.

A few weeks ago, I kept seeing people (several people!) “like” The Children’s Pastor Facebook page, and I kept asking my husband, “Why are these people finding this page?! I’m not even promoting it! And I haven’t done anything with it in FOREVER!” But through that, I heard God telling me it was time to pick it back up and run with it. So I started using the FB page again and started a new blog. He has a calling for me. He has something to say through me. And so here we are.

I’m not sure where God will go with this blog, but I know it will be an adventure. I plan to post book reviews of the leadership books I am currently reading (and let me tell you, they are great!), links to other great kidmin people doing the same thing as you and I, and whatever little bit I have learned along the way in this ministry journey. I love helping other leaders dig deeper and go further in ministry. I am here to serve you. I’m glad you’ve come along for the ride.

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