It's hard to believe our return from KidMin was over a month
ago! As we've been sorting through the boxes and trunks of
materials that came back with us, we've also been unpacking heaps
of blessing in the testimonies of lives changed. We trusted God to
bring about incredible restoration in the lives of children's
ministers - but God has a way of still leaving us astounded! I'm so
grateful for everything God did at KidMin and here are my top three
Presenters that know and value the work of a children's
In my role as "Speaker Sherpa" for the KidMin team, I get the
unique and treasured experience of coming alongside our presenters
as we all prepare in the months ahead of the conference. We have a
team like I've never seen! They all come prayerfully prepared to
share their hearts, talents, insight, hard-learned lessons, and
stories that will get you smiling. I loved walking outside of the
training rooms during sessions and listening to roars of laughter;
hearing the shuffling sounds of active learning; and the many
voices engaged in conversation - digging deeper into the learning.
I don't think we could ask for better, more invested presenters.
They were there to not only train, but to be available to all
conference guests as much as they possibly could. I saw so many
connections over coffee or outside of a training room as sessions
Many of our presenters also took part in Ministry Consulations
through The Shelter, where they spent dedicated one-on-one time
with children's ministers trouble shooting very specific obstacles.
When asked what their favorite part of the conference was, they
raved about getting to know the people in the seats - building
relationships. As one of our presenters, Katie Wetherbee, stated as
her favorite aspect, "Spending time with
the participants in the class! Such amazing ministry leaders. . .
It was wonderful to be able to answer questions and help them with
specific situations in their own ministries. And, I loved hearing
what is working well in their churches as well! I always learn new
things when I teach!"
Keynotes/General Sessions that inspired, through laughter and
In a word, "wow!" I was amazed with the general sessions this
year! God, ultimately, decides who will be with us at the
conference to share during our large-group gatherings and we were
blessed richly. Beth Moore opened up the conference for us and
brought such a warm, personal "thank you" for all the countless
hours poured into children's ministry. As a mother, grandmother and
volunteer in the children's ministry at her church she affirmed the
value and importance kidmin has in the work of the church as a
whole. Beth did wonderfully - stepping outside of her usual women's
ministry crowd and connecting with her "guyfriends" at
The Skit Guys also brought the house down. In one minute they'd
have us laughing, then crying as they used humor and drama to teach
valuable lessons and solid truths. I'll never forget their keynote
when someone in the audience let out a wail of relief as Tommy
delivered an incredible visual of letting go of the baggage keeping
us from God. I remember thinking, "that's the sound of someone
finding freedom; that's what life-change sounds like."
We had so many more incredible moments in our general sessions,
but to relay them all, I'd have to write a novel!
Rest and reconnection with God.
At KidMin we fill
the conference space with wonderful Xorbee chairs so anyone can
plop down and read, rest, talk with friends, or take
a nap. It always brought a smile to my face when I'd see
people sleeping peacefully amidst the hustle and bustle of the
conference. We need rest, sabbath. God brought that to many through
something as simple as a gigantic, over-stuffed chair.
Then comes perhaps my favorite part of all - worship. The Brian
Davis band led us in praise every morning and evening. I know so
many were drinking in that experience right along with me. I'm
always grateful for times when I can sing to God in a room bursting
with voices. And I'm thankful for those voices (not just because
they cover mine - I definitely wasn't gifted to carry a tune!), but
because I love the sound. I think it's a taste of
what heaven will be like.
To round it all out, I saw people reconnecting to God through
prayer. So many prayers were lifted, so many conversations with
God. Just think of how many children and families were prayed for
at KidMin with so many caring hearts in one place. I expect through
those prayers that more lives than we can begin to count were
changed by God's grace. That is what KidMin is all about and why we
aimed this year for making a SPLASH!