Archive for October 2008

Running Unopposed

October 31, 2008

While voting early this year, I was surprised to see how many local candidates were running unopposed.  Nice for them, eh?  Talk about a no stress campaign.

Contrast that with the reality of your job and life in general.  You never run unopposed.  In my 5 months on the job as Family Pastor at Oak Leaf, I’ve found that to be true in two areas.

First, your ideas rarely ever run unopposed.  And that’s a good thing.  When you have 9 people working in an office and each one has a specific role to play, nobody is ever going to agree on everything.  Furthermore, when I am bouncing my ideas, I’m doing so up against some dudes who have been in f/t ministry a long time.  Experience counts and they can often snuff out things that are destined to fall flat.

Second, I think in any leadership position – whether business or ministry or whatever – opposition is simply a given.  Specifically in ministry, you have some members of churches that are “dug in deep”, having run off their share of pastors and youth ministers.  I feel extremely fortunate to work at a church like Oak Leaf.  Our volunteers are absolutely amazing and I am extremely lucky and blessed to lead them.  Perhaps it’s due to our structure…or the fact that we are only 2 years old…but I haven’t had to deal with extreme opposition or a plot to run me off.  🙂  I have, though, dealt with healthy differences of opinion and different philosophies of ministry.  And that’s to be expected.  Over 100 people volunteer their time in KidVenture.  The makeup of this group is a huge collection of extremely gifted people with all sorts of backgrounds.  It’s healthy for ideas to be challenged.  You never want 1 person’s vision to go completely unchecked.  I’m fortunate to have such a great group that has my back, yet also speaks their mind on how they think their area of ministry can be improved.

I’ve found that what grows you as a leader is learning how to wisely respond to such opposition…to not take it personally…to hold firm to the vision that God gave you…to pray more…and to have clear communication.

(Don’t forget, as believers we have constant opposition.)

CITY Rules

October 29, 2008

Now that I know how to use iMovie on my Mac computer, I’m like a kid at Christmas time.  I have 48 different video projects lined up.  Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration.

Following up the KidVenture Top 10 video is The CITY Rules, now live on YouTube.  The CITY is where our elementary students gather each Sunday morning.  Neil Hancock, our Elementary Host Coach, wrote these rules and with our $7 budget (thank you Dollar Tree) we filmed this last week.  The rules will always stay the same but with each new series we will film a new video to fit the theme.  Neil and his wife Stephanie have a heart for kids and are very creative (and zany!).

Video HERE.
Updated:  Better quality video HERE.

Top 10 Reasons…

October 28, 2008

…to Volunteer in KidVenture.

Now live on YouTube.
Click HERE and enjoy.
Updated:  Better quality video HERE.

Commonly Average Health Tips

October 24, 2008

About 2 months ago I decided to do something about my health.  I knew I needed to eat better and knew I needed to exercise.  But, as in the past, most weight or work out programs just seem boring…plus, who likes someone telling you what to do?!  🙂

With that in mind, here’s a few VERY EASY things I’ve done over the past 2 months that have helped me drop a few pounds and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, feel a ton better.  Note, these are obviously common sense things and kinda “duh”…but, for me, they’ve been a great FIRST STEP and have given me tangible results.

  • If you are a soda fan, switch to diet sodas.  Most diet sodas taste like Ostrich urin…so you will have to hunt for one that tastes OK.
  • Drink water.
  • Eat less.  Seriously, you don’t have to drastically change your diet over night.  Just start eating less.
  • Go to the gym and do something you like.  I ride a stationary bike…perhaps one that most senior citizens use…but, it’s easy on the knees and I enjoy it.  As long as you’re keeping the heart rate up and burning calories, consider it mission accomplished.
  • Dana and I like to frequent local restaurants.  We are doing it less…but when we do go, I’m searching for lower carb stuff.  Plus, cutting out bread.

For “step 2” type stuff, just ask Hanz & Franz of Oak Leaf (Jody & Mitch).

Elementary Goals

October 23, 2008

Tuesday night I shared with some incredible elementary volunteers the goals we have as a ministry.  What are we trying to acccomplish on a Sunday morning…and overall, what is our passion?  Here’s an abbreviated version of what we discussed.

  • Provide a safe environment.  Never be alone with a child.
  • Provide a learning experience.  God is relevant to their world.  Teach Jesus in everything we do.
  • Provide a fun experience.  This aint yo mama’s church – fun is a high priority.
  • Provide a structured experience.  Stick to the schedule.  Please show up on time.
  • Lead by example.  Show patience, kindness, and joy.  Do everything with excellence.  Connect with kids through a small group.
  • Communicate with your Coach.  Reply to emails and phone calls.  Give feedback.
  • Find fulfillment in your role.  Know the Kingdom impact of what you do!
  • Spread the Love.  Recruit others.  Partner with parents.


October 22, 2008
  • Recently had the first preschool training and elementary training.
  • Just made my first video in iMovie.  I’m now a Mac addict.
  • About to baptize my first born this coming Sunday.  Our God is amazing and GOOD!
  • Got 2nd place for the first time in my Monday night poker game at Flamingo’s Pizza Pub in C’ville.  I love hanging out with the Oak Leaf fellas and dudes in the community.  (For those wondering – no, it’s not for real money.)
  • First year in a long time that I’m semi concerned about the Iron Bowl.

Reedem The Rock

October 21, 2008

Today I invite you to check out THIS WORD from Michael.  This incredible project is moving full steam ahead now and I can’t wait to use this building to reach students, kiddos, adults, families, the immediate surrounding area, the hurting and confused, and everybody and anybody.  Be sure to click the link and see how you can get involved.