Archive for March, 2009

Christian fiction recommendation

Posted on 27. Mar, 2009 by .

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Some of my favorite books of all time include the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien and Chronicles of Narnia series by Lewis. I’m a big fan of the fantasy genre.

Michael Warden is an accomplished author and happens to be on staff at Gateway. Actually he works part time at Gateway (he develops leaders and leadership material for other leaders. He is also a life coach. In addition to all of this, he’s an author of several books. One of his books just won a spot in the top ten of 2008 from the Christian Fiction Review earning it one of the “Best of 2008. It was one of only eight books to get a 10/10 review. It’s the book “Waymaker,” the second book in his series called The Pearlsong Refounding.… Read the rest

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Blog maitenance: kill me now!

Posted on 26. Mar, 2009 by .

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For the last few months I’ve been cleaning up my blog. I found some SEO (Search Engine Optimization) tools that are amazing, however it has required me to go back and update every post. In additon, I didn’t start tagging my posts unitl about five months ago. So, I’ve been going back and creatining tags for past blog posts. Yes, this is taking a very long time. I just updated two pages of post on my admin screen. That’s 30 separate posts. It took two hours.

I have 14 pages left, or 210 inidvidual blog posts. Yeah, about 14 more hours of cleanup. Once I’m done with this clean up, I’ll be updating my categories and moving my blog to the root directory.… Read the rest

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Things our grandkids will never understand

Posted on 22. Mar, 2009 by .

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I don’t even remember how I found this page. However, it made me laugh.

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Seriously, do I even need to make a connection to Children’s Ministry? If you were using a tool 5-10 years ago, are kids still identifying with it today.… Read the rest

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Unleash your blogging potential

Posted on 21. Mar, 2009 by .

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Okay, don’t laugh at me. This post was inspired from Tony Morgan’s breakout at the 2008 Unleash. Yeah, the 2008 conference. Yes the 2009 conference was last week… I’m just a little behind. No, I didn’t go, but I read Rich Butler’s notes from the breakout a year ago and I saved this as a draft and have been putting off writing this post. I’m not really sure why, but I’m glad I did.

Here are the main points:

1. Determine your primary audience.
2. Post regularly.
3. Keep your post short.
4. Don’t sell yourself.
5. Use Humor
6. Stop Attacking other people and ministries on your blog. (Hurt people, hurt people!)
7. Remember blogging isn’t private.
8. Be a thought leader.… Read the rest

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When God works in spite of you

Posted on 19. Mar, 2009 by .

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I love a good plan. Strategy and tactics, they get the blood pumping. I think that careful planning brings honor to God, but sometimes he like to mess with us and work outside of our plans. If anything, he likes to keep it interesting.

This last Sunday was an exciting day. I found out only three weeks ago that we were having a baptism on April 5th. I immediately booked our only available meeting space on Sunday morning for a baptism class. Unfortunately, I only had 10 days to promote the class. By the time Sunday rolled around, we had about eight kids registered for the 9:30 class and three for the 1:00 class. Recently I modified the format of the baptism class where I allow parents to take the lead.… Read the rest

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Don’t get too attached to twitter

Posted on 18. Mar, 2009 by .

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I recenly had a conversation with someone who was frustrated that as soon as they got connected on Myspace, everyone started leaving for Facebook. To be honest, social media may not be for those who can’t handle rapid change.

I just read a fascinating article by Steve Rubel titled “Twitter is Peaking.” This guy is an authority in this kind of stuff and he offers some great insight into twitter’s life cycle. One of the things he said is

“As I have written before, no community has ever had staying power. Twitter right now is poised to fall victim to the same trend.”

I love Twitter and would hate to see it go, but serioulsy, something better is right around the corner.… Read the rest

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Child Dedicaiton: Conclusion

Posted on 18. Mar, 2009 by .

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Either I was really thorough or I beat a dead horse. I’ll let you decide, just don’t tell me. :)

So, I’ve been very specific on how we’ve morphed our Child Dedication and all of its components. What we did last week was by far the best dedication I’ve been a part of, but there is still room to tweak. So, here are things I’m considering for the dedication we’re doing in May.

  • Registration will stay the same. Parents will register online to attend the class and after the class, they’ll need to register the children. To make things easier, I’ll log a computer into Fellowship One and allow families to register their children that night.
  • I’m thinking of creating a closer connection with the pastors/leaders and the families they pray for.
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Child Dedication: Feedback

Posted on 17. Mar, 2009 by .

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I feel the best way to grow and learn is to ask people their opinion. As much as I can, I like to build in a review process to events, classes and experiences. Since we made so many changes to the Child Dedication this time around, I really craved feedback. Below are the questions I asked:

Tell me about your Prep for Child Dedication Class experience.
What did you like? What didn’t you like?
What do I need to keep the same and what do I need to change?
Was the information in the class helpful?
Did the material inspire further questions following the class?

Tell me about the dedication experience.
What did you like?
What didn’t you like?
What do I need to keep the same and what do I need to change?… Read the rest

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REGISTER FOR ORANGE TODAY!

Posted on 17. Mar, 2009 by .

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Have you been thinking about registering for Orange? You might want to do so today. ReThink is offering a St. Patrick’s Day special today. 2909 people have already registered and the goal is to get to 3,000 today.

Here’s what’s happening:

If we get up to 3,000 today, then I’ll give the church that registers  person number 3,000 four free registrations to the conference AND preconference.  I’ll either refund them the cost of 4 people or give them passes for 4 additional people.  It’ll be their lucky day. :)

There is nothing people need to do to participate…I’ll be watching the numbers and if we get to that number today, then I’ll post the winner on the Orange website news feed tomorrow.  But this is only good if we hit that number today!

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Buzz around “End of Evangelicalism”

Posted on 16. Mar, 2009 by .

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That’s a really long word and sometimes tricky to say.

Last week this article created quite a buzz around the blogosphere. If you haven’t read it or heard about it, crawl out from under that rock you’ve been hiding under and give it a read.

Sam Luce published a great post about it the other day.
Sam, Henry, Michael and I recorded a new podcast specifically talking about this article and it’s impact on Children’s Ministry.

Here are several other articles that were published in reaction to this information (these were provided to me by Henry Zonio):

Study results that original article was based on.
USAToday’s take on the study
Ed Stetzer Post #1
Ed Stetzer Post #2
Ed Stetzer Post #3
Article from the George Barna Group
Christianity Today Article

Just being honest here.… Read the rest

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