Monday, October 29, 2007

FREE TACOS FOR AMERICA!!!!!

Between 2pm and 5pm tomorrow, October 30th you can go to Taco Bell and get a free taco. AWESOME...THERE ARE LIKE 5 TACO BELLS HERE IN ROCKFORD!!! I may spend more money on gas than I would if I would just go buy 5 tacos, but I cannot resist free stuff.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

New Favorite CD

I am totally loving this CD. I can't get enough DCB! This is a great mix of slow reflective worship to well done upbeat techno worship (really!) I link you to the Amazon site for this CD if you want to buy or sample the tracks.

Baby Talk...

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I am getting a new phone!!!!

Ok...I love the iPhone but I am not going to switch to AT&T to get it. They do not have great service here from what people tell me. That and I am hoping that the iPhone will come to Verizon after their 2 year contract with AT&T. In 2 years the phone may be cheaper and or have more memory/storage.

Regardless I just signed a two year agreement with Verizon (see the 2 years, just in time for the iPhone contract to end with AT&T) and picked up the Samsung i760. This phone looks cool, however I will not get it until Monday. So I keep watching this video and pretend I am the one holding the phone, I need to go print out a copy of the phone and tape it on my Motorola Q and pretend it is my new phone.

Friday, October 26, 2007

New Roles...New Bloggs

I was encouraged by one of our high school staff to share some of the cool things that have been going on in our ministry. We just came out of a three week series on “Faith, Hope, and Love” that went great. This was the perfect series to launch the changes that took place in student ministries. It was also a great lead in to an outreach we had last Wednesday night where we crack the 100 (attendance) mark and our fall retreat. No visible first time commitments last Wednesday, but the drama we did was solid and students said it, and the night, had an impact on them. We had 100 staff and students attend fall retreat this weekend...this is pretty cool. The students have been challenged to take ownership of our high school ministry and we have seen the movement toward that already…senior have even been mixing with freshmen…kind of crazy. We had been promoting last night’s gathering for a few weeks. We wanted to put into practice the “community, love, and ownership” that Bob MacRae spoke about at our fall retreat. I was hoping we would not see a drop off…why? When students hear about mixing some stay home thinking it will be lame that junior higers are there, or junior highers some times find coming in this big group kind of scary and they stay home. The two groups together reached over 180 last night…that is a huge jump.

I say all this to let you know I am loving my new role and there is much to get excited about. Please continue praying for our ministry and the work that God is doing. There is much to do, much to plan, creativity to spread, and soul to be won.

Here are the links that are somehow connected to our ministries...
You are at my blog - brandonearly.com
Student ministries discipleship coordinator - erinvesta.com
Junior high intern blog - eriklinder.blogspot.com
Junior high ministry - hbym.com
High school ministry - revossorc.com(**NEW**)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Best iPhone Accessory EVER!!!!

I do not have an iPhone...yet...but when I get one (if Verizon ever gets smart) I will have all the best accessories and this will be at the top of my list.

The truth is, if I had an iPhone and someone wasted $3 on this set of finger covers I would think they hated me. So, if you know someone who has an iPhone and you want to make them feel dumb, buy these and tell them how important it is to you that they use them all the time.

PHONE FINGERS

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

thoughts about where I am...

This blog is more for me than any of you. Here are a few things I am thinking about, things on my plate due to the shift/transition in ministry position.

  • The transition from Jr High Director to Student Ministries Pastor has been great.
  • There seems to be more on my plate, but I feel less stressed (for now).
  • There are huge differences between Jr High and Sr High...I knew this, I just keep reminding myself.
  • I am coming off my third meeting with Sr High since I have become their new pastor and I am not sure I know how the students feel about me and the shift.
  • I have had more meetings in the past few days than I have had in a long time, I don't mind meetings as long as they are productive.
  • How do you prioritize things when things that are "low priority" are mandatory?
  • I need to throw things in the trash.
  • I need to make a weekly agenda/schedule.
  • What do our staff (Jr and Sr High) need to be better leaders?
  • What is my part in being used by God to grab the hearts of high school students?
  • What needs to be done to help the high school students take more ownership of their ministry?
  • God help me.