So, yesterday I got punked by my own prank. It was so funny. At lunch yesterday, I told everyone about a great new facebook prank to play. I recently learned it and hadn’t tried it yet. If you can hop on someone’s computer when they’re not on it, get on their Facebook account and change theirÂ birthdayÂ to today. Later in the day, they’ll find out what you’ve done after they have dozens of “happy birthday” comments. Well, yesterday during the main afternoon session, I spent the entire time meeting and talking with people. While away from my computer, some other blogger (Jonathan Cliff) changed my birthday. So, since last night, people have been wishing me a happy birthday. I think someone even brought me a cake. Very funny, huh? Now you know a great prank. Have fun with it… just be ready to get punked by your own...Read More
Month: April 2011
This year I’m helping host some breakouts, so Multi-Site Kidmin is the only breakout that I chose to attend. Nina Schmidgall, the Children’s Pastor led the breakout and did a great job. Here are some details about the church: National Community Church is a multi-site church in Washington D.C. They have 7 locations: One coffee house, one performing arts location and five movie theaters. 78% of the church are in their 20’s or 30’s. 63% are single (49% are in 20’s and 29% are in 30’s) 27% are unchurched Campuses launch with full time pastor and volunteer kidmin Don’t use “only” or “just” as it devalues what we’re asking them to do. Say it like it is, don’t say, it’s “only” once a year or “just” a one time meeting. Have more confidence in what it is you’re asking them to do. Kid’s Campus Pastors – Keepers of the DNA Sorry, there was a little more, but my battery died while I was taking notes. It was a great breakout and some good insight from a church doing multisite in a big...Read More
As you know, I’m blogging for Orange this week, my third year straight. One of the things that is making it much easier to blog this year is some space that David Lyons of MinisterSearch has provided… the blogging suites. Woo hoo! If you’re here at Orange, MinisterSearch wants to connect with you. Come by anytime today and stop by the blogging suite and meet David as well as all the bloggers. Here’s some incentive for you. Drop by and sign up to be entered into a drawing for a new iPad. Yeah, that’s right… a new iPad. So, who is MinisterSearch? What is MinisterSearch? MinisterSearch is a search firm for those who serve in the church. Whether you’re a church looking to hire someone or you’re seeking a position in a church, MinisterSearch is a great resource for you. Several years ago I worked with a Search Firm to secure my position at Gateway Church. Let me tell you, it was an AMAZINGÂ experience. A search team like MinisterSearch have connections that you won’t know about. They know about unpublished positions or people that no one knows they are looking to move. They are thorough in their processes and the entireÂ experienceÂ is wonderful. Job transitions can be so very difficult, so be sure to connect with...Read More
I already feel like I’ve crammed 4 or 5 days in the last 24 hours. It’s been a wild ride already and we’re just getting started. I hope I have enough juice to last all week. Ha! I got started yesterday with a two hour lunch with Rob Bradbury from Melbourne, Australia. I met him 3 years ago at my first Orange Conference. I only knew him as the guy on the cover of the first K Magazine. Over the years I’ve gotten to know him casually through his blog and through others and he’s gotten to know me through my blog. It was an AMAZING lunch. I love that guy. I’ll write more about my meeting with him later. Last night I connected with the rest of the blogging team for dinner and a late night hang-out with some of my good friends. It was a great night. Then this morning, I kicked off the Pre-Conference with 4 breakouts back-to-back. CRAZY! It was SO MUCH FUN! I’ll write more about those later as well. Ha! Now I’m getting ready to grab dinner with Jim Wideman and other Infuse people before the conference kicks off. It’s going to be...Read More
In case you didn’t know, I’m speaking at Orange this year. Crazy, huh? I still can’t believe they asked me to lead a couple of breakouts. I’m excited, nervous and honored all at the same time. So, I thought I’d share with you what my breakouts are about this year. How to Plan a Ministry Calendar – You know that I’m passionate about this kind of stuff. I’ve written blog posts (plural) about this kind of stuff. It’s only natural that they’d pick me, ha! I think that too often we don’t make the best use of our time each year. We often have good intentions, but ministry is busy and when the year is done we wonder why we didn’t do this or that. In this session, I’m going to share some key practices that should be in place anytime you set up to plan your calendar. How to Design Great Signage – Matt McKee and I are co-hosting. This one is going to be epic. I’ve done series about this kind of stuff. I can break this one down for you. You have an important message to share. People need to hear the message you have. Don’t make crappy signs ever again! How to Communication with Volunteers Via Text Messages – Honest truth, Matt McKee is leading this breakout. I’m just there to help him out. He’s...Read More
In case this is your first day on the internet and you just found this blog, I thought I’d let you know about an incredible conference that’s kicking off this week in Atlanta. It’s called Orange and if you serve in the church, you don’t want to miss it! Although it might be a little pricey, you can probably still book some airfare to get out to Atlanta and attend. I’m telling you, it’s worth it. Just start driving right now! Click here to register for Orange! For those of you who can’t come for whatever reason, just stay connected right here. There are dozens of “Orange” bloggers this year and I’ll connect relevant content here as well as more original content that you’ll have time to read. Â As good as it’s going to be here on ChildrensMinistryOnline.com, I’d still encourage you to register and get to...Read More
Only a few months ago I wrote posts about both Microsoft Tags as well as QR Codes. Today I flew from Austin, TX to Atlanta, GA and have seen no less than a dozen QR Codes and one Microsoft Tag. They’re everywhere. Even on Saturday, I posted a video where in the video there is a guy holding a giant QR Code and if you scan it, you’ll get a bonus video. They’re atÂ restaurants, in magazines, on billboards and everywhere else. Right now I feel like these things are like twitter in the early days. They’re really cool, but I’m not sure if they’re going to stick around or if they’ll die out. Regardless of their longevity, how are you using them right now? Are you using them? Why not? As communicators, we have a message that needs to be heard. If people are intrigued by anything with a code on it, why wouldn’t you put the important things you need people to know on a code? I challenge you think about ways you can incorporate it into your communication this summer. Take home sheets Announcement slide ProgramÂ announcements Postcard to new families You know they are free to set up,...Read More
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited about Orange. I’m expecting to learn some stuff I didn’t know before and get blown-away, challenged and encouraged all at the same time. However, there’s something else I’m looking forward to more than these things. Seeing and hanging out with some of my favorite people in the world! I’ve been fortunate to have gotten to see Sam Luce, Matt McKee, Jonathan Cliff and Gina McClain multiple times since last year at Orange. I feel like practically see Sam every month. 🙂 But Orange is the one time I get to see all of these friends at once. I love it! In addition to those other guys, I get to see other good friends that I know and love. I get to share a meal with Brother Jim at least twice as well as Kendra from North Point, Anthony from California, Rob from Down Under, Craig from Mississippi, Jenny from Birmingham, Dan fromÂ Michigan, and so many others, I just don’t have time to list them all. I’m also so excited to meet some folks that I’ve not ever met in person. One guy I’m looking forward to giving a big bear hug to is Jared Massey. I’ve not met him yet, but I feel like I’ve known him for years. In case you didn’t know, he’s got the top kidmin blog in the...Read More
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