Recipe or a Formula

(Here is an article I did a while back that I always think about  before heading off to a kids ministry conference. I thought I would share it  with you.)

As a kids pastor going to conferences I often made the mistake of looking for the perfect formula instead of the right recipe. When I was younger attending conferences I was always looking for the one thing that “perfect formula” that would make my ministry a success. Over the years I have come to learn that ministry especially kids ministry is not a formula but a recipe.

What is the difference between a formula and recipe? Formula’s are typically always a fixed set of logical step anyone can follow and are reproducible (sounds good right?) Well sorry to break the news to you but very few things work as advertised at a conference, you need to bring them home and break them down. Ministry to kids is more like a recipe take a cookie recipe for example you have certain things that are constant truths that have to be in that recipe or it’s going to TASTE weird. You need sugar, flour, usually eggs but it’s the things you change based on what you want your cookies to TASTE like that make all the difference. If you like peanut butter add that, you like chocolate chips add those

If ministries (and cookies) were made with a formula they would all look, TASTE and basically be the same and ultimately would not reach the people God is calling us to reach.

To get the most out of any conference you need to know what are the core ingredients essential to every ministry and what are those extra ingredients that produce a flavor that pleases God and draws the people God has called you to reach. If you do those two things you will not only learn great stuff but will have the grid to implement them when you get back home.

Recipe or a Formula

(Here is an article I did a while back that I always think about  before heading off to a kids ministry conference. I thought I would share it  with you.)

As a kids pastor going to conferences I often made the mistake of looking for the perfect formula instead of the right recipe. When I was younger attending conferences I was always looking for the one thing that “perfect formula” that would make my ministry a success. Over the years I have come to learn that ministry especially kids ministry is not a formula but a recipe.

What is the difference between a formula and recipe? Formula’s are typically always a fixed set of logical step anyone can follow and are reproducible (sounds good right?) Well sorry to break the news to you but very few things work as advertised at a conference, you need to bring them home and break them down. Ministry to kids is more like a recipe take a cookie recipe for example you have certain things that are constant truths that have to be in that recipe or it’s going to TASTE weird. You need sugar, flour, usually eggs but it’s the things you change based on what you want your cookies to TASTE like that make all the difference. If you like peanut butter add that, you like chocolate chips add those

If ministries (and cookies) were made with a formula they would all look, TASTE and basically be the same and ultimately would not reach the people God is calling us to reach.

To get the most out of any conference you need to know what are the core ingredients essential to every ministry and what are those extra ingredients that produce a flavor that pleases God and draws the people God has called you to reach. If you do those two things you will not only learn great stuff but will have the grid to implement them when you get back home.

YouTube Friday: Portlandia

I spent my senior year in High School and all of college in Portland Oregon. What a great town. I loved it there. It still is my favorite place and trust me I have lived a few places in my day. Portland is great because it’s so ecclectic, it’s a small big city that has a little something for everyone. One of the other reasons I like Portland is it’s so weird, it has culture but also lots of weirdness I miss it. Here is a video my friend Mike came across that is so Portland I was rolling. If you are not from Portland (or the Portland of the South AKA Austin) trust me this video is more real that you ever care to imagine.

Blogging A beginners guide: 10 ways to grow your blog.

In recent posts I covered Why and the What of blogging today I want to talk about the How. How do you drive traffic to your blog, how do you help more people.

1. Write about stuff that other people will find helpful. If you only want to get people to stop by once or twice but when you consistently write about stuff that really helps others word will get out.
2.  Come up with great blog titles. They make your stuff easier to find through search engines and they pull the reader or potential reader in. If a picture is worth a thousand words a well titled blog post is worth a thousand hits.
3. Create a rhythm and stick with it. Blogging becomes a relationship of sorts the more consistent you post your blogs the more people will get into the habit of stopping by for new content.
4. The more you quality posts you post the more traffic and links will follow.
5. Respond to everyones questions, if they leave a comment respond, if someone emails you reply.
6. Comment on the blog posts of others. Start the conversation for others, no one wants to be the first to leave a comment, and link to others
7. Leverage social media – Use twitter, facebook and Cmconnect.org to get your content to the people it can help.
8. Keep your posts short and to the point.
9. Be yourself, there are a lot of ways to be pretend to be something you are not online. Be genuine. I am sure I have ticked a few people off with my blog but those people would never have really liked me anyway, and I am ok with that.
10. Make a post every now and again that has a list people love blogs with lists. I can’t explain it. Christians love lists and especially lists of 10.

Happy Blogging. Let me know if there is any way I can help you or if you have any bloggy questions.