Archive for April, 2007

Interlocking Foam Pads to supplement flooring needs

Posted on 29. Apr, 2007 by .

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Nicely PackagedJust a quick post to plug a company that really took care of me this last week. As I wrote in my last post, a large portion of our facility was ruined by flood water, including all of our nursery space. Since the carpet was pulled up (leaving only concrete exposed) we had to put something down for this weekend. I know I had seen these interlocking foam pads at Home Depot for years. I stopped by on Thursday night only to get the strangest looks when explaining what I needed. I tried Wal-Mart too. No luck.… Read the rest

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When it rains, it floods!

Posted on 28. Apr, 2007 by .

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My New Office

My New Office 2

(where I’m officing now… the church lobby)

This week was pretty unusual. We had some April storms come through on Tuesday, nothing unusual for North Texas this time of year. At about 1:45 (during staff meeting with my team) the fire alarms started going off, but amazingly the power stayed on (in Argyle the power has been known to go off with a steady drizzle).

Because the weekly preschool was still in session, all the staff went to help them evacuate. The rain was coming down so hard, we had a major leak down our children’s hallway (water was pouring in) so we evacuated our kids from their classrooms to the auditorium. It was a little bit of chaos (something to work on at next year’s training).… Read the rest

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May we remember these brothers and sisters before we gripe and complain.

Posted on 24. Apr, 2007 by .

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No condemnation here at all, just offering perspective. My problems really aren’t nearly as big as I thought they were. My heart swells with pride when I read this article. Yes it’s sad, but they’ve given more to Christ than I ever have. May I be more like these brothers and sisters of mine!… Read the rest

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I’ve been known to baptize anything that breaths…

Posted on 24. Apr, 2007 by .

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I just had to share this one. I’ve requested the media team to rip this portion of the video so I can put it on this site… it’s just too funny.

I have hold children’s baptism services three times a year we’re we’ll baptized 20-40 kids each day. Outside of that, I usually get the honor of baptizing 2-4 kids a month. This last Sunday I was scheduled to baptize two girls and their mom. I met with them about 3 weeks earlier and had so much fun. This 6 and 8 year old loved Jesus so, so much. I don’t know if a person could love him more than they did. Mom and Dad were really doing a great job.… Read the rest

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The Ultimate Lock-In – Managing chaos!

Posted on 24. Apr, 2007 by .

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One more Ultimate Lock-In… in the bag! As further detailed here, I carried out the 2007 Ultimate Lock-In on Friday, April 20. Probably due to my youth and my quest for fun, I keep my kids up late. Many times, my kindergartners start dropping like flies once we get past the 2:00 am threshold. It was great fun and I think I’d only change a few things.

Here’s the details:

  • $20 a kid ($15 each additional sibling)
  • 186 kids
  • 45 pizzas
  • 2 school busses
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Burkina Faso Recruiting Video… take 489

Posted on 21. Apr, 2007 by .

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Joel and Heidi are very close friends of mine and are changing the lives of thousands in Burkina Faso, but these guys are crazy. Watch them attempt to film a recruiting video to come to Africa and work with them!… Read the rest

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Book Review: The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School

Posted on 20. Apr, 2007 by .

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The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School by Aaron Reynolds

I can think of only one word to sum up what I thought of this book: Fabulous!

Honestly. Last week someone on my staff gave me this book. Although I have a creative streak, usually my administrative tendencies crowd out that part of my personality. Knowing that Willow Creek highly values and usually sets the standard on using the “arts” in ministry… I initially wasn’t interested. I figured this would be a book I would skim. No, really. Any book that is purposely filled with funny and weird sketches on almost every page is enough to make we want to sit in front of CSPAN all day. I think my deal was that I just don’t like using drama and arts in the context of children’s ministry because from my experience, it is usually crappy!… Read the rest

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Children’s Ministry org chart

Posted on 20. Apr, 2007 by .

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This post is in response both to a series of post from the “Just Pudge” blog (post 1, post 2 and post 3) and in response to the work I’ve been doing to get ready for a staff retreat I’m leading in a week. We’ve covering some foundational basics of our ministry such as mission, vision as well as developing some job descriptions, processes and the like. One of the projects I’ve been working on is actually putting together the organization chart so everyone can visualize where everyone fits into this great ministry. Some of my staff feels overwhelmed and overworked. I have a feeling that this organizational chart will show why… some of the staff are filling slots that should be filled by volunteers in this organization.… Read the rest

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Small Groups for Kids: One year down, two to go!

Posted on 18. Apr, 2007 by .

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Woo hoo! Today was a great day. I officially finished the first year of my mid-week program that I am writing, simply called “Small Groups for Kids.” After having tried nearly all the mid-week programs and not loving any of them, I decided to write my own. Of all the curriculum I’ve tried, there were things I liked. But with each one of them, I was left wanting. Here are the things that I didn’t see any curriculum addressing?… Read the rest

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Calculated Risk

Posted on 16. Apr, 2007 by .

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In less than two months, I’ll be a father. Finally. For over ten years of ministry I’ve often gotten strange looks from parents or fellow leaders as a result of some plans or programs. Occasionally they would actually say, “one day, when you’re a parent, you’ll do these things differently.I know my life is about to change. I know everything is about to be different. But I’m really anxious to see if I’m really going to do some of these things differently. I’m not rebellious by any means. If anything, I’ve always been more of a people-pleaser. But sometimes when I get these strange looks and comments about not understanding, it drives me to want to really mix things up.Read the rest

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