In a few days 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 Dale Hudson?
One of the things I love about Dale is his passion for volunteers. He loves helping people find their place to serve in Children's Ministry according to the gifts that God has given them. He is equally passionate about equiping and encouraging his team of volunteers.
Dale is the Director of Children's Ministries at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Florida. He is the co-author of three children's ministry books, including Turbocharged: 100 Simple Secrets to Successful Children's Ministry.
Here are Dale's answers to my 20 questions:
Rollercoaster or merry-go-round?
Do you like your own handwriting?
---never thought about it - but no
What would your superpower be if you could choose one?
---flying thru the air
What is one of your favorite quotes?
---Growing leaders are always in school.
What do you collect?
---Dallas Cowboy signed memorabilia
What movie would your friends be surprised that you like?
---The Green Mile
What are your favorite smells?
---Popcorn, Honeysuckles, Fresh cut grass
Coffee or Tea?
---Tea - Raspberry flavored
What is the best thing you've ever eaten? (Where?)
---Steak at Hank's Fine Steakhouse - Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas
What are you listening to right now?
What career would you pursue in another life?
---Department Store Manager
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
Mountains or Beach?
---Beach - I live there
What is your favorite fairy tale or childhood story?
---3 LIttle Pigs
What would you tell the 13 year old you?
What is your favorite cereal?
What book are you reading now?
What was your favorite toy as a child?
Where did you spend your last family vacation?
---Gatlinburg, TN this past summer
Dale will be leading a Half-Track called Leadership That Lasts...How to Go the Distance in Children's Ministry and here is a bit about what he will share there.
Each month, more than 1,500 church staff leave the ministry. More than half say they'd leave the ministry if they had another way to make a living. This exodus is in opposition to what someone once said: "Greatness in ministry isn't measured in years...but in decades." Leadership that lasts doesn't happen by accident. There are pitfalls you must avoid and there are disciplines and principles you must live by if you're going to go the distance. Find out how you can have a fruitful and effective ministry for the long haul. Discover the keys to not just surviving, but thriving in ministry for a lifetime.
He is also leading a workshop at the conference called 9.Recruiting Volunteers: Quick Tips With Lasting Results and here is what he will be sharing there.
The success of your ministry rises and falls on the strength of the volunteer team you build. No matter the size of your ministry, you'll always need more volunteers. Discover proven strategies that'll help you enlist, encourage, and equip a thriving volunteer team.