How to Camp: Incentivize Registration

Last year, I led a Next Generation Winter Camp that took nearly 500 kids (3rd – 12th grade) and their leaders over Martin Luther King weekend. It’s the largest camp I’ve ever led and it was amazing in so many ways. What I’m most proud of is what happened long before we loaded the busses. Although the camp was held the 2nd weekend in January, we opened registration on September 1st (over 4 months earlier). Over 60% of our participants registered on September 1st. We closed down registration on December 1st, six weeks before camp started, giving us ample...

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How to Camp

It’s February already. That means that Summer Camp is right around the corner. Actually, camp is still 5-6 months away. However, this is the time where planning and promoting camp starts to pick up. Currently, I have a meeting every week dedicated to camp planning. Camp is one of the best parts of Children’s Ministry. Most leaders would agree. Camp is a spiritually and relationally catalytic event for both kids and leaders. Every years, we see kids grow in their faith like crazy, we see them connect with peers in a pretty powerful way and we see leaders become...

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Celebrating T-W-E-N-T-Y Years of Ministry

Last month, I celebrated twenty years of vocational ministry. The first four years consisted of part time ministry while still in college followed by 16 years of full time ministry that took me to Indiana, Texas and now Arizona. It’s amazing to think of how quickly the time has passed. I thought I’d celebrate twenty years of ministry by simply sharing twenty things I’ve learned in the two decades of ministry. It’s impossible to get everything done every week. Don’t kill yourself or you family to “make it happen.” Sometimes things just take a little longer than we’d like....

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#KIDMIN turns Eight!

Happy Birthday #KIDMIN! Tomorrow, KIDMIN turns eight years old. It’s fun to watch something born, something created out of nothing and become something ubiquitous. That’s been true of kidmin. It was eight years ago that myself and a handful of friends coined the moniker. It took a few years to to gain traction, but now the term kidmin is synonymous with all things children’s ministry. A simple search on google or amazing reveal dozens of books, resources, conferences and programs that contain the term in their name. There’s been a kidmin revolution and it’s beginning wasn’t the result of a marketing...

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This Week is NEXT Week

I look forward to this week all year long. It might be one of my favorite weeks of the year. I’ve learned something very important in the second decade of vocational ministry. Never do ministry alone. There’s too much that we can learn from each other. One of the best investments of our time is to spend a little bit of time with someone else who does what we do. That’s why conferences, seminars and networking groups are so important. For the most part, they’re plentiful in the kidmin world. However, I’m a NextGen Pastor. The first 3-4 years...

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