Month: April 2007

Interlocking Foam Pads to supplement flooring needs

Just 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. So, I get online and start hunting. Price really wasn’t going to stop me… I needed something. But for about 30 minutes I hunted for a great deal For the most part, I found 2″x2″ sections that came in a 4 pack which sold for about $20 consistantly. It didn’t matter how many I got, the price stayed the same. Then I came across Get Rung. The deal seemed too good to be true. The more I ordered, the cheaper it got, and shipping was included in the price. Not only that, the 2″x2″ pads came in packs of 6, with the edging and started for only a little more than the best deals I could find for the 4 packs. Several of the other companies were already out as they often took...

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When it rains, it floods!

(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). We got all the kids situated, put on some Looney Toons (my favorite) and made sure everyone was accounted for. Thankfully the day was almost over. It kept raining and raining and raining. After a few more hours, I just decided to go home. I had to walk about 100 feet to my car and got totally drenched. I went on home, sit down for a bit. 45 minutes passed by and I got a phone call from someone on my staff. She said, “Kenny, you might want to get back up here, we’re flooding!” Already, all the offices and part of...

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I’ve been known to baptize anything that breaths…

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. This Sunday I introduced them to the congregation, we all prayed and then started the baptism. As I was baptizing the first girl, something happened. Just as she went underwater, two large beatles swam right over her head! Okay, our facility is only about 4 years old, but I think we built it on an ancient cricket and beattle burial ground because we are definitely haunted by millions of crickets and beatles. It’s usually just during the fall  and spring, but they can be everywhere. I guess I just wasn’t expecting this. After I pulled the first girl out, I tried to remove the beattles without making a...

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The Ultimate Lock-In – Managing chaos!

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 Because we offer a celebrate recovery program on Friday nights, we had to rent out a recreationfacility. Becasuse the facility doesn’t close until 8:00 PM, we couldn’t start our lock-in until 9:00 (the latest I’ve ever started a lock-in). Due to some poor planning on my part, it took a little over 45 minutes to get all the kids registered. Next year I’ll have three check-in stations instead of the one. Families coming in had to check-in (they pre-registered the week before) and then pay (we’re not yet set up to do online payment… soon. I’ve found that in the past, there are people who said they turned in an envelope which never turned up or that someone put the check in the offering. That’s more hassle than I need, so I make everyone pay there). They turn in their liability release form and then...

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Book Review: The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School

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! So, I wasn’t really interested. That very night I was up late doing some work. It was 1:00 AM (yes, I don’t have kids yet) and I wasn’t quite ready to turn in for the night, so I pulled out this book. Finally at 3:30 AM I put the book down because I knew I was going to be trashed the next day if I didn’t get at least 4 hours of sleep. One word… AMAZING! Totally not what I expected. Yes, the book is...

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Children’s Ministry org chart

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. So in the end, staff is overworked and volunteers are under-developed. I believe in the philosophy that ministry should be given away and our ultimate goal should be to work ourselves out of a job (theoretically… ha!). Ultimately, if my staff decided to all take a vacation on one Sunday (which they are not allowed to do), ministry should go on! So, at my upcoming staff retreat I’ll be sharing what our organization looks like so they can see what is expected as well as how to find and develop volunteers.  Because we have two services a weekend (on my campus) we...

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

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? How do I know the Bible is true? How do I use my Bible? How do I pray? What do I pray when I don’t know what to say? How do I have a quiet/devotional time? When reading the Bible, where do I start? These are just some of the questions I attempt to answer. The main point is to prepare and train kids spiritually, lay a solid foundation before they get into middle school. All of this is done through small groups, where kids develop strong relationships with their peers as well as with their small group leaders. I just want our kids to know what they believe and why they believe it and to have the tools they need to study their Bibles and grow in their relationship with God. Back to the point of this post… I just finished year one. 24 separate lessons for K-2nd grade (I co-wrote...

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Calculated Risk

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. Risk is what prompted the writing of this post. Sometimes I do things in children’s ministry that isn’t expected… sometimes I wish I took more. The first time I ever held a lock-in, I didn’t make the kids lay down until 4:00 AM. I took the kids to a bowling ally and I had kindergartners glow-bowling at 12:30 AM. I think there’s nothing funnier than having a 6 year-old look at you with bright eyes and exclaim, “I’ve never been up this late before!” No one ever told me that I had to have the kids down by 11:00 PM. Heck, that’s when I usually start the scavenger hunt. I...

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