I was hanging out with Erik Williams a few weeks back and he told me about this video he was making with the leaders at the youth group he volunteers at. They were rolling out a new relational ministry effort to help students understand that their leader want to connect with them. Each leader was given business cards with their cell phone numbers on them. To launch this, they made this awesome parody video.

Enjoy

-Geoff (Twitter)

Bluetooth Game Controller

Brandon Early —  October 12, 2012 — 1 Comment

Kickstarter is one of those sites that I hit multiple times a week.  If you are not familiar with Kickstarter it’s a site that uses crowdsourcing to fund creative ideas and projects.  I usually go there and search “iPad” and “iPhone” to see what creative gadgets are on the market for support but you can search anything, from “music” to support a bands CD project to “shirts” to support up-and-coming designers.  I recently helped fund a project for a Bluetooth mini game remote.  It is not only a game remote, it is also a key locator, and wireless remote for your iPhone’s camera.  This product will work with multiple Bluetooth devices (not just iPhones), check out this video and head over to Kickstarter to check it out the deets.



Delegation is the sometimes painful process of making people great.

  • When you don’t delegate … you keep your team marginalized.
  • If you want to make great leaders, delegate great big stuff to them.
  • A good delegator pushes people just beyond what they are comfortable with.
  • Sometimes people fail when you delegate. Be ready for that.
  • A good delegator picks up the pieces.
  • Want your interns to have a good experience? Let them run with something huge.
  • Good luck finding a successor – make a successor instead.
  • It is always easier to do something yourself than delegate it. But it isn’t the right thing to do.
  • Delegate stuff you love to do. Those are the hardest to hand-off.
  • Delegate stuff you aren’t good at. Find someone who is. Everyone wins.
  • Don’t just delegate the piddly stuff. You need to do some small things

Delegation is tough … but so worth it. Go make people great today!

JG

Go Home for Dinner

Josh Griffin —  October 11, 2012 — 1 Comment

Are you still at the office reading this? How many nights have you been home for dinner this week? I get seasons of craziness, I understand pressures from all sides, I get the passion inside of you, too. Go home for dinner. But put your device down and go eat dinner with your kids. Turn off your laptop and go talk with your kids. Your iPhone has an innovative new “off” feature – please at least put it on Do Not Disturb mode.

This article from Homeword that I stumbled on this week was more than enough reason for me to concentrate on this in this next season of ministry. Families that eat dinner together are outrageously more present in their kids lives and the results are incredible. Obviously it has little or nothing to do with actually eating food – but everything about margin, boundaries, intentionality and love. Had a great conversation with my wife about “family dinners” last week and at the end she said, “make sure you blog about it, too!”

Which is weird, because I don’t think she reads the blog or even cares that much about More Than Dodgeball normally. But she DOES care about spouses. And youth ministry kids are ultra-important for her. So here’s the message: go home for dinner.

Oh, and if you’re not married or young married with no kids – know that any unhealthy patterns you are setting now are hard to undo later on as your life stage changes. Same is true the other way. Work hard now to get it right.

JG



Was talking to a youth leader who is in the middle of transition – looks like his youth ministry position is about to evaporate due to lack of funding. I sent him an email and then copy/pasted some of it to share here on the blog. Just a few random thoughts if you are about to walk through transition:

  • God loves your ministry and those students even more than you do – they is a key thing to remember that when things look bleak or especially when you get frustrated with the leadership of the church.
  • If the position is going away for lack of funding – is there any way you can help raise funds, promote the ministry to key players or raise your own support?
  • Transitions are painful but a reality of ministry – God might be using this to move the ministry in a new direction, or move YOU in a new direction.
  • As a leader, make sure you are also a willing follower of God’s nudge. And always be willing to stay if He is asking that of you as well.

JG

Came across this blog post yesterday.  Thought you might enjoy it.  It’s from a business blog but I thought the ideas and principles really connected with ministry.

The First 15 Minutes of Your Day May Sabotage How You Finish

Jeff Michaels works with us at Group and is genuine smart guy who cares about helping people find success.



Stop Doing Announcements?

Josh Griffin —  October 10, 2012 — 1 Comment

Loved this challenging post from Aaron Helman over on SmarterYM – what would happen if your youth ministry stopped doing announcements? Would your services flow better? Would attendance drop off at the actual event? Well, they tried it … and are having all sorts of success. Head there for the complete post, here’s a little clip to get your interested:

1. We send invitation postcards to students whenever we have a big event coming up.

2. We create Facebook events to share details and so students can easily promote our ministry to their friends.

3. We send a targeted email to the parents of students who received an invitation postcard.

4. We occasionally use kiosks, posters, and sign-up areas in the lobby. People who show up on Sunday morning know what’s going on. It’s just that we don’t make a show about it in the Sanctuary.

JG

Loved learning from Duffy Robbins last week at a Speaking to Teenagers seminar we hosted at our church last week. It was incredible, here’s a little clip from their seminar, be sure to check out their official website to bring them to your area, too!

1. When not gesturing, park your hands some place that isn’t distracting (your pockets, the sides of your chair, or the edges of the podium).

2. Keep your gestures high up on your body frame. You don’t want the audience to have to choose between looking at you (your eyes and your face) or looking at your gesture. I usually stage my gestures about six to eight inches in front of my chin. To look at my gestures, you have to look at my face.

3. Match the breadth of your gestures to the size of your audience. A larger audience might mean more exaggerated gestures; a smaller audience allows for conversational gestures.

4. Time the gesture so that it best serves your point. Pounding the pulpit 10 seconds after the preacher has made his point leaves the audience either confused about the preacher’s intent or concerned about his reflexes. Neither response enhances the message.

5. Give your gestures a firm end point. Imagine that a gesture leaves a mark in the air (e.g., a vapor trail). There should be an obvious beginning point and an obvious end point. That helps define the gesture, and it aids the audience in interpreting its meaning.

6. Don’t overlook the power of stance. Pulling your chair closer to the circle, moving closer to the group, stepping over to one side near that kid who is detonating his underwear, even the way the feet are positioned if you’re standing: all of these help to communicate focus, boldness, intensity, importance.

Be attentive to how your whole body communicates. Let them hear your body talk.

JG