Month: September 2012

3 Dumb Things That Non-Leaders Do | GJ Farmer’s Blog

“The leader must carefully select priorities. He or she must thoughtfully weigh the value of different opportunities and responsibilities. The leader cannot spend time on secondary matters while essential obligations scream for attention. A day needs careful planning. The person who wants to excel must select and reject, then concentrate on the most important items”

via 3 Dumb Things That Non-Leaders Do | GJ Farmer’s Blog.

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Retro Revival And The Return of “Goosebumps” | Ypulse

Out of all of the trends among Gen Y lately, it’s safe to say that one of the strongest ones is retro. The ’80s came back a few years ago and now the ’90s have followed suit in giving us our nostalgic fix after it was finally declared vintage. Even though the majority of Millennials were born during the ’90s, we still have memories of the late part of the decade, such as playing with our old-school Super Nintendo, being obsessed with Pokémon, wearing overalls, and surfing the internet via Windows 98. As for the early years where we can barely recall anything, bringing back the ’90s as a whole is a way for my generation to discover where our roots started.

via Retro Revival And The Return of “Goosebumps” | Ypulse.

the mayward blog

The difference between now and then may be three seconds, three weeks, three months, three years, or three decades. The word “followers” indicates movement and action; these are disciples of Jesus, seekers of His kingdom, people moving in a spiritual trajectory instead of stagnant or wandering in circles. They may or may not be Christians. They’re simply on a journey towards Jesus. This brings up all sorts of questions for evaluating success. How was their relationship with Jesus a year ago? How is their relationship with Jesus today? What is the spiritual trajectory that they’re on, and where do they need to go next?

via the mayward blog.

A Note on Change

This is an article that I wrote for our Children’s Ministry that was released earlier this month.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible, Amos 3:3, reads, “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to meet?” Each September, we have the amazing opportunity to walk together and, inthis new season, we have the chance to embrace change together as parents, teachers and leaders as we continue to guide our children through the most important growth stage of their lives: their spiritual lives.

September can be a rough month for our lives at home. There is a new classroom, new teachers, new routines and, of course, making new friends. With each one of these new things,there is an old routine left behind that is comfortable and safe. Change means a new adventure…

Change is all about creating something new out of something old, but it also means abandoning the safe for the untested and the comfortable is left behind for the uncertain. If you get the chance read through Ecclesiastes 3, you will see that there is a season for every activity under the sun. As our children continue to develop through each season of their life, they are starting a journey to discover their own faith and their own relationship with their Savior.

The fall months are full of transitions for our students, but we do get to take part in helping them transition into their next life and faith stage and, to me, that is the most exciting change that can happen in the lives of those involved in Little Peoples. So, here’s the question:

How do you help your child or teen change and evolve in each “new” season?

The Wounding Embrace

The  note was sent out by Brett Ullman last week through his various social media websites in regards to a fantastic project that I have had the privilege to work on with him. I believe like Brett that this is a much needed book for anyone that is struggling through self-injury, or anyone that knows someone that they love who is struggling and they are walking with them through it.

Brett has been very open about his health over the last months and he needs some help to get his latest project out.

Brett: “As many of you know I have been struggling with my health lately. Presently I have not been able to speak for 6 weeks. I am working through my health issues (slowly) and hope to return to speaking as soon as I can. Presently I have a dilemma which I am hoping some of you might be able to help with.

My new book (with Adam Clarke and Dr. Merry Lin) on Self Injury called Your Story: the wounding embrace is presently finished. It still needs to go to editing, printing and publication. The cost to get the book out is $5000. I think that this is a really important book and would love to get it out to people who are struggling with all forms of self injury asap. If anyone could help with a donation to this project I would really appreciate it.

You can donate online using by going to www.canadahelps.org and entering “worlds apart” into the search box or cheques can be sent to Worlds Apart 68 Ashbury Blvd, Ajax, Ontario, L1Z 1M8

Thanks so much for your prayers and support during this time.”

If you can help out in any way you can click on the Canada Helps link above.

Thank you!

Kingdom, or Worldly Problems

I found this to be a very interesting take on leadership from Scott Rubin on Junior High Ministry.com. It also took me back to the sermon that was preached at church on Sunday. Here is a sample of the post from Scott Rubin.

“The penalty of bad leadership: you’re always stuck with the same problems; The reward of good leadership: you get to solve new ones.”

I’ve heard it said that when it comes down to it, “Leadership” at its core is figuring out how to solve problems. And I think I buy that. But sometimes, when I have to try to solve the same problem over & over, I subconsciously blame outside factors. (If parents would only _______, If students would just _____ … then this problem would be so much easier to solve!)

But this tweet has made me re-examine the recurring problems I’m trying to solve. And It’s made me think: maybe they’re repeat-problems because my l need to find a new way to tackle them. So this month, I’ve been trying some new strategies. And although it’s not been “perfect” – I do see progress.  And that’s been encouraging.

The sermon on Sunday was on anxiety and all the minor things that we fret over. The scripture was Matthew 6:25-34.

25-26″If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

27-29″Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

30-33″If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34″Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

I guess what got me thinking about both of these texts was the question,

What is it that we are fretting over?

Is it kingdom related, or is it worldly rooted?

What I mean by that is as a leader are our problems how to get more students to establish a relationship with a loving Saviour, or are we worrying over how to enter into their world by blending both culture and kingdom?

I am wrestling with how many problems I think I have are kingdom issues and how many are worldly issues because Matthew 6 says that the only problems that we should fret over are kingdom problems.

This is my dilemma this week.

via My Favorite Tweet of the Last Month | Junior High Ministry.