Archive for March, 2010

What makes a great iPhone App?

Posted on 31. Mar, 2010 by .

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iphone_theres_an_app_for_that_t_shirt-p235968994486945626t5tr_400“There’s an app for that.”

It’s a famous phrase that’s commonly used now days. I’ve been accused by someone on my staff of saying it too much myself. Yes, I love my iPhone and I love finding great new apps to enhance my live/experience. However, I’m going to challenge this famous phrase. Just becasue there’s an app for that doesn’t mean there should be. Right?

I’ve downloaded many apps that I’ve deleted immediately after opening it. Either it was broken, didn’t do what I thought it would do or I thought to myself, why do I really need this one? Seriously, there are some apps that people invested way too much time and resources on.

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Pace of innovation

Posted on 31. Mar, 2010 by .

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Last month I flew out to Nashville for a week. While at the airport, I noticed three distinct things.

IMG_0509First of all, I noticed the advertising in the security check-point trays. Since 9-11, going through security has changed everything about air travel. We wait in line and just about literally undress to go through the check-point. It’s been nine years since all of this changed for us, but it wasn’t until this trip that I found advertising in my little security tray. Good job Haynes. Thousands upon thousands of people see this advertisement every day at the Nashville airport, why didn’t someone do this earlier?

Only 3-5 minutes after coming out of security I passed by a Redbox. IMG_0510Duh! Redbox has just about taken over DVD rentals here in the United States, why is this the first one I’ve seen in an Airport.… Read the rest

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Kidmin dismissal

Posted on 31. Mar, 2010 by .

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I’m just trying to gather a little bit of information. Tell me about how you dismiss kids and why you do the things you do, specifically with elementary. I know that what you do depends on how you check-in your kids, but I just want to know more about what everyone does.

Do parents come into the classroom to pick up their kids? Do they wait at the door and you bring their kids to them? How do you verify that the parent is authorized to pick up a child? Do you keep their name tag? Do they keep their name tag? Why?

What have you found to be most efficient? What have you found to be most secure?

I’m hoping to learn some things that you’re doing that can make my check-out/dismissal even better than it is right now.… Read the rest

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Googe Docs tips and tricks: Forms

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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Screen shot 2010-03-30 at 5.05.15 PMI wrote about this two years ago. A lot of you weren’t reading this blog that long ago and those of you who were might want to take a second look at this. It’s just way too cool of a feature.

Let me throw out the situation you might have found yourself in.

  • You’re putting together a volunteer meeting and you want people to sign up to come. You want to ask them if they’re coming, what they’re bringing and if they have kids who will need childcare. You don’t want to use Evite because quite frankly, too many people avoid Evite due to it’s add plastered pages and you don’t want your invite to get lost among the other evites you’re volunteers tend to ignore.
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A different blog you might enjoy

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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24842_10150163402775548_127108530547_11740790_1530534_nDo you ever get tired of reading ministry blog after ministry blog after ministry blog? Do you need a “blog vacation?” I thought you might.

Let me introduce to you my favorite, non-ministry blog. It’s called Dixie Gypsy and it’s written by my beautiful wife. When I was 18 I made a list of the things I wanted in a wife (yeah, I was that kind of guy). I’ll share a secret with you. One of the items on the list was that she would be a Southern girl. Hey, what can I say? If you’re from the South, you know what I’m talking about. :)

So, my little Southern Belle is writing her own blog. Actually, she started the blog almost two years ago but got busy with other stuff.… Read the rest

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Jim Wideman’s Good Friday sale

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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23605_367161217350_833242350_3699005_1167306_nLast week I got this email from Jim Wideman. I thought I’d pass it along to you. Yesterday I shared how everyone needs a coach. Jim’s my coach and he could be your coach as well.

On Friday, April 2nd JWM is going to put on a sale like you have never seen before. I know that budgets have been cut and many of you have been hurt by the economic crisis in our country so I want to help. Back last year I cut the price of theClub in half for people over 30 and started giving it away free for those under 30.

For 1 day I’m going to cut the price of most of my resources including my 1 day Coaching/Seminars called “Day Trips”.

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Book review: Revolutionary Parenting

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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272-largeBuy this book. Read it. Buy a copy for everyone on your team and discuss it together. Get as many parents to read this book as possible. Help them do what this book says. Period.

How’s that for a review?

I honestly think that this is one of the most important books I’ve read in the last 3-5 years. Several years before that Barna released Spiritual Champions which was essentially hailed the holy grail of Children’s Ministry resources. Children’s Pastors from around the world heralded this book as the stamp of validation for what they do as being really important. It was a great book, but I think this one is even more important. This book speaks to results.

In case you don’t know what it’s about, George Barna researched, polled and questioned kids (now young adults) who possess a biblical world view that they developed as they grew up in Christian homes.… Read the rest

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Huge Giveaway: What do you think?

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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bayarea_coverA local church (when I say local, I mean another church in Texas) is doing a creative outreach this Easter Sunday. Bay Area Fellowship of Corpus Christi is giving away millions this Easter Sunday. That’s right, millions. Bikes, guitars, TV’s, gift bags and cars. Yeah, I said cars. It’s part of their message this Sunday called the Ultimate Giveaway. Read more about it here.

God did give us a free gift in his son, Jesus. The gift of grace through this amazing sacrifice is the most valuable and priceless gift ever given and it’s worth getting excited about. Bay Area feels that giving away millions of dollars in gifts not only illustrates the example (obviously not to the same degree) of God’s divine giveaway, but also is a high profile lure to get people to come in and check out what’s going on at Bay Area Fellowship this Easter weekend.… Read the rest

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Move over David and Goliath

Posted on 29. Mar, 2010 by .

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So my friend Sam Luce wrote a very interesting blog post today about his situation in the Blog Madness final four. He posted a beautiful illustration of David and Goliath and compared himself to David and Rob, Amy and I to big ugly giants. Seriously, is that really fair? I mean, Sam has been blogging now for almost three years, he’s and editor for K Magazine and a recently published author with Michael Chanley’s new book, Collaborate. So, I’m not entirely sure it’s fair to compare himself to little ‘ol David. Sam’s totally big stuff.

Secondly, is it really right to equate our blogging battle to the biblical account of David versus Goliath. Our situation seems a little subjective and I’m not sure I want to play the role of the giant.… Read the rest

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Googe Docs tips and tricks: Embedded docs

Posted on 29. Mar, 2010 by .

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GoogleDocsYesterday I featured Google Docs as my app of the week. Let me show you another reason why, a prime example of why you might want to start using Google Docs in your ministry today.

Do you ever have to manage any kind of volunteer schedule? In the past I remember having created the schedule and then sending it out to all my volunteers. Now that we live in the digital age, one mass email and I’m done. Not too shabby. However, how long until that schedule is obsolete? Hours? Minutes? Volunteers call and email with their changes making the schedule you just emailed to everyone outdated. It would be pointless to email everyone with a new schedule every time it changed.… Read the rest

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