That’s the biggest April Fools’ lie ever. I desperately need your prayers.
Late addition Prayer Request is I’m traveling to Fayetteville, AR April 15-19 for a Support Raising Bootcamp
I’ll be joining other NNYM staff members and others as we all keep working and praying towards being fully funded.
Tonight I had my first Advisory Team meeting.
This is a Lubbock based group that will meet quarterly.
Their role is to encourage, guide, provide feedback on ministry opportunities and to help me become full time with the National Network of Youth Ministries and to eventually become the South Central Regional Coordinator overseeing Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Louisiana.
Part of becoming full time is to gather more financial supporters. I told all of them that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. After working for NNYM for four years, I have yet to be fully funded, so part of their service is to help in that area.
Three people were able to be here tonight and I have another person who is part of our group. By the end of the year, we want to have five to eight members of this team who are making this ministry stronger.
I’m blessed to have a diverse group that brings their strengths together to form something stronger than all of us. Sounds a lot like what I do with NNYM.
Hit the “Pray for Accelerate” link below and read/save the PDF. This the first time, in a long time, I’m asking you to pray for this, as often as you can. Put it on your refrigerator, put it in your calendar and pray for Accelerate as often as you can, until November. It’s going to be HUGE, but only if it’s bathed in prayer.
Thank you for supporting my ministry with the National Network of Youth Ministries with your prayers.
Every game you ever played as a kid, had rules. They went from the simple, (Tic-Tac-Toe or Rock-Paper-Scissors) to organized sports that had rulebooks that officials have to memorize and enforce while you played.
Rules are a part of life. Whether it was a bedtime, having a school project due on a certain date, a time to show up at work or the speed limit in your neighborhood.
Depending upon your natural bent, you either like rules or you see them as restraints that keep you from being creative and enjoying your own rules.
It doesn’t matter if you like the rules or even if you know the rules. It only matters that you live by them.
Too many of us have gotten traffic tickets when we weren’t aware of the the law we broke. Whether we missed the posted speed limit, didn’t yield the right of way, using our cell phone while traveling through a different state, or speeding in a school zone. As the old saying goes, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”.
In life, you have to learn the rules if you are going to play the game. More importantly, if you want to win the game you have to follow the rules.
Depending on the job you have or will have, you have to follow a dress code. It varies, according to your job what you have to wear but it’s important you wear what you’re told to. Some jobs you’re not allowed to wear jewelry. It’s not that your boss hates the “bling” but it might cause a permanent injury if it gets caught in the machinery.
If I had my choice, I’d wear shorts, t-shirts and go barefoot to work. Since my employer requires I wear dress clothes, I do. I can be paid zero dollars an hour and wear what I want or I can be paid and follow the rules. My boss doesn’t hate me nor does she want me to be unhappy, it’s just the way it is. Since I like being paid and can use that money for my benefit and to benefit my family, I do what I don’t want to do because it’s playing by the rules.
When it comes to appropriate dress, being late and talking back to your boss if you get three strikes before you’re out, you’re lucky.
If you’re in school, read the syllabus, put all the projects and papers on your calendar and turn them in on time and if you want to get crazy, turn them in early.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a job, pay attention and follow the guidelines to your job with your company. For bonus points, show up early.
So learn the rules at whatever you are doing, whether it’s school, work or in a relationship and do your best to follow the rules.
The heartbeat of the National Network of Youth Ministries can be seen in this video when Paul Fleischmann (co-founder of NNYM) received the Lifetime Achievement award from Youth Specialties
I’m going to be in San Diego Wednesday through Sunday meeting with the NNYM Ministry Council and then a round of meetings with the entire NNYM team.
Please pray for these two waves of meetings. I’m looking forward to sharing with you all that we are doing to equip and encourage youth workers and doing our best to bring greater unity within the Body of Christ.
My trip to San Diego to be with the NNYM team last month was a great time of preparing for 2014.
I’m not an engineer or an architect, but I understand the importance of a foundation when constructing a building. If my ministry were a building, it’s time to improve the foundation!
The two areas of foundation upgrades are to:
1. form a local advisory team, and
2. increase our financial support. A long-time common definition of insanity is “to keep doing the same thing and expect different results.”
So part of that adjustment is to have a local advisory team that is composed of five to eight people. I need people who are in my corner and want to help achieve the goal of having a healthy network within reach of every youth worker in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado and Louisiana, as I raise enough to become the South Central regional coordinator for NNYM.
A healthy network results in youth workers being stronger and lasting longer in youth ministry and working together to reach more students with the gospel.
1. This to happen by the end of January, 2014.
2. For the right people to come forward and serve.
3. If you are in Lubbock and this interests you, please let me know.
My role with NNYM breaks down by spending:
35% of my time doing nuts & bolts administration, raising more prayer and financial support, and staying connecting with those supporters.
35% of my time working with established networks, helping them be stronger and healthier. I work primarily with the leaders of the six areas within Texas and the three areas in New Mexico.
30% of my time needs to be starting new networks. Currently Texas and New Mexico have almost 100 local networks. The goal for next year is to increase that by at least 10%. If we maintain that growth, in five years we’ll have over 150 groups! This is doable! A half-day at the National Youth Workers Convention October 4 led to talking to three youth workers who wanted to begin networks in Texas!
I’m excited to be working with the West Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church in planning a retreat for their youth workers. I’ll be the retreat pastor in April 2014.
I love hearing from you, so please let me know how I can be praying for you.
Sarabeth is adapting well to being a freshmen in high school and enjoying classes, speech and debate and color guard.
Thank you for helping us build a solid foundation through your praying and giving!
Everyone has stupid moments. Yes, even you.
How many of these have you done?
Looking for your cell phone while it was in your hand
Not making a make complete stop at the stop sign and getting a ticket
Forgetting to return your RedBox movie before 9pm and having to pay for another day
Saying something out loud that you wish you could have taken back.
Procrastinating and then regretting you didn’t do it sooner
Locking your keys in your car.
Fill in your own stupid moment: ________________________
Everyone screws up. It’s the way life is, nobody is perfect. Some people may want you to think they are perfect or are really close to it, but they aren’t. We all have issues. It’s easy to acknowledge the fact that people, including ourselves, have stupid moments, but it’s hard to deal with when someone else’s stupidity causes pain in our lives.
Others hurt us in a variety of ways. They lie to us, they lie about us to others, they are late for a date or a meeting, somehow they just disappoint us. Whether it’s a big or a small disappointment, it hurts us.
Think back to when you were in middle school. For most of us middle school is awkward and it’s often described as difficult. Do you remember when someone hurt you, who you thought was your friend? Can you still remember their name? You survived that and you’re able to survive the future hurts
Since living life as a hermit isn’t an option for most us, we have to learn to live with other people and their stupid moments.
How to Start Getting Over Their Stupid Moments:
* Admit that you have stupid moments and let people down.
* Accept that people will let you down. Accepting doesn’t mean you like it, you just are able to admit, as sure as we breathe oxygen, people will let you down. It’s just part of our human condition.
* Forgive people for being stupid the same way you need them to forgive you when you’re stupid.