December has been full of incredible opportunities. We started off with a conference planning trip to Hong Kong. We will be returning to the region in late January to participate in a training event in Macau and to launch our conference in Hong Kong. Your prayer support is much needed and appreciated. If you feel led to support in other ways, please email [email protected].
Another exciting development has been the finalization of plans for three new domestic events. We are partnering with Elmbrook Church in Milwaukee to provide a regional children’s ministry training event. It will take place Saturday, March 17 (more information to follow). In addition, we are excited to announce a new partnership with our friends at Orange. We will host a special pre-conference event at the Orange Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in April. We will be teaching four breakouts on children’s ministry as it relates to family ministry… more details to follow. This new partnership will allow us to serve the kidmin leaders attending Orange. It is one more step in fulfilling our purpose statement to serve God and to serve those called to serve His children! The third event, new for 2012, is in Columbus, Ohio in September. It is going to be awesome. You will want to be there. I will share the rest of the details at CPC. I hope you plan to join us so you can be the first to know!
We have also finalized the plans for our brand new certificate program. If you would like more information about earning a certificate in children’s ministry from INCM while attending CPC 2012, click here: https://incm.org/cpc/orlando/certificate-program/
The Orlando CPC in January will be my first INCM event serving in the role of Executive Director. I will be honest and, a little transparent, I am nervous. I always get a little anxious before any speaking event. It is a healthy anticipation for the task ahead. In the Marines, we used to call it “the fog of war.” It is caused by how you feel when you do not quite know what to expect on the other side of the door, or around the corner, or when you step off the skid of a helo into a combat zone. You are going into a new environment with new challenges. Your body prepares with heightened senses. It is normal and healthy; you just have to manage it as part of the environment. I have come to know myself enough to expect tension in my soul when I am stretching into something challenging. Many of you, who lead ministries of your own, know exactly what I mean. Whether you have experienced it on opening night of your first VBS or every time you stand up to teach, it is a common experience. So, all of this to say, I covet your prayers in this season. We are going into battle. Satan would be thrilled if we failed to train children’s ministry leaders… but we all know God is glorified when we submit all these things to Him.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life (Philippians 4:6-7 MSG).
We greatly appreciate your prayers as we prepare for God’s plans for this ministry. I look forward to meeting you at CPC in Orlando or San Diego!