The following is a special message from my good friend, Michael Chanley. Of course, everyone considers Michael to be a good friend. He’s somebody special with a burden for those that work with kids. Whether you’re a paid staff member, a volunteer, or somebody with just past experiences; you’re invited to participate in the discussion everyday over at CMconnect.org!
The online community for children’s and family ministry has changed dramatically in the last two years. Social networking has transformed our ability to connect online.
There really is no reason to be a silo. There is no reason to do ministry alone.
CMConnect is just one small piece of the vibrant online community. Facebook, twitter, and the blogosphere have all played major roles in the revolutionary way we are connected to one another. Additionally, traditional print sources, like Children’s Ministry Magazine and K! Mag, continue to change and adapt to equip the community. Then, there are the conferences… micro-conferences are springing up everywhere and new regional events. The conferences, traditional media, and online community have together transformed our ability to refine our talents.
However, there are still many out there doing ministry alone. They struggle week to week not knowing how to answer the problems they face in their ministry. They have no broader community to draw encouragement and wisdom. They share our passion; yet, they are disengaged.
Will you help us reach them?
Here are some ideas on how you can engage with the broader kidmin and fammin community:
- pick two or three blogs to read; interact with the writers by leaving a comment (Top 100 kidmin blogs)
- befriend some other kidmin and fammin people on facebook
- follow some kidmin and fammin lists on twitter and discover new tweets
- participate in any of the numerous online forum discussions (CMConnect Forums)
- invite your volunteers and other pastors to engage in the online conversation at CMConnect
Thanks for all you do… it is a huge honor to be able to serve you and your church through this ministry.
// Michael Chanley, cmconnect.org