Sunday, April 19, 2015

Top 10: MORE Kinds of Ministry Leader?

Back in February I posted up a Top 10 List called "Top 10 Kinds of Ministry Leaders", Since I got such a great response and reaction, I wanted to kick back off my fresh posts with a part #2, Enjoy!  Let me know what you would add to the list! 

10. The Scholar- has more degrees than the thermometer and is working on a new one.  Spends more time in this office studying for this weeks lecture (cough-"sermon")  than actually with people finding out what they really need to hear...

9. The Author- the name that everyone knows not based on his church or ministry, but based on his latest book.  If you want to see him, it would be easier to look on the back of the book cover than trying set up an appointment....

8. The Traveler- missions trips, speaking engagement, conferences, retreats, and vacations is where he will be.  Long gone are the days of being upfront leading or speaking locally when there is a big world to see and he hasn't seen all of it yet...

7.The CEO- business as usually is just business.  Runs the church based on the latest Fortune 500 company leadership model.  What is the bottom line for money, attendance, and productivity...

6. The Guru- think the Daili Lama for Christians.  The calm soothing voice of wisdom and spiritual understanding, while not really leading anything--lets just see where the spirit leads us this week....

5. The Lost Boy- like Peter Pan in Neverland, the boy that never grew up is now leading a his own motley crew of misfits.  Shorts, flip-flops and a laid back attitude. Where did he put those sermon notes, oh well I guess there are somewhere in my office...

4.  The Buttoned Up- Suit, White Shirt, Tie, Wingtips and a the church picnic!? .  Proper grammar, proper manners, and prop him up against the wall he is stiffer than the starch in his boxers....

3. The Lover- like Olaf from Frozen, he like warm hugs.  He just wants to "love on you"!...All the time.  Everything will be okay if we just show everyone love. ...

2.  The Joel- "the lovers" kissing cousin, with a heaping helping of blessing! "Bless you and bless you and you!! God just want you to be loved and blessed with health and wealth and...great hair, a beautiful wife, a better you....

1.  The Pastor- in the trenches day in and day out with his people.  Studying when he can, but spending as much time as he can in the needs of those around him whether they attend the church or not.  His family and he are there when you need them.  He loves you, wants the best for you, but is not afraid to open the Bible and speak the hard truths using the "two edge sword" to do the hard work of real ministry.

Thursday, April 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! 



Friday, March 27, 2015

Hints/Help #16: Easter Holiday Freebie Toolbox (media, games, lesson..)


HERE IT IS, NO NEED TO GO HUNTING THIS EASTER FOR MEDIA, GAMES, LESSONS, AND EVEN MUSIC!

IT IS ALL RIGHT HERE IN A NICE NEAT BASKET FULL OF GOODNESS, ALL TIED UP WITH A BOW.

BEST OF ALL IS IS ALL FREE! 
- 22 Media Links
- 12 Game Links
- 8 Teaching Links
- 4 Music Links 



MEDIA



GAMES


TEACHING


MUSIC

OUTREACH: 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Free Media #71: "Gratisography" (Stock Photography)


A very fun and eclectic collection of original, sometimes funny, stock photography, that is regularly updated and always FREE!!

CHECK IT OUT OUT (click, click) 

April Featured Resource: "Youth Group Collective"

A Simple Fun Site with a Collection of:
- Up Front Games
- Mixers
- Group Games
- Events & Themed Nights
- Video Nuggets
- Video Countdowns
- Series Artwork
- and More.... 

ALL FOR FREE!

Plus they allow you to contribute your own stuff to share with others as well!! 

SO PLEASE CHECK IT OUT:  CLICK AWAY!!  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Game #72: "Palm Sundae" (upfront Easter time game)

Just in Time for This Sunday...Palm Sunday! A Quick RanDumb Fun Rather Obviously Named Game.  Just to Keep Things Cool Around Your Young Teen Ministry!?




Supplies:
- Ice Cream (2 containers)
- A variety of ice cream toppings, including syrup, whip cream and a cherry
- Ice cream scooper
- A few spoons

Playing/Explanation :
Simply Explanation: player will create a ice cream masterpiece in their partner's palms. 

Pre-game: 
- Open up all the topping containers
- Lay out all the supplies
- Last minute pull out the containers of ice cream.  Do this as last minute as possible so that ice cream will say hard

Game play:
- Select 2 teams or 2 to come to the front
- Have them decide which one is more creative and artistic
- Reveal the toppings and ice cream & explain the game
- Have players face each other and have the non-artistic player cup both hands together in front of them forming a "bowl" with their palms.
- Give them 60 seconds to complete the task
- On "Go" the ice cream artists will begin to scoop and top their sundaes
- Winner is the team that creates the most artistic and beautiful "Palm Sundae"!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ten Ran-Dumb Easter Time Dodgeball Games


TEN COMPLETE RAN-DUMB AND BIT SILLY OPTIONS FOR YOUR DODGEBALL OBSESSED MS/JH/PRE-TEEN STUDENTS  WITH SOME DORKY EASTER TWISTS???



10. Dodge the Easter Candy (Chocolate Bunny or Jelly Beans!?) 

9. Dodge the Peeps (marshmallow, but is you really want to do it right get REAL LIVE peeps?)  

8. Dodge the Easter Baskets (* those soft sport-shaped ball ones might work great?) 

7. Dodge the Cadbury Egg (Explosive sticky little Easter grenades of fun!??) 

6.  Bunny Hop Dodgeball (tie everyone's ankles together) 

5. Dodge the Easter Eggs (*hard boil some, But not all!!? OR you can just use plastic ones?) 

4. Dodge Judas (secretly pick out one person on each team to be the "betrayer" and at some point they will turn on their team) 

3. Dodge the Easter Bunnies (replace the balls with cheap stuffed animal easter bunnies) 

2.  Easter Bunny Hunting Dodgeball (dress one player from each team up in as an easter bunny or at least give them bunny ears, their team has to defend them if the other team hits them their team loses) 

1.  Resurrection Dodgeball! (kind like doctor dodgeball, if player gets hit they sit down and someone comes around and "Resurrects" them....) 

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