In a week I will be headed to Chicago for the very first Kidmin Conference hosted by Group. I am over the top excited to get together with others in Children's Ministry for this time of conversations and learning.
Several of my friends are speaking and I wanted to take this time to learn more about them and what they will be sharing at the conference.
Have you met Dan Scott?
One of the things I love most about Dan is his passion for storytelling in Children's Ministry. He is by far one of the most creative people I have ever met and is always willing to answer questions and share ideas. I love the family stories he shares through pictures on a regular basis.
Dan is the Art Director for 252 Basics and Executive Producer for Get Real 2.0 videos. He helps create the strategy for elementary curriculum as well as works with Orange Leaders all over the US.
Here are Dan's answers to my 20 questions:
Rollercoaster or merry-go-round?
---ROLLERCOASTER preferably tall and fast and wooden.
Do you like your own handwriting?
---Yes. I call it "artistic chicken scratch"
What would your superpower be if you could choose one?
---Greg stole mine - I totally want Jedi Mind tricks!
What is one of your favorite quotes?
---"Our God is not a god who stands at a distance, our God is a God who joins us in our suffering" - Bishop Desmond Tutu
What do you collect?
---Music.... lots and lots of music. Records. CDs. MP3s.
What movie would your friends be surprised that you like?
---You've Got Mail - I love NYC and books and a good love story!
What are your favorite smells?
Coffee or Tea?
---Um.... coffee. Preferable espresso shots!
What is the best thing you've ever eaten? (Where?)
---Grilled tilapia at Bobby Flay's Bolo Restaurant in NYC.
What are you listening to right now?
---The albums getting the most play on my iPod are...
Gungor - Ghosts Upon the Earth
Adele - 21
Mat Kearney - Young Love
Hillsong United - Aftermath
Givers - In Light
What career would you pursue in another life?
What sound or noise do you love?
---My kids laughing
What sound or noise do you hate?
Mountains or Beach?
---Mountains - Two of my all-time favorite destinations are the Grand Tetons and Olympic National Park
What is your favorite fairy tale or childhood story?
---Chronicles of Narnia - just brilliant storytelling for kids and adults alike!
What would you tell the 13 year old you?
---Just be yourself - trying to be anyone else just isn't worth the effort.
What is your favorite cereal?
What book are you reading now?
---Made to Stick by Dan and Chip Heath
What was your favorite toy as a child?
Where did you spend your last family vacation?
---Ocean City New Jersey - LOVE the Jersey shore!
Dan will be leading a workshop at the conference called Leading Creative Teams and here is a bit about what he will be sharing there.
Leading a team of people who create events and programs is not always easy. Creatives are--well--creative, and with that creativity you also find drama, opinions, a strange vocabulary, and a way of life that is difficult to harness around a common idea. In this workshop, you'll get everything you need to get your creative team in sync with your vision and with each other. We'll look at who you need on the team, creative brainstorming methods, leading programming meetings, vocabulary you need to know, and taking an event from start to finish. If you lead a team of people who need to pull off any sort of creative element (from weekend large group to Christmas pageants and events), this workshop is for you.
Take a moment to chat with Dan at the conference. I know that you will come away from that conversation with something new to think about. You can learn more about Dan and from him on his blog and you can connect with him on Twitter.
Here is what Dan is looking forward to at the conference: