Author: Kenny Conley

Facing Extinction

Here’s something to think about. Progress usually leads to innovation. Innovation then leads to complexity. With complexity then comes a revision of systems. Inevitably, the revision of systems leads to the elimination of things that are no longer necessary or helpful. Therefore, innovation leads to extinction. I remember the first time I flew out of the airport of my hometown of Valdosta, GA. The ticketing agent warmly greeted me with his thick southern draw as he transferred my suitcase to a bin behind him. Twenty minutes later, I looked out the window and actually saw the same man driving...

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Human Error: Ineptitude

Human error is a reality we face in nearly every segment of life. Our drive through order is wrong. The pants we bought are the right size, but they don’t fit. The cashier gives us the wrong amount of change. The email doesn’t go out when it is supposed to. We forget about the meeting we scheduled two weeks ago. Human error happens to us and human error happens because of us. Human error can be broken down to two primary causes: ignorance and ineptitude. Ineptitude happens when when we have the correct knowledge or skills, we just apply it...

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It’s Not Complicated

Sometimes we tend to over-complicate things. We over-think solutions. When something doesn’t work, we are tempted to make sweeping changes and re-think everything. Sometimes, the solution is really simple. So simple it is often overlooked. The difference between overwhelming success and glorious failure could depend on a slight modification. In October 1935, the US Army Air Corps had aircraft manufacturers compete to build the “next-generation long-range bomber.” Boeing’s design had the lead; everyone thought the flight trials would be just a formality. But, minutes after its smooth takeoff, the giant four-engine Model 299 stalled and “crashed in a fiery...

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The Checklist

About four years ago, I had my first traffic accident. The accident wasn’t even my fault. I was rear-ended coming out of a Walgreens. As I pulled into a parking lot, my mind was scrambling. No one was hurt. Check. Wait, what was it that I was supposed to do next? Get name, phone number and address Get license plate and make/model and color of the car Get insurance information Take picture of damage The person didn’t have her drivers license, but I got to take a picture of her military ID. When I called the insurance company later, it...

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I Wish I Had Known: Kenny Conley

I’ve been doing this a for a while now. While I got my degree in Christian Education, there were so many things I simply wasn’t learning that would help me in the day to day experiences of leading a children’s ministry. The best teachers for me have been through experiences and mentors who were further down the road than I was. When I think of the things I had wish I had know, two things immediately come to mind. Two things I’ve learned through years of experience, things that my friend and mentor Jim Wideman taught me about. Both...

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You’re Not Looking for a Curriculum

Curriculum can be a significant ministry challenge. Many kidmin leaders insist on writing their own curriculum. These people often believe that no one knows their kids like they know their kids, so writing their own curriculum is the best option. Others don’t feel it’s necessary to write their own curriculum, but they end up scouring the web for resources and piecemeal something together that addresses their specific needs. Some leaders bounce around from curriculum to curriculum. There are a lot of really great options out there with new options coming out every year. These leaders are eager to try...

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Book Club: Parent Chat

I’m in that season of life where I’m reading a lot of books about how to have difficult conversations with my kids. Unfortunately, I’m finding that it’s easier to read the books than it is to have the talks. Here’s what I’m learning about the talks: I’m a professional. I lead and communicate to kids for a living. I am equipped with all the right content. I have a small library of amazing resources. Yet I still struggle with having the conversations that my kids need. There are a lot of books that talk about sex, pornography, technology and other...

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Book Club

I truly believe that one of the best ways that we can grow is through reading. Every year I challenge myself to read more books. It really isn’t hard to work through some really great books if we just dedicate the time. I found that if I can just commit to reading one chapter a day, I could easily read 20-25 books a year. It’s really not that difficult. I also invested in an Audible account. Already this year, I’ve knocked out five audio books while driving around town and doing yard work. Seriously, reading is way easier than...

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Treat Yo Self

Fall means several things to me. cooler weather… apple cider & hot chocolate colorful leaves camping with the family and of course… the Orange Tour! For nearly a decade, I’ve attended the Orange Tour. As I’ve said before, I’m a huge fan of regional training. Not every ministry can afford to take their teams to the big national conferences, but taking a handful of staff and volunteers to a local event is something almost every ministry can afford. I’ve attended a lot of regional trainings. I’ve even started my own regional training events. But of all I’ve attended, the...

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Blog Milestone: Post 2000!

This is ridiculous. I started this blog a little over nine years ago. The first post was a little strange and awkward. I knew I was supposed to start writing and so I did, not knowing who would ever read it. Three years later, I wrote my 1000th post (a ridiculous pace). However, I’m so proud to hit the publish button on this post, number 2000.  I’ve been a NextGen Pastor for nearly nine years. In a few more years, I’ll have been a NextGen Pastor longer than I was a Children’s Pastor. Over the years, I’ve thought about giving...

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