Thankful for YOU

You are advancing the Kingdom of God each week. You are influencing the spiritual formation of a generation. You are raising up leaders and multiplying the impact of the Church. You are our hero. And we are deeply thankful for who you are! We know from Matthew 18 that to receive a child into your midst in the name of … Read More

Faith When It’s Difficult

The past couple of weeks remind us why our souls long for heaven. Shootings and fires. Grief and worry. The list feels long, and this is difficult. As those made in the image of God, we look at this and know this isn’t how it was meant to be. We long for the day when all the brokenness and wrong … Read More

Use Your Voice

We all have talents and skills. Some of us are musicians, artists, bakers, cooks, handy with tools, and more. We all have strengths and gifts. Some of us can teach with clarity and authority, lead worship with joy and passion, provide administrative support with vision and order, and more. We ALL have a voice. To use our voice and to … Read More

Ever Feel Like There’s Not Enough?

I have a confession to make about a birthday party I threw for my oldest son 5 years ago. It was his first birthday, I was a new mom, and serving in ministry full time. For his birthday party, we chose an airplane theme, and you can bet I turned my house into a vintage airport. Pinterest exploded on this … Read More

The Biggest Battle You Face

It’s not a lack of volunteers. Although, it can definitely feel like it when they are all on vacation. The biggest battle I see leaders facing today is this: the battle for your faith. In life and in ministry, we juggle multiple roles, responsibilities, and relationships. It’s no wonder we can feel overwhelmed or overworked sometimes. When this happens, our … Read More

What Great Leaders Know (and how you can do those things this week)

About 40 years ago in Colorado, a few children’s ministry leaders serving faithfully in their communities had a realization. They needed each other. Sure, they could probably white-knuckle through the journey of shepherding kids and families for a bit, but not for the long haul. So they planned, they invited others, and they gathered. It was there that community was … Read More

Announcement from INCM Board of Directors

For immediate release:  The International Network of Children’s Ministry, the organization that brings you the Childrens Pastor’s Conference, is pleased to announce Michayla White as our new Executive Director! Michayla has been on staff with INCM since 2014 as a Ministry Director, and most recently Interim Executive Director.  Her strong faith in God and gifting as a leader allows her … Read More

3 things that are changing for CPC19!

Happy Spring!!! It is on the way here in the Midwest where our office is located (If you’re ever in Chicago, come visit us!). You can feel that newness is right around the corner- life is going to come back to the trees, the grass, the flowers, and everyone is going to begin to emerge from hibernation in full force. … Read More

The Best Flavor of Leadership

Great coffee. Fresh watermelon on a hot summer day. Roasted vegetables that were brushed with balsamic. Cherry pie from my favorite pie shop in Chicago. My mom’s famous stuffing and cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving… I love the flavors of all of these things. They’re all different. They’re all satisfying. They should not all go in a blender together. That would … Read More

3 Ways to Connect with Millennial Parents

It is projected that 80 percent of Millennials will have families by 2023. Did you know that over half of this generation already has kids? As a children’s and family ministry leader, you likely wrestle often with 1) “How do I effectively serve the young families in my church community?” and 2) “How do I reach new families… and keep … Read More