The Eric Trap is Coming!

Welcome to the first stop of the blog tour for The Eric Trap!  Hopefully you have started to hear some buzz about it. That is a good thing because this book is definitely buzz-worthy.  In my opinion it is a game-changer in the world of kidmin books.  It really is that good.

The Eric Trap is the next infuse book coming out from Jim Wideman that he wrote with Kenny Conley, Sam Luce, and their infuse group: Craig Gyergyo, Kristen Englund, Deanna Hayes, Matt McDaniel, and Sherri Epperson. It was an honor to be able to be with this group at one of their retreats as they worked together on chapters and were working to make it start coming together.  Even in the middle of rough edits, it was easy to tell that God had something special in mind with this book.

This is not your typical kidmin leadership book.  It does teach you five things that you have to get right, but it is written to teach through the life of Eric Newman, a children’s pastor who is a lot like you and me.  Eric’s story is written so close to home that it hurts at times.  The writing team did such a good job of calling out many of the thoughts, actions, and struggles that we don’t talk about out loud but exist in a leader’s life.  Eric’s story is coupled with chapters explaining what Eric got wrong and how we can get it right, written by in-the-trenches kidmin people.

This book is practical, convicting, and easy to read at the same time.  And it is written by people who are doing what you and I do each day and get it!

So bottom line, you should read it ASAP.

Books officially go on sale at the Orange Conference on April 25.

But you can win an advanced copy right here!  Comment below about why you are excited about this book and you will be entered to win!


29 thoughts on “The Eric Trap is Coming!

    1. Lencioni was certainly an influence when we came up with the fable route. This book is totally for you. So much of what we wrote was the stuff we wish someone had sat us down and told us when we were young and just starting out!

  1. I’m pumped about this book because I believe that children’s ministry has too often taken a back seat when it comes to leadership. It’s good to see children’s ministers taking the step to write about leadership.

    1. That’s why I’ve always loved Brother Jim. If you were going to sit down with him, visit one of his breakouts or read a book written by him… you knew that you would grow as a leader. Just honored to have been able to do it with him in this book.

  2. I have been watching the “leaks” about this book for a while and the Authors are my kinda heroes. I love their REALness and integrity of heart. We are usually so slow to get the newest stuff down here in New Zealand … am so looking forward to sharing this treasure amongst my ministry partners < GBU BIG

    1. Your remarks are very kind! Well, you’ll be happy to know that this book will be available in electronic formats as well, so you’ll be reading this book quicker that a kid’s pastor from West Virginia… sorry, I couldn’t resist. 🙂

  3. My first buzz on the Eric Trap, so I’m looking forward to hearing more, based on your recommendation (coming from this year’s winner of kidmin blog madness

  4. I am excited to read this book because I’ve heard so much about it! I love how it is going to address some of the “elephants in the room” that we often don’t address as leaders. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  5. The days of the children’s minister simply being the nursery volunteer coordinator are past. A children’s minister is intimately involved in strengthening families and our church families. A children’s minister is a leader and should fully view themselves that way. I look forward to reading “The Eric Trap” to continue to build leadership qualities, strengthen my weaknesses, and enjoy a well-written book!

  6. I need this book because I’m a new Family Ministey Pastor. I’m in way over my head and don’t have a lot of resources. I need all the help I can get. Plus I’m attending several of your breakouts and I know somehow you’ll convince to buy it anyway.

  7. Looking forward to finding out how many of the traps I have fallen into over the years of ministry. I can guess a couple of “the elephants in the room”-am dealing with one right now…

  8. I’m excited to read this book – as a new Elementary Director, I often feel overwhelmed and unsure of myself. Learning what not to do is often as learning what TO do. And, I can’t be at the Orange conference, so I’m ready to get my reading on ahead of the rest of my team!

  9. As a relative newbie to kidmin (less than 2 years), I am excited to read this book and gather any insights on how to do this ministry thing. Sometimes it helps to know that what you are going through is normal and seeing how NOT to do things can be just as important as learning how TO do things. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the review.

  10. Ive seen Jim and Sam at kidmin conferences. They are full of wisdom, have a passion for kids and those who lead them. And they’re funny. I love the premise of the book and can’t wait to read it.

  11. Im excited to read this book because it’s written by people I know going through many of the same things I am experiencing in my church. As a young leader, I’d love to learn these lessons now rather than wishing I had known them 30 years from now.

  12. Thanks for all your comments and kind words. I hope all you get a chance to read it everyone did such a good job. I am honored to be a part.

  13. I am excited about this book for several reasons:

    1. Always love the opportunity to read anything related to children’s ministry
    2. Awesome to hear a story from callaborative efforts of experienced leaders
    3. I want to grow as a leader and one of many ways to grow is through hearing other experiences
    4. I want to be one to teach children to be world changers

  14. First I heard about it was on twitter. From the description sounds like afferent kind of book, which makes it my kind of book. This entr’acte going On the to read list.

  15. I have heard a lot of good things about the book. I am looking forward to see how many of the questions/experiences I have had are addressed. It seems like they did a good job covering a lot of subjects.

  16. I am just hearing about this new book and the title alone intrigues me! I am addicted to learning new ideas and techniques to better my ministry. Can’t wait to find out more.

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