I can’t believe this
December 18, 2008, 9:37 am
Filed under: Church | Tags: ,

Some people just plain out make me mad.  Angry!  Ticked! 

Who in the world would ever think this is right?  Some just don’t get what Jesus is all about and they mess up the image of the Body of Christ (The Church).  God wouldn’t want this.  

I better stop typing before I say to much.

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When it rains it pours
December 10, 2008, 10:37 am
Filed under: Family, Life | Tags: ,

That is a saying that I heard a lot growing up.  My grandma used to say that from time to time. That is a statement I am using a lot right now.  Here is a run down on what is going on.

  1. Hannah is sick.  She has mononucleosis plus a cold.  She has not been able to go to work and Church (which is her work) in 2 weeks now.  When I took the vow to love her in sickness and in health this is what I sign on for.  I am learning a lot about love through this.  This is what is called unconditional love.  It is hard at times because I am having to get both her and our 7 year old what they need.  I did not realize how much Hannah does until now.  She is a blessing to me and  a lot of people.  I love her so much. Please lift her up in your prayers.
  2. Christmas Time.  Busy Busy Busy.  Somewhere a long the way in our history people thought it would be great to make Christmas all about gifts and stress everyone out with all the stopping.  I love Christmas.  I love the giving.  I love celebrating the Birth of OUR Savior!  but Christmas time is a busy time of the year.  We are throwing a big event to feed the needy in our community on Dec. 20 and I know the next 2 weeks are going to get even busier.  
  3. Our washer broke!  Our washer and dryer was given to us by Hannah’s aunt and uncle.  They had the washer and dryer for several years .  It has washed a lot of clothes.  It has been a great washer but it’s life has come to an end. RIP.  We had to buy another washer so we went ahead and bought a dryer with it.  My uncle works for Lowes and he hooked us up with a great deal on a front loader washers and dryer.  Even though it was a great deal, it still cost money.  The washer choice the wrong time to stop working.  It’s Christmas!  We have to spend a lot of money already! 

Please pray for us.  We don’t need anymore sickness.  We need Hannah to get to feeling better.  We don’t need to have to spend anymore money on things braking down.  I know it is life but it would be great if it picked a better time period to hit, not during the Christmas season.  

Know that We (my family) find our joy in knowing that we have a Father up in heaven who loves us and is looking over us!  We are celebrating what our Savior did for us!  

Hope everyone in blog land is doing great!



How do you measure Church growth?
December 9, 2008, 11:47 am
Filed under: Church, Master's Class, Youth Ministry | Tags: , , ,

Church leaders talk about numbers a lot.  When ever someone comes up to me wonder about how the youth ministry is doing they normally ask how many do you have in your ministry?  Of course, I tell them the numbers but numbers isn’t the only thing that needs to be measured.

Most of you know that I have been in my master’s class now for 4 weeks.  I am learning a lot in how to lead a Church.  One thing that I am learning is how to evaluate growth in the Church.  I would like to share with you.  

Bob Whitesel, my professor is an incredible person and knows his stuff.  He is a Church consultant and if your Church is looking for someone that will challenge you and your Church then use him.  In his book, Growth by Accident Death by Planning, he shows a way to measure growth.  Not just in numbers.

4 ways to measure Growth in a Church

Maturation Growth:  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42

  • Are the ministries producing disciples?
  • How is small groups/Sunday School/Bible studies going?
  • How many of the congregation is involved in some for of discipleship?

Growth in Unity:  “All the believers were together and had everything in common.”  Acts 2:44

  • Is community being built?
  • How is the unity in the Church?
  • Does the people understand the vision and the mission of the Church?
  • Do they church come and sit in the Church or they involved?

Growth in Favor: “enjoying the favor of all the people” Acts 2:47b

  • Is the Church meeting the needs in the community?
  • What does the community think about the Church?
  • Are the people in the Church connecting with the community?

Growth in Numbers: “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Act 2:47c

  • Are people showing up at the Church?
  • Are we reaching people?

All 4 of these need to be measured.  The sad part is that most Churches only measure the numbers.  Numbers are important but it isn’t the only important growth in the Church.  

This is just a few things that I am learning so far.  I love this class!