In September 2008 I kicked off what has proven to be the most rewarding and effective ministry training experience I've ever been a part off. When I first told my family that I was going to select 20 Kidmin leaders from across the US and have them come to my house two different times they thought I had lost my ever loving mind. But as soon as the first retreat was over all three of my girls told me they owed me an apology. They knew I had struck gold.
When I started infuse we did it for an entire year. Six months later I started another group of 20. In September 2009 I started Infuse 3 with another 20 while we kicked off our first Alumni group I called infuse 1.2. Then in February 2010 I started my second alumni group called Infuse 2.2. I realized then I couldn't keep starting new groups every 6 months and do alumni groups too. So I changed Infuse to 6 months. I coached from September to February then took March to August to re-group. Since then I've had more than 200 Kidmin folks be a part. I even did a group of Student Ministry folks too. Somewhere along the way some of my past infusers have donated their time to help me coach. The 8 coaches who help me today are some of the best friends and greatest sources of wisdom and strength to me. We talk constantly via GroupMe. I even did a 1 month version of infuse that I called infuse lite because infuse has been filling up so fast I needed something to offer people so they didn't have to wait a year. It's been amazing how infuse has changed and evolved over the past 5 years. Only the Lord could build something like this. One after one infusers started getting promoted. Many have taken their bosses jobs. Many infuse alumni are now Campus Pastors, Executive Pastors, Family Pastors, and Next Generation Pastors.
On August 1st I kicked off my eleventh infuse group which is an alumni group I'm now calling infuse plus. The thing that has been so amazing is to see who all the Lord brings together. There is no way I could recruit folks that fit like the Lord does. In March Sam Luce one of my infusers and also one of my infuse coaches sent me a book about making decisions called Decisive. As I began reading it I knew in my heart it was to be our text book. After the first call I knew Jesus had put this group together and that this book was the perfect book for us to study together. Only Jesus could bring 16 people from 9 different states and 10 different types of churches that were all facing the same thing.
On September 1st I'm starting my 12th infuse group infuse 7. It's also the largest group with 30 different kidmin leaders from 20 different states. I can't wait to see who and why Jesus assembled this group. I'm excited.
My next infuse group will be in March of 2014. I felt a leading from the Lord is not make people wait so long to be a part of infuse 8. I've already accepted 8 people. Why not go ahead and apply. If you are looking for a mentor or a coach I'd love to help. I don't know everything but what I do know I'd be glad to pass it on to you.
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