Michael Chanley

Collaborate, Family + Church

UncategorizedJared Kennedy1 Comment

Collaborate, Family + Church is a new book edited by Michael Chanley, my friend and Parenting Minister at Southeast Christian Church, which is located here in Louisville, KY.  I am super thankful for Michael.  I'm thankful for his example and friendship, and I'm glad that we serve in the same city. Louisville is blessed to have him. Michael has a strong desire to equip Louisville parents to raise their children in a Biblical way, and he is passionate about connecting leaders who have something to contribute to the family ministry movement.  He has created CM Connect, a social networking platform for children's ministry leaders that currently has over 6,000 members.  The Collaborate book project also flows out of Michael's passion to connect.  The book, which is published by Minister's Label, is not about Michael's personal philosophy of family ministry.  Rather, it is a collaboration of 35 ministers, teachers, leaders, and thinkers that blends their ideas for connecting family and church.

Michael firmly believes that we can all learn from one another, and his book vividly demonstrates this philosophy.  For this week's Thursday book club, I'll review Collaborate.  I've learned a lot from the book, and I think that other family ministers will as well.

I received a complimentary copy of Collaborate from Minister's Label as part of the book blog tour.  This did not affect my opinion of the book in one way or another.

Happy Birthday CM Connect!

UncategorizedJared Kennedy2 Comments


One year ago, Michael Chanley launched CM Connect as a free resource for those involved in children’s ministry to network with each other.  This is really like Facebook for children's ministers and those who serve as part of a church's ministry to children.  I first heard about CM Connect on Twitter.  The service is a growing ministry.  Earlier today, there were 4, 412 members.

One of the great things about CM Connect is that it is based in our city.  Michael Chanley serves as Parent and Family Minister at Southeast Christian Church here in Louisville.  We recently had a chance to hang out at Quill's Coffee.  I discovered that Michael knows a ton about Indie music (much more than me), and he has a passion for reading and learning about world history.

Michael also has a great passion for helping those in ministry to freely network, connect and share with each other.  Since starting CM Connect, Michael has gone on to start SM Connect for student ministries, Parent Unity for parents and families, and PM Connect for preachers, ministers and missionaries.

If you haven’t already joined one of these networks, what are you waiting for?  Sign up, interact, join groups, chat, and lots more! These are great places to share how the gospel is impacting your parenting and ministry to kids and students.

HT: Elemental Children’s Ministry (I discovered through Henry that today is CM Connect's birthday)