Oh man! What a day for the Xbox 360! Project Natal looks astounding, and the 360 also gets Facebook and Twitter? If they would just add Hulu and some type of blog reader and I’ll never go on the internet or watch cable again.

JG

Our faithful Xbox 360 has crossed the 26,000 gamerscore mark tonight – the plateau from this fall/winter has been broken and we’re totally back in the game.

JG



Many fell in love with Twitter this week at the Purpose Driven Youth Ministry (PDYM) Conference, and I got a few requests for Xbox 360 Gamertags, too. Here’s a who’s who of the youth ministry team on both platforms here at Saddleback Church:

Twitters:

Gamertags:

JG

Thankfully, the Xbox 360 is back. After 5 months of swearing off of it for a year, we’re back in the game. I’m super excited to play the games I missed. We’ve made a committment to using the Family Timer and limit the kids to 2 hours every Sunday, but hey, it’s a start. Yeah!

JG



Some of you were there when our family decided to give up our Xbox 360 in the home for a year. We’re painfully 6 months in, and surviving OK I guess? I got a chance this week to play through a few levels of Gears of War 2 with Jake after hours at the conference, but that wasn’t nearly enough to keep me from really missing it. Here’s what I would be playing if I had my Xbox 360 back tomorrow:

  • Street Fighter 4
  • Halo Wars
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Tom Clancy’s HAWX
  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Rock Band 2
  • Gears of War 2
  • Fallout 3
  • Mirror’s Edge

My Xbox 360 blog even quit 132 days ago …

JG

Youth Ministry Facts

 —  December 17, 2008 — 7 Comments

A new article I wrote called Youth Ministry Facts landed over on Simply Youth Ministry today. Here’s a clip of the article, hit the link to read it all:

Fact: This article is made up of short sentences.
Fact: Volunteers are the key to this whole thing.
Fact: Time management isn’t your strong suit.
Fact: Success in youth ministry is way, way more than increased attendance.
Fact: It will never all be “done” when you go to sleep at night.
Fact: Email is dead. Consider texting . . . for now.
Fact: Your capacity increases when you delegate the important things to your volunteer team.
Fact: Your video game console misses you.
Fact: So does your spouse.
Fact: You have very little to do with your youth ministry’s success.
Fact: Relying on the power of God is the most important.
Fact: You will always want a larger youth ministry budget.
Fact: The church you envy down the road is full of challenges, too.
Fact: You are a minister to adult volunteers as much as you are a minister to students.
Fact: You always pad your numbers when talking about your group to other youth pastors.

JG



Best of 2008 Awards

 —  December 15, 2008 — 8 Comments

In the next week or so, I’ll be compiling MTDB’s Best of 2008 youth ministry awards (see 2007 here). Here’s what I’ve got for categories so far, add a few more ideas in the comments to join in on the fun:

  • Best of 2008: Best Viral Video
  • Best of 2008: Church That Inspired
  • Best of 2008: Book That Challenged
  • Best of 2008: Movie of the Year
  • Best of 2008: Video Game That Rocked
  • Best of 2008: Youth Ministry Blog of the Year
  • Best of 2008: Person of the Year
  • Best of 2008: Favorite HSM Weekend
  • Best of 2008: The TV Show That Shouldn’t Be Missed
  • Best of 2008: The Free Software You Must Download Now

JG

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