Even though COVID-19 has forced communities to distance themselves from one another this year, INCM has been undeterred in its mission to connect children’s ministry leaders to what they need to champion the discipleship of kids and families. On October 14th, membership is now broadly available to leaders around the world offering them constant access to dynamic training, curated resources, and fellow leaders through the custom-designed membership portal, myINCM.
INCM’s Executive Director, Michayla White, shares, “Children’s ministry leaders are responsible for the most futuristic and strategic ministry of the Church. This biblically mandated ministry has high stakes, and its leaders often feel stuck or disconnected from the training, resources, and people they need. This leads to high rates of burnout, stagnation, and turnover in leadership. We don’t believe any children’s ministry leader should be undeveloped, under-resourced, or isolated in ministry … with membership to INCM, children’s ministry leaders will be connected to what they need to flourish and lead thriving ministries that shape the future of the Church.”
When a leader becomes a member of INCM, they gain access to the training, trusted resources, and network of leaders that it has to offer through the myINCM portal. This portal gives leaders a trustworthy, comprehensive, and uncluttered environment for their development, for their ministry’s growth, and for the expansion of their network. In addition to the timely online events, certification courses, webinars, and curated resources that INCM is known for, members access exclusive development experiences like Community Conversations – a monthly dialogue of INCM members that focuses on moving children’s ministry forward through meaningful and productive conversations. INCM Leadership Coaching – a unique group coaching experience that helps children’s ministry leaders get unstuck and advance – is also a benefit exclusively offered to members.
Vice President of INCM’s Board of Directors, Melissa J. MacDonald, shared, “The launch of membership to INCM is beautifully tied to our mission and will connect children’s ministry leaders in a powerful new way. This is a pivotal step for INCM as we serve our community. I can’t wait to see how children’s ministry leaders around the world utilize this opportunity and thrive through their use of the INCM membership.”
In a day and age where there’s a multitude of opportunities to feel isolated, INCM believes the future of children’s ministry leadership can flourish when it is connected to what it needs. Michayla White, INCM Executive Director, says, “Imagine what can happen in a church when the children’s ministry leader is actively growing and gaining new insights. Imagine what can be accomplished when the right resources and tools are being applied. Imagine the kind of endurance that leader would experience because they know they’re not alone… and as amazing as that is for that leader and their team, what I really want you to imagine is what it means for the kids and families being served by that leader. That is the why.”
To learn more or join membership, visit incm.org/myincm.
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INCM has existed for 40 years to connect the children’s ministry community to what they need to champion the discipleship of kids and families. As an international association for the children’s ministry community, it began with a small group of children’s ministry leaders in Colorado who recognized their need for one another, for training, and for resources as they carved out what it looked like for the discipleship of children to be prioritized in their communities. From there, the network has grown to a global community that celebrates and shares generously with one another in the magnificent things we have in common – a deep love for the Lord, the Gospel, His Word, and shepherding kids to know, love, and follow Jesus. INCM is also well-known for the Children’s Pastors Conference- the largest independent children’s ministry leadership event held every January in Orlando, Florida.