Teen Camp Leadership

August 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Today is Friday, the final day of Teen Camp 2012, All In. I am sitting here in Big Bear and enjoying my reflections from the week. A year ago I was in central America and now I am here. Wow.
The last teen camp I came to was the summer 2008. A long time had passed and I returned to find something greater than had been before. On every level this camp has raised the bar. The very first night I looked around at the staff in the room, those who would be responsible for everything that would be, and I was so impressed. I felt like telling each one of them, “thank you so much for what you are doing here.” And without those people dedicating their lives to this, this camp would not be.
I thought of a Jim Collins quote,

“There are plenty of people in this company who could do my job better than I do.”

The worship, the planning, the classes, the sports; it was all done with such careful planning, intentionality and evaluation.
All this talent, resource, time and effort was given to an endeavor to change people’s lives. Not just anyone, but students. These students who Are the future of our church and our world, those students who will succeed us. This generation of leaders who will be responsible for my kids future teen ministry, campus ministry and eventually my kids church. This gen will be the leaders that call my kids to Jesus or will teach them that the bible is irrelevant. I give all I have to follow Jesus and hope that I can pass on to this gen how relevant and life changing the bible really is.
I am so grateful for this experience and feel like this is so valuable and crucial to our mission. I saw seniors in high school sharing their convictions, preaching and singing to God. There was no way i was prepared to realize how amazing this camp is. God is always at work, this week I saw His hand at work in people all around me. I leave this week with my mind blown. mind=blown


We are like Dust

July 18, 2012 Leave a comment

So grateful to God this morning for my life. I am looking at the sunrise and thinking how Great is our God.
I often think about how short life is and how little we are in the scope of the universe. I started praying to God and reminding him that I am His creation and that He made this plan and that I am just dust of the earth.

“Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:1-14 NIV)


Categories: God's plan, worship

Building a team

July 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Back in the day… My dad, who was always a great salesman and a terrible customer, told me that I needed to make myself indispensable to the company or team. Because if you are indispensable, it is impossible to fire you and you will be wanted there. Kind of like saying do as much as you can do and do it well. Even further into this thought might go like this… so that nobody can take your spot be really good and cherish the fact that you are the only one who can do it.
This thought seems really logical and I think that we almost naturally want to be like that even if it wasn’t stated. I know my ego always wants to be great or even the best in everything I attempt or practice.
I don’t want to be a leader who try’s to do everything himself. In fact that is exhausting to try to do everything. Giving away authority and empowering others to do things that I think I can do, does not come naturally for me. I think it’s hard to do that, it takes great patience and careful instruction. (2 Tim 4:2)
No one is irreplaceable, except Jesus. You will be gone someday, then what? Replace yourself, that means produce someone who can take over your position. Build teams of highly capable thinkers and doers. Not placeholders or plastic people waiting for a strong CEO or general to dictate orders.
I want to be like this guy that I read about in Good to Great:

“Cork Walgreen built the best executive team in the industry.” Jim Collins Good to Great.

It doesn’t say he was amazing. It says he was an expert team builder. Do you want to be known as awesome leader, or to be known for building great ministry teams? In my leadership meetings and circles… I need to build a strong team of leaders that are willing to engage in passionate dialog about the decisions being made. If I leave or die, the team might miss me, but the mission would still move on and the ministry would not miss a beat if I have built the ministry on team and not on me.
If you are a church leader, bible talk leader or whatever leader, does your team ask the hard questions? Is there an atmosphere that allows different thinking and evaluates regularly? Ask some team members if they feel like they can really say what they are thinking. Now, I think I better do that as well.

Categories: empowerment, replication, team

Why blog… Is Social media falling short?

July 13, 2012 3 comments

I am not sure how Blog etiquette rolls, but I am posting again on day one. Haha! So I am thinking about what the purpose and direction of this blog should be.
I like twitter, probably a lot more than Facebook, but I like it too. On twitter it is amazing because it is a center of information sharing. I like that. Inspiration portal.
FB is more like, here is a day in my life. Which is cool, because it’s like the most interactive futuristic yellow pages ever. I can find my friends and be found by them. Even if I don’t talk to or see someone I can shout to them all, hey here is what’s going on!!!
I have a grip I can say about these social media platforms, and that is the bottom line. I am starting a blog cause I do have a lot to say. 140 characters doesn’t work when you want to really say something.

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Start Blog… Check.

July 13, 2012 1 comment

So here it is. Post number one. I had made a goal to start a blog and here I am. Now what?
Well I suppose I should tell u about me. Then talk about who u might b. Then say something profound, then give u a take away from that deep spiritual truth and how you can apply that, then a consequence for not applying it. Then end with the new bliss of the hope we have if we all apply it.

Haha next is find someone to read it. Alright good start.

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