September 30, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 6:00 am

This cartoon made me laugh.  Thanks Marshall.

September 29, 2009

Lunch Break???

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am

Being that Amanda is a teacher she doesn’t get to enjoy a relaxing lunch w/ friends.  While I was enjoying lunch w/ friends @ Hamil’s.  She had this conversation w/ a 1st grader (this is just her side of the conversation, it’s more fun to guess what the child said):

Where is your tooth?
Did you swallow your tooth?
Is that your tooth on the floor?
Is that your tooth on the purple square?
Are you sure that you didn’t swallow your tooth?
Put your tooth in your pocket & drink some milk to rinse out the blood.

Working w/ teens seems easy compared to what she does.

September 28, 2009

Lead Teams

Filed under: FBCJ,Parents,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 9:38 pm

Lead TeamsLast night we kicked off our lead teams.  Teams made up of 10-12 parents & a couple of high school students.  Their agenda is to help guide our student ministry in our weekly events & big events like summer camp.

The teems meet on Sunday nights every other month.  It’s just 6 hours per year that each person is committing, but it’s worth so much to our ministry.

September 25, 2009

Friday 5

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am
  1. Seth says that everyone gets paid on commision.
  2. This post by LosWhit is a great reminder of my perspective & there’s no doubt (my phone) where Amanda would place a sticky note.
  3. This post about sidewalks by Ben has me really interested in his upcoming book.
  4. Curry gives us the future of youth ministry in 10 words.
  5. Kurt says that these 3 little mistakes are a big deal in youth ministry.

September 24, 2009

Youth Sermon Planning Resources

Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 10:48 am

The best book I’ve read on speaking to teenagers is Speaking to Teenagers by Doug Fields & Duffy Robbins.  Visit Simply Youth Ministry for more info & to order it or you can purchase it from Amazon.

A few other resources:

  • Great Talk Outlines for Youth Ministry – this book got me through many youth sermons my 1st couple of years in youth ministry
  • The Top 20 Messages for Youth Ministry
  • Simply Youth Ministry – tons of resources; I’ve used many of their youth sermon series.  Good outlines, but still quite a bit of work & study to make the lessons fit my group
  • XP3 – I’m currently using Road Signs; 1st time I’ve used on of their resources.  It’s more expensive than Simply Youth Ministry, but you get much more for your money.  Song suggestions, games, graphics, videos, small group discussion, parent handouts, and even suggestions for stage design.

Technology is changining so fast

Filed under: Media — Neil @ 10:00 am

We made the short drive to Gulf Shores for a long weekend this past week.  Leaving on Thursday meant I wouldn’t get to watch this season’s 1st episode of The Office until we returned home & my dvr had it waiting for me.

I’m a big fan of the show, but since our Thursday night schedule consisted of eating @ Cosmos & then shopping here, I thought I had no other option.

That is until Friday night that while we were shopping here following supper @ Ginny Lane’s & before watching this movie.  When Amanda & I shop “together” it goes like this: she shops & I find the most comfortable place to sit.  The best place to sit at The Warf was a coffee shop w/free wifi.

I discovered that The Office is available (along w/ many other NBC shows) for the iPhone.  So, while Amanda shopped I enjoyed the show on my phone.  The quality was unbelievable.  The iPhone formatted version of the show is broken up into 4 segments w/ a brief commercial @ the beggining of each.  It can’t be that long until the internet drastically changes cable/satelite tv.

September 22, 2009

YouVersion Live

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 2:00 pm

What are you doing tomorrow from 2:00-3:00 CST?  I’m going to be watching the YouVersion Live webinar.  You can do the same by clicking here.

To learn more about YouVersion Live click here.  I blogged about many of the features here.

Did You Know 4.0

Filed under: Media,Videos — Neil @ 9:00 am

This video was produced by AT&T in 1993:

Check out where we are now:

Sermon Planning III

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 6:00 am

Once we’ve selected the series, when each message we’ll be taught, & who’ll do the teaching for each message.  Next, I’ll begin working on the creative elements & planning each worship service.

The creative elements (videos, stage design) we’ll be done as soon as possible.  In my current setting that means a monthly meeting w/ a team of adults.  I’ll email them a list of the upcoming series  w/ details like verses & major  teaching objectives.  We’ll then get together to brainstorm & dream of ways to creatively communicate the biblical truth to teenagers.

Once we’ve settled on ideas for each series each person is assigned w/ responsibilities for collecting materials, recruiting any needed volunteers, & set a date for designing the stage.

During this time we’ll begin working on videos that we’ll accompany each message or that can be used during the worship/announcement time of the service.  If a new song is going to be used during the series our band needs a few weeks notice to prepare.

This process has many benefits.  We aren’t depenedent on just the youth ministry staff for ideas, it uses the gifts of youth workers, & it gives more people ownership in the student ministry.

September 21, 2009

Personality Test

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 11:00 am

You can see my results from a personality test posted by Tony.  You can take it for yourself here.

You like to think a task through before you embark on it. If it’s the slightest bit complicated, you make a list (even if it’s only in your mind) and methodically work your way through it. When you have a goal in mind, you’re not satisfied until you reach it.  You are not one of those people who ignore the details, and you don’t understand how anyone can get anything accomplished without thoughtful planning ahead of time.

You behave in a confident and forceful manner, take charge of the situation, raise your hand in class, stand up for what you think is right, and lead others. Among those who have a high score on the “assertive” trait, many have jobs in which they are valued for their organizational skills as well as their talent for supervising others.  You are not interested in fading into the woodwork, leaving everything to fate, taking more time than necessary to accomplish a task, or avoiding confrontation.

You feel it’s important to work according to a plan and finish every task, to do things correctly and thoroughly.  You are not the kind of person who abandons a project before finishing it, or slacks off when you’ve lost interest.

You look before you leap, think before you act, consider what you’re about to say before you open your mouth to speak; that’s why you rarely have to eat your words.  You usually don’t get excited easily or blurt out the first thing that comes to mind without considering the consequences.

You bounce back quickly from adversity. For you, all setbacks are temporary. You don’t dwell on bad news, bad luck, or criticism; you regroup and focus on solving the problem, whatever it may be.  You almost never feel that there’s too much on your plate, that you don’t have the strength to deal with the bad hand you’ve been dealt, or that you’re going to lose it if you have to deal with one more problem.

You very rarely make a move without first considering the pros and cons and, therefore, rarely do anything foolish or extravagant.  You are not rash; you almost never act before you think and, therefore, rarely end up doing things you later regret.

You fulfill your obligations and responsibilities, are true to your word, and generally obey the rules. While the majority of those who have a high score on the “responsible” trait enjoy traveling, they are usually very happy to return home — and don’t mind staying put for a while.  You’re opposed to making hasty decisions, you don’t insist that you’re above the rules, nor do you feel compelled to color outside the

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