I would go if….

What would have to happen for you to go to some kind of worship experience (service) every week?

I have been thinking about the things in my life that I love and I bend over backwards to make happen or protect so they will not be taken away in the craziness of life (time with family, connecting with students, quiet times…). I have also been thinking about the things that I really like to do but they get edged out by other things (mainly running, biking, paddling…).  The things that are really important to me I make sure they happen, but there are instances that things come up or get in the way.

As pastor, I would love to see each person not only be in worship, but connect with a community and have worship experiences that make way for transformation.  I want folks to come to worship ready to engage rather than endure.

Church do great at some things and really poorly at others and worship experiences vary greatly.  Sometimes we are not in worship because of jobs, family, not knowing how to pick a church, being hurt in the past by church, misconceptions of church, and the list goes on.  Sometimes it is because of the church that we are not in worship, we are not welcoming, the time of worship is wrong, the style is wrong, we miss the mark of growing faith, and that list goes on too.  Pastors, think about if you would go to your own church on a Sunday if you were not the pastor, why or why not?

So what would need to happen (by the church and/or in your life) to get you in a worship experience each week?

Camp Transformation

There is a not so subtle transition that had happened in our home.  With the end of school comes the time to prep and do some serious work for summer camp.  Our house bears witness to the work that is going on.  Our guest room has been turned into the “staging room” for camp games, skits and activities.  I am excited for the camp.  After hanging out with the manidokan staff for a couple of days, getting my kids registered and talking camp up with a lot of others I am ready for the fun to begin.

What do you look forward to about the summer beginning?

Tweeting Annual Conference

Twitter is a little but goofy for me.  I understand the concept,but I have had a hard time buying into the implications of what it could be used for.  I totally understand its usefullness for marketing and even embrace it for some of the things we do at my church.  But as a real conversation and community I have paused and asked questions like do we really need to know what song you are listening to right now, the coroor of your underwear or the way that your feet smell after being in ski boots all day? 

I think that some of my negitivity comes in because I was a rather early adopter of Twitter and early on had it set to post students thoughts while away on mission trips to our ministry blog so parents could read, post to update facebook, get the word out about changes in meeting times and things like that. these things were cool, but still a little lack luster when you think about adding another social network monster to your life.  That was all before the hashtag “#” got up in running in a way that could be a conversation starter or igniter and before news outlets began tweeting stories. 

A couple of weeks ago at Annual Conference I was determined to use twitter as more than a poll, or status update and try and allow it be an avenue of conversation.  Those of us tweeting at the event used the tag #bwcumc2011 and began a conversation.  Because of the real time feedback and connection, twitter became for me more than what it had in the past.  It was more than advertising or a subastute for txt messaging.  It was neat to hear the opinions, responses and profound statments of others tweeting about the goings on of conference.  It made some interesting connections and improved my view on the socail tool. 

I did however think on more than one occation that we should have also had a hashtag for snarky and scarcastic comments to go to just to lighten the mood at times.  My bias here is that I feel scarcasim is one of my primary spiritual gifts maybe next year the fun ones can go to #RUKiddingBWC. 

Now my gears are once again turning about ways to use this in a ministry context that adds value to the conversation and faith development without just being something “neat” we can to with technology. 

This was the first time that I have used twitter as a conversation. 

Faith Lab: Youth lessons for advent

Planning far out is not one of my strong points, but this looks like a great resource for advent (one of my favorite liturgical seasons).  Steve Case is a great youthworker and writer.  I hope that you would find this helpful in putting together your stuff leading up to Christmas.

I think that you could make some really cool videos from the words as well.  If I get around to it I will post them here so that you all can share in the fun.

Youth Lessons: Advent Vignettes | Youth Lessons | YouthWorker.com

Steve Case has written five vignettes designed to involve youth in the church’s Advent candle lighting services. Each vignette contains a creative “e-mail” representing a real or imaginary character from the Christmas story. The vignettes are posted as a separate articles and can be linked to below.

Advent is celebrated on the four Sundays prior to Christmas and on Christmas Eve. We encourage you to have your young people practice before reading the vignette. Encourage them to have fun with this and to “get into” the character.