Work Expands to Fill the Time Allowed

This is one of Barney Kinard’s “Coach’s Conundrums,” or what he calls one of his collection of pithy principles that need some explanation. As he often says to his Protégés (as he calls his students), implementing of his conundrums could alter your paradigm for children’s ministry or influence the way you approach kids. I want to share this one with you – because it is one that when he shared it with me years ago, it hit be so hard between the eyes, it about knocked me over! Not only is Barney a long time friend, he is one of our Kidology Coaches, who offers weekly coaching calls to his students as part of Kidology’s personal one-to-one personal curriculum based mentoring program. Every Monday, he faithful sends out his Coach’s Huddle, an e-mail LOADED with updates, insights, encouragements, pithy wisdom, fun puns, updates on his students, and bonus coaching materials exclusively for his students. It is truly a treasure of knowledge his students are blessed to get (and I’m lucky to be CCed on) every Monday. I’m taking the liberty to post his Coach’s Conundrum on “Work expands to fill the time allowed” knowing that Barney will not mind! Here …

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Kid U, Brought To You By…

People often ask how we are able to provide such an excellent conference at such affordable rates. Kidology is known for exceeding expectations because our conference registration fees are always very low considering the quality of the trainers, the exhibitors, meals and performers. Our Sponsors make it possible to provide a top-notch event at an affordable price. Some contribute financially, some donate their services, all deserve our thanks! And we don’t accept just any sponsor – all our sponsors are by invitation because they are the best at what they do. We are very grateful for our Kid U 2008 Sponsors! LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SPONSORS AND VISIT THEIR WEBSITES! DiscipleLand DiscipleLand’s family of resources forms a comprehensive Children’s Discipleship System™ that helps you equip kids to reach their peak potential as Jesus’ disciples. DiscipleLand partners with parents and teachers to lead children to: Know God intimately.They develop a reservoir of knowledge based on a Biblical worldview. Love Him passionately.They display Christlike character in every area of life. Serve Him selflessly.They demonstrate faithful conduct that honors God and helps people. You can easily customize DiscipleLand Bible curriculum to use anywhere, anytime! Visit the official DiscipleLand website for more information… DiscipleLand.com …

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Help Us Plan the Next Kid U!

Whether you were at Kid U this month or not WE’D LIKE YOUR INPUT in evaluating this conference and planning for what we’ll do in the future. IF YOU WERE THERE we’d like to know what you liked, what we can do better, and what topics/speakers you’d like to hear in the future. IF YOU WEREN’T THERE we’d still like to get your input as we plan what training events we are going to plan in 2009 and 2010. This is your chance to influence our future conferences, so please, let us hear from you!

The Music of Kid U

Kid U was blessed to have Alan Root (www.alanroot.com) as our worship leader. His gentle spirit, quick “punny” humor, and obvious heart for God and kids (and those who serve them) just leaked all over the place! He is one of those worship leaders who have that rare ability to be very entertaining, and yet, keep it not about them, but about the Lord. We sang, we laughed, we even did the ‘Baptist Side-step’ and worshiped. I’ve known of Alan and seen him at CPC’s for as long as I’ve been going, but I had never gotten the chance to get to know him. I was lucky enough to get to do some of the shuttling to hotel/airport and got to know him a lot better and look forward to doing so more in the future. Alan is a recently added new vendor on Kidology.org making available his preteen Bible studies, and of course his music. Check out all the Alan Root Stuff on Kidology! I consider it a privilege to count Alan as a friend! AND THEN, after two days of Live Leadership Labs – it was time to ROCK, God Rocks that is! (www.GodRocks.ca) The team from God …

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Kid U Really Stacks Up!

This is the second of a series on our Kid U 2008 Celebration Conference. (previous) It’s no secret to Kidology users that I’ve been a huge fan of Speed Stacks since, well, before I even discovered Speed Stacks! I got my first set of generic stacking cups as my mother’s final Christmas gift to me the year she died of cancer. Her hand written note said, “I’m sure you’ll find a way to use these to entertain and teach kids.” Soon, I had developed my rules and was using cup stacking racing in my ministry. It wasn’t until a CPC several years later that I stumbled upon the booth for Speed Stacks, the premier manufacturer of cup stacking cups and the primary promoter of the Sport of “Sport Stacking.” I immediately signed up to be a member of the WSSA. World Sport Stacking Association www.worldsportstackingassociation.org While I have never been able to attend the World Championship Tournament in Denver (which has been covered by ESPN) I hope to make it there someday to see if I can’t go home with a trophy. I have competed against a professional football player and won, as well as world champion and legend Emily …

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