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 http://www.MinistryDirect.com/LIVE. You can join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter (use #MinistryDirect) or e-mail your questions to email@example.com.
by Cary VanKampen
We drove by an Assembly of God Church in rural Iowa last week. It was located in a town of 1400 people, and by the looks of things they had all ended up on the property that evening. We stopped in to see what had caused this huge stir of activity. There were all kinds of people: fancy and plain, young and old – but all wearing big smiles! At one end of the property, a pick- up was pulling out of the parking lot with a hay wagon in tow, loaded with a variety of these happy humans. Next we saw a couple of big round hay bales being attacked by kids searching for small numbered balls that represented prizes to be traded for. Nearby stood two huge inflatable play houses for kids that required no ticket and no payment: free fun. Around the corner of the church on the side of the parking lot was a designated free cake walk area, and the rest of the lot had tables and chairs for a free hot dog feed with lemonade or hot chocolate. At the end of it all, families patiently chatted and waited for the drawings for prizes.
How was this event pulled off? Why was it such a success? What was their secret process? When did it all begin?
I’m sure there are a myriad of processes to putting on a great outreach such as this, but there are three basic principles that could put you on the right track, and were principles adhered to by this body of believers from the beginning of their journey together.
- Modeling compassion yourself and encouraging it in your people.
- Expressing that compassion in practical ways and equipping your people to carry it out.
- Cheering on those who creatively and successfully exhibit that compassion and have a post celebration with all those involved, to celebrate the wins!
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 atwww.imnag.org.
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.
- 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 www.imnag.org. 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!
For the labs and service on Monday, we will have Mike Clarensau of the A/G Healthy Church Network and author of From Belonging to Becoming. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge about pastoring, leadership and church revitalization.
On Tuesday, we will have some technology experts from Disciple Portal available to help us understand and utilize some great new resources available to help us reach out to our communities. Gay Hunsberger will lead a lab designed specifically for women in ministry (more on that tomorrow). Meanwhile, Pastor Larry Sohn will share some helpful insights on leading board meetings and managing group dynamics within a church board. After lunch, Matt Loehr of Dare to be Different will talk with us about marriage mentoring. Mark Entziminger, Assemblies of God Senior Director of Children’s Ministries, will lead a lab about the exciting things happening in children’s ministries in our movement. Tuesday evening, Pastor Larry will be with us again for the evening service.
Teen Bible Quiz is a discipleship ministry geared for teens in sixth through 12th grade. Each year a different book or books of the New Testament are memorized by students. Several times during the year students attend meets in order to test their ability to memorize and understand God’s Word. District and Regional meets take place in the Spring of each year with the top teams advancing to Nationals. Each year thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded to students for their hard work.
If your students are interested in participating in TBQ this year, please fill out this registration form and either send it to Berean Assembly of God (5299 E. University Ave., Pleasant Hill, IA 50327) or bring your registration with you to the first meet on October 15th. If you have questions or would like more information about Teen Bible Quiz, please contact Nathan Schaad at (515)276-5493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before last January’s leadership conference, Tom and Heath sat down to talk about leadership.
Make plans to be part of this years leadership conference January 27-28, 2012.
Why do you think investing in the next generation is so important?
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.
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.