Archive for November, 2010

I’m so lame

Posted on 30. Nov, 2010 by .

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I haven’t blogged in close to 10 days. Things have actually been slowing down a little, but I have all these little pet projects that are all coming due this week. Oh, and I’ve been doing a little extra chilling out and reading books and stuff like that. I’m heading up to Fort Worth for a few days so I’ll probably be quite here until Monday.… Read the rest

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-11-22

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by .

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Child Dedication nuts and bolts (File management)

Posted on 18. Nov, 2010 by .

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This week I’ve been writing out every detail of our Child Dedication process. This post is my last entry in this series, and probably one that’s just a little shorter. :)

With the system and process that we have in place, it’s very important that we keep all the files nice and tidy so that when a class or dedication comes up, everything is easily accessible. I thought I’d give you a sneak peak into how we store all the files pertinent to our process. For the past two years, I’ve kept these files neat and orderly, but not in a convenient place for anyone but me. Yeah, they’ve been sitting on my desktop. If I’m being totally honest, the fact that these are sitting on my desktop is what inspired this entire series.… Read the rest

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How do your families serve together?

Posted on 17. Nov, 2010 by .

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Right now my church is developing new strategies to mobilize serving throughout the city. We want every attendee to serve the needs of their neighbors. I’ve never been a part of a church that was so outward focused. It’s still a little disorganized, but I’m really excited about where things are headed.

I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about how I can serve my neighbors. Too often it’s really easy to hide behind our staff roles and serve our community through our jobs. My personal conviction is that it isn’t enough. I get paid to do that, so is it really serving? My wife and I have talked and we really want to find opportunities to serve as a family, specifically opportunities that would be appropriate even for Titus (our three year old).… Read the rest

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Child Dedication nuts and bolts (Information management)

Posted on 17. Nov, 2010 by .

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This week I’ve been writing a series of nuts and bolts posts about how we do Child Dedications here at Gateway. I love establishing processes for things that are done over and over so that excellence happens ever time and so that things get easier every time they are done. Yesterday I wrote about the registration process and today I want to explain how we manage the data so that multiple people can know exactly what is going on and who is involved.

As I described in my blog post yesterday, we have a two part registration. One is for the Prep for Child Dedication Class and the other is for the actual dedication. The first registration is a Google form focused on getting information about the parents, family and situation where the second is a Fellowship One registration focused on getting information about the children being dedicated.… Read the rest

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Do you have a whiteboard in your kitchen?

Posted on 16. Nov, 2010 by .

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I mentioned earlier today that I just finished Patrick Lencioni’s book “The 3 Big Questions for the Frantic Family.” I’m also nearing the end of a small group built around “Revolutionary Parenting” by George Barna. Both book, written by two different authors from two different perspectives and two different end goals seem to have one major thing in common.

Success isn’t going to happen without intentionality and planning.

I got the very strong feeling that families who are intentional and plan around the development of their family and kids are peculiar (not that this is a bad thing at all). I remember several years ago (before Titus), Sara and I went off for an overnight trip in Dallas to develop a mission, vision and core values for our family and people thought this was kind of weird.… Read the rest

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Book Review: The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family

Posted on 16. Nov, 2010 by .

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Lately I’ve been reading a lot of books about family ministry. Almost a year ago, I purchased 5-7 books on the topic of parenting or family ministry and lately I’ve been burning through that stack.

Last Friday I finished Patrick Lencioni’s book, “The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family.” I can’t even begin to tell you how great this book was. If you’ve read any books by Patrick, you know his style and technique and I’ve never found anyone who didn’t like his approach. Although he normally writes books for CEO’s and businesses, this one is aimed at the family. Why?

Patrick explains that when he talks to CEO’s and executives in companies, they often talk about their families and how their families are even more important to them than their companies and careers, but most feel like their families are frantic and disorganized.… Read the rest

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Child Dedication nuts and bolts (Registration process)

Posted on 16. Nov, 2010 by .

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As much as possible, I try to automate as much of our processes as possible. I’ve gone back and forth on several methods but have finally arrived on what I feel is a pretty effective model for Child Dedication that is simple and efficient.

We used to be overwhelmed by questions about child dedication or child baptism which prompted me to put every bit of information a parent might need to know about what we believe and do on our website. Click here to visit our dedication page. Currently it isn’t very pretty, but it’s functional. I’ve trained our receptionists, admins or anyone else who might get emails and phone calls about dedication to direct people to the dedication page on our website.… Read the rest

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I am already thinking about promotion Sunday

Posted on 15. Nov, 2010 by .

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A few days I got an email from a friend in TN asking me some questions about how and when we promote. I’m really glad he asked because it reminded me of some questions I wanted to revisit and some frustrations I’ve run into for the past two years. He wanted to know what other churches do, so I figured I’d ask all of you. First, let me explain what we do here at Gateway, why we do it this way and what I’ve been frustrated about.

For the past two summers, we promoted in August, the week kids start their new classes in school. Actually, I’ve promoted the week school started every year I’ve been in ministry except for one I think.… Read the rest

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Parents in Transition

Posted on 15. Nov, 2010 by .

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Time flies fast from elementary to college age, so get ready to change your parenting habits. Every child seems to move in warp speed toward the teenage years.

I was caught by surprise when a new declaration of personal independence was automatically assumed the day my son got his driver’s license. It was as though I represented an oppressive and extremely unfair regime whenever I tried to enforce any rule. (Whenever I said no to one of my teenage daughters, she would go to her bedroom, close the door and play Britney Spears’ “Overprotected” over and over again for over an hour, loud enough for me and the whole house to hear.) I have to admit, it was difficult for me to transition from parenting children to parenting teenagers.… Read the rest

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