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5 money-saving tips for kidmin attendees

you’ve set up your children’s ministry budget to be a reflection of God’s calling and direction for the ministry. you’re also cautious of the budget and want to make every dollar count. here are 5 ways to ensure you’re spending your money wisely, and even saving money in the process.

lock-in the early-bird registration price. not only will you save $100 per person, but you only need $50 per person to lock in this rate. your full payment isn’t due until July 14, 2017. so how do you lock-in the early-bird rate with just $50? go online and simply register. it’ll take you through the process. or you can call Dawn at 800.635.0404 x4382. don’t have a credit card? that’s okay, you can even mail in a check. 

track airline prices with fare watcher alerts. this is perhaps the easiest way to track airfares. many travel web sites offer emailed airfare alerts, letting you know when fares go down, and they all have something to offer. do a browser search for “airfare alerts” and you’ll see what’s available. they all work a bit differently; so sign up for more than one.

save $50 per night. it’s as easy as booking your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency with reservation code: KidMin17. Learn more….

share a ride and/or hotel room. one of the best things about attending conferences is connecting with like-minded people and who doesn’t want more ministry friends? often times, friendships that are forged are life-changing. ride and/or room sharing has the potential to foster not just cost savings, but also deeper, unanticipated connections that can change the course of your career. simply post in our private Ride/Room Share Facebook page that you either can offer a ride/room or you’re looking for a ride/room. sharing expenses is a win-win!

pack your own meals. it’s always a good idea to pack your own healthy snacks. this way, you get exactly what, spend less money, and stay on target with a healthy diet. bring an insulated cooler-type lunch box to store perishable food items like hard boiled eggs, string cheese, and yogurt. pack some bread, peanut butter, and jelly to make sandwiches. carrots, hummus, apples and granola bars are always a perfect snack on the go. bring your own water bottle, and fill it up throughout the day. the tap water in chicago is safe to drink!

i hope these help and i hope to see in you in chicago for #kidmin17.

i am blown away week after week as i walk the halls and peek in classrooms to see kidmin teachers passionately and selflessly sharing the love and truth of Jesus. these leaders don’t do it for recognition or praise. they certainly don’t do it because their schedules are empty and they need something to fill their time. they do it because deep down their love and commitment to Jesus initiates an act of gratitude that is displayed through service. their service is an eternal investment that matters because God is using them to transform lives for His glory.

i don’t have the power to make their service void of discouragement or frustration. i also can’t make each lesson go just how they planned and each child behave perfectly. i wish i could move mountains for them, but then we wouldn’t need to rely on the One we serve, would we?

707060two things i can most certainly do for my investors (that’s what i call my volunteers) is pray for them and remind them that what they do matters. that is why i am so excited about this new gift book released by group publishing. if you have an amazing teaching team like i do, i know you often look for ways to remind them that they are helping children know and experience the love of Jesus.

“what you do matters” is a great gift book to share with volunteers, teachers, and leaders to encourage and remind them how God uses them in the lives of the children. it features short inspiring stories from people that have served in kidmin classes and have seen God at work. it also includes scripture and great quotes from people like: beth moore, jon acuff, joni eareckson tada, and more. “what you do matters” is an easy read and a great source of encouragement when volunteers are weary.

these books would be great to give as Christmas gifts or a surprise for a volunteer you would like to bless with further encouragement. (i plan to buy enough to surprise one of my investors with a copy each month next year.)

i am so exited about this resource that i am going to give two of these books away on my blog. (one for you to keep and one for you to give away to encourage someone else.) to win two copies of “what you do matters”, comment on this post and share why you think kidmin volunteers are special. saturday i will choose one winner from the comments and send two books your way. i will also get the comments started by sharing why i think kidmin volunteers are one-of-a-kind. i look forward to reading your comments and sharing two copies of this great resource with the winner.

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