I believe that one of the most powerful things that we can do in ministry is to network and connect with others who do the same thing that we do. It’s probably the best way that we can learn. Plus, it’s always encouraging to be able to connect with someone and get help when you need it. For the past 4 years I’ve been actively connecting with ministry leaders from around the US and world and it has literally changed my approach to ministry. However, I’ve never been great at connecting on a local level. I’ve never had a good model of what that looks like. So, last year I launched a Kidmin Network here in Austin, TX.
This week I’m going to share my experiences of networking on a local level. The group in Austin has been a true blessing and I’m actually in the process of helping to launch a similar network in San Antonio (about 80 miles away). Plus, next week I’m gathering with local kidmin leaders in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville, TN. Some of the same principles apply to these meetings in TN as they do for the groups I’ve started here in Texas. Stay tuned, it should be fun!
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I’ve been thinking of starting something like this where I’m at. Can’t wait to hear how you did it and what it’s been like.
Go for it man… totally do it!
hi kenny–excited to hear more. i’ve had a terrible time creating a local network in my community. thanks for the tips!
Cool… glad to help. I’m by no means an expert… but I’m always up for sharing what I’ve done or what I’ve learned. Looking forward to expanding this series to possibly include what some others have done as well.
Great post Kenny. I recently started a local network in Northern Ireland that we decided to call ‘cultivate’. We meet once a month to share ideas, pray for each, encourage each other and love each other. It has proved to be a huge source of inspiration and support for everyone involved.