Archive for February, 2009

I want to be a ninja

Posted on 28. Feb, 2009 by .

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ninjaI’ve been following a lot of people on twitter lately. I do follow people intentionally. I read profiles and decide whether to follow. Sometimes I’ll sit down and follow 100 or more people in one sitting. Yeah, it’s a lot of profiles to read in a sitting.

However, I noticed that many people are taking on the title of “ninja.” Like, “I’m a blogging ninja. Or they’ll just claim the title of ninja. I think it was funny the first few times I read it, but now I’m finding that there are a lot of ninjas out there. That’s not nearly as cool as I thought it was. Unfortunately, I really want to be a ninja. Come on, what guy doesn’t?… Read the rest

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Persepctive

Posted on 27. Feb, 2009 by .

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I ran across this video several months ago and someone sent it to me again this week. So funny, but so true. We all lose sight sometimes! Enjoy.

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Intentional Theology: Scope and Sequence

Posted on 26. Feb, 2009 by .

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This week I wrote a couple of posts about doctrine and theology in children’s ministry. Honestly, I think these posts generated the most interesting discussions and interaction I’ve had here at chidlren’s ministry online. So, if you participated in the discussion, thanks for adding value. For those of you who just read, I hope it sparked some thoughts. Feel free to continue to add to the conversation.

If I had to wrap up this idea, I think I’d say that thoughts on doctrine and theology are somewhat divided. I didn’t hear anyone say they weren’t important, but some were concerned about implementation. I think that is key. If it’s this race to fill a child’s head with knowledge, then that’s not success.… Read the rest

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I’ve got an orange on my head!

Posted on 26. Feb, 2009 by .

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kennyorange You’re probably asking, “now, why do you have an Orange on your head?”

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time or if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the Orange Philosophy of ministry. I started learning about Orange a year ago and everything culminated when I attended the Orange Conference. When it comes to ministry, it’s changed the way I think about everything.

So, that didn’t really answer the question. Yes, I love the ReThink Group, their curriculum and resources. I’m very excited to attend the Orange Conference again in a months. However, I believe in what they’re doing and I want to spread the word. If you’re an Orange newbie, you owe it to yourself to learn more about Orange.… Read the rest

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Intentional theology

Posted on 24. Feb, 2009 by .

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I feel like I’m opening a can of worms here. Some good discussion has taken place around my last post, but I feel the need to unpack this a little more.

I guess I want to talk more about our intentionality concerning theology. There’s no doubt, we’re teaching theology every week. It’s in our curriculum. However, how often are we just teaching it when it comes up as opposed to having a plan and purpose for teaching good theology.

This has been something I know a lot of Chidlren’s Pastors have discussed, especially if you’ve come from an education background. In school, 4th graders don’t move to the 5th grade until they’ve mastered a set of standards. It’s universal, so when a child moves from Texas to Utah, a 5th grader should know what a 5th grader should know.… Read the rest

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Where’s the theology?

Posted on 24. Feb, 2009 by .

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This is actually a question that’s been a burden on my heart for a long time. This article recently brought it back to the forefront of my mind. I’ve wrestled with this for close to five years. One day at church one of my volunteers brought me a book that she was using with her kids. It was Catechism. Huh? Yeah, I didn’t know what it was either. If you’re from a catholic background, you’re probably rolling your eyes.

Catechism is a painful ritual and procedure for most devout young Catholics. It’s a list of well over a hundred questions. Each question had an answer and a verse or two to support the answer. Good catholic boys and girls memorized all these answers and sometimes the verses as well.… Read the rest

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A little help with my categories, please…

Posted on 23. Feb, 2009 by .

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Hindsight is always 20/20. If I had know what I know now, I woudn’t have gone nuts over categoires.

The other day I read that in SEO terms, less categories are better than too many. I’ve got way too many. The secret is to use less categories and let tags better describe the actual content. I was talking to Human3rror and I suggested I try to get down ot 8 containers. Human3rror then suggested that I go for 6 even. So, we’ll see where I get. Bellow are all my categories. After looking at all of these categories, what 6-8 categories should I keep (or add)?

Administration
Design
Early Childhood
Elementary
Events
Family
Fresh Ideas
High School
Humor
Leadership
Middle School
Missions
Multi-site
Orange
Parents
Personal
Philosophy
Random
Resources
Reviews
Technology
Training
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Which ones should I get rid of first… or better yet, which ones should I keep?… Read the rest

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www.childrensministryonline.com is getting an overhaul

Posted on 23. Feb, 2009 by .

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I’ve been putting this of for quite a while, but it’s long overdue. I have really like my blog theme, but I feel it’s time for a new look. In addition, setting up a new template for my church blog really inspired me. So, I’ve already got the new template (yes, it is a “premium” template). However, in addition to the new look, I’m doing quite a bit of maintenance.

  1. I’m moving my blog into my root directory. In case you don’t speak geek, I’ll explain. Right now the address to my blog is www.childrensministryonline.com/blog. I always thought I might have another set of pages at the root location, www.childrensoministryonline.com. However, now days the blogs are much more flexible with static pages, so I want to use these built in stateic pages in the root directory.
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Nothing quite like a fresh new template

Posted on 22. Feb, 2009 by .

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A few days ago I rebuilt my church’s Chidlren’s Minsitry blog. Boy did it need it. It was uuuuuugly!

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Now it looks like the site I intended for it to be.

Check it out here.

I spent two to three days looking for a new template, I was looking for something very specific. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of free Worpress templates out there, but I couldn’t find a single one that worked. So I decided to look into a template to purchase. Within twenty minutes, I had my new template. The lesson I’ve learned: You get what you pay for.

So, what was I looking for and how did a “premium” template solve my problems? Well, let me tell you what my issues were.… Read the rest

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Three more great new ministry sites

Posted on 21. Feb, 2009 by .

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A few days ago I wrote about two new ministry sites to the blogosphere. Apparently, there are now three more.

Now welcome the follow three sites:

www.almostexcellent.com
www.almostspecial.com
www.goodenoughfor.me

Seriously, this is some funny stuff. I’m not exactly sure where all of this came from, I’m just reporting what’s been leaked to me.

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