Next week I’ll be presenting a special Pre-Conference Breakout at the Orange Conference.  I’m joining a great team of teachers, Michael Chanley, Gina McClain, and Steve Adams to lead a unique International of Children’s Ministry (INCM) track specifically designed for those working in Children’s  Ministry.

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It’s such a great thing that the leaders of INCM and the leaders of Orange are working together to create something this awesome and unique.  This is going to be so much fun for all of us leading, and for all the great Children’s Ministry leaders gathering together to help make the Orange Conference a place to be!


The Oyster and the Grain of Sand

The Oyster and the Grain of Sand

There once was an oyster
Whose story I tell,
Who found that some sand
Had got into his shell.
It was only a grain,
But it gave him great pain.
For oysters have feelings
Although they’re so plain.

Now, did he berate
The harsh workings of fate
That had brought him
To such a deplorable state?
Did he curse at the government,
Cry for election,
And claim that the sea should
Have given him protection?

No – he said to himself
As he lay on a shell,
Since I cannot remove it,
I shall try to improve it.
Now the years have rolled around,
As the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate
Destiny – stew.

And the small grain of sand
That had bothered him so
Was a beautiful pearl
All richly aglow.
Now the tale has a moral,
For isn’t it grand
What an oyster can do
With a morsel of sand?

What couldn’t we do
If we’d only begin
With some of the things
That get under our skin.

Author Unknown

D6 Days Online Experience

I’m a big fan of all things NextGen and Family Ministry related.  I love hearing voices that can speak some creative things into my life as a leader, and I love the idea behind the D6 Days experience.  The first D6 day was back in February, but it’s coming again TODAY!

Have you ever wanted to get a taste of the D6 Conference, but haven t had the chance to actually attend in person? We re excited to introduce you to D6 Days—a way for you to experience D6 from your computer, iPad, or tablet for FREE at

They ve invited Brian Haynes, Michelle Anthony, Kurt Bruner, and a few other family ministry enthusiasts to give live, fresh content just for this event. We ll also be streaming full length past D6 Conference sessions from Doug Fields, Darren Whitehead, Rob Rienow, Fred Stoeker, Richard Ross, Jay Strother, and others! On top of that, they are also giving away 15 mp3s from some of our most talked about previous conference labs. All free!

There are two different D6 Days coming up in 2012: April 17, and July 24. D6 Days content will be available for up to two weeks after the listed dates. For a more detailed schedule, visit

You don’t have to do anything to receive this content. No sign up, no registration fee, nothing. Just go to TODAY and learn from some incredible leaders.

Free Stuff Monday

Today’s Giveaway is the “Radio the World MediaPak” which  contains both the  Radio the World  CD as well as a DVD that contains videos, lyrics and chord sheets for use in your ministry!

What happens when ROCKHARBOR church, David C. Cook Publishing and Kingsway Music come together to re-imagine the kids’ worship experience? The result is TruWorship’s first release aimed at elementary students entitled “Radio the World.”

Radio the World  is a collection of 11 songs created specifically to help parents and churches create environments for kids to experience and respond to God.  A mixture of current and original worship songs,  Radio the World  features production by Grammy and Dove award nominated producer/engineer, Paul Dexter, and guest appearances by Tim Hughes, Crystal Lewis, and Jody McBrayer (formerly of Avalon). With an energetic and current sound,  Radio the World  stands ready to transform the elementary-aged worship experience.

  • Current-music styled, high-energy worship with well-known personalities and singers
  • Features 11 foundation-building songs for elementary aged kids and videos with lyrics and motions for each song
  • Features a combination of well-known worship songs and original songs written specifically for this series
  • Part of the new TRU curriculum series created by David C. Cook in partnership with ROCKHARBOR Church

The Eric Trap is a Trap

“The “Eric Trap” takes Children’s Pastors on a dark, serious, and scary journey into the world of working in a church and balancing your priorities.  It was eerie how much the story mirrored my own story in so many ways.  I believe the “Eric Trap” can be a game changer for those willing to shine the light into the dark places of their own pastoral lives.  It’s on the other side of change that the insights gained from this book pay off in a rich way!”

-Jonathan Cliff || Next Generations Ministry Pastor, Trinity Church, Lubbock, TX

I first read the rough draft of The Eric Trap in January, and  immediately  my  suspicions  were peaked.  How did they find out these things about my life?  Have these guys been looking through my mail and talking to my church staff?  I know Sam Luce and Kenny Conley have somehow managed to follow me around secretly and record many of my own struggles as the inspiration for this book.  In fact, I think I should take some of the credit for its success.  Until I have proof that all of their content isn’t blatantly stolen from my real life, I will continue to take credit.

Seriously, this book has that effect on you.  You read and then think, “That’s me!”, then you read another section and want to yell at Eric, “Stop!  I’ve been down this road, it won’t work!” It mimics my own struggles with balance, family, ministry, and trying to look good doing it.  If you don’t know, “The Eric Trap” is a leadership fable.  It includes chapters of the fictional Eric, followed up with some great leaders offering insight into the spiritual and practical implications of Eric’s decisions.

I’d love to give away some copies of this book, so do you want to win some?  I’ve got 3 books total to throw out there in the blogosphere, but do enter you need to follow all the options offered below!  There are so many ways to win!