Join Me For A Virtual Bus Trip!

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I absolutely love touring Children’s Ministry facilities when I visit churches.  I snap pictures (with permission of course), pick up literature, peek into every nook and cranny, and ask the CM staff lots of questions.

There are many fabulous churches around the country that I would love to see in person but doing that would cost a pretty penny.  But because of ingenious kidmin friends, we can visit 10 churches around the U.S. without leaving our homes (or offices).  How?

My friend Ryan Frank is putting together a virtual bus tour next month.  On May 27th and May 28th, you can get on a virtual bus, meet 10 kidmin leaders doing big things for the Kingdom of God through their ministry to children and families, hear their hearts, see their facilities and ask them questions.

And guess what?  I’ve been invited to be one of the 10 leaders participating in this event!  I am still pinching myself that I get to do something like this…it’s crazy!

I’d love to have you join me for this event.  You can check out all the details here.

Hope to ‘see’ you there!

“LET IT BE JESUS” Review & Giveaway

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The first time I heard of Christy Nockels was during the weeks and months leading up to the 2014 KidMin Conference.  Christy was slated to lead worship during portions of the conference, so I was definitely looking forward to hearing her.
I was not disappointed!  Christy’s voice was phenomenal.  Her stage presence spoke confidence.  Her personal stories in between songs were ones I connected to.  She was able to usher thousands of kidmin leaders into worship in a very special, personal way.
When I was presented the opportunity to review Christy’s new CD, “Let It Be Jesus”, I jumped at the opportunity and once again she didn’t disappoint.
The CD has a mix of slow and upbeat songs, all of which are worshipful.  I envision that many of the songs will become favorites of church worship leaders and contemporary Christian music lovers everywhere.  My absolute favorites are tracks 2, 5 and 6.
You will love this CD in church, in the car, at home, and everywhere.  Be sure to grab it when it releases on April 28th…OR…you could enter to win a digital copy!
About Christy:
As a worship leader for many years, she has been an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997.  She’s seen first hand music sweep people into the presence of God in a powerful way. A pastor’s kid, who was born in Fort Worth and raised in Oklahoma, she grew up singing in church. She met her husband, Nathan, in 1993 at the Christian Artists Seminar in Estes Park, Co. They recorded an independent record with fellow worship leader Charlie Hall under the name Sons & Daughters that led to an invitation from Louie Giglio to participate in the first Passion conference in Austin. Christy’s voice gained a national platform when she and Nathan formed the duo Watermark, recording four acclaimed albums before that musical season ended, paving the way for Christy’s solo career. In 2008, the couple moved to Atlanta to become part of Passion City Church where she serves on the worship team with sixstepsrecords labelmates Chris Tomlin and Kristian Stanfill. The following year, Nockels released her acclaimed solo debut, Life Light Up and spent much of the next two years touring with Tomlin and Passion.
 
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Taking Time to Savor

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My family and I are enjoying some much-needed time away this week.  Life keeps all of us quite busy, so it feels great to be away together as a family.  Sometimes I wish I could freeze time.  It already seems like the week is flying by and we’ll be back to the grind before we know it!

Yesterday, while enjoying my morning coffee, I saw another family packing up their car, looking like they were headed home.  I couldn’t help but wonder what they were going home to.  I don’t know their family’s story but I couldn’t help but feel sorry for them – their vacation looked over.

It made me extremely grateful that we had a little more time left to savor.

Savor a cup of hot coffee on a crisp spring morning.

Savor staying up late and sleeping in the next morning.

Savor an afternoon nap.

Savor sharing a hearty laugh with my children.

Savor a mid-afternoon walk with my husband.

Savor sharing a meal together around the table.

Savor precious memories with the people I love the most in the world.

With that said, I’ll go back and savor some more…

What about you? What are you savoring today?

KidMin Volunteer Appreciation Giveaway

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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: https://www.pinterest.com/kathierphillips/kidmin-volunteer-appreciation/

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