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The Homeless Blogger

Hello friends. My name is Kenny Conley and I’m the homeless blogger. What does that mean? Well, I have a blog over at  childrensministryonline.com  (BUT DON’T GO THERE). My blog is very sick with a nasty virus. Since she’s sick and slowly getting better, I don’t have a place to post new articles. I’m at the Kidmin Conference in Chicago and like always, I’ve got something to say… I just don’t have anyplace to say it. So, thanks to some good friends, they’re giving this homeless blogger a couch to sleep on and letting me finish off the carton of ice cream in the freezer.  

The Homeless Blogger: Making Connections

The other day I wrote about having a roommate at conferences because it is such a great opportunity to continue to network and connect. I have to admit though, the Kidmin conference was all about connecting and networking.j

First of all, Jim Wideman hit on this specifically. He shared how connecting with others is an integral part of his ministry. I think what some people might not get is that you can connect with others whether you lead a ministry of thousands or if you are a volunteer at a small church, I’ve actually been amazed by how many significant voices in the kidmin twitter feed and blogosphere are volunteers. Everyone has something to contribute… Don’t be silent.

Secondly, the kidmin conference was pretty intentional about helping people connect. Ey created spaces where people could connect in a way that was relevant. They had connect groups for those new to ministry, those feeling burnt out in ministry, those in mega churches, those leading multi-site ministry and many more. So, everyone had an option and many connected through this opportunity. Big win!

Lastly, Group has a specific philosophy. Every one of their products is R.E.A.L.

  • Relational
  • Experiential
  • Applicable
  • Learner-based

This was true of kidmin as well. This means that the breakouts included relational components. There was a lot of time for people to connect about topics important to them within the context of a breakout. Another Win!

When it comes to networking and connecting, kidmin championed that cause. Now it’s time to carry it out. I hope that I get to continue some conversations that started this weekend.

Thanks Jonathan for hosting my post. I think I might have dropped your toothbrush in your toilet while I was looking through for dental floss. Don’t worry though, I rinsed it off under hot water for a few minutes. Look for my next post by following my tweets at  twitter.com/kennyconley

See past homeless blogger posts at the following sites:

Small Town Kidmin

Jenny Funderburke

Sam Luce

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.