Retro Post: You should never order seafood at a hamburger joint in Nebraska.


You should never order seafood at a hamburger joint in Nebraska.

Chad, age 11
Stick to what you are good at.

If this isn’t the best advice I don’t know what is. I lived in the Midwest for the first 11 years of my life. I know from experience that seafood is not a strength of the wonderful people in the Midwest. What are they doing selling seafood?

This is a huge pitfall that many ministries fall into. We see someone doing something great and we add it to our menu and do it good. I believe Seth Godin said that “Good is the enemy of Great” in his book “The purple Cow” (which by the way is a must read for anyone with eyes).

We all have made the mistake of making so so seafood when people just want an amazing burger.

This whole issue to me comes down to clarity.

1. Clarity of vision – I will defer to one of my favorite blogger Craig Groeschel I can’t say it any better than he did so check out his blog series on vision. Fantastic is all I can say. Here is a link to the one I like best. Leading with Chazown Part 2.

2. Clarity of Focus – What is the one thing you can do better than anyone else? Find out and go do that THING, singular THING.

3. Clarity of purpose – What does God want have for you to do. Each of us are unique and have a unique calling. Find it. Do it, and for the love of all that is holy do not try to sell seafood if you make hamburgers better than anyone else.

(Here is a link to a hamburger joint that gets it. All they sell is hamburgers and fries, simple and very, very good.

Their tag line says it all – A business passionately focused on selling great hamburgers!

Giveaway Tuesday: Last Chance #kidmin Leadership

Last week I started a giveaway and a review. You can find it here.

Today is the last day to enter I’ll announce the winners tomorrow.

If you would like to win a free copy of the book tweet the following.

@samluce is giving away a free copy of Kidmin Leadership from @jimwideman over at #kidmin #infuse


Retro Post: You'll always get a zit on important days.


You’ll always get a zit on important days.
Amanda, age 14

Everything is timing.

I have a friend that is an early zit popper. Every time they get a zit on an important day they try to pop the zit. The end result is the zit remains unpopped and their whole face turns red because of their repeated efforts to pop the pesky perpetrator.

What you do on unimportant days determines what you do on important days.

How do you keep from getting a zit on important days?

1. Prevention – an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. The best way to keep you ministry from a breakdown on sunday is prevention. Ask God to help you see pitfalls before they come. Always be looking forward learning from mistakes and preparing for change.

2. Patience – I have found change, vision, all things leadership come down to timing. To often we hear from God and go do instead of asking when. Knowing when to pop a zit is almost as valuable as how to prevent them.

3. Persistence – It is far easier to criticize something than to do something to change that something. I learned in college how easy it was to judge. I learned after college how hard it is to lead something. I have looked over the edge many times thinking “It would be far easier to quit” and many times it would be. To make it in ministry and especially children’s ministry you must learn the fine art of pushing on when no one but God sees. You need to know when to persist.

(for help in dealing with literal zits click here)

Retro Post:No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats!


No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats!
Laura, age 13

Who are you trying to reach?

I think this is huge for any ministry. Who are trying to reach and How are you going to reach them. In many ways the church has placed barriers between themselves and the people they are trying to reach. We have approached evangelism like you would approach the bathing or baptizing of a cat, with much cohesion and struggle to get the “cat” to do what you want it to do. If real-estate is location, location, location. Evangelism is relationship, relationship, relationship.

Who are trying to reach?

1. Know – What is the who, you are trying to reach? What does the typical family look like?

2. Focus – What are the values you actually do?

3. Do – Do what ever it takes to keep you values and priories in the right order.

4. Remember – Never forget that people do what they do based on what they value. What does God values, what do they value and what do you value?

Retro Post: Wisdom of Kids

I was looking on the web the other day and came across this site that has quotes from kids. I love reading quotes from kids because kids say what many times we think but have “learned not to say”.

Often we read books and blogs about how to teach kids in a more effective way but this week I want to do a few posts about lessons we can learn from kids.