Archive for March, 2013

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

Posted on 28. Mar, 2013 by .


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 .


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 .


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.… Read the rest

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

Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 by .


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.… Read the rest

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Big Day for Illuminate

Posted on 01. Mar, 2013 by .


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.… Read the rest

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