The deadline for getting the early bird rate for KidMin passed last week – did you miss it? (you may still be able to get a discounted signup – see the end of this post)
In many ways KidMin is like a family reunion, but with out the weird smelling uncle. It’s a chance to gather with others that are striving to accomplish the same thing. There’s time to learn in class like settings, but even more important there is time to hang out and meet new people who are struggling with some of the same things you are.
There’s a group for that…
In rural ministry? there’s a group for that.
In small town ministry? there’s a group for that
New, veteran, somewhere in-between? Yep, there’s a group for that…
There’s a gathering of people throughout the weekend talking about almost every conceivable niche: urban, special needs, preteen, and on and on…
Big Names not Big Egos
In every profession there are people that have notoriety because they have been around so long (like grandparents) and those that are known for other reasons. I’ve been to many conferences where you hear from the speaker when they’re on stage but never see them again. At KidMin, the speakers are available; they walked the halls, had chats, and had meals with guests. It was a fantastic opportunity to ask questions from seasoned veterans that you may never get a chance otherwise.
It’s not about ministry, not money
Conferences can easily become about “buy our wares.”
And, of course, Group Publishing, the corporation behind the conference needs to break even – or, even better, come out ahead. But, you can tell that this conference isn’t simply out to make money – they want to provide a place for those in ministry to connect, learn, refresh, and go change the world.
Absent is the exhibit hall (which can be a big money make for conferences), you won’t walk away with a ton of swag but nor will you be blitzed by marketing. They do have an area where you can peruse Group merchandise, but it’s pressure free.
I could go on with why you should go, but why not just sign up and see for yourself.
Above I mentioned that you could possibly get a discounted rate: There was some miscommunication and I may have 1 or 2 tickets that I put the deposit on that I will not need. I did so at the last conference and, if I don’t need them I’ll be happy to transfer them. I believe the cost would be the lowest rate they had…e-mail me if you are interested and I’ll let you know all the details.