Monday, March 2, 2015

Ready...Set...Break! (Writing, Blogging, Creating Elsewhere)

It is has been a whirlwind of a last year.  Starting around this time last year, we begin the process of interviewing and then accepting a new position at a new church.  Which meant moving our family from the mid-west to just outside Washington DC.  Going from a small town in Ohio to almost walking distance from the "beltway".

As I posted here awhile back I did it all while continue to blog, write, and even do a little outside speaking.   I even took on a new role outside my new church to start working with Parent Ministry.Net 

I wisely took a break from writing or doing anything other than my church ministry and my work with Parent Ministry.   January rolled around and I opened myself back up to some outside projects but now, with an additional twist to my ongoing story besides my new position as a 7th/8th grade pastor at my new amazing church.  I will now be temporarily (*for now) be taking over the 5th/6th grade ministry of the church, as that pastor from our staff leaves.

So I am once again just going to be taking a break from posting here for a little bit, in order to put "my hands in" on a few other teams and places.  Here are some of the other "teams" I will be working with to write and create for, where you can find some of my stuff in the coming month.

Check Back HERE, Soon For Fresh Content! As Always Feel Free to Look Around and Use/ReUse Whatever Will Help You in Your Ministry! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Free Media #70: "SplitShire" (Free Stock Photography)

CLICK HERE (to check out this amazing collection of FREE stock photos, for your next lesson, worship background or your blog...) 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Game: "Hungry Hippos Live"

Just in Case For Some Reason You Have Not Seen This Viral Sensation in The Last Couple Week.  It Has Been around for Awhile, But My Inbox Has Suddenly Been Flooded With a Couple Different Versions and Variations. Here is "Hungry Hippos Live"  (*another version:

It Something We Tried Out Last Week at Our 5th and 6th Grade Ministry (see below) and Will Be Bring to Our 7th and 8th Grade Ministry Tomorrow Night!   Enjoy!! 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

News U Can Use: "Inside Your Teenage's Scary Brain"

"....research in the past 10-15 years has shown that our brains continue to develop in fundamental ways through the teen years and even into the late 20s and 30s. In fact, Jensen argues in her new book, The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, the teenage years comprise one of the brain’s most critical periods for development—likely every bit as crucial as early childhood. “That seven years in their life is, in a way, as important as their first seven years of life,” Jensen says. “It is probably one of the most important seven-year [periods] in their entire life.”

Emerging brain development science is changing the way we view teen behaviour: why teens can seem so moody and disorganized, why they sometimes make such short-sighted decisions and why many serious mental illnesses begin to emerge in adolescence..... (READ MORE AT MACLEANS) 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Top 10: Kind of Ministry Leaders?

10. The Grandpa- been doing ministry a long time and now it is almost time to retire. Doesn't want to rock the boat, just wants to rock in his chair...

9. The Buddy- is everybody's friend and pal.  Lets everyone do whatever they want, because its alright they are my buddy...

8. The Wimp-the complete pushover. Not willing to stand up for anything or to anybody...somebody might get mad and leave??

7. The Good Old Boy- a combination between the grandpa and the buddy.  Has his "club" of boys that are sometimes called "the leaders".  Has his set of traditions, friends, and things "we have always done that way..."

6. The Traditionalist- always good for grandstanding speech about the past, history, and protecting the foundations,fundamentals, and faith of our fathers.

5.  The Fighter- knuckles up, all the time.  In his past life (before Jesus) would take care of business down at the bar, now he is taking care of business at the church.

4.  The Newbie- so cute, so fresh, so new.  8-10 years of education and not a lick of experience.   First church out and grandma Jones is having him over for dinner to tell him what's up and how this are to be....

3. The Hipster- coffee, facial hair, and just spent way to much on those jeans. Keeping the church relevant and real with out all the self-righteousness....such a bummer man!

2. The Shepherd- the lover and humble servant.  Willing to do anything for anybody, any time of the day or night.  Leads, Feeds, and Intercedes for his people....

1. The Dictator- if your church had a pope, he would be it.  Whatever he says, thinks, breaths, or burps it is inerrant God truth.  It not his way or the highway...It is his way or his highway, no detours here.