Author: Kenny Conley

CMO Under Construction

I’ve had more than a few people ask about why the posts have been so sporadic. I just had a new baby, seriously. Get off my back! Just kidding – LOL! No, even though I currently have a 5-week-old with 5-week-old demands, I’ve actually been very hard at work here on the blog. Most of the work has been under the hood. I did things like change the permalink structure (custom URL for pages and posts within the blog) and I simplified, going from nearly 30 categories to only 6. It’s been spring cleaning here at childrensministryonline.com – but...

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Confessions of an Avoidasaurus

I’ve come to grips with who I am. I hired a staff and created an environment where we openly talk about both our strengths and growth areas. My staff has humorously named my growth area. I’m an avoidasaurus. When difficult conversations are needed (involving conflict), I avoid the conversation as long as humanly possible. I am an avoidasaurus. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of conflict. I’m actually very good at it. I can have amazingly difficult and challenging conversations with people and still walk out with the relationship in tact. But I don’t like conflict. It’s exhausting....

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Are you ready for change?

What a great title to an intriguing post about dealing with change – but that’s not what this post is about (maybe another day). Actually, I’m asking you if you are ready for change because it’s coming to childrensministryonline.com. This week! This blog has been such an amazing part of my ministry and personal life for the past eight years. Over the life of this blog, I’ve seen job transitions, additions to my family, incredible new friendships and so many amazing opportunities and experiences. When I started all of this eight years ago, I had no idea what was...

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My 2015 Reading Goal

A few months ago I wrote about the reading goal I set for myself last year. In January, I made a list of 25 books I wanted to read with the goal of reading 18 before the year was over. I’m proud to say that when the year ended, I had read 20. Here’s something interesting that I learned in my quest to read 20 books in a year. It really wasn’t very hard. I read a whopping three books from January – June and 17 from July – December. Actually, I only read one book in December. I...

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Meet the newest Conley

The last 4-5 weeks have been slow on this blog and there is a reason. A six pound nine ounce reason name Helen Abigail (or baby Elle as we like to call her). In this season, the Conley family is so happy, grateful and tired. Last year Sara and I spent quite a bit of time discussing the topic of kids. Are we done? Do we want one more? It’s been a difficult conversation over the years as we’ve faced both overwhelming joy with the birth of Titus and Genevieve as well as excruciating pain with the loss of...

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Happy 2016!

I’m a few days late with this post. 2015 ended in flurry of activity which explains why there haven’t been many posts lately. The last six weeks of 2015 included a three day trip to Haiti to train local pastors in parenting, a birthday party for my daughter, several hard conversations with co-workers, Thanksgiving, teaching on the main stage, a total bedroom makeover, final planning for our big Winter Camp in January and finally, the arrival of Helen Abigail, our third child. Whew! What a great end to a fantastic year. 2015 was pretty amazing. It was a busy...

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Interchangeable Small Group Leaders

I’m going to brag a little in this post. Something happened yesterday that I didn’t expect. No one told me it was going to happen. However, seeing what happened encouraged me like nothing else. I was the story teller in Elementary which meant I was stuck in our elementary environment most of the day. Although I had time between services to walk around a little and check on other areas, I spent most of my time backstage and with the other elementary large group volunteers. The first two services had gone very well and when 12:30 came around, I was...

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App of the Week: Due

About six months ago, I heard about this app on a podcast and it has undoubtedly impacted my life on a daily basis. It’s not just a handy app, but a go-to tool on my digital tool belt that helps me get stuff done every day. Let me set the scenario. We all have to-do lists, right? That’s great. Some of us use them just to dump all the things we need to get done and some people take the extra step to assign due dates to each task to make sure it is finished the day it needs...

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They are not reading your emails

Every week you send out an email to your volunteers and you’re frustrated when many show up having not read the critical information that you spent your precious time typing. Every couple of weeks you send important email updates to the parents of kids who come to your programs and you can’t understand why more parents aren’t opening your emails. You wonder if they even care? You’ve been calling the same list of potential volunteers for weeks and few people answers your call and no one calls you back. Has everyone become apathetic and irresponsible?  Calm down, it’s probably not...

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Know your Weakness

A couple of years ago, my team and I had one of the hardest and most feeing conversations we’ve ever had as a team. It’s not a conversation I’d recommend just jumping into as it’s easy to have hurt feelings if it happens impulsively. The conversation was a part of a two day retreat where the focus was team building and dynamics. Here’s how the conversation went. First, we asked the question, “How do you add value to the team?” Rather than answer the question yourself, the rest of the team answered for you. We took turns and around...

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