Life-giving Refreshment from the Lord’s Prayer
In May, CDM again offered a video and book resource for small group Bible studies for women. Karen Hodge wrote Breathe, a 6-lesson study on the Lord’s Prayer. About 3,000 people participated from all over the PCA and beyond.
The response has been encouraging:
I honestly never realized the amazing implications when I pray the Lord’s Prayer. It has opened up an entirely new posture of prayer in my life.
The age difference in our group was beautiful. We had great discussions on the value of community.
This was such a good study. We were encouraged in our relationship with God and motivated to spend more time in prayer.
“The Good Shepherd” Virtual Conference
Since last year’s GROW virtual training served so many children’s ministry leaders, CDM planned another one for 2022, kicking off with a live videocast on August 19-20. This year’s theme was “The Good Shepherd” and featured plenary presentations and 10 video workshops by members of the CDM Children’s Ministry Team.
Julie Cordes is Director of Children and Family Ministries at Grace PC in Peoria, IL, and a 2020 graduate of the CDM Certification program. Julie reported, “The GROW virtual conference was such a good gift to me because it helped me succeed in training my people.” Because CDM provided the content, she was able to focus on nurturing relationships among the members of her team. Julie wrote, “It brought unity. It brought excitement.”
The Good Shepherd’s Pasture in the UK
In March of 2021, a young woman from Ipswich, England contacted CDM. She had met Elizabeth Harwell through a virtual conference and was interested in Elizabeth’s book The Good Shepherd’s Pasture, published by CDM. She wanted copies for the families in her church, but shipping costs were prohibitive.
Over the last few years, CDM staff members have developed a relationship with CEO Jonathan Carswell at 10 of Those, a publishing company based in the UK. Jonathan agreed to vouch for CDM with a printer they use in the UK, who provided a very reasonable quote for printing and shipping in the UK. After CDM adjusted the book measurements to the metric system and worked through the international money transfer, children’s ministry leaders in the UK were able to receive 150 copies of The Good Shepherd’s Pasture and 50 copies of Elizabeth’s second book, The Good King’s Feast.