March 31, 2010

Student Worship Preview

Filed under: Student Worship Preview,Videos,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 7:00 am

Tonight will be week 2 of 3 of Boundaries.  It’s a 3 week series about building healthy relationships.  Last week we talked about family relationships.  Tonight, we’ll discuss friendships.

Song Set: Let God Arise, How He Loves and How Deep the Fathers Love

Video: a shorter version of this video from The Skit Guys

Teaching: We are doing something different this week (& next week), we are splitting up the guys &  girls.  Mike will lead the guys group & 1 of our young adult ladies will speak to our girls.  Our aim is to help them build biblical friendships.

March 30, 2010

News Source

Filed under: marketing,Media — Neil @ 9:06 pm

The vast majority of the “news” I receive is from an online source.  My primary news sources are:

  • NY Times – my favorite newspaper iphone app
  • Twitter – the primary way I now receive & spread news during the day
  • Clarion Ledger – I check their mobile site each morning for a quick rundown of local news stories
  • JFP – I use their daily email to keep up w/ what’s going on in Jackson
  • DJP – their weekly email is a great source for downtown Jackson news & since I work/minister downtown I like to keep up w/ it
  • Mashable – I love their iPhone app; it’s my best source for keeping up w/ social media & technology news
  • Bloggers – church, leadership & friends

March 27, 2010

What if sermons were more like this?

Filed under: Media,Videos — Neil @ 7:00 am

I’m not sure if this information is accurate or if it would work, but it is a great presentation in just over 4 minutes.  What if sermons were more like this?

Do really learn more (is that correct goal?) in 30 minutes than we would in 4 minutes?

March 26, 2010

Friday Five

Filed under: Friday Five — Neil @ 6:00 am
  1. 5 Keys to Transformational Youth Ministry
  2. What Do You Think?
  3. 3 Things I Want My Students to Know Before They Graduate Part 1 (check out part 2 also)
  4. 15 Minute “Quickie” Church Service Is Increasing Attendance (it asks a question that no one is asking & it’s got me thinking)
  5. Are You A Christian Athiest? (see the video below)

March 25, 2010

Video Help

Filed under: Media,Videos,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 6:11 pm

One of my favorite youth ministry blogs is Youth Ministry Geek.  Lots of good youth ministry technology info is posted there.

A recent post has some good info on using YouTube & Vimeo videos in youth ministry.  Check it out.

Keeping up w/ our student ministry

Filed under: marketing,Media,Uncategorized,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 4:00 pm

I don’t post much news about our student ministry, but if you’d like to keep up w/ it here’s 2 ways:

Facebook – we’ve had the facebook account for about a year, it’s the main place we promote our events, post pictures/videos, make announcements, etc.

Twitter – we’ve had the account for a few months, but we’ve just began using it this week due to more & more of our teens & parents using twitter.  The plan is to use it to post article links for parents during the day (while teens are at school & certainly not checking text messages or the www)  & reminders to students about student ministry events.

March 24, 2010

Youth Ministry

Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 8:46 pm

Youth Ministry is a great job (of course I’m biased though).  We get to hang out w/ teenagers, play games, study the Bible & work from just about anyplace w/ coffee & free wifi.

However, tonight has reminded me that it’s not all fun & games.  Teenagers are filled w/ huge hurts.  It’s a privilege to be part of the healing process, but it’s not “fun.”

March 23, 2010

Attitude & Chick-fil-a

Filed under: leadership,marketing,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 9:01 pm

On our recent choir tour/mission trip to Orlando we made a total of 4 stops for food.  2 of those were at Chick-fil-a & the other 2 at a combination of other fast food restaurants.  The experience between Chick-fil-a & the other other restaurants couldn’t have been more different.

Chick-fil-a is amazingly effecient. At 1 of our stops everyone in our group of 81 ate at Chick-fil-a.  We arrived just after noon & it was packed.  Our group backed the line up to the doors.  The result everyone had their food in about 10 minutes.  Everyone was finished eating in less than 30 minutes.  We were back on the road in 45 minutes & weren’t rushed.  The other stop at Chick-fil-a experience was very similar.

Our other 2 stops our group split up to go to 3 different fast food restaurants.  The result?  Twice we had a “fast” food restaurant unable to serve approximately 20 teenagers in 1 hour.  They had to eat their meal back on the bus.  At neither of the stops were we able to eat in less than 1:15.

What’s the major difference in Chick-fil-a & seemingly every other fast food restaurant in America? Attitude.

Chick-fil-a likes having people eat in their restaurants. Both of the managers thanked me for doing business w/ them (how many businesses thank you for bringing 80 teenagers through their doors?).  At the other restaurants the employees openly complained about our group (not about teenage behavior, but just about being busy).

If the teens wouldn’t revolt against me (not because they don’t like the food, but just due to the lack of variety) I’d never make a youth ministry food stop anywhere, but Chick-fil-a.

I’ll be writing a thank you note to the managers of each Chick-fil-a we visited, but I also wanted to thank them publicly (does this blogs 50 regular daily visitors count as public?).  Thanks Chick-fil-a.  I’m working on applying their principles to my life & ministry.

March 20, 2010

Some people equate them with the devil

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am

From Indexed.

March 19, 2010

My wife > Bob Villa

Filed under: Marriage,Personal — Neil @ 11:53 am

I returned home late last night to find that my wife had knocked out a truck load of home projects on our list while I was away w/ our youth choir.

  • 2 new shelves in our garage for yard supplies, coolers, etc
  • a new rack for hanging tools like shovels & brooms
  • a peg board in the garage for my tools
  • work bench/table in the garage
  • 3 new flowerbeds in our backyard
  • fresh pine straw in all of our flowerbeds
  • a new built in desk for our computer/home office work station
  • the yard was freshly mowed & trimmed
  • weed killer applied to the patio & other areas

All I gave her this week was a week’s worth of stories from hanging out w/ teenagers.

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