Three relationships every Leader needs:
One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is how people like Michael Phelps the best in the world at what he does needs a coach. Another thing that amazes me is how Tiger Woods needs a golf coach but doesn’t see that he really could use a life coach. How can those who are on the top of their game need someone to help them? In Phelps and Wood’s case I am pretty sure their coaches don’t have a fraction of the talent that they have. So what does a coach do?
No matter what size your church is you have to be able to accept credit cards. Our days as a cash based society are numbered if not over. Here are two tools we use at our church to allow us to accept credit card payments.
We live in an age where there is more information available to us than ever before. When I was a kid I did my research papers using encyclopedias, studied using a concordance. If you are under the age of 30 and are reading this you have no idea what I am talking about. Here is where our world has change for the better and for the worse, we no longer need those study methods because we have the internet. The problem with the internet is that even though you can get lots of good information you can also allow your thoughts and ideas to be diluted and even confused by the diversity of thoughts and ideas available online. One of the ways I try to overcome this is by passing thoughts and information through a series of questions. If you are a bible story-teller for kids church, a youth pastor or on an adult preaching team these questions will apply.
5 Questions every communicator must ask before they preach
1. Could I preach this message in a synagogue or in a Mormon Tabernacle? If so it’s not the gospel.
2. Will the result of this message be the worship and glorification of Christ.
3. Do I have practical application?
4. Does my application leave people with a sense that “if I do this then….” or does my application leave people with a sense “That if I do this and trust Jesus then….”
5. What’s my motivation? Will at the end of the message will I have been thought of as a brilliant communicator or will I point those in attendance (myself included) to their daily need for a brilliant savior.
We rebranded thankfully in 2008 my primary concern was the elimination of all a.c.r.o.n.y.m.s. I hope you are not offended by this but I hate all things acronym. I know that that is risky to put on a blog since the NSA will read this and they themselves are an acronym. It seems that the debate of rebranding is centered around functional vs. fun. We tried to accomplish both.
Here was my thought process in our rebranding.
1. What is the direction of our church – Our church was about to rebrand and so we couldn’t name our kids church after our big church. Plus some churches should name their kids after their big church because well their big church name is a bit much (greater highway deliverance ministry kids?) I digress. What reflects the vision and values of the church.
2. Does it help parents? - When I took over our preschool we have classes like Navigators, Explorers and Discoverers I for the life of me could not keep them straight and sent lots of kids to the wrong rooms. To fix this when we rebranded and picked a theme for our kids church I chose names that could have numbers. 2nd Ave. – 2 year olds – 3rd Street – 3 year olds – Rte. 5 – 5 year olds. our 5, 6, 7th grade Junction 567 – It makes sense to new people because they know how old their kids are. I haven’t misdirected a kid yet.
3. Is it fun? - Parents remember utilitarian names kids embrace fun ones. So to have a combination of both we did the practical names like 4th ave. But I didn’t want kids to invite other kids to their class. I wanted them to invite them to a broad-based experience so we named the whole thing Uptown. Uptown covers everything from birth to 6th grade. It’s fun and it’s all kids have to remember it also will be all they will ever have to remember.
4. Know your area - For us not being in the bible belt but in crucifix alley being a protestant non-denominational church having a different name than the name of our church is a plus in that we reach kids without preconceived ideas from parents.
It is our desire to preach Jesus to kids and parents alike. So rather than be cute our goal is how can we be effective and glorify God in all we do. Far to many churches try and be cute because they believe that cuteness draws people while this may be true cuteness doesn’t transform lives and change hearts that is a work that only Christ can do.
So name things and name them well.
Yancy just came out with a brand new CD and now she has an amazing app that accompanies it.
When Yancy recorded her newest album Roots for the Journey she knew these songs were special. The music, organic, unplugged and simple was something that adults of all ages would be eager to listen to again and again. The message in the songs timeless because each song is centered on scriptures from God’s Word. Yancy spends most of her time doing family concerts and making music and worship resources that play in minivans and churches worldwide. So, how could she mix her audience that ranges from preteen all the way down to preschool (through the Little Praise Party series) with this new music she created?
So the idea/dream got a little bigger. What if she made an app to help parent teach their kids these Biblical truths? What if we could give parents tools to make these scriptures come alive to their children? Meet the Roots for the Journey App available for iPhone, iPad and Android.
The app provides family devotions, conversations, activities, prayers and more. Being an app, it isn’t just about being at home, in the living room and having spiritual time for a hour. You could do parts of the devotion on the go, in the car, during dinner or whenever your family is gathered together. There are multiple ways you can talk about and reinforce the truth of God’s Word. The song as you listen will help that message be tied to a melody that kids can latch onto and sing. Music is an amazing way to communicate. We remember songs from long ago. The same is true for your kids. So, having the music is a tool that will reinforce the lessons, conversations, activities and prayers. Most importantly we want to help families hide God’s word in their hearts. Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (NIV)
Yancy asked Children’s and Family Ministry friends from around the world to help her make these Biblical truths come alive. The app contributors are:
• Sam Luce
• Ryan and Beth Frank (K Magazine/Awana)
• Gina McClain
• Beth Guckenberger
• Dave & Beci Wakerley (Hillsong)
• Johnny Rogers (KidMo)
• Jonathan Cliff
• Jenny Funderburke
• Jason Martin
• Jen Galley
• Sara Richards
• Brian Dollar (High Voltage)
Amanda White from www.ohamanda.com did all the activities. You will love the way you can do simple activities to illustrate the truth of God’s Word to your kids.
LINKS TO THE APP:
• iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roots-for-the-journey/id647377769?mt=8
• iPad https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roots-for-the-journey/id647377769?mt=8
• Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yancynotnancy.roots462&feature=search_result – t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS55YW5jeW5vdG5hbmN5LnJvb3RzNDYyIl0.
LINK TO THE ALBUM:
• iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/roots-for-the-journey/id643556110
• YancynotNancy.com http://www.yancynotnancy.com/product-category/