In May my wife and I are expecting to meet our second baby boy. Although this is wonderful news it means I will be missing the Gathering this year. Before you enter this amazing giveaway from David C. Cook, let me tell you why I am kind of bummed I won’t be there.
Limited Size: This might sound like a downside however, the smaller number of attendees equates to better conversations and more intimate networking. Collaboration is a needed element for today’s ministry leaders and this size limit enhances your opportunities to share & discuss.
Spiritual Formation: Dr. Michelle Anthony has done a lot of research and exploration in the realm of spiritual formation, especially when it comes to children. In my conversations with ministry leaders I’ve discovered that many would like to implement a clear strategy for spiritual formation but not sure how. The Gathering will help inspire practical insights to establishing spiritual formation in your ministry.
Family Ministry: The speakers and leaders of this conference play a huge role in the encouragement and equipping of family ministry today. The Gathering will create an atmosphere where you can dream of how a philosophy of family ministry might look like at your church. I have learned that family ministry is not a “3-step plan” but more of a continual conversation with all ministries in your church.
For Many in Your Church: The Gathering might focus on children’s and family ministries however, the philosophy that thrives in these ministries will create ripples in other ministries of your church. For that reason the Gathering is for lead pastors, student ministry leaders/pastors, volunteers and more.
I hope you get a chance to go, and I look forward to reading your tweets, notes and blog posts about your experience at the Gathering. As for me…I’ll be getting to know my baby boy. Join the conversation on Twitter using #TG13 or #TruMin and on Facebook (facebook.com/truministry)
Win a Trip to the Gathering!
For a lot of you traveling to SoCal might be outside you or your church’s budget. So I am excited to tell you that David C Cook is giving away a trip for two to attend! Go to http://www.dccpromo.com/gathering/ and enter to win before April 19th, and if you’re selected you’ll get two tickets, and up to $1,000 of travel reimbursed for things like airfare, food and lodging. Good luck!