Archive for October, 2008

What do you think? Will it sell?

Posted on 31. Oct, 2008 by .

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Today is my day off and I’m trying to complete my list of things to do today. One of them is to list a bunch of stuff on Craigs List and Ebay. Here is one of my items.

Taking bets now. Do you think it will sell? What are my odds?… Read the rest

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Halloween outreach: A new idea

Posted on 31. Oct, 2008 by .

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I’ve done my share of Halloween outreach/alternatives. I’ve done ‘em big too, and they can be a lot of fun. But they can also be a lot of work. I haven’t done one in four years and I haven’t really been looking to do another one anytime soon either. However, I had an idea while sitting in a staff meeting this week and I’m totally interested in fleshing this idea out.

When i was in college, we did an outreach event every year on Halloween. About 2,000 students participated. All the students came together to the chapel for some worship and then instructions. Students were organized by the floor they lived on. We would then be given a map of 5-7 streets to go visit.… Read the rest

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Vision: The cure to anxiety?

Posted on 30. Oct, 2008 by .

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Okay, this is a little raw and honest. Since I got back from vacation, I’ve been struggling with anxiety.

It’s been strange. Since I’ve been doing Children’s Ministry full time I’d usually have one of “those days” every year or two. It was when t felt like the sky was falling and I couldn’t breath. My solution was to usually close my office door, turn out the lights and cry for a few minutes. Then I’d get a Lemon Berry Slush and things would be better. This was a pattern, it would happen every year or two and when it would happen, I knew what to do.

Until this year.

On my way home from Canada, I started to get those feelings of anxiety.… Read the rest

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I read just read The Shack

Posted on 30. Oct, 2008 by .

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My mom brought me her copy of The Shack. I hadn’t heard of it until about two months ago. Apparently I’ve been living in a hole. The only thing I’d really heard about it was that it was stirring up quite a bit of controversy, but the masses were loving it.

I read it in about a week. It was the first book I’ve ever read that caused me to cry. Okay, maybe that is a little bit of a stretch. My eyes misted over and I got the little lump in my throat. That’s what happened. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a hard-hearted dude. Every time I watch Homeward Bound or even the Fox and the Hound, I cry like a baby.… Read the rest

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Volunteers: When you don’t have enough (Part 2)

Posted on 29. Oct, 2008 by .

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I was hoping to get a little more feedback from my previous post about how you fill the gaps. If you didn’t read it or didn’t have a chance to post, I’d still like to hear some more ideas. You can post your comments with this post or the original one.

So, if you’re recruiting or you need to recruit to fill some holes, what do you do in the mean time?

Last year at the Orange Conference I heard Craig Jutila talk about this. He said, whatever you do, don’t fill the spot yourself. You’ll get stuck and if you’re the leader, how can you lead when you’re stuck in a spot that should be filled by someone you’re leading.… Read the rest

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Blogging dead? Say it aint so.

Posted on 28. Oct, 2008 by .

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This has been bugging me for a many days now. The fact that I haven’t just let it go or forgotten about it is the part of what bugs me. Steven Dilla, the Preschool Pastor at Fellowship Church, Grapvine (and an incredibly great guy, he gave me a fantastic tour a few months ago… thanks Matt for introducing me to Steven) deleted his blog. He read this article and then deleted it.

Now I’m a big fan of Wired magazine and really appreciate the insight on technology and culture. After reading the article myself I would have to say that I agree. Blogging is so 2004.

However, the true question is, “am I ready for change?”

I don’t know that I am… yet.… Read the rest

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Volunteers: When you don’t have enough

Posted on 28. Oct, 2008 by .

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I’m really curious about something.

One of the most popular subject to discuss in children’s ministry is the recruiting, retention and leading of volunteers. Why? Because we all need ‘em. I’ve never met anyone who had all the volunteers they’ve needed. When I was just starting out in ministry and feeling the responsibilities of recruiting, I felt comfort in the fact that a really big church down the road that I respected for their excellence and quality in ministry was also in the midst of trying to recruit several hundred new volunteers. Even when in Malaysia several years ago when doing some CM training, several local CP’s would come up and say, “but you don’t understand. It’s different here. We never have enough volunteers!” It’s a global challenge.… Read the rest

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Should I play spin the bottle?

Posted on 27. Oct, 2008 by .

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We’re in the middle of our Soul Revolution push as a church and so I’m creating a Soul Revolution activity for each Sunday during the 9 weeks. Normally the kids would do 3 separate activities in small groups that go along with the 252 Basics curriculum. However, right now I am writing one of those to be a Soul Revolution activity.

I’ve got one activity that is tripping me up. I want the kids to randomly select another kid in their group to encourage. Then the next kid will randomly select another kid to encourage. I really don’t want to spin a bottle, but what better “random selecting tool” is there. Simple. Cheap. But unfortunately loaded with connotations.

So, the big questions?… Read the rest

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Budgets: Are you feeling a crunch this year?

Posted on 27. Oct, 2008 by .

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I’m just curious and throwing this question out there. With the economy in the condition it is in at this time, is your church really feeling it? How has that affected your budget or your budget planning for next year?

I’m working on the 2009 budget this week and I think we’re anticipating things to get a little tight, but nothing to serious.

Anyone have to make budget cuts? What areas are seeing the cuts? What ways are you having to be creative to deal with shortfalls?… Read the rest

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Valuable lesson: I’m no good at managing multiple blogs

Posted on 27. Oct, 2008 by .

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I’m just not very good at it. I have three blogs right now. This blog, a personal family blog and a church blog that we use to communicate to parents. Probably in the next few weeks, I’ll be launching another blog for volunteers. It’s less about regular updates and more about a place where they can get lesson plans, documents and view training resources. Man do we need that soon.

But, I’ve found that I’m just no good at doing all of these… at the same time. I’ve not written a word in two weeks on this blog, but in the mean time I’ve been making many updates to my other blogs. Sorry to neglect, I’ve got some things to discuss this week, so I should be regular week again.… Read the rest

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