June 22, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am

As you’ve noticed my blogging schedule has slowed considerably over the past week.  It’s due to our summer camp that takes place next week.  I’ll likely not be publishing any posts until 7.06. or so.

June 18, 2010

Friday Five

Filed under: Friday Five — Neil @ 7:00 am
  1. 10 Small Things That Will Kill Company Morale by Brad Lomenick
  2. Cheating the Clock by Seth Godin
  3. Fix the Ceiling Tiles by Josh Griffin
  4. Don’t Bury Your Talent at Big Is The New Small
  5. Making Less More in Youth Ministry by  Josh Becker

June 15, 2010

8 Years

Filed under: Marriage — Neil @ 7:00 am

June 12, 2010

Jr. High Loves Jackson Review

Filed under: jr. high ministry,Junior High Ministry,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 12:44 pm

A few thoughts from serving w/ Jr. High students this past week:

  • Variety is good.  Our teens worked w/ children, rec games & some landscape work.  Too much of 1 thing isn’t a good thing w/ junior high.
  • They really enjoy unscheduled time.  We’d stop working around 4:00 each afternoon.  Leave for supper around 5:30.  We’d eat, do a Bible study & share time.  Other than that the nights were unscheduled.  They loved the freedom to just be teens.
  • Jr. High students can do more if we’ll just empower them.
  • I really liked having our students serve locally.  I think it helps them learn that service isn’t an event, but a lifestyle.
  • Serving locally in many ways is more taxing on your leadership.  It’s nice to be close to home in some ways, but when you are away you escape the day to day work responsibilities.

If you are looking for a place to partner with for a missions/ministry event you should check out Mission First.  Best experience I’ve ever had working w/ a missions organization.

June 9, 2010

Jr. Hi Loves JXN

Filed under: jr. high ministry,Junior High Ministry — Neil @ 7:00 am

This week we have a group of our jr. high students who are serving our church & city. In the mornings they are serving at our church’s Vacation Bible School. In the afternoons they are serving at Mission First.

June 8, 2010

This Made Me Laugh

Filed under: leadership,marketing,Media — Neil @ 7:00 am

As much as I love Apple products this made me laugh.  The above picture is of Apple’s email to me announcing the new iPhone.  Apple sends emails that aren’t viewable on their own products.  It’s just a reminder that none of us get it right all of the time.

Don’t worry I’ve already begun trying to convince Amanda on why I need the new iPhone.

June 7, 2010

Google Docs

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

I’ve recently began using Google Docs for just about every document that I create.  Why? I was having a harder time keeping track of everything.  I had certain files at home on my iMac, work stuff on my office dell computer & other items on our Student Ministry’s MacBook Pro.  It was getting to be a real pain.

Google docs has simplified all of this for me.  Now all of my documents are available everywhere I have internet access.  Plus, it’s a ton easier/better to share documents rather than emailing them & multiple people can work on 1 document.

It doesn’t have all of the capabilities of Microsoft Office or iWork, but I’ve found it very capable of just about everything that I need for it to do.

June 6, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 8:02 pm

Tonight, I enjoyed my 1st BLT of the summer.  Is there anything better than bacon, fresh tomatoes (if Amanda wasn’t smart, talented, hard working & beautiful I would have still married her so I could have access to her parent’s garden), lettuce, mayonnaise & white bread?

What simple pleasures do you enjoy about summer?

June 5, 2010

John Wooden

Filed under: leadership,Videos — Neil @ 12:57 pm

June 3, 2010

What Motivates Us

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

I’ve posted on this topic before.  Fascinating for those of us who work in non-profits & lead volunteers.

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