Archive for September, 2011

Doing ministry alone

Posted on 29. Sep, 2011 by .

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I just had lunch with the Austin Kidmin Network. A year ago this group didn’t exist. Currently the group is up to 50 people, represented by about 15 churches. We’ve got a long way to go to connect other churches in our city, but some amazing relationships are developing. Yesterday I spend a few hours with one Children’s Pastor talking about doing some radical things together so we can truly collaborate and be the church in a city. I love it.

You know, I totally get it that there are many who really aren’t going to network a lot online. Some people are going to lurk and read and not really connect online. However, there really isn’t any excuse for not networking with others in your city. It’s way too easy.

So, here are some questions:

  • When was the last time you had lunch or coffee with a kidmin leader at another church?
  • If you run into a complication, do you have the names of numbers of other local children’s pastors you can call?
  • When was the last time you implemented an idea that you got from what another church was doing locally?

If you answered never, or it’s been more than a year or something like that to the three questions above… I dont’ need to say it, do I? I don’t want to shame anyone. However, I do want to say this. You should NEVER do ministry alone. Whether you’re a church with 10 kids and no staff or a church of 1000 kids and 10 staff… don’t do ministry alone. For both big and small, not networking, sharing and getting help from others is a mark of arrogance, selfishness and a bunch of other unfriendly words I’d like to write down.

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Preparing for what is most important

Posted on 28. Sep, 2011 by .

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Disclaimer: This post has nothing to do with the rapture or end time’s theology. :)

Two days ago my sweet wife sent me this text.

“We are only 62 days from due date. Aaack!”

What she meant by that is “We’ve only got 62 days to get a bunch of things done!!!!”

I quickly responded with this text:

“62 days until we get to meet her. Woo hoo!”

The funny thing is that I’ve been thinking about this silly little text exchange ever since. We do have a to do list a mile long and I’m not quite sure we’ll get everything done before the baby makes it here. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve been busy and we’ve gotten a lot done. We cleaned out the garage (that may not make sense since… she won’t be living in the garage, I promise), we had an epic garage sale, I painted the rest of the house (all the common areas), we’ve bought diapers (that’s another story people) and kinds of other stuff.

However, it’s very easy to get so focused on all the stuff, the to do lists and busy ourselves with all the preparations that we totally forget that everything is getting ready to change for us. I really don’t think it has set in yet. I mean, we’ve done this before with Titus and the change was significant… but it’s been so long since we’ve had sleepless nights, diapers, bottles. Although we’ve had one child already, we’ve never had two. I really have no idea how much harder this is going to me. Honestly, I’ve spent very little time thinking about this… I’ve been too busy getting everything ready and doing all the normal stuff in life.

I can’t say that I’ve really spent that much time thinking about how to father a daughter.… Read the rest

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Top of the list again

Posted on 27. Sep, 2011 by .

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Yesterday, Tony over at Ministry To Children released his top blogs of 2011 post. He spent who knows how many hours pouring over numbers, stats and data to determine a rank for the top 100 kidmin blogs. He’s been doing this for years, but last year was the first year he used a subjective method to consider all the data.

The results? Childrens Ministry Online is the top blog for the second year in a row! Woo hoo!

It truly is an honor. This last weekend I got to speak at a conference where no one knew who I was. Well, maybe there were 2 or 3 people who have read this blog. I encouraged the conference attendees to read kidmin blogs. I encouraged them to contact the authors of the blogs and and pick their brains. I told them not to be intimidated, we’re just a bunch of nobody’s trying to make a difference.

So, although I’m the top Kidmin blogger for the second year in a row, that doesn’t change the fact that this nobody still loves helping others, connecting, sharing ideas and learning from anyone who has ideas. Although I’ve gotten a little slower in recent months (due to Illuminate), feel free to contact me about anything, I love to connect.

What makes me happiest about this list?

Two of my closest friends are with me in the top 3. Oh yeah, and Matt McKee is 14! Ha! I love you too Matt!

I’m excited about many of the other kidmin people I know that are blogging their hearts out. I’m excited to see other friends climbing up this list and making a difference, sharing ideas and making Kidmin better. Here’s to another year blogosphere!… Read the rest

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Big Announcement: Illuminate is coming to Nashville

Posted on 15. Sep, 2011 by .

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With two Illuminate Conferences under my belt, one thing is sure… Illuminate is like no other conference. At both Austin (2010) and Birmingham (2011) I heard the same thing over and over.

Amazing!

Incredible!

Inspiring!

Encouraging!

That’s what kidmin volunteers from Texas, Alabama and Georgia all had to say about their Illuminate experience. So, the only logical thing to do is more events, right? That’s what I thought too.

On Saturday, February 18th, 2012… Illuminate comes to the great city of Nashville, TN! Details are still coming together (like speakers and breakouts) but we do have a handful of great communicators already lined up.

  • Jim Wideman (General Sessions and Leader Q & A)
  • Jonathan Cliff
  • Amy Fenton Lee
  • I’ll be there too… plus a few others
So, if you live within a 2-4 hour radius of Nashville, TN, make plans to attend the only event bringing some of the most influential voices in kidmin to the local arena to equip volunteers. It’s one of the best investments you could make in your volunteer team. At the early bird price, you can afford to bring them all!


For more information about Illuminate, check out illuminateconference.tv. For more information about the Nashville event, visit nashville.illuminateconference.tv.

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Big Illuminate Announcement

Posted on 13. Sep, 2011 by .

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I’m excited about something that is in the works with the Illuminate Conference! It has the potential to make a lot of people very excited. So, what is the big news?

I can’t say. Not yet at least.

I’m not going to make you wait too long though. I’ll make the big announcement on Thursday (10/15), at 10:00 AM CST!

Stay Tuned!

 

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Pray for Rain

Posted on 07. Sep, 2011 by .

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You’ve probably seen this on the news, but Central Texas has been experiencing wildfires that are devastating homes and communities. I honestly don’t remember the last time I’ve seen rain. It’s been several months for sure and it was nothing more than a flash in the pan. Also, with temperatures over 100 degrees since late May, this area has literally become a tinder box.

Here in Austin, we’ve had fires start up all around the city, several just a few miles from my church and home. Many friends have been evacuated although I don’t know anyone personally who has lost a home yet (although many have). The fires in Bastrop (southeast of Austin) have experienced the worst. The fires have been burning since the weekend at least and firefighters just haven’t been able to contain it.

Obviously we’re in the midst of a significant drought, but we simply need rain to put these fires out. So, if you think about it, send some prayer out here to Texas where we could really use a few storms!

This is a view from space. You can see the fires from Bastrop as the smoke trails hundreds of miles down to the gulf coast.… Read the rest

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