light it up

This past week I took pictures of Santa at Eden’s school.  It was a great time.  The kids worked on presents for their parents and made some cookies.  They also got a little surprise from Santa.  I was deemed the photographer.  When I went into the school I was shown the place where Santa was to be.  It was a dark corner of the library.  I had brought a flash to use on a tripod.  But then remembered that I had the stage lights from church in the back of my car.  So I turned the little dark corner into a moderately well done photo studio.  It was super fun.

When asked about the lighting I said to a teacher, “I have this kid of stuff with me all the time, don’t you?”

she gave a puzzled look.

The sad part is that I do have it with me all of the time. that’s normal right?

I love being a pastor of a mobile church.

Review: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social World

Jab, Jab, Jab,  Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social World
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Telling my story in the social world is critical to my job. I am a pastor of a young church. We are a mobile church (we don’t have our own building), so in some ways we have a more permanent place online than other places. I have read a number of other social media books geared to faith-based institutions but they have all fallen really flat.
Vaynerchuck’s book is AWESOME! This is the most helpful text I have read by far. We have a compelling story to share and he helps you frame it for the particular social media networks to make impressions, engage your community and make an impact. It also have some really wonderful case studies as examples.
I am now excited to pass it along to some others for them to look at. If you are wondering how to get more purchase in the social space this is a must read.

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Ugly Sweater Weekend

This past weekend was out Ugly Sweater weekend.  The community was encouraged to wear an ugly Christmas sweater or tacky tie to worship.

When the worship design team settled on this I was excited, but didn’t know how the congregation would receive it.  However they were awesome.

The real point of the weekend centered around acceptance and our call to remember that God has accepted us no matter what ugliness we have in our closets (hence the sweaters and ties).

This was also the first snow of the season so when worship was over getting home was somewhat of a nightmare.  However I think ugly sweater weekend is something that has the potential for a repeat next year.