by Michael Chanley
CPC Orlando is over; rather, it has just begun. The conversations started in Florida will become a central part of what we do for many years to come. We revealed more about who we are and who we hope to become than anything else.
We challenge everyone to stand with us to become a part of the International Network of Children’s Ministry as, together, we set a new standard for ministering to children globally.
We cast the vision of our new purpose statement: To serve God and to serve those called to serve His children. Or more simply put: serve | serve | serve.
We rolled out plans for two new regional events. Launching in 2012:
- CONNECT:Milwaukee, in partnership with Elmbrook Church and David C Cook
- CONNECT:Atlanta, in partnership with the Orange Conference.
As we develop our CONNECT events, we hope you will be in prayer about opportunities in your area. Join us for these and other regional events… yes, there are more to come!
We are also excited to introduce “red”, the new children’s ministry service representative. red is a great way to get help throughout the year. Just call 919.4.red.HELP (919.473.3445) or tweet @INCMaskred and we will be there to serve you. It is like a kidmin emergency help line.
We also introduced our new Global Focus Director, Lori Bethran, at CPC Orlando. As well as shared our plans to do a conference in Hong Kong, Belize, Egypt and with the possibility of several other international conferences.
This fall, September 13-14, we will host the first ever CM Leaders Conference in Columbus, Ohio. This new event will be designed to build on the five initiatives as we enter a new conversation about what is needed to lead in Children’s Ministry.
We had the honor of recognizing some very deserving folks at CPC Orlando. Jim Wideman was awarded the first ever INCM Legacy Award and Dale Hudson and Linda Ranson Jacobs were awarded individual INCM Service Awards.
If you missed us in Orlando, we hope you will join us in San Diego, February 27 – March 1. We have a great event planned with many more surprises and exciting updates. It is all to serve our King and to serve you, who serve His children!
Thank you for your ministry and for joining us as we pray for those serving in children’s ministry internationally!