YouTube Friday: Happy

30 11 2007

I saw this and knew my son would like it. Slapstick. Pirates. Farting. How could you not like it.


Importance of Family,, reflection, and amazing grace.

29 11 2007

I have taken a bit of time off from the blogging by accident, busyness and stuff.

What have I been doing since November 20th?

1. Importance of family. – I think during the holidays we think about family even more than usual. I know I miss my parents and sisters more than usual. I am going to start a series of blogs on family how families are more important to a church than we realize.

samluce.png2. – I have been working on hosting my own blog at Why am i going to do this?

  • I want to begin to use my blog even more as a ministry tool for my church and as we are increasingly going more multi-campus this seems to be one of many ways to speak vision and values as well as practical stuff to my teams.
  • We are looking at a March completion date for our kids wing remodel – so there will definitely be a focus for me on re-branding all things kids.
  • I want more flexibility and tools to implement and files to upload.

3. Reflection – I was thinking the other day and wondering why my best ideas come in my commute and in the shower. In talking to a good friend who is our Youth Pastor and blogger today it confirmed what God has been speaking to me for a couple of months about leaving white space in life. White space is powerful it lets you rest. I think I need more white space for God to speak.

Psalm 46: 10 “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

4. Watched Amazing Grace. What an appropriate movie to watch during thanksgiving. I sat there during it just amazed that people could be so dehumanized by another group of people. This movie was a powerful story of Perseverance and the power of conviction. How one person with enough focus and spirit led conviction can change the world. It was a great movie. loved it.

Great Quotes: Family

28 11 2007

“A parent who has never apologized to his children is a monster. If he’s always apologizing, his children are monsters.”
Mignon McLaughlin gets it.

20 11 2007

When it comes to church marketing gets it.

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I received about two weeks ago a FREE book from they are promoting Craig’s new book Going all the way. All I have to do is blog about the book. They didn’t tell me what to say. They didn’t say it had to be positive. I love what they are doing here.

There is something about free that gets people talking. understands marketing.

1. Give away what you can.
2. Keep in mind who you are trying to reach and How to reach them.
3. Perception is reality.
4. You reap what you sow.

Thank you Lifechurch for your contribution to the church as a whole. Thank you for modeling how church  and marketing can coexist.

One Last Thought On Serventeerism (Volunteers).

19 11 2007


I  thought I was done with my posts about volunteers. Then I read a post from Gina McClain’s blog. She had a link to another blog about thank you notes.
I started thinking that one very important ingredient I had neglected in my posts on the recruitment of volunteers is thankfulness. We need to be thankful to those who are serving as well as to God for seeing our need and filling it before we even realize we need it.

Just a few thoughts about writing notes:

  1. Hand write them.
  2. Be specific in your thanks.
  3. Be sincere in what you say.
  4. Write a thank you note to people when they don’t expect it. Not just when they do something for you. Like right after a big event.

Last but not least thank God often. When we remember what God has done for us and cultivate an attitude of gratitude, we raise the level of faith and decrease the level of cynicism.

Youtube Friday: Externalize internal Order

16 11 2007

I talked a little about this yesterday. One that has really helped was making a volunteer board. I got this fantastic idea from a kidology report.

1. I draw on the white board all my volunteer positions
2. I fill in each square with the name of the volunteer that functions in the position represented by that square.
3. I use different color markers for each department I oversee
4. I use brown for people I have thought of recruiting but haven’t yet.
5. I use orange for people in the process of being placed.
6. I use black to place them in their desired ministry position

I love it because I can visually see my needs. Until I did this I “felt” like my volunteer positions were low. I did know who was serving but they were all on different schedules by department.

Another thing that is helpful by do this and visualizing my volunteers it minimizes scheduling conflicts within my departments.

Thank you Karl. For all your wonderful ideas. You and your staff are a blessing an support to all of us. Here is a link to Karl’s video about the volunteer whiteboard.

The bottom line of volunteer recruitment is this. What we do is significant what God does is indispensable.

Psalm 127

1 If the Lord doesn’t build the house,
the builders are working for nothing.
If the Lord doesn’t guard the city,
the guards are watching for nothing.
2 It is no use for you to get up early
and stay up late,
working for a living.
The Lord gives sleep to those he loves.
3 Children are a gift from the Lord.
Babies are a reward

ServanTeerism (part 4)

15 11 2007

Know your holes and know your roles.

One of the things that has always held me back was not knowing were I needed help when someone asks. One of the greatest opportunity for recruitment is Sunday morning. People see what is going on they want to get involved.

You need to know your holes and know your roles.

Know your holes –

I found an excellent video on The website. It was a organization chart on a whiteboard. (Let me just say I am creative by nature Administrative by necessity). This chart peeked my interest but didn’t get me super excited.

whiteboardIt has rocked my world. I now know where we need people, who I am thinking of asking to help who has asked me to help. It is an external representation of my internal thought process when it comes to volunteers. I LOVE IT. That’s Right all caps.

I now know my holes. If someone asks me to help I bring them right over to the board and see where they would like to help and where we need help. I have added about 15-20 new volunteers just by knowing where my needs are. When you know your needs you can ask people to volunteer personally and specifically. It also enables you to pray specifically.

Know your roles –

Know what each job description is.
Know what is required as far as time and commitment.
Know what a win looks like in that role.
Know how that role functions within the team.