Archive for March, 2013

Holy Weekend! It’s going to be a Great Easter!

Posted on 28. Mar, 2013 by .

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I love my church! This weekend we have an INCREDIBLE line up. It starts tomorrow night with "Embrace the Cross," a Good Friday Experience  This year though, we've gone to great lengths to create a Good Friday FAMILY Experience. It's called "Journey through the Passion." It's an interactive, parent guided walk though Holy Week. We just can't wait. On Saturday, we're hosting an "Egg-a-Palooza." Essentially, we want as many families as possible to attend on Saturday night so we have plenty of room on Sunday... so we're throwing a fun family party before our Saturday service. It's going to be epic. I'll post next week on what we did and how we pulled it off. Stay tuned. Also, normally in Texas, I say to pray for rain... but on Friday and Saturday, pray it doesn't rain. Easter Weekend

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Easter commercial for parents of young kids

Posted on 28. Mar, 2013 by .

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I love this comercial from 12 Stone Church, a great church outside of Atlanta, GA. They took a comical look at the very real frustration that parents of young kids feel about getting to church on time.

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Two dangerous apps

Posted on 27. Mar, 2013 by .

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I’m very involved in the student ministry at my church now and as a result, I’ve learned a lot more about what students are “in to” these days. When you know what the Middle School and High Scholl students are doing, I know it’s only a matter of time before the elementary kids are into it as well. It took a while before I started getting friend request from elementary kids, but now it’s common to see 4th and 5th graders getting onto Facebook. I’m also starting to get follows from many of our older elementary kids on Instagram, so the social media juggernaut is well on it’s way into elementary life!

Although Apple keeps most objectionable apps out of the store, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t apps that can be incredibly destructive to young people. I want to present two that are becoming quite popular among students. Here’s the problem. Many of the kids will follow the students on social media because they know them, they know their siblings and they attend the same church. The kids may download certain apps because the older kids reference it in their posts or on their profile pages. Once these apps end up on the phones, it’s only a matter of time before they’re sucked into dangerous waters.

The first app is called snapchat. Here’s how snapchat works. It allows you to send a picture to a friend or contact and you set the expiration of the picture from 1-10 seconds. That means after they’ve seen the image for a maximum of 10 seconds, it dissapears forever. Here’s what they say on their website:

Snapchat is the fastest way to share a moment with friends.

You control how long your friends can view your message – simply set the timer up to ten seconds and send.Read the rest

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Working offsite for ministry: What is your church’s culture?

Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 by .

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At Gateway, we’ve been spending some time discussing work culture and debating the pros and cons. We really value flexibility as long as there is accountability. We outgrew our offices years ago. There are only a few lucky people who have an office to themselves, but even those days are numbered. I don’t think anyone is really advocating we build bigger offices, but how can we be more creative with the space we do have and how our staff works both in and out of the office. For us, many of our staff work offsite multiple days of the week. This kind of arrangement can always be a mixed bag. I thought I’d throw this conversation out to the community and see what your church culture looks like. What are the pros and cons you have experienced?

For me, I’m far more productive if I can get some hours away from the office. This usually means sitting in a coffee shop, restaurant or even a library. No one can bother me and I have multiple hour stretched where I can tackle big projects or work on creative elements that require a lot of concentration. I usually work offsite on Monday mornings, Wednesday mornings and whenever I can on Thursdays… depending on meetings I need to have. I probably average 10-15 hours a week offsite, and this really amps my productivity… but I know this isn’t always the case for everyone.

Even more interesting, both Yahoo and Best Buy have been very public about changes to their offsite work policies. Yahoo is bringing everyone back into the office and Best Buy is saying that it must be reviewed by managers on a case by case basis.

What about you? Is working offsite productive or distracting? Is it allowed by your church or restricted?… Read the rest

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Big Day for Illuminate

Posted on 01. Mar, 2013 by .

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I know, you may be thinking.. when is he going to stop writing about Illuminate? I’m sorry, but tomorrow is event number 4 in only 5 weeks. I’ve got Illuminate on the brain.

However, I just have to brag a little. The Fort Lauderdale event was added to the roster as this year’s 4th event. Because Birmingham, Austin and Nashville were earlier in the season, they initially got more attention. The holidays came and went and a few weeks later I found myself in a challenging place. Fort Lauderdale was less that six weeks away and there were 15 people registered. Even worse, I only knew three people in Fort Lauderdale. I was starting to have some doubts about the event. I asked myself, “what if only 100 people show up?”

Well, I managed to start getting the word out on almost one month ago, I flew to Fort Lauderdale for a kidmin networking lunch. About 20 people showed up and it was a great day of connecting and sharing the vision of Illuminate. Many of my new South Florida friends helped to spread the word for me and connected me to other churches. Slowly but surely, the registrations came in one after another.

So, with the Fort Lauderdale event happening tomorrow, I’m so incredibly proud to announce that we have 420 people registered for the event. 420! That’s crazy! I’m so excited about this event!

Even bigger news. This event marks another big milestone. With this event, we crossed the 1500th Illuminate Registration for the 2012-2013 season. Last year we barely had over 1000 registrations, this year we’ve hit 1500 with still another event to go. I’m so proud to be a part of this movement and it brings me great joy to see volunteers on the front line being equipped through Illuminate.… Read the rest

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