Christmas Giveaway Day 2: The Rizers

Day two should be a partridge in a pear tree or something like that but luck for you the pet shop was close so instead I am giving away a Rizers CD. I Stinking love the Rizers. They take their name from the shortened version of the word memorizers. Their music is scripture put to song when I was growing up this was done in hideous fashion, the rizers rock it like you would not believe. We do a few of their songs in our worship service at Uptown the kids LOVE it!

To get this CD in your hot little hands tweet the following: (If you are not on twitter leave a comment)

@samluce is giving away a free copy of The Rizers CD over at #kidmin

Below is  a review I did a few months back.

I listen to A LOT of kids music. I have some I like more than others. One of the things I remember about kids music when I was a kid was that quite a bit of it was scripture based. There is so much good christian worship/music out there for kids but I started thinking the other day that there isn’t a large amount of really cool scripture based worship songs. Using music to teach theology has been something the church has used for hundreds of years.

Enter the Rizers – not only in their music bible based but their music is very current your kids will love it. Actually you will love it. I think I listen to it more than my boys. With catchy music and no miss lyrics buying the Rizers for your kids is a no brainier.

I loved the whole CD they do a great job picking scriptures that go along with some of the things kids struggle with most, fear, loving others, and many more. You can buy the whole album on amazon for just 7.99.

Don’t believe me? Listen to a few full length samples yourself.

Blogging Christmas Giveaway.

I thought it would be fun to Celebrate the Christmas season by giving something away everyday this whole week.

The first thing I would like to give away is a non-autographed version of Three signs of a Miserable job.
I read this book a few weeks back and found it to be one of the best books I’ve read in terms of leading volunteers and building a team. If you lead a team or are part of a team you need to read this book.

I did a series of blog posts about it. Three Signs of A miserable job – Blog Series

To enter to win tweet the following or leave a comment. I will pick a winner and announce it tomorrow.

@samluce is giving away a free copy of Lencioni’s book Three Signs of a miserable job over at #kidmin

Michael Chanley is Fakekidmin

Well maybe not, but according to my non-scientific poll he most certainly is. So Michael you won you or someone you determine will be the recipiant of a brand new copy of Jon Acuff’s new book “Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt.”

Now that we all know who fakekidmin is lets all spend Christmas enjoying our families and friends.

Merry Christmas.


Leading Well.

Leading well. One of my few crazy theories in life that I have is that leadership is more than charisma. Leadership is not how well you speak or even how many people follow you. In theory leadership for me is all about how well you build a team.

Like most theories I have, true or not when I stumble across something that tells me I am not crazy I like to share because….well….I don’t want you to think I am crazy either.

I was listening to Harvard Business Reviews podcast and they did one on: “The Art of Leading Well” with Warren Bennis.

Warren is an expert on leadership and he defines leadership as the following:

The capacity to build a team that is compatible and that is has created in that team a transparency and a  culture of  candor where people feel close corporative and they feel that their fates are correlated and they are doing things together……great leaders build great teams.

If we want to lead well in kids ministry you HAVE to build a great team. I know that I am thankful for the team at my church I get to be a part of at Redeemer and I am thankful for the team I am honored to lead in Uptown.