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If you lead a kidmin, then you know that volunteers are the backbone and heartbeat of your ministry.  While we prepare behind the scenes, these faithful servants are on the front lines helping children know and love Jesus week in and week out.  Treasuring and appreciating these folks should always be a priority of ours.  My friends at What’s in the Bible? can help you do just that.

Thank your team courtesy of What’s in the Bible? by entering to win a free breakfast for your team.  Find out more details here.  Hurry – the deadline to enter is Sunday, April 12th!

In the meantime, if you’re looking for fun and inexpensive ideas to appreciate your volunteers, check these out:

15 Ways to Thank Your Children’s Ministry Volunteers

Year-Round Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

I’ve pinned 250+ ideas for volunteer appreciation on Pinterest.  Check it out:

Share with our community! How have you appreciated your volunteers lately?

Win a KitchenAid Mixer, Plus Free Printable Valentines

Enter to win a KitchenAid mixer as part of What’s in The Bible?’s Valentine’s Day Family Fun giveaway.

Everyone who enters will also receive a free 3-page download of printable Valentine’s in 3 different designs.

Enter here!
Winners will be selected on January 27th.

Grand Prize:
– KitchenAid Mixer
– Family baking goodie basket
– Entire What’s in the Bible? series

– Entire What’s in the Bible? series (DVDs 1-13)

Save 30% on orders over $30

What’s in The Bible? is offering 30% off any order over $30 with coupon code WOOHOO.  Offer expires January 27th.


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2014 Group KidMin Conference

I LOVE Group’s KidMin Conference!  I have had the privilege of attending in 2011 and 2013 and Lord-willing, I hope to attend this fall.

I love it for so many reasons, but here are just a few:

  • I feel at home here.  There’s something about being surrounded by fellow kidmin’ers!  While the conference is attended by thousands, the atmosphere feels small and welcoming.  I felt this way both years that I attended but especially in 2011 when I attended alone for the first time.
  • There is a wide variety of workshop options.  When I attend a conference, I tend to concentrate on areas that I need growth or training in as well as one or two ‘random’ ones just for fun.  Workshop options are so varied that you won’t have any difficulty finding ones that suit you.
  • Recordings of workshops are made available during and after the conference.  Because there are so many great options to choose from, you will likely have a hard time narrowing down your options.  I love that the workshops are recorded, so if I can’t make it to one, I can swing by the table and purchase reasonably priced CDs of other sessions. Not only can I use them for my leadership development but I can pass them along to others in my ministry.  It’s a win-win!
  • Keynote speakers and workshop leaders are very accessible.  Don’t be surprised if you’re walking through the resource area or enjoying a meal in a restaurant when you spot a keynote speaker or workshop leader.  I admit – I have been starstruck when a kidmin ‘celebrity’ is sitting at the table next to me – or gasp – when I enjoy a meal with them!  They are so gracious and down-to-earth.
  • Speaking of the resource area – you’ll stumble across some great finds!  I love strolling through the resource area to check out new materials available to kidmin leaders.  I also love the occasional freebies. 🙂  Items are often discounted for the conference AND you can have items shipped to your church or home.
  • There is a balance of learning and downtime.  This past year, I was able to enjoy meeting friends for meals or coffee in between the general sessions and workshops.  Being able to connect with friends and other leaders is such a great way to refuel my spirit.

Do you love Group’s KidMin Conference as much as I do?  Are you on the fence about whether this conference would be right for you?  Visit their website to learn more and register today!

If you’re looking for intensive training around one topic before the conference begins, consider the Pre-Conference training option.  It’s a full-day of training (9am-4pm) the day the conference begins.  I did this last year and it was great!

My friends at Group are offering a chance for YOU to win one free Pre-Conference Training registration!  Just send out a tweet using the hashtag ‪#‎goingtokidmin14‬ telling Group what you are most looking forward to at ‪#‎KidMin14‬. The deadline is June 15th!  Happy Tweeting!