Posted on 19. Nov, 2013 by Kenny.
I’m talking about the movie in case you haven’t heard. See the trailer below:
I love a good movie and the trailer indicates that this one could be pretty amazing. They seemed to spare no expense when it comes to the talent. Oh, and the visual effect loop pretty amazing too.
Here’s the problem, there’s going to be lots of talk about this movie as it comes out. There will be a big debate as to why every Christian should go out and see this movie and take a non-believing friend. Churches will likely book showings. Then there will be others who will demand that Christians not go to the film, how the inaccuracies dilute the truth and will confuse people. The Gospel Coalition blog wrote a great article about this situation.
Honestly, I don’t care about either position.
Posted on 18. Nov, 2013 by Kenny.
I’m probably preaching to the proverbial choir. If you’re reading this, it probably doesn’t apply to you… or maybe it does.
One of the biggest mistakes ministry leaders often make is to not take the time to learn from others. Before your mind goes there, I’m not entirely thinking what you think I’m thinking. I’m not necessarily talking about the well read and well visited blogs and books written by the top ministry leaders in Christendom… although you should learn from them as well.
I’m talking about the church down the street and the church you’ve never heard from in Montana. They’re doing something you haven’t thought of already and if you’d take a few moments of your day for a conversation, it could better you ministry.
Hey, you don’t have to tell me. We’re all busy. I’m so busy, I’ll never get everything done in the week that I need to get done this week. If I add a non-essential phone call, a less-than-critical lunch or God forbid – a day trip for a visit… well, how will I ever get all my work done. This is the very reasonable line of thinking that every busy ministry leader faces. However, I’m a big believer in the line that “Leaders are Learners” and that means budgeting a little bit of time to learn not just from books, but from others. Yes, that means you might miss a deadline or not get something else done, but the value of learning something new that could changed what you do is to critical to putt off.
This last week I gave about 5 hours to learning from others and it was huge.
Posted on 12. Nov, 2013 by Kenny.
This may be blog cheating, but I had to share.
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post over at the lead small blog that impacted me in a powerful way. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was was going to write until I just started typing. As I typed, the words came to me and 20 minutes later, I connected to deep wound and hand an thought… maybe an idea. Actually, I’ve been calling it an epiphany.
This epiphany hit me so hard, it has made me want to bring in every one of my volunteers for specialized training in this one area. It will only take 5 minutes, but it could make the difference of life and death for a kid or student. This idea is all about positive words, but you’ll have to read about it here.
Posted on 11. Nov, 2013 by Kenny.
I recently watched the youtube viral video “Test Drive” embedded below. Thanks Sam Luce for sharing.
Really fun video. Everyone loves a good prank and this is a great one. Why does it currently have 39 million views? Because people enjoyed it and shared it. People gathered around someone’s desk at work and watched it together. It’s got all the elements of a perfect viral video.
However, this video is very different than most videos that go viral. This video was made for one intended purpose…
Posted on 29. Oct, 2013 by Kenny.
Over the past two years, I’ve gotten to know Brian Dollar personally. We’ve connected at several conferences and he’s been a strong supporter of the Illuminate Conference as well as speaker. What I love about him the most though is that he’s investing in local churches through resources with content he’s developing at his own church. That’s pretty cool in my book.
Brain’s Company, High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources has been pumping out great resources for years and year and for a very limited time, you can get your hands on an amazing bundle! Are you ready for this?
As part of the Only144.com deal, here’s what you can get:
$1,327 worth of resources for only $97
Yeah, you read that correctly!… Read the rest
Posted on 03. Oct, 2013 by Kenny.
I feel the dilemma that you feel. Children’s Ministry is what you do, but in recent years your heart has been pricked for family ministry. You want to offer more for your parents. You’ve been sold on the idea that if we do more for parents, we leverage their influence on kids (which is far greater than ours) and we all win. There’s only one problem. You’re a children’s pastor and Sunday comes each and every weekend. There’s more work to be done than hours in the week to do it. What you do on Sunday is so important, but it just crowds out the time you want to devote to parents. Yeah, you’re not alone.
Here’s an idea though. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The class you want to offer parents doesn’t have to be written from scratch by you. The weekly email you want to send doesn’t have to be penned completely by you. Even the topics you’d like to cover doesn’t have to be dreamed up by you. I honestly believe that we’re doing ministry in one of the greatest times because there are so many content providers emerging every day to help us do what we do better… including family ministry.
Posted on 03. Oct, 2013 by Kenny.
Earlier this week I wrote about using TV’s in lobby spaces to communicate and to create a better environment… because environments matter. I got a couple of good ideas to run with, I’m still seeking some more solutions though.
However, I need to move on to the next topic. Audio in your environment. We do have a CD player in our main lobby that we use to play music of speakers in the ceiling which is great. However, it’s old tech. When the CD ends, the music stops and someone has to remember to start it over or change disks. How long have mp3 players been out? Trust me, I know it wouldn’t be hard or cost much to swap out the CD player with an mp3 player, but I’m thinking bigger than that. Here’s what I mean.
Posted on 01. Oct, 2013 by Kenny.
Environments matter. Anyone who tells you otherwise… probably has a crappy environment. Ha! I couldn’t resist.
I’m actually doing what I can to improve our current environments. Last year we were hoping to do a 1-1.5 million dollar remodel, but things didn’t play out the way we wanted to. I had a little extra money I didn’t use on some staff positions, so I’m doing some work on our environments because they are in need of attention. Our building is 8 years old and it’s starting to look a little tired. I’ll write more about some of the things we’ve done later, but I had to throw a question out to the audience. I’m in need of some help from those who have some experience in this area.
I had a good friend come visit last may and I asked him for an honest evaluation. Standing in the middle of my ministry lobby he spread his arms around indicating his surroundings and said, “You live in a high tech digital city, yet you’re doing ministry in an analog building.” Wow, so true. So many at our church work at Dell, Apple, Google and about every other tech start-up you can imagine. It seems that if that is a part of our audience, a somewhat digital environment would appeal to this part of our community.
So, I’m 5-6 months out from this project, but I’m trying to do the research now.
Posted on 18. Sep, 2013 by Kenny.
18 months ago I returned from the Orange Conference with on single book that has impacted my ministry more than any other resource I have come across in years. There have been incredible resources that have impacted the way I lead, communicate and create, but this resource was something that impacted me and was something I could physically give my small group leaders. I’ve personally seen leaders change because of this book. I’ve seen kids impacted powerfully because of this book. What book is this?
LeadSmall. It’s a job description for any small group leader, preschool through high school. It’s inspiring. It’s practical. I’ve given away dozens and dozens of these books and this year we’re rolling out systematic training and resourcing around the idea of LeasSmall.
Oh, and it only gets better. I left the Orange Conference this last spring with a new book. Playing for Keeps. I knew a good bit about the book as it was being written. I knew it had a fable piece to it to help connect the teaching points. I knew it was also written in the style of LeadSmall. It also tied into this marbles theme. However, I wasn’t completely sure what it was all about.
Posted on 10. Sep, 2013 by Kenny.
I’m very excited about this year’s Orange Tour. For the past 4-5 years, I’ve made the trek to Dallas to attend, usually bringing 15-25 staff, leaders and volunteers with me. It’s a huge does of strategy and encouragement that makes a big impact on my team. I’m especially pumped this year for two reasons.
- This year Orange Tour is coming to Austin, being hosted at my church. This is huge because now I can make the opportunity to even more leaders and volunteers. I hope to have 50 attend.
- This year I’m going on the Orange Tour as well. I’ll be participating in 5 Tour stops this Fall and I can’t wait to connect with leaders and staff in several cities around the country.
I especially love what the Orange Tour is doing this season. They’ve created a Lead Small event the night before the tour, a low cost event designed for small group leaders. Honestly, a lot of small group leaders aren’t going to be able to attend the tour and many might feel that the content isn’t designed specifically for them (I don’t completely agree). However, a volunteer focused event at 7:00 the night before the Tour… well, that’s brilliant. I’m so glad Orange is doing this and I’m so glad that I’m going to be a part.
I’ll be helping with the Lead Small event and a couple of breakouts on the day of the tour. I’ll also be leading a NextGen lunch/gathering for NextGen/Family Pastors on the day of the Tour. It’s going to be super busy, but I love it.
So, I’ll be in the following cities on the following dates:
- Tampa, FL – Sept 12-13
- Kansas City, KS – Oct 21-22
- Austin, TX – Nov 4-5
- Dallas TX – Nov 7-8
- Charlotte, NC – Nov 14-15
So, if you’re near any of those cities, let me know… I’d love to connect! If you haven’t registered yet – well, what are you waiting for?