In less than 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 Amy Dolan?
One of the things that I love about Amy is her passion for reaching out to families-both traditional and non-traditional. She just loves people.
Amy is the founder and leader of Lemon Lime Kids, a children's ministry consulting company that seeks to encourage churches to consider a fresh approach to leading and teaching children. She is also a huge part of what God is doing through What's in the Bible? which I highly recommend.
Amy is also one of the co-founders and co-conspirators of What Matters Now in Children's Ministry. WMNCM exists to spark conversations that help move children's ministry forward and provide a platform for collaborative development of kidmin resources.
Here are Amy's answers to my 20 questions:
Rollercoaster or merry-go-round?
---Funnel Cakes at the Amusement Park. I get really bad motion sickness so I usually don't go on any rides. I eat and watch everyone else :)
Do you like your own handwriting?
---Yes! It's all about using the write pen: Sharpie Fine Point Marker.
What would your superpower be if you could choose one?
What is one of your favorite quotes?
---“The pain made the city more beautiful. The story made us different characters than if we’d showed up at the ending an easier way.” -Donald Miller
What do you collect?
What movie would your friends be surprised that you like?
What are your favorite smells?
---My brand new baby niece!
Coffee or Tea?
---Coffee, Coffee, and Coffee
What is the best thing you've ever eaten? (Where?)
---Shrimp Tacos at Frontera (Chicago)
What are you listening to right now?
What career would you pursue in another life?
What sound or noise to you love?
---Anyone who laughs at my jokes!
What sound or noise do you hate?
---Fingers on a chalkboard
Mountains or Beach?
What is your favorite fairy tale or childhood story?
What would you tell the 13 year old you?
---Relax. Nothing is that important. Have fun.
What is your favorite cereal?
---Barbara's Puffins PB & Chocolate
What book are you reading now?
---Radical by David Platt, and Julia Child by Laura Shapiro
What was your favorite toy as a child?
---My school supplies - I loved to play school w/my siblings! Is that weird? Probably.
Where did you spend your last family vacation?
---On the beach in Michigan
Amy will be leading a workshop at the conference called Loving and Serving a New Generation of Families and here is a little about what she will be sharing.
In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss the many different definitions of families (single parent, divorced, widowed, gay/lesbian, two-parent), and discuss the ways our language and actions can either be helpful or harmful in loving and serving families in the church. Together, we'll create practical steps for reaching families.
One thing about Amy is that she will seek out people to have conversations with at conferences. She loves hearing what God is doing in Children's Ministry where you are. Find her first. I promise you will come away with a new friend.