It’s the week after KMC. Participants are back home with their families, in their churches, at their jobs. Most of them are probably still recovering from a jam-packed, exciting four days in the Music City.
To those of you who attended KMC, we encourage you to not only put into practice what you learned, but to also tell everyone else in your ministry about it. And since I haven’t updated the rest of you on our last session yet, here you go!
Jeffrey Reed, LifeWay Kids Director, talked about change as we closed down the conference. “Most people don’t fear change. They simply fear loss.” Jeffrey proved this point with his example of money in your bank account. If he were to take $1000 out of your account, you would fear the impact of that loss. However, if he were to deposit $1000 into your account, you wouldn’t be fearful. You would be excited.
Jeffrey wanted us to realize that traditions can easily become institutions, and we must constantly ask ourselves why it is we do the things we do. “God is very likely to disrupt the patterns that WE set in place to ensure that HE is determining our direction.”
On top of these thoughts, he claimed that the mode of the message does not diminish the value of the message. This can be seen as we teach using new technology or new strategies. His recent post, Kidifying the Message, explains this more.
Lastly, Jeffrey gave us five tips for navigating change:
1. Consider the reason for change.
2. Anticipate the consequences of change.
3. Navigate the emotional journey with people.
4. Engage God throughout.
5. Commit to continual engagement.
To close out the summaries of KMC, let me quote Jeffrey one last time. “God wants to bring every child into His kingdom. He’s placed people on this planet to help make that happen.” Let’s be those people.
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