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Ever wonder how boys learn?

If you’ve spent much time in elementary classrooms, you’ve probably noticed that boys and girls tend to behave a little differently in class. A big component to the difference in their behavior is simply that boys and girls learn differently.

If you’ve ever wondered what those differences are and how these differences impact the way we teach in church, tune in today for a live Q&A with Mark Entzminger (one of our e2 Conference Speakers and Senior Director of Children’s Ministries for the Assemblies of God) and Doug Marsh (National Royal Rangers Director) as they talk about how boys learn best.

The conversation will begin at 2PM today at You can join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter (use #MinistryDirect) or e-mail your questions to


IMN News: November/December

2012 Kids’ Dream Conference will be February 24-25! Something special occurs when we come together in community to experience God and pragmatically impact the lives of children. This year, the event will be held at the Ramada Inn & Indoor Waterpark in Des Moines. This high-energy weekend will offer specific training in the area of Fun Arts and will feature speaker Jay Risner. For more information about the Dream Conference click here.

Red Culture Leadership Conference will be January 28-29 at Berean Assembly of God in Des Moines. From across Iowa, pastors and leaders of children, students, young adults and on the university campus will come together. This year’s conference will feature numerous labs for specialization. We are believing God for a fresh touch as we steward the greatest commodity known to man: the Gospel. For more information about labs, a schedule and registration information, click here.

2011 Fall Red Culture Conference is November 11-12 at Hy Vee Hall in Des Moines. The youth and adults of Iowa are partnering with Convoy of Hope at the Red Culture Conference in Des Moines. Over 100 organizations and 75 churches will come together to make a lasting impact on our community by giving away 35,000 lbs. of groceries,  free haircuts and family portraits, a children’s festival, shoes for school and more! For more information about Red Culture Fall Conference, click here.

New IMN Website Operating as a Network requires us to find ways to share ideas, innovations and resources with each other.  Distance and expense present a challenge to that kind of kingdom-minded networking.  That is why IMN is launching a new web site.  The new site is designed to help us with social networking and providing resources for pastors and churches who are focused on fulfilling the great commission. For a special tour of the IMN website, click here. You can view the new website

The 2012 Women’s Conference will be March 30-31 at First Assembly of God in Des Moines. Our speaker will be Dr. Beth Grant, co-founder of Project Rescue, which will be our missions project this year. Postmarked on or before March 15th, registration will be $40, $50 if postmarked after March 15th, and $55 at the door. Plan now to join us!

For more information about Project Rescue and Dr. Beth Grant, click here.

IMN Credential Renewal Process

  • Tithes must be up to date before your renewal will be approved.
  • Credential Renewals will be mailed from General Council beginning mid-November.
  • The annual IMN Questionnaire and Disclaimer Form must be completed and returned directly to the IMN office.
  • Online Renewals can be done here.

According to IRS guidelines, the amount of your 2012 Housing Allowance must be documented in the church board minutes prior to the end of 2011.

Forms completed and returned to the IMN office by December 15 will be entered into a drawing for a $50 VISA Gift Card!

On December 3, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, we will offer a Minister & Church Tax & Finance class taught by Brad Thomas, CPA. The class will cover proper completion of tax forms for health care premium refund,  updates and review of important tax and finance information and a discussion on reducing workers comp costs. The cost will be $25 for the first person; $15 for each additional person from the same church. For more information or to register, visit The registration deadline is November 30th.

The 2012 Network Tour will be a time of fellowship, vision casting and relationship building for all pastors, staff members and church leadership teams. Please save the date and plan to attend this great event!

Renewed Children’s Ministry

Although working with kids is never boring, we can lose our passion and motivation in kid’s ministry. Here are a few great resources to help you find renewed passion, motivation and maybe even a few ideas. (And the best part? It’s all free!)

AGTV Did you know that AGTV has an entire channel devoted to ministry to students? This channel is packed with great videos from BGMC, Girls Ministries, Royal Rangers and interviews with children’s leaders!

Orange Even if you don’t use the Orange curriculum, they still have a lot to offer. They have a leaders’ blog, parents’ blog and tons of great articles to add fresh perspective to working with families within the context of church.

Children’s Ministry Group Publishing offers several great resources for training leaders, teaching and planning children’s lessons. Plus, they offer several free downloadable lessons and activities to get you started.


Two Great Leadership Training Opportunities

The Iowa Ministry Network Girls Ministries and Royal Rangers Ministries will both be hosting training events for leaders. Plan now to take advantage of these incredible leadership development opportunities.

On Saturday, October 8th, Iowa Girls Ministries will host a training for all Girls Ministries leaders at Berean Assembly of God in Des Moines. The day will consist of two parts: training and planning. From 9:00AM – 1:00PM leaders will work through the Girls Clubs Leader Training Guide, which outlines the basics for effective ministry to girls through Girls Clubs. From 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM, leaders will plan events for the 2012 Girls Ministries calendar.

The cost for the morning session is $25 and includes the Leaders Guide, test and lunch. The cost for the afternoon session is $10.00 and includes lunch.

Click here for information about the morning session, here for information about the afternoon session or contact Carol Pilcher at (515)520.7195 or

Also, don’t forget: it’s time to charter your clubs for the 2011-2012 academic year. You can download a charter form by clicking here.

The 2011 Iowa Royal Rangers Leaders Conference will be October 7-8, at Sunstream Retreat Center. Training opportunities include Ranger Basics, Ranger Essentials and CPR/First Aid. There will be information about TracClub, merit revisions, mentoring, chartering, 2012 Camporama, sharing wins, new leaders, 2012 plans and using the national Royal Rangers website. The training materials presented will benefit leaders with all levels of experience.

The training will be held in the brand new conference building. For a map to Sunstream, click here. Women are welcome to attend this event. The $35 fee includes lodging and two meals (Saturday breakfast and lunch). Bring a sleeping bag or bedding for a mattress.

Be sure to bring a new Leaders Manual (or you may purchase one at the conference for $25). Registrations are due by October 1. You can get more information here.