How I Learned to Eat Frogs for Breakfast

Posted on 12. Jun, 2015 by .

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I’m somewhat of a productivity junky. I have an overwhelming desire to “get it all done.” I’m always looking for ways to delegate tasks, waste less time and achieve bigger results. However, I think the concept of “eating my frogs” has done more for me than anything else. I’m the only one who has read the book on eating frogs, but everyone on my team talks about it as if it’s not a weird thing at all. I’ll come up to the office and ask where someone is and a likely answer is, “she’s home all morning eating her frogs.” I’ll simply nod my head and think, “good for her.”

So what does productivity have to do with eating frogs? Let me explain?

Mark Twain once said,

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

Interesting, right? I’m not 100% sure that Twain was writing about productivity, but he created a visual image that relates to the biggest enemy of productivity. Procrastination. Every day we have have really big items on our task list that we keep putting off. We put them off because they’re big. They’re going to take a while. They’re challenging requiring extra thought, focus and creativity. It’s easier to clean out the inbox or doing those other tasks that make us feel productive because we’re quickly crossing things off our to-do list. We just poke at the frogs and move on to something else.

Unfortunately, it’s the frogs that represent true productivity. One or two frogs generally outweigh everything else on the list. So here’s the idea about eating frogs. Eat ’em early. Get them done. Prioritize the time it takes to put them away and it changes everything. Think about it for a second.… Read the rest

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Career Kidmin isn’t the only way

Posted on 11. Jun, 2015 by .

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I have nothing but amazing respect for the men and women who have given their entire lives to Children’s Ministry. They’re “career children’s pastors” and there’s something admirable about this. Some in ministry can get really frustrated who use a ministry position as a stepping stone to their end game of senior leadership (although this seems to be more of an issue in student ministry than kidmin). The whole stepping stone issues is a completely different topic I may address later. Regardless, I’d like to say something about the “career kidmin” thing.

I think there’s a misconception. There are some young people starting off in kidmin who have this idea that to do anything other than Children’s Ministry would be a step down. They value ministry to kids so highly that they shake their heads in disapproval when a fellow kidmin brother or sister takes a different role in ministry. I totally get it. I used to see ministry through the same lens. But my advice to you is to stop being so narrow minded. Here are three reasons why the “career kidmin” perspective is limited.… Read the rest

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Naming Your Children’s Ministry

Posted on 10. Jun, 2015 by .

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One of the most visited pages on this blog is a post I wrote years ago about naming your ministry. The comments have been active for years. It seems like people want ideas on what to name their ministry. I’ve been in ministry for nearly 20 years and I’ve renamed/rebranded a ministry five different times. Sometimes it’s been the result of a complete and total ministry overhaul. Sometimes it’s simply been out of a need to refresh.

Renaming a ministry can be challenging. The desire to be both original and unique to your specific environment may seem impossible. However, one of the things I like to do is get inspiration from others. What are others calling their ministries? When exploring all the options, I might find a name I absolutely love or maybe it leads to a line of thought that leads to the perfect name. So, I’m going to do you a favor. Below I’ve compiled a list of some of the fastest growing churches in America and the names of their Children’s Ministries. Some have names for multiple age groups. I’ll include them all.… Read the rest

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Preschool Ninja Wanted

Posted on 13. May, 2015 by .

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I’m officially searching for my next Preschool Ninja!

I hired an incredible Preschool Ninja about 18 months ago, but she had to go fall in love with someone who swept her off her feet and is taking her away from Austin (insert violin music here). So, I’m officially looking for her replacement and I’m really excited to see who my new preschool ninja might be.

A few weeks ago I launched preschoolninja.com to help me find the right person. Go ahead, check it out!

Let me boil it down for you here – most preschool director positions are the same. Just change the location and church name. However, the position for Preschool Ninja at Gateway Church isn’t like most. There are three things that make this position unique:… Read the rest

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted on 10. May, 2015 by .

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Being a father has made me truly appreciate Mother’s Day in a way I couldn’t ever understand before. Let’s be honest guys, the mothers out there deserve far more than a day. Sure, we’ve got Father’s Day and I guess you can say that we’ve earned it – but let’s not get into the comparison game because we’ll lose every time. Mother’s Day should be an entire weekend event, maybe even a whole week.

Mom’s rock!

However, I want to to honor the mom who usually doesn’t get recognized. The mom with no babies to hold. Yesterday, Kristen Ivy wrote a beautiful post on the Parent Cue blog titled “Mothers with no babies to hold.” Perfect written Kristen.

Kristen wrote about how she want’s Mother’s Day, but she also wants it for this particular moms:

But I also want Mother’s Day for a lot of other mothers.
I want Mother’s Day for all the mothers who never held their living babies.
I want Mother’s Day for all the mothers who are still hoping for a child.
I want Mother’s Day for all the mothers who said goodbye to a child much too soon.
And I want Mother’s Day for those who no longer have a mother to send a card to.

Read the full post here.

To those mothers, my thoughts and prayers are with you today.… Read the rest

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Treat Your Mother Right

Posted on 10. May, 2015 by .

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I can’t think of a better way to honor mothers than this video. I’ll recap after the video.

Let’s all remember:

M is for the moan, and the miserable groan from the pain that she felt when I was born

is for the oven with it’s burnin’ heat where she stood makin’ sure I had something to eat

is for the time that she stayed up at night and took my temperature when I wasn’t feelin’ right

is for the hard earned money she spent to keep clothes on my back and try to pay da’ rent

is every wrinkle I put on her face and every worry that I caused when I stayed out late

The last letter R is that she taught me respect and for the room up in heaven that I know she’ll get

Happy Mother’s Day from Mr. T!… Read the rest

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Career advice for an aspiring Children’s Pastor

Posted on 16. Apr, 2015 by .

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I’m kinda working on an ebook. I have been for the past 18 months. When I say working on it, I mean mostly in my head. I’ve written an outline and several posts on this blog from over the years will be turned into chapters. The inspiration comes from the hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes that have come across my desk over the years. I feel like I’m usually hiring someone every year and I’m often frustrated by the quality of most of the resumes sent my way. I’m frustrated because of my time wasted by unqualified applicants but also frustrated for many of the applicants. Most of the time, the answer is “no” for all the hopeful candidates. However, I feel that with some coaching and adjustments to the resume, they’d likely get a “maybe.”

A part of this ebook (seriously, I’m going to write it) will focus on broader ideas like, where do you want to be 10 years from now? It’s one thing to look for a job, but its an entirely different thing to plan out a career and it seems like most people are a little short-sighted.… Read the rest

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Who is more important than what

Posted on 13. Apr, 2015 by .

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I’m about two weeks out from my annual trek to the Orange Conference and I’ve been busy getting ready. I usually have responsibilities at Orange (this year I’m leading/hosting the NextGen Leaders track), but even before my friends at Orange gave me work to do, it’s been a long time since I simply “attended” a conference. Whether you’re getting ready to come to Orange or any of the other amazing conferences out there, I think there’s something important you should know about the conference experience.

This idea should frame your thinking about the entire conference experience: Who is more important than what. Let me explain.… Read the rest

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Writing a winning resume

Posted on 11. Mar, 2015 by .

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I had so much fun with Monday’s resume post, I decided that I would do another one. In that post I wrote about tips to make your resume 10,000 times better. Most of them are small things. Tweaks and adjustments. However, there’s a bigger issue that I didn’t really address.

What if you don’t have awesome content for your resume… meaning, your experience is less than exciting. Maybe you’ve been a volunteer at a church and you just don’t have enough experience to put much down on a resume. Perhaps you’re at a church that’s been in significant decline. Spinning that situation might be tough. This is a problem, but it’s not a problem that can’t be overcome.

Here’s how you write a winning resume:… Read the rest

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Your resume is awful

Posted on 09. Mar, 2015 by .

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Every month I have people send me resumes. It’s smart actually. On average, I have a position come available every year. I have a position coming available in a few months that I haven’t started promoting yet. I often know people who are hiring as well. I admire those who take a risk and send their resume like that – it shows initiative.

Unfortunately though, most resumes I receive are junk.

This weekend someone sent me a resume and I was prompted to write back immediately. I actually wrote a long response because I truly wanted to help. However, my first paragraph contained the sentence, “Your resume is awful.”

Harsh? Maybe.

But these are the same situations I see play out when someone makes a fool out of themselves on American Idol auditions. Who wasn’t a good enough friend to them to say, “You should NEVER sing in public!” I’d like to be that kind of friend.

I’ve responded to resume emails like this a few times, but no one every responds. Maybe my technique is off. Seriously, I’m not a jerk. If someone feels a calling to full time ministry, I want you to make it. However, if your resume is junk, you’re not going to get the opportunity you were hoping for.

All that being said, I’d like to share 3 resume tips that will help anyone’s resume become 10,000 times better.… Read the rest

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