Archive for August, 2008

Zamzar: I love you even more!

Posted on 29. Aug, 2008 by .

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Several months ago I wrote about Zamzar. It is a website that will convert videos for you. I used it for showing YouTube videos in kids church. You could go to Zamzar and type in the URL address of the YouTube video and Zamzar would find it and convert it to your choice of video format. It worked like a charm. Remember, internet videos are not that high quality, so your converted file will be the same quality of what it was on the web.

Then I found a brand new use for Zamzar… and I was amazed. I am designing some business cards for a church in GA. I do most of my design work in Photoshop and then I’d save the files as jpegs to send as proofs.… Read the rest

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Help with a small group activity… win a prize

Posted on 28. Aug, 2008 by .

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I thought I’d throw this out there. My team and I racked our brains for 45 minutes coming up with one more small group activity and we came up with nothing. Maybe you can help. I’ll make it interesting… you give me an idea and we use it, I’ll send you your choice of a $5 iTunes card or Starbucks card.

We’re using 252 and the monthly virtue is Responsibility. The bottom line is “When you can be trusted with a little, you can be trusted with a lot.” The Memory verse is similar: Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” The Bible story is basically the parable of the talents.

The way we’re doing this is a 30 minute large group activity (worship, drama and teaching) and then 35 minutes in small groups.… Read the rest

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I Loath Algerian Font Day #3

Posted on 28. Aug, 2008 by .

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About six weeks ago I went to an office furniture store to purchase some school lockers. As I was walking into the store, I noticed this sign on the door. I was with my staff that knew about my “thing” with Algerian. I usually laugh to myself when I see it in the wild, but it’s more fun to share with others.… Read the rest

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One of my life goals: Accomplished!

Posted on 27. Aug, 2008 by .

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This summer I accomplished one of the big goals in my life… to be published. For years I had been talking about writing… actually it’s probably the main reason I started this blog. When I finished my masters degree I decided that I would spend the 15-20 hours a week I had been studying and apply that to writing. Three years went by and I hadn’t written a lick. That’s when I wrote this post… my first post.

A little over 18 months have passed and I’ve written quite a bit. Almost 300 posts to be exact… and I still just feel like I’m getting started. However, because I started blogging, it helped prime the pump if you will and also helped me establish some connections and relationships that have been so valuable to me!… Read the rest

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Promotion Sunday

Posted on 26. Aug, 2008 by .

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This last Sunday was the infamous “Promotion Sunday.” Of all the “Promotion Sundays” I’ve had in the past, this one actually saw the least promotions. We’re in the process of getting portable space added to our facility (like how I termed that… it was a really sophisticated way of saying we’re getting trailers… ha!) Last year the Kindergartners were a part of elementary and this year they’ll stay with preschool… so kindergarten didn’t actually promote.

The only two things I really had my eye on was the implementation of small groups in elementary and the promotion of our 5th graders into middle school. We had two big wins!

First of all I’ll talk about the small groups. One of the first things on my plate from the moments I began at Gateway ( We even talked about it extensively during my interviews) was to launch small groups in elementary.… Read the rest

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Texting: Art or obsession?

Posted on 22. Aug, 2008 by .

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About three years ago I got email on my phone. It was great. I could now communicate with people via email no matter where I was. Unfortunately, it was at that time when I started getting text messages from more and more people. This really annoyed me since I was paying $40 a month to get email and now people are sending me text messages. I even had some people with email enabled phones sending me text messages to my email enabled phone. Come on! That’s costing me $0.35 a message people!

I finally gave in. I no longer have email on my phone and I too text. It makes sense. If someone has a phone, they more than likely can get a text message.… Read the rest

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I Loath Algerian Font Day #2

Posted on 22. Aug, 2008 by .

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A month or so after getting to Gateway, I found this sign posted in one of our tech booths. Just a few days earlier I told my intern about my distaste for this font. He cracked up when he noticed me finding this sign. Unfortunately, now a few of my staff like to make PowerPoint slides or documents for me to review with this font plastered all over it.… Read the rest

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Facebook is overpopulated? Ugh! Here we go again…

Posted on 21. Aug, 2008 by .

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In the past week I’ve gotten the following message three times through my facebook inbox:

Attention all Facebook members.
Facebook is recently becoming very overpopulated,
There have been many members complaining that Facebook
is becoming very slow.Record shows that the reason is
that there are too many non-active Facebook members
And on the other side too many new Facebook members.
We will be sending this messages around to see if the
Members are active or not,If you’re active please send
to 15 other users using Copy+Paste to show that you are active
Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks,
The user will be deleted without hesitation to create more space,
If Facebook is still overpopulated we kindly ask for donations but until then send this message to all your friends and make sure you send
this message to show me that your active and not deleted.

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Kids these days…

Posted on 20. Aug, 2008 by .

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I’ve got a few new posts coming out the next few days (over the weekend) that kind of relate. I feel like an old man even saying these words. “Kids these days are different.”

A lot has changed! This is totally not the teenage kids just 5 years ago and especially not the teenage kids 10 years ago. The merger of technology and adolescence has changed just about everything.

I don’t profess to know a whole lot about teenage culture… I feel like I’m really out of touch. That’s why I work with people who really know this culture. I feel like I have a much better feel for the younger kids. So the posts over these next few days are more of my observations that I’ve made these last few weeks about the teenage culture.… Read the rest

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Taking small group leaders through the pipeline

Posted on 20. Aug, 2008 by .

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I wrote a few weeks ago about Gateway’s leadership process. Coming into this new role at a new church, I had to get my hands around who were leaders and who wasn’t. I had people who had been through the leadership process and were considered leaders… but they weren’t technically leading anyone. On the other side, I had some people who were leading people but had not been through the leadership process and were not considered leaders. Confusing, hug? Essentially, I’ve had to start over and evaluate my “leaders” one person at a time, find out what they are or are not leading and set them on the right track.

The largest amount of my energy though has been focused on raising up small group leaders for the fall.… Read the rest

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