Chances are your name is not Eric Newman, but if you are in Children’s ministry my guess is you have fallen into The Eric Trap. The Eric Trap is the latest book by Jim Wideman’s Infuse groups co authored by Sam Luce and Kenny Conley. I have had the privilege of meeting these 3 men and can honestly say they are the real deal.
The Eric Trap follows a week in the life of Eric Newman as he goes through the ups and downs (mainly downs) of the ministry. These ups and downs come from the choices Eric makes about how he is going to handle the responsibility of leading a children’s ministry. Inevitably he makes some unexpected but common mistakes along the way. Regardless of whether you have been in the ministry for 3 years or 30 years you to have probably made some of these same mistakes, or like me, you may have made some of these mistakes this week.
As I read the book I found myself shaking my head and laughing at the same time. While reading Eric’s Tuesday I found myself saying wow he finally got something right. Boy was I wrong. Every other chapter helps teach the “trap” Eric falls into and how we can avoid falling into the same trap. After reading chapter 3 I realized I had been caught in some of the same mindsets as Eric when it comes to involving parents.
It is not all bad for Eric. God has placed key people in his life that love and care for him and want him to succeed. The trouble is he thinks they are all fighting against him instead of seeing that God has placed them in his life to pastor, mentor, and love him through all these traps. Do you have people God has placed in your life that you need to slow down and listen to?
The Eric Trap hits on 5 things we all cannot afford to get wrong. Visit theerictrap.com to check out more information about this awesome book. Also don’t miss the blog tour happening over at Childrensministryonline.com.
I ask again, are you Eric Newman?