Archive for May, 2007

Web Tools (Part 2): Managing Event/Registration Information

Posted on 31. May, 2007 by .

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I wrote yesterday about utilizing your website for communication purposes. It’s an incredibly effective method to communicate to visitors as well as regulars/members. If you make it simple and neat (ideal for all, especially visitors) and up to date with fresh information, you’ll have a great tool. If not, people may visit your page once, but rarely again.

Today I want to focus on the idea of using your website as a tool for communication where your audience can communicate back to you… and I’m not just talking about providing a link to your email. I know some churches are using FellowshipOne software which I used to use (don’t ask). They have the weblink component which is absolutely marvelous! Whether you just want to poll people, sign up for an event, or have people pay online… you can do it through weblink.… Read the rest

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The Future is Now!!! Check out Surface!

Posted on 29. May, 2007 by .

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ripple.jpgThis is the first I’ve heard of this! I know, many of you out there are mac heads… but you have to admit that this is pretty stinkin’ amazing. Honestly, I assumed that Apple would have come up with something like this first. Check out the last video (far right) where people are paying their bill via credit card on the table… amazing!… Read the rest

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Web Tools (Part 1): Opening effective paths of communication

Posted on 29. May, 2007 by .

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I know, totally boring title! However, this is a topic I’m very passionate about. I feel that if you’re not using the internet to communicate with your church… then you are behind the eight-ball (unless you live in a community that is not tech savvy at all… but those are becoming more and more rare). Nearly every church has a website. Regardless if it is pretty or not, is your content up to date, or did you write it 4 years ago when the site launched. Up until about 6 months ago, the church I worked at over 3 years ago still has a page that I wrote when I first got there in 2000. The page described activities that kids could do on Wednesday nights… activities that I had ended shortly before I left.… Read the rest

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Staff Retreat – Developing Mission, Vision and Goals

Posted on 28. May, 2007 by .

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e2a8a.jpgA few weeks ago I took my staff on a retreat. We rented a great lake house on Lake Travis just outside of Austin, Texas. Initially I was taking the team to the PDCM conference… but it was cancelled. So I found this place and made plans to retreat instead of going to a conference.

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The strategy of the Purpose Driven model has helped me tremendously in ministry. Since I moved into my current position a year ago, I’ve made adjustments to ministry to reflect a more “purpose driven” strategy. Everyone has been on board for the most part; however, I wasn’t completely convinced that everyone understood why. This is the reason why I planned to take everyone to Saddleback.Read the rest

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I hired myself…. 6 times.

Posted on 27. May, 2007 by .

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Personality is in the BrainOkay, that’s an exaggeration. I didn’t hire all of my staff (some were inherited). But, 4 out of the 6 people who work with me in CT Kids all have the same personality as me. For many years I’ve been a big fan of the Myers Briggs personality test. For all kinds of staff trainings, I’ve given this test to my team. Now there are all kinds of personality tests out there, but this is by far my favorite. It seems to go a step beyond the others as it divides the population into 16 different personality types. Click here to take the test and click hereto learn more about it. I’ve often found it helpful to take as a group as it shows how different temperaments can work together and how teams can avoid conflict by better understanding they way everyone is designed.… Read the rest

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SURGE: Kids in Missions

Posted on 26. May, 2007 by .

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SURGEWith great excitement I’m embarking on a great new ministry for kids at Cross Timbers. This July I’ll be taking a team of 40 to Mexico on a missions trip. Although mission trips to Mexico are about a common as Baptist Churches in the South, the unique element of SURGE is that we’re taking 4th and 5th graders.… Read the rest

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GO TO SCHOOL!

Posted on 21. May, 2007 by .

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pro-tin-lunch-20-7013.jpg Okay, I know that sounded really demanding. Also I know that school is almost out (two more days in my neck of the woods). However, this needs to be said. If allowed, every children’s pastor needs too be in the schools of the kids they serve. About two years ago I made a commitment to bring lunch to every 3-5th grader who was in small groups. It has been a challenge to bring lunch to 50+ kids in just 12 weeks. However, the investment pays off so big! Usually when having lunch with one of my kids, they invite 2 or 3 friends from their class to sit a the visitor table. At some schools, I actually get to sit at the classroom table.… Read the rest

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The Multi-Site Advantage

Posted on 21. May, 2007 by .

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multisite.jpg  Sorry, I still have multi-site on the brain. I was thinking about my last two posts all weekend and felt that I needed to emphasize the last few sentences of my most recent post. This was the thing that I found so beautiful and so powerful about multi-site kids ministry.… Read the rest

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My Multi-Site Evaluation

Posted on 18. May, 2007 by .

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Okay, my last post was getting too long and I hadn’t even gotten to my honest evaluation. So, I decided to add a separate post of my evaluation. I’ve been intimately involved in a multi-site church for about 18 months on various levels of leadership. In addition, our style of multi-site leadership has changed over the past 18 months. So, this evaluation is simply my honest opinion based on my experiences.… Read the rest

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My Multi-Site Journey

Posted on 16. May, 2007 by .

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CTCCMy new friend Dawn shot me an email asking me about what my church (being multi-site) is like. If you are closely involved in the multi-site movement, you would know that every one is different… kind of like snowflakes. My snowflake is Cross Timbers Community Church and it’s been a very cool ride for me, not without a few bumps along the way. I can say with complete confidence is that we are different from a lot of other multi-sites, but even more so, we’ve been evolving since this trip started. Let me explain my journey…… Read the rest

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