Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Best of Both Worlds

This week I am so blessed that I get to speak at a #Kidmin Conference and sleep in my own bed. I am so blessed to get to do what I do. This year has been one of the most fruitful and effective years of ministry that I’ve ever experienced in my 39 years of serving the local church and in training those who work with young people. (For a complete look at my schedule for the rest of 2014 and 2015 check out this page.)
This week #Kidmin folks are invading Nashville to attend Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference, October 6- 8. I get to catch I-24 and take the short drive from Murfreesboro to downtown Nashvegas, on Tuesday, October 7 and spend the day teaching 2 workshops and doing a video interview with my good friend Michael Chanley. I’m excited about catching up with some #Kidmin friends who are speaking and attending and also making a few new ones. My first breakout is Organization For Those Who Weren’t Born That Way – @ - 2:45-3:45 – my second one is 7 Questions Every KidMin Leader Needs to Ask Themselves to Grow from 4:00-5:00 both are in Room CL 07. (Crowe Room)
No matter if you are attending #KMC14 or not I’d like to make my notes available and a great deal on any of my resources. During the conference you can order any of my books and resources and get the best price and free shipping here on my store, use the code: KMC14. You can get my notes by clicking here.
If you are at the conference please come by and say hi. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Say Yes To Personalized Training

This past weekend I had the priviledge to begin some personalized training with a church that I have been going to help and speak for 24 years. I have always loved going to this church over the years. The pastors have a real heart for sowing into their people! Everytime I’ve gone over the years I’ve learned from this church as well as what I was able to teach them. Everytime I go to speak in a local church I ask several questions to locate what would be the best topic to cover with their Kidmin Team. This kind of personalize training to me is one of the benefits of having me come to your church. This past weekend I was asked to do something I’ve never done before in addition to doing something for the entire Kidmin Team I was asked to spend the day with the Kidmin leadership staff. It was a great experience, it was like a mini infuse for 1 church. We started off with having each person complete a Path Element Profile by Laurie Beth Jones before I arrived then after a get-to-know-you Q & A breakfast at the church we jumped into understand the PEP and how to communicate better as a team and how to serve their leader better. The rest of the day was structured with things this team needed to know and understand to lead better. At lunch we took a break and as we ate together their at the church we did another Q & A as well as ended the day with more Q & A. The next time I come back which the church elected to take advantage of me consulting for a year rather than a 1 time event so I’ll be there 3 more time in a year. I know right where to pick up in this day of leadership training. I think one of the reasons my Infuse program has seen so much success is because each group I’m not married to what I’ve done before but customize what we do and cover based on the individuals that God brings to that particular group. Each have been different! That’s also true about the retreats I’ve done more than 20 retreats and they have all been different because I’ve tried to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us where we need to go.

The next day I observed what was happening in the Children’s Ministry first hand as well as promoted the Kidmin Team training event for new people to join the team in each service. Then at 1pm we did a leadership train for the entire Kidmin Team. The church provided pizza for everyone and we were done by 2:15. We did a drawing for some of my books and all together the church picked up 35 new workers. We went over what I had observed at lunch and on the way back to the airport and I’m looking forward to helping them formulating a plan to do all the things I saw. I love this partnering with a church. The Church has also decided to send the Children’s Pastor through Infuse this fall. (By the way this church has already sent a Kidmin through Infuse)

This by far was a wonderful weekend. I can away wishing more churches would make this investment in their people. When you considered how many people where touched and the personalization it was very affordable for the church. Add these individualized learning sessions plus infuse to Live To Serve, Orange Tour and the Orange Conference and you have arsenal of tools to help your team say YES to training.

I’d love to talk to you how I could help your church have some individualized training. Either a one time weekend or a year of partnering together. Email me with questions and about availability and let’s talk how I can help you train your team and help you see your ministry goals and dreams come true.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Say Yes To Training

I have never been one for putting all my eggs in one basket. I believe in conferences! I don’t know where I would be as a leader without the impact of conferences in my life and ministry. This past year most of my #kidmin and #stumin staff got to attend #OC14 I wish I could have sent them all! But someone had to hold down the fort. That’s why I’m excited about the Orange Tour this fall. Now every single staff member can attend a training event to learn to think Orange. I can also expose key leaders to what we’ve come home from a multi day event like Orange saying in a 1-day seminar. But I can’t get all of my volunteers to take off from work and attend during the week. That’s why I’m thankful for “Live To Serve” , here’s a low cost all day Saturday event I can get my workers to, where they are learning the same thinking and philosophy by folks who are walking them out each week in their local churches. I am so honored that I get to be a part of all 3 events. Now there’s a way to say Yes to training, it’s not just 1 event it’s both and! I want to encourange you to take a minute and look at the dates available for the fall and I hope you’ll do with your team the same thing I’m going to do with my team. Say Yes to training!

Friday, June 06, 2014

Infuse is not for everyone...

Infuse is not for everyone, that’s why there are so many choices when it comes to Children’s Ministry Training. But if you’re looking for something different, something with a proven track record, then infuse may be for you like it was for these three kidmin leaders just like you. Don’t just take my word for it see what these three have to say…

“Our church was growing. Our kids ministry was seeing more and more families each week. And I found myself in a transition of leading kids to leading leaders who lead kids. I wasn’t sure how to do it. I had heard about Bro. Jim’s INFUSE group and decided to apply. It opened my eyes to ideas and principles I had never considered. Not only that, but over the course of the INFUSE months, my leadership changed in my ministry and in my home. Understanding time management, living by principles, and seeing my role in the bigger picture, have changed the way I lead myself and others”. -Aaron, NC

“I have been learning from Jim Wideman since I first started in Children’s Ministry. He has influenced and shaped my life and ministry for the past 7 years. When I first heard about Infuse, I thought, “Why do I need to do that?” I’d listened to his CDs, read his books, and followed his blog. I wrongly thought that I’d heard everything he had to say. Boy, was I wrong. Infuse has taken the things I had learned from Jim to a whole new level. He has explained in detail the principles he has taught over the years but also, as he got to know me, spoken wisdom into my life where I needed to hear it, and pointed out areas in my life where I had wrong thinking so that I could correct it. Infuse has taken Jim from being a man of God who had mentored me from a distance, to a loving father who truly cares about me and is helping me take the steps I need to take to be a better leader, man, and follower of Jesus. I am so thankful for Jim and what he has done with Infuse, and will always look back on my time in Infuse as a game-changer for my life and ministry.” -Collin, FL

“Do you feel like your ministry is stuck? Could you use a few more volunteers? Do you need to grow as a leader? Then Infuse is for you! Infuse allows you the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest leaders in Children’s and Family Ministry, Jim Wideman. You know everybody does better with a coach. Bro Jim has a heart to grow and lead the next generation of leaders. His experience, advice and support will help you grow as a leader and stretch you more than anything you could ever dream!” -Clayton, LA

So what are you waiting for? Send in your application today.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Infuse works...

Here’s three more quotes about infuse that will show you the bottom line… infuse works!

“I was about to quit. I had grown frustrated, almost angry, and had lost sight of the big picture. We have all had or will have moments or seasons like this. I was in the middle of what I thought was a transition time. I was actively looking to leave my church and was convinced that I needed to find the place where God wanted me to be, even if it was without his help! In fact I had just flown back from an interview at a church where I had convinced myself God was going to move me.  
Then I started Infuse. From the very beginning of this coaching/mentoring program (it is really much more than that) Brother Jim has spoken truthfully and clearly into my life. There were many areas where I had wrong thinking about my church, pastor, and senior leaders. There were also things in my personal life that I was doing or not doing that were hindering my own leadership abilities. While it has not always been easy, Infuse has given Bro Jim the opportunity to point out these issues to me, and his ‘loving father’ approach has made it so easy to take what he is saying and know that it is for my good. If the voice of wisdom and the voice of God are the same thing, then God has clearly spoken to me through this program and allowed me to change what needed to change so I can be more effective for the Lord. I’m no longer looking to leave my church, God has changed my heart and attitude toward my pastor and leaders, and I have made changes in my life that are helping me lead myself, my family, and my ministry better. I’m now looking forward to the most fruitful season of ministry in my life and what God is going to do as I obey him and not my own desires. I would not and could not be in the place I am at right now if I hadn’t signed up for Infuse when I did.”

“Infuse is the BEST thing I’ve ever done for myself and the ministry God has given me! Brother Jim shares some great, very practical teaching and steps you can take to improve your leadership and walk with God immediately. Infuse allows this Children’s Ministry and leadership hero to become a Spritual Dad who is willing to pour all that he knows into you. If you have a desire to grow in your leadership and walk with the Lord, sign up for Infuse today!”

“Jim once wrote an article titled “Confessions of a Conference Junkie”. That was me! I have been to lots of conferences, training events, and local kidmin gatherings over the years. I even got pretty good about being intentional while I was there to connect with certain people and trying to learn from them. I never met a conference I didn’t like or at least a conference I didn’t come away with something from. But then came Infuse… 
Infuse is different than a conference. The wisdom, ideas and relationships you can get at a conference are great, but with infuse that stuff is just the beginning. Infuse helps you take the wisdom and know how to apply it to your life; Infuse gives you practical steps to develop and implement that great idea you have; Infuse takes surface-level relationships and turns them into what I believe will be lifelong friendships that grow deeper as you go through this process together. My greatest regret about Infuse is that I didn’t do it earlier. I spent a whole lot of money on conferences that were fun and exciting but in reality did very little for me or my ministry in the long run. Trust me, I still love a good conference and will still go to them, but for the time and money you would spend on a couple conferences in a year, you can do something that will set you up for long-term growth, success and consistency in every area of your life, and a plan to make sure you follow through on the things you learn.”

Want to be a part of the next infuse group tho September? Get all the info and send in your application today!