Tuesday, July 29, 2008
“It seems to be a trend that’s growing: small business owners are getting distracted by too many ideas or the latest fad, going off in a million directions and never completing anything. This loss of focus is costing you hundreds of hours a year in lost productivity, lost hours, lost dollars.”
Shiny Object Syndrome gets defined in this post as "It's more that a new idea captures your imagination and attention in such a way that you get distracted from the bigger picture and go off in tangents instead of remaining focused on the goal."
Could we change "small business owners" to "student ministry pastors"? How are we costing our church? Are we losing productivity? How many hours are we wasting? How many shiny objects are in your view?
If you're like most youth workers, you hold regular meetings for your adult volunteers and small group leaders. And if you're like most youth workers, all too often these meetings degenerate into a string of announcements about upcoming events and fail to lead your team toward deeper ministry philosophies or practices.
Deep Leadership offers you something different: a school year’s worth of training modules that are both easy to use but also geared for heavy contextualization based on the particular needs of leaders, kids, and communities. We've developed this resource to include both a leader's guide and a volunteer journal for your team members to use.
You can download a couple of samples from their website. The Leaders Guide for the Mentoring On Ramp is HERE. And the introduction to the Volunteer Journal is HERE. Check them out today and then head back to the site on September 2nd!
I am really excited to promote this to the churches in our district that don't have paid youth workers, use it in some of our network gathering times with other youth workers, use it when I meet with leaders individually, and use the content as I gather with my leaders as a whole.
Thanks Kara, even if you are a San Diego Chargers FAN! GO BRONCOS!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Noah - "Hey, do you know who was preaching during worship today?"
Us - "Who?"
Noah - "Dr. Mean!" Laughing hysterically.
It was classic! No it wasn't Dr. Mean, but Dr. Means, who was the first pastor of our church. It's pretty special to have the only two pastors in the history of our church still preaching!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Okay, I admit it...a tear hit my eye...Aerosmith and this video...I know this is old news, but dude!
“He must first be godly affected himself who would stir up godly affections in other men.”William Perkins (Puritan)
Friday, July 25, 2008
"I never stopped trying to become qualified for the job." - pg. 20.
I am looking forward to another fall semester of never stopping to become qualified to be the pastor of students at Southern Gables Church.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I can't wait to incorporate their music into the life of our student ministry as we ADORE God in the up and coming year.
I disagree with this review!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Watch this video for an introduction from Dr. Medina himself and short summary of Brain Rule #1 - Exercise boosts brain power!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Plus, I love to eat food with integrity!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I've been thinking about this quote all week as I prepare to preach the Parable of the Sower from Luke 8 in our summer series next Sunday.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I have found in this week following Challenge that tons of our students are eager to examine the Scriptures and interact with me about Truth. What a privilege!
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
- Approx. 10% of youth in CO between the ages of 10-17 are arrested each year.
- 10,698 youth were incarcerated in CO last year.
- 63.3% of incarcerated youth had 1 or more previous incarcerations.
- 23% were between 10-14 years old.
- Incarcerated youth are diverse: 42% White, 38% Hispanic, 16% African American, 3% other...23% Female.
- Over 60% ran away from home in the year previous to arrest believing they were better off.
I am praying that our church and other churches in our area can be places where these students can land to be in spiritual community once they are outside the fence. I am really excited for what God is doing through these men and women to live out the Great Commandment and Great Commission to these youth.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
It was unbelievable! I watched Psalm 107:9 come to pass in some way for all of us who attended, "For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." I can't wait to see the ripple-effect in our lives over the next weeks, months and years!
Thursday, July 03, 2008
After explaining that he was a musician in town with our conference he asked the door guards if they would be willing to give Snoop Dog the CD. They looked at each other and said, "Well, do you just want to give it to him?"
So Homeless Dave walked in to find Snoop Dog playing Playstation. He got up, took the CD, they had some conversation, and then Homeless Dave left.
What a great story!
Here is the video for Day 3. You'll be able to see the process we went through to make the meals for Kids Against Hunger.
We experienced Vintage Fritz. After he told the students the story of Julie and I getting lost with him on a backpacking trip while we were in high school, he asked our student this question, "Where have you seen God working in your high school ministry?" He then asked each leader a specific question about their relationship with Jesus. It was awesome! My question was, "Dan, what question do you have for me?" Whew...I got off easy. I asked Fritz to speak to our students about the one thing he would want them to walk away with from our time with him.
He told a very personal story from his life about a time tough time he went through and he was longing for a vacation to get away and relax and refresh. He believed that getting away from Littleton would help him overcome the trouble. While he was doing the dishes one night he felt Jesus was impressing this question on his heart,
"Am I enough?"
Despite the tough circumstances you'll face in high school, "Is Jesus going to be enough for you high school students?" It was a PRIVILEGE to have Fritz with our group.
After we were done Fritz stayed around to sign the student's Bibles...just kidding!
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Check it out HERE!
Today at Challenge we broke the world record for Kazooing! This video is the previous record which had 3,500 participants. We had over 5,500 people Kazooing this morning in Salt Lake City, UT! Stay tuned for the video! It was amazing! We Kazooed "Amazing Grace" for four minutes! It was unbelievable!
Zach's written two books:
Be the Change: Your Guide to Freeing Slaves and Changing the World
Generation Change: Roll Up Your Sleeves and Change the World
To find out more about Zach and his passion you can read this article or watch this video, as CNN did a special on him in their "CNN Heroes" series.
Here's a blurb about him from the article
"Fifteen-year-old Zach Hunter is just like any ordinary American kid. He likes listening to music, reading, and running after what he is passionate about. By the age of 12, he had a specific passion. It was to ‘be the change’ and abolish slavery, just as William Wilberforce did 200 years ago. Having launched the ‘Loose Change to Loosen Chains’ programme in the seventh grade, Zach raised thousands of dollars with the intention of rescuing victims of slavery.
As the global student spokesperson for The Amazing Change, a social justice campaign launched in conjunction with motion picture Amazing Grace, Zach continues to encourage people to become modern day abolitionists, and to take after the steps of Wilberforce."
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
You can check out J.D.'s message HERE!
I looked for him this morning and didn't find him anywhere at the rally!
Students are praying! Over 1,700 students joined the prayer army last night!
2,700 students went out into Salt Lake City to serve today!
Yesterday, as the students were serving, a business man stopped and asked the students what they were doing. After hearing about the service project they were doing for the Dream Center (one of our outreach partners) he wrote a check for $30,000 for the Dream Center! Can you believe it? Praise the LORD!