Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Check out all the book at http://www.logos.com/upgrade
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
As much as I like iTunes and Amazon they are not the best at letting me know when music I like is coming out. Sure they have sections with what is coming out but nothing great. For this, I left iTunes and have been using a site called NEW RELEASE TUESDAY. They are pretty current and are full of information. Their niche is Christian music and they do a good job of keeping everything up-to-date.
Some features I really like at the FREE downloads and the full album previews. I was listening to the David Crowder Band’s new release Church Music a week before it was released. They add a few radio bumpers in the stream but it was not a big deal. I do find the site a bit busy, kind of cluttered and it is clear they are selling adds to keep the site up but I guess that is business. There are links to purchase music from each artist and the prices are reasonable but I buy all my music digitally, but if you want a hard copy make sure you price shop this site against Amazon and Wal-Mart.
The site has some other cool features beyond what I listed, like a new release list and coming soon list that reaches several months out. A huge list of Christian artists with a link to a good bio, twitter page (if they have one), headlines, upcoming events, music videos, and artist links for each artist. A lot of work is put in to this site.
Check it out and register by clicking the link below…if I get enough refer-a-friend points I might get a fancy t-shirt. http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/nrteam_register_invite.php?uname=uthguy9
The cool things:
The not cool things:
Feels busy (too much going on)
Do not have digital downloads, Buy MP3’s from Amazon
I have never seen “Live Support” online (could just be me)
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
There are several students coming that gave their lives to Christ but not nearly 170. This makes me a little sad and yet it drives me to work hard to find a better way to follow up and connect those students to Christ and the Church.
So I would love your prayers as we develop a new believers class and as I work on a booklet/guide that will help these new family members grow.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
- Leadership is fresh and focused
- Each series from now to next summer is planned
- Small groups are ready and we are using the new LIVE Curriculum
- Taking a break gave us a unique opportunity to get with our adult volunteer staff
- We did not lose connection with students; there was still Sunday School, twice the events, 10 service opportunities, 2 Mission Trips, and we focused on individual contact instead of large group ministry.
- Entering ministry with freshness (mental and physical: we were getting tired. While other ministries were launching in the Spring, Student Ministries "continued" it 50 week schedule...we did not meet the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and 4th of July when it fell on a Wednesday)
- Entering ministry with freshness part 2 (fresh ideas, ready to start instead of finding the energy to keep going creatively)
- Prepared and excited leaders
- And anticipation. We hope that our students are crazy excited to begin again. This could be a great momentum builder.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This can get exhausting but I heard that a person needs seven contacts to really remember something. Whether that is true or not it is a good idea to have your info out there in multiple forms so your audience can have access to it at their ease.
All that said we know most people have a cell phone and that cell phone is on them all the time. The text message alert has bee a hugely successful contacting method for our ministry. You can send out group messages with services like the ad based textmarks…a free or pay service (I do not recommend ad based services for youth, you have no control over the ads. I have discontinued my service with them due to the nature of their ads). You could also use a pay only service like SimplyTXT, which is a solid service, and you will never have to worry about content because it is 100% from you. While these services are great and come with different perks you still have to pay and in some cases BIG BUCKS but did you know you could do this for FREE?
Create a card to give to students asking for:
(If they are not 18 years old it might be a good idea to ask for a parent’s signature so you are not responsible for running up a students cell phone bill.)
Once these cards are filled out and back in your hands just add the info to an address/email program like Microsoft Outlook. But instead of entering their cell number in the “mobile phone” entry, enter their number in the email entry as an email address. You can find the proper extension for each major carrier below.
For example if my cell number was 815-555-1234 and my carrier was Verizon I would add an entry for Brandon Early with email firstname.lastname@example.org my address book. After entering all the cards I would create a distribution list called “TEXTING” (or what ever you want to call it) and add all the subscribers to this list. Now you are set to send out FREE group text messages from your computer. Anything I send to email@example.com come to that cell phone as a text message and if they “reply” it comes to my inbox.
Remember that text messages are only 160 characters. Be wise with your words and keep the messages (subject and all) under 160 characters (including spaces). Also, it is a good idea to tell your students how often you plan to send messages. The students with unlimited will not care but those who pay for each message might be more cautious to sign up. I committed to sending one or two a month plus any special events or deadlines.
Have fun, run contests, give away a $20 discount to your winter camp to the first 3 people who respond to your text, pray for students and send them all a messages letting them know, add a comment to this post letting us know how you use group text messages or how you plan on using them.
Here is a list of carrier email address endings, if I am missing one you need just google it.
Alltel (10-digit phone number)@message.alltel.com
AT&T (10-digit phone number)@txt.att.net
Boost Mobile (10-digit phone number)@myboostmobile.com
Nextel (10-digit telephone number)@messaging.nextel.com
Sprint (10-digit phone number)@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile (10-digit phone number)@tmomail.net
Verizon (10-digit phone number)@vtext.com
Virgin Mobile USA(10-digit phone number)@vmobl.com
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
First let me say, did you know that you can buy a pen that you can link to your phone via bluetooth that lights up or vibrates when you get a call. Or a watch that you can connect via bluetooth that vibrates and has caller ID notifying you when your cell phone rings.
There should be software somewhere that would allow you to connect your phone via bluetooth to your laptop that will flash caller ID over your screen. I miss way to many calls sitting at Starbucks or in my basement, at my laptop with my ipod on.
Bottom line is it would be great if my laptop screen would flash and/or display the caller ID...ever hear of anything like this?
Friday, May 01, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
WOO - This stands for "Winning Others Over". I see that Jack loves the challenge of meeting new people. He gets great satisfaction from breaking the tension in the room (maybe tension he created but still...) and making connections with others.
Realtor - It is easy to tell that Jack enjoys getting close to others. He clearly is loyal to his country and finds deep satisfaction in working hard with others to achieve the goal set before him.
Positivity - Jack is contagious. People are always after him on "24" and my friends are always talking about him (I hope J. Crew starts to sell that man bag he carried). He is able to get others fired up about what they are doing or going to do.
Harmony - When I watch "24" I can clearly see that Jack does not like conflict; he is quick to put an end to any dispute...with force if he has to. Jack looks for consensus…even thought he mostly makes decision on his own, he almost always agrees with himself.
Empathy - Jack has good discernment and can sense the feelings of others. Jack almost always knows what others are feeling or are going to be feeling before they themselves know.
Thanks for giving me this shot...I am growing and hope to nail the art of assessing soon.
Friday, March 27, 2009
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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