Friday, October 30, 2009
I was blown away! It was amazing!
This is a book you have to pick up and read because once you start you will race through it. It is honest, challenging and inspiring all at the same time. I wish every high school student would read this book and begin to examine where they are headed in life. As I read the book I constantly examined my own story, the story I am living out with the days God has given me. The story God has called me to. I am thrilled with so much of the story I am living yet challenged to take greater risks and tackle hard things in other areas. This is a must read. This is a book I will be giving away for years to come.
Donald, thanks for putting your life out there for us to learn from. Thanks for being willing to ask hard questions, choosing to do hard things, and allowing us to take a look at your story!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The 2 pictures above came from a small group event that Jeremy Sydnor and David Tittle arranged for their small groups at REMIX. We love our weekly gathering, the teaching time, the worship, great video, the experience but the truth is that kids come each week because they are able to meet with a group of friends and an adult leader who cares for them each week in small group. Our hope is for life change to happen in the middle of RELATIONSHIP as students process what was taught from the Bible. When small groups excel they take the relationship to the next level. Next level small group leaders help their kids connect outside of small group time online and through planned events where connections can happen. Small group events help kids make memories. They give small group leaders the chance to have significant conversations with teens. They enable the small group to come together, to unite. When small group leaders do smaller connection events like a rafting trip, a camping experience, dinner out, or a sleepover teens have the chance to let their guard down and get to know their small group leader and the other people in their circle. Big thanks to Jeremy Sydnor and David Tittle for leading the rafting trip for their small groups. Thanks for working hard to take small group the next level!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Reggie Joiner on CHANGE...
People Change when the pain associated with the status quo becomes greater than the pain associated with the change!
When you get to the place in your ministry when you are operating off your memory and not your imagination you are in trouble / Mark Batterson
If you want to build something that lasts you have to be willing to change what you build!
Sometimes we get so consumed with not causing pain to our current leaders through change that we forget about the people we will never reach if we do not change.
The best way to keep a team moving toward the mission is to frequently upgrade your systems
The churches that refuse to change are the ones threatening the mission!
Every change gives us the opportunity to decide what is core and what is cultural! Relevant – connecting something eternal to the matter at hand!
So many times we just patch old systems with new upgrades and they just do not match, we add upgrades that do not fit the old system
Sue Miller on working as a Family Ministry Team...
Working together as a family ministry team means we will love each other, learn from each other, show up for each other. PLAY WELL TOGETHER! HONOR EACH OTHER.
Our teams must combine our strengths to lead better together!
All our environments / ministries are connected and when one loses we all lose! – Reggie Joiner and Sue Miller
Change in good times; do not wait for the dip to change!
From an Interview with Jim Wideman...
Being a balanced church is not about having tons of stuff going on, it is about simplifying so we can invest in this generation!
Reggie Joiner talking about COMMUNITY is student ministry...
The older a kid gets the more important it becomes to have a consistent leader in the life of a teen.
If we do not give teens another adult who will give affirmation they will find it somewhere else they will find it outside of the church.
What you invest in is what is important to you!
The older a child becomes the more important it is for a small group leaders to stay involved consistently for the long haul.
The kind of leaders we need do not sign up by announcements; we have to make the BIG ASK then empower them to bring on other leaders!
Student ministry is a moving target, teens get to choose if they come or not. Kids come to our gathering because they know there is an adult there who cares for them!
Reggie Joiner on partnering with the family!
We define our ministry by the parents who we want to make happy inside the church that we forget all the families who want help and want to partner outside the church!
96% of parents /ALL PARENTS/ feel responsible for the moral development of their kids! The church needs to partner!
Parents want to know WHAT IS NEXT; we can help make that happen!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
- I love we help kids and parents think through a VIRTUE like honesty, wisdom, etc. and then give them some tools to go home with! What happens at home is so significant!
- I love the energy that comes when the theater is packed with kids who are singing to God!
- I love that families can see with their own eyes that we think they matter. We put a ton of time into this monthly experience for families! They matter!
- I love watching kids and parents laugh together...it is priceless!
- I love watching our actors, dancers, and worship leaders go for it. THEY ARE SO TALENTED!
- I love that families get to make a memory that is fun and exciting at CHURCH! God is amazing and church should be too!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
- Stay at a Disney Resort - that was great in every way besides that they do not have wi-fi!!!
- Do the Disney food plan...that really worked well!
- PLAN - there is just too much to do, make a plan!
- PAY FOR IT BEFORE YOU GO...we paid on this thing all year and it was fun to go knowing it was paid for. Debt vacations SUCK!
- Go in the fall or winter...it was still crowded and hot but nothing like summer.
- Take your kids to the character meals...they are great and your kids will love getting to meet the characters.
- Take your kids when they enjoy the MAGIC! Do not miss taking your kids when they are young if you can.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I AM TAKING MY FAMILY TO DISNEY FOR 5 DAYS!!!!!! Here we go! I am unplugging, stopping, and hanging with my family for the next 5 days. Everything back home will be fine, I am stopping to rest!
See ya when we get home...headed to make some memories!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
It was a great day! Matt Chandler and Tony Dungy also really did a great job. Can not wait to see what goes down Friday. NOW I WILL SLEEP
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Hope lots of you in our area will take some time to be a part of this project. Remember this is about stepping into someones story and helping to bring change. This is not about being on TV, it is about helping a family who has been through hard things in life. This is not about meeting people on TV, it is about working together as a community to help a family. I am excited that once again we get to work with people in our city to serve others. MOVE THAT BUS, lets do this!