Monday, December 27, 2010
Let me explain, in the fall of 2009 our youth ministry grew to 300 students, going into February of 2010 I was confident we would grow to 400 or more students. I was wrong! LOL. We stayed at 300 and even dropped in numbers. It was depressing & left me scratching my head. The big question is "what are we missing?"
I'm a processor & as I looked at my youth ministry I realized we had a lot of students coming but they were all strangers coming from all over OKC, each student only new a couple students. As I recognized this I realized we would not grow anymore unless our students were building meaningful relationships with each other & our leaders.
With that we didn't waste anytime & we launched community groups (small groups) in May of 2010.
With the groups our students began building relationships with each other & the leaders. I believe this played a huge part in our spiritual & numerical growth that we saw in the Fall of 2010.
Community Groups will always be a major focus for us. It takes a lot of work & leaders but is well worth it!
Later this week I'll share what I learned about community groups.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Having a big outreach month where you spread out your resources is way more effective then putting all of your resources into one big night.
The big night may be more glamorous but the big month is more effective.
In February we did one big night & doubled attendance that night but it only lasted that night, LOL. I can laugh now but I wasn't laughing then.
In September we did one big month & over a month we doubled our youth ministry & they didn't disappear the next month, thank you Jesus!
There is a much greater chance of retention getting a student to come 2-4 weeks in a row versus one night.
A blog by Kevin Moore of Oneighty, plus my February failure really opened my eyes to this strategy.
Lastly let me say this is by far not the one and only way to do outreaches but it was extremely effective for us.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
With the growth we are also aggressively recruiting for more growth. I'm a firm believer we should be ready for the harvest not catching up. With that each week we are adding new leaders to help us reach more students! Our youth leaders are the backbone of our ministry!
God is doing a special work here and I'm honored to be apart of it.
Please continue to pray for the harvest and leaders!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Tomorrow night at Battle of Community Groups we are gonna be grilling 400 burgers & have a Halo Jump inflatable. We'll also have free pop, chips & cookies so bring your appetite & friends.
Don't forget u get double points for buying an Epic t-shirt ($10) & by bringing a friend.
See you tomorrow night at Epic!
We are also having BBQ for adults & pizza for children so bring your whole family to People's Church!
Monday, September 13, 2010
1. Having team spirit. Every group has a color, come decked out in your color & get big points!
2. Winning competitions. Every Wed night we have a crazy game. The group that wins get big points.
3. Buy an Epic T-Shirt. Students get huge points for their team by buying an Epic t-shirt. Buy a t-shirt this Wed & get double points!
4. Bring friends! A group gets double points for every guest they bring. Invite all your friends from school!
So why do these things to get points?
I'm glad you asked. Every student from the winning community group will win a prize at our Cram Night on Sept. 29th. Prizes that will be won are flat screen tv's, mall gift cards, toms gift card, food gift cards & more! Again every student on the winning group will win something!
We only have 3 weeks left so do whatever you have to do to get the most points!!!
If you have questions let me know!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
2. After community group I could not fall asleep for nothing. I had a weird sensation in my chest which kept me up til about 3 am. Probably from eating too much food :)
3. Saturday I watched a very satisfying Ohio State win & heartbreaking Notre Dame loss. In both cases I liked what I saw from both teams except OSU's special teams coverage.
4. Friday we took Jace to his first ever movie at a movie theater. We took him to see Toy Story 3. Thought it was a bit much for Jace but I personally loved it. Thought it was the best of all 3. However the $9 for popcorn & a drink is highway robbery!
5. Every night this weekend Jamie, Jace & I went for a walk in our neighborhood. These are one of my favorite moments with my family.
6. Epic Jr High had a great turnout for Big Day considering the rain. We had 133 students & 8 salvations! Thank you Jesus!
7. Bummed that the Colts lost today but it was weird, I wasn't surprised. I'm still confident we will make the playoffs.
8. So far I think I'm gonna win 4 put of my 5 fantasy games, pretty happy with that start.
9. My sinuses only bother me once or twice a year & this weekend is one of those times. I have itchy throat, stuffed nostril & a headache. Yuck!
10. This Wednesday is a big night for Epic! I'm pretty excited & praying for NO RAIN in JESUS NAME! That rhymed, I swear I got se rappin skillz :) Students don't miss out, parents make it a priority to bring your student! We are expecting more life change!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
1. We are currently in a series called Glow. This series is about students being a light in their schools & communities. We talked about how light always shines in darkness, how God wants us to reach out to our neighbor, how the church exists to heal people & Christians exist to help bring people to Jesus. Check out the sermons on our Epic podcast on iTunes if you missed them.
2. We are currently selling epic t-shirts for our battle of community groups in September. Buy a shirt on Sunday or Wednesday to get big points for your group! T-shirts are $10.
3. Next Wed 8/25 & Sunday 8/29, I'm doing a message with a pretty sweet illustration & we are also having a special giveaway for every student that attends, bring some friends!!!
4. Next month we are doing a new series called Last Name: Ever, First Name: Greatest, where we look at who is the greatest ever of all time? Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Mohammed Ali? Who do think deserves the title greatest ever?
For more details you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
"Delegation without investigation is an abomination." Ed Young
In order for us to delegate and investigate at Epic, here is the third factor:
3. Everyone must be willing to lead and be led. All of us are leading or being led in some capacity. For those of us with leaders underneath us we must lead without hesitation. We do that by training, caring, praying, correcting, delegating, communicating and loving those underneath our leadership.
Those of us being led must submit without hesitation. We do this by being humble, teachable, flexible, ready to serve, respectful, communicating, a team player and loving.
When leaders are leading and following we are operating like a well oiled machine and again it allows us to give our students our very best!
Monday, August 16, 2010
"Delegation without investigation is an abomination." Ed Young
In order for us to delegate and investigate at Epic, here is the second factor:
Communication is key, assuming is deadly. Haha that ryhmes, I promise if I wasn't a pastor I would be a rapper. JK, anyways. Everyone has to communicate with each other. The best way to make sure we are staying on point is by asking questions, dialoging and never assuming. When we assume we risk the chance something is not getting done or not being done correctly. Whenever we think about assuming we must go to the person that can give us the definitive answer to our assumption. Everyone must be on the same page and for this to happen we must communicate with each other. This also helps us give our students in OKC our very best!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I want to share with you a few quotes I have on my office wall over the next few blogs and why they are important to what we are doing at Epic.
First quote: "Delegation without investigation is an abomination." Ed Young
At Epic we investigate everything to make sure it is being done correctly and with excellence. My Youth Associate and myself are doing this, we expect all of our team leaders to do this and expect those being led to embrace the investigation process. We have a huge vision to reach and disciple every student in OKC and this vision will be accomplished with us paying attention/investigating every detail.
With our ministry growing tons of stuff is delegated which means we need to be on point with our delegation and what is being accomplished.
In order for us to do this effectively a few things must happen, here is the first:
1. Everyone must have thick skin and be flexible.
If we are correcting or changing something it's not because we are trying to be difficult or jerks. We believe our students deserve the very best, they deserve an experience done with excellence and if nothing else in their life is excellent, Epic will be. Every bit of critique, correction, follow up must be received with an attitude of making Epic better for our students. So with that yes we expect everything to be done with excellence, we expect everyone to be on time and on point and we will investigate every detail because our students deserve nothing less then the best!
Stay tuned for more.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Personally I use my iPhone for everything! Here a few things I use the most on my iPhone:
1. My calendar. I need to sync my phone more often because if I ever lost it I would be in trouble. When I set up a meeting or write down an important date the first place I put it is my iPhone.
2. Text messaging, thank the lord for whoever invented text messaging.
3. Social media. Most of my facebook & twitter stuff is done from my phone.
4. Weather App. I'm checking this all the time praying there will be food weather on Wed & Sun.
5. Maps. No more mapquest or paper directions for me. Now this has burned me a few times but I still use it all the time.
6. I'm hoping the blogger app. I guess we will see. :)
Believe it or not I don't use my email a lot because it would control my life. I limit emails to my work computer so I'm not emailing all time. I struggled with this when I first got my iPhone but now have it under control.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thanks Babe for being such an amazing mom. I've enjoyed every minute of this parenting journey with you!
Thanks also for changing a lot of poopy diapers. I'm such a wimp!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
1. My mom is a servant. She excels at putting others ahead of herself. From visiting complete strangers at the nursing home on a regular basis, to driving cancer patients to their appointments, including widows on family gatherings so they aren't alone, to going above & beyond for her kids & grandkids, taking care of her mom who was having a tough battle with cancer, to picking up panera bread to take to a food shelter & giving bday & Xmas money to convoy of hope, Haiti & Katrina relief. I'm very inspired & challenged by her selfless acts. Just for these things my mom is a hero in my eyes.
2. My mom is healthy, I give her a hard time about this at times but she is always lookin out for our health & cares about us adding years to our life vs. taking years away. & although I do appreciate this I have to say I will never eat brussel sprouts :) Sorry mom.
3. My mom loves to travel with family. I have reaped many benefits from this & Lord knows my step dad & grandpa have played a huge role too but I'm thankful & feel pretty lucky for all the places I have been.
4. My mom has always taught us "blood is thicker then water". Family is a big deal to my mom & because of her it's a big deal to me too, I know all my grandparents, cousins, aunts & uncles & love it. We r a close family and I plan to do the same with Jace. Family always comes first!
5. Last but not least my mom is a huge believer in being debt free. We are on our way there & I apprecaite all my moms advice & her example when it comes to debt.
There is a lot more but as I was writing tonight this is what stuck out to me. As you can see my mom is a pretty amazing woman.
Love you Mom!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
2. I watched the NFL draft & loved it! I can't wait for August!
3. Baseball is back & my Yankees are looking good. I'm looking forward to back to back championships!
4. Enough of sports, Sunday at People's Church was amazing as always . Many lives were changed! I love being at a church where every Sunday is an unforgettable experience!
5. After church Jamie, Jace & I went to the Arts festival and shared an Indian Taco! It was a cool experience & great food!
6. Sunday night something happened to me that hasn't happened since I was in Elementary school...I fell asleep before 9 pm. I'm still shocked! Must have been a tiring weekend.
7. P90x is still in effect but the weight is not coming off, I'll blog more about that tomorrow.