June 26, 2009

Looking for a speaker?

Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 10:58 pm

Tonight, Amanda & I ate @ Roosters w/ our good friend Gary Permenter.  He’s been in Jackson all week speaking @ World Changers.

Gary is one of my absolute favorite speakers/preachers.  I meet all types of worship leaders & speakers & Gary is at the top of my list.  He’s genuine.  He’s the same guy off the stage as he is on.

He’s a former youth minister which makes him great to deal w/ in planning events.  He understands youth ministry & what it’s like to plan events.  He doesn’t have a set of 5 messages that he repeats everywhere he goes.

If you are looking for a speaker for an event (youth, college, church-wide) I highly recommend contacting him.  Click here to go to his website.

Friday Five

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 2:53 pm

June 23, 2009

Book Review: Axiom

Filed under: Book Reviews — Neil @ 6:00 am

After completing Purple Cow the book that has been @ the top of my reading list (it was moved from my reading on deck circle @ Parkway, to my bedside table, & then finally to the on deck circle on my my new desk @ fbcj) was Axiom.  It’s been recommended my several friends, but the primary reason for purchasing it was it’s author, Bill Hybels.

Bill is the pastor of Willow Creek.  He’s blazed a trail for the church.  In addition to be an amazing pastor/preacher/leader he’s a more than capable author.  To read his wiki bio click here.

Axiom reads a bit like Proverbs.  It’s filled w/ leadership axioms that he’s developed over the course of his ministry.  After stating each principle he then gives insight over the next page or 2.

I highly recommend it.  It’s the best leadership book I’ve read in some time.  Bill is a pastor & it’s written for ministry leaders, but I’m confident that it would be useful to anyone in a leadership position.

It’s a book that I’ll continue to go back to time & again.

To purchase Axiom from Amazon click here.

June 22, 2009

Economy Savers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 2:00 pm

From Indexed

Goo Reader Stars

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 9:00 am

I left the computer behind while we were away last week.  However, I’d scroll through my google reader each day to keep up w/ my favorite blogs.

If you read more than a single blog than using Google Reader is a must.

Being that I was using my iPhone I didn’t always want to click on every link or some entries I wanted to make sure & come back to read again.  So, I made use of goo reader’s star.  Here’s a list of the blog entries that I starred this past week:

Book Review: Purple Cow

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 5:00 am

I actually started reading Purple Cow @ the end of March.  However, w/ the job change I’m still not in a good reading rhythm.  So, I finished the last 1/3 of it this week.

I’m a big fan of Seth Godin.  I’ve read much of what he’s written.  Not the least of which is his blog.

The general idea behind Purple Cow is to create something so astonishing that it causes people to talk.  Something that is different.  Something that will market itself.  Something that will attract the sneezers (his term people who pass along ideas to their friends).

Seth says that the job of the marketer is no longer to figure out to market a product that is already on the shelf, but rather that the ones designing the product are the true marketers.  Marketing is not done merely after it becomes a final product, but the marketing is the item itslef.

Take away for youth ministry: Design events that leave people talking.

  • Weekly events that cause teenagers to tell everyone @ school (or text/facebook about the event as they travel home
  • Parents Meetings – amazingly organized/thorough/creative while not wasting anyone’s time that will have them talking to other parents; parents will walk away confident that the youth ministry will take care of their teen
  • Big Events – not just a repeat of last year; builds buzz in the teen world; teens will do everything possible to make sure their friends don’t miss it
  • Service/Missions – are an integral part of the ministry & not something we tag just tag on to our calendar of events; it’s a core part of who we are

To purchase it from Amazon click here.

June 21, 2009

Restaurant Rankings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 10:39 pm

When we travel our my favorite thing to do is eat.  This past week was no different.  Staying within budget makes vacations much more relaxing (& enjoyable when you get home) so we’d eat breakfast (cereal) & lunch (sandwiches) in the condo each day so that we could go out for supper.

We didn’t have any bad experiences @ any of the restaurants.  Here’s how I rank the 5 places we ate:

  1. Cobalt – located @ Perdido Pass; good food & a great view; best thing on the menu = upside down banana cake for desert; we ate their on Monday night & went back on Saturday night; thanks to all of my facebook friends who recommended it for our anniversary on Monday night
  2. Cosmos – overall it had the best food, but lacked the view & atmosphere of Cobalt
  3. Live Bait – located @ The Warf
  4. Gulf Shores Steamer – far from romantic, but great steamed royal reds; we had 2 lbs of shrimp, corn & potatoes; very casual & messy; if you eat here I highly recommend sitting outside to help w/ the smell – but they’ve got the best steamed/boiled shrimp in the area
  5. Guy Harvey’s – located @ The Warf; we there last year w/ the seniors from Parkway & had great food, but this time it was just ok; good atmosphere

Vacation Review

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 5:09 pm

We’ve returned home from our week away @ Gulf Shores.  My daily routine was: wake up (w/out the help of an alarm) read & pray on the balcony, eat breakfast, lay on the beach & read, eat lunch, lay on the beach & read, eat supper, & go to bed.

Very relaxing.  I’m interested in how many consecutive days of this lifestyle would it take before I had a desire to do anything different.

For the next few days I’ll be posting reviews of the beach, the books I read, & the places we ate.

It was a fun time, but I’m ready to get back to work.

June 15, 2009

7 Years

Filed under: Marriage,Pictures — Neil @ 5:00 am


7 years ago today Amanda & I comitted our lives to one another. What a deal for me!


June 14, 2009


Filed under: Personal — Neil @ 6:00 pm

I’ll be taking the next week off from work.  Amanda & I will be spending the week @ the beach.  It’s the longest vacation we’ve taken since our honeymoon (our anniversary is this week as well).

I’m leaving the computer behind.  I’ve turned off my twitter updates (follow me).  My facebook status is: relaxing.  My phone will spend most of the day laying on the bedside table while I’m laying on the beach.  I have 1 blog post that I wrote last week & it’ll appear tomorrow.

Our bags are packed & our car is headed south.

See you next week.

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