Posts Tagged "Leadership"

Blog Patrol (June 30, 2009)

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BIG NEWS ABOUT THE BLOG PATROL

The Blog Patrol is now three months old, and I have had a great time putting together every week. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve found a lot of great blogs out there, and I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback. So…I’m changing it up.  The truth is, this one weekly entry takes up a large chunk of my time. That time is starting to take away from my priorities in life…my God, my family and my ministry to kids. So, I’ve decided, at least temporarily to change things. Going forward, The Blog Patrol will be a monthly series rather than weekly. I can’t promise how soon after the end of each month I will get it out, but I am going to do my best. Also, over the last several months, The Blog Patrol has become increasingly focus on the issues of children’s ministry, kids and parenting. Without intending it, my love and God’s will for my life has had a significant impact on this series. So, I’ve decided for the time being I will be limited the monthly Blog Patrol to articles related primarily to those three topics. I still follow a lot of other non-Children’s Ministry related blogs, and if I see something particularly appealing, I will be sure to pass that along. So, with that out of the way, let’s get on to the last weekly installment of the Blog Patrol. By the way, if you have any feedback about the change in format, I would love to hear about it. Enjoy!

Since last week was dedicated to articles about parenting, kids, and children’s ministry in honor of Father’s Day, there are a lot of stragglers this week. I tried to limit it to the “best of the best!”

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

How Much Of What We Believe Is From The Bible?

  • This articles asks the pressing question, are there doctrines you hold fast to that are not actually in the Bible. May favorite is, “God helps those who help themselves.” I’ve looked – it’s not in there!

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 3): How Should I Read? Tips on Getting the Most from Your Reading

  • Bruce Ashford’s series on reading continues with this article with tips for getting the most out of what you choose to read.

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 4): Why Should I Read? Other Advantages of Reading

  • I didn’t want to leave you hanging on this series. In this installment, Bruce Ashford looks at other benefits of reading.

Discerning Idolatry in Desire

  • In this article subtitled “12 Ways to Recognize the Rise of Covetousness,” John Piper looks at warning signs that your desire is turning into covetous idolatry.

8 Traits of Effective Church Leaders

  • Thomas Rainer looks at 8 qualities that are necessary to be an effective leader in a church.

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 5): Questions, Answers, and Concluding Thoughts

  • In this final post in his Disciplined Reading Series, Bruce Ashford addersses some of the questions he received while writing this series.

On Disciplined Reading

  • I love a bulleted summary, and Between Two Worlds offers this bulleted summary of the points raised by Bruce Ashford in his series on reading that we’ve been following here on the Blog Patrol!

Ohio: The state of tightrope walkers and acrobats

  • Being from Ohio, I felt morally bound to add this article to The Blog Patrol. I’d love to meet the collective genius that came up with this tourism plan! 

How much do you matter?

  • From Children’s Ministry Online, Kenny looks at 11 reasons you matter if you work in Children’s Ministry.

Twitter thought

  • In this short post, David Wakerly offers a unique twist on how to think of Children’s Ministry.

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Blog Patrol (June 16, 2009)

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Welcome to “the traffic is a little bit lighter these days because everyone is on vacation” edition of The Blog Patrol. O.K. That actually has nothing to do with this weeks edition of The Blog Patrol but was just a random observation I made driving home on Monday. That said, enjoy the articles this week. There are a bunch of really thought provoking articles included.

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

As The Leader

  • This article offers some critical guidelines for leaders in Children’s Ministry.

Tuesday (June 9, 2009)

GIVE IT AWAY

  • Rob Bradbury looks at the scientific evidence that giving is better than receiving.

#556. Asking our kids to be a mini Jesus.

  • This post reminds us that kids, while they can deepen our faith, are not always “a walking, talking daily reminder of Jesus.”

Two Facts About Spiritual Warfare

  • In this first part of a two part series, Perry Noble looks at the fact that the enemy will always come after the leader and looks at ways to prepare for those attacks.

10 Reminders re: Gospel Faithfulness

  • Tony Reinke looks at 10 reminders about the gospel gleaned from Galatians 1:6-10

The Gift of Prophecy – How To Test It

  • Adrian Warnock looks at 7 questions to test the gift of prophecy.

Question: Is Evangelism Child Abuse?

  • Michael Spencer asks the question of whether or not evangelizing teens amounts to child abuse.

Sacrificing Children–to Sports, Not Molech

  • Owen Strachan offers this warning to parents about children and sports. This one is definitely worth reading for any parents.

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Blog Patrol (June 2, 2009)

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Welcome to the first June 2009 edition of the Blog Patrol. It seems like Summer is finally here. I’m looking forward to Autumn already, but tell my kids! It’s a bit of a hodge-podge in the Blog Patrol this week. I saw lot’s of articles this week about the murder of the abortion doctor in Kansas, but I’ve only included what I felt was the best one. I hope you find something useful this week. If you do, let me know!

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

How to Study One Book of the Bible

  • R.A. Torrey offers advice on how to pick and study one book of the Bible.

The Worst Sunday School Teacher Ever. Period

  • Matthew Guevera takes a unique look at the importance of workers in Children’s Ministry and the lasting impression that we leave. This article should serve as a reminder to take work in Children’s Ministry seriously!

Tuesday (May 26, 2009)

Joan or John? My Answer: Part Two

  • Dr. Russell Moore continues his answer to this year’s Christian Ethics question at the Southern Seminary.

One Way of Dealing with the Canaanite Conquest

  • Trevin Wax shares an excerpt from C.S. Cowles on his view of dealing with the Old Testament story of the conquest of the Canaanites.

Leadership | Kids on the Creative Team?

  • This article asks why we don’t kids more involved in planning Children’s Ministry.

Getting To Know Kids In Your Children’s Ministry

  • Thanks to Tony Kummer for linking to my article on getting to know kids in your Children’s Ministry. This is something I feel very passionate about and given that Tony’s audience is vastly larger than mine, I appreciate the link!

How to watch a movie

  • This article examines how a Christian should watch a movie and think about movies.

Ten Commandments of Parenting

  • I’m not sure when this was originally published, but I found it on the 26th. This is John MacArthur’s 10 commandments for parenting.

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The Blog Patrol (May 12, 2009)

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Welcome to our post-Mother’s Day installment of the Blog Patrol! We’re changing things up a little bit this week. Since The Blog Patrol started, I have been posting it at around 6:30 EST on Tuesday afternoon. Starting this week, I will be posting it in the early hours of Tuesday morning. So, what does that mean for you? It just means no Tuesday entries in this week’s installment. We’ll pick that up next week. So, welcome to the one time only 6 day week of The Blog Patrol! [For those of you who notice such things – yes I realize the preponderance of blog series in the Patrol this week. It was not by design. There just happen to be a lot of good series out there this week. Same for the heavy weighting towards children’s ministry this week.]

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Would You Be Willing to Die For Your Blog?

  • A happen to have this blog, and this article makes me realize how blessed I am that God allowed me to be born in a country where I can write freely about my Lord.

The 4 Jobs of a Small Group Leader (1 of 4)

  • This is the beginning of a new series from Coffee With Chris in which we look at what it means to be a small group leader in youth Ministry. In part 1 of this series, Chris looks at caring about being a small group leader.

Wednesday (May 6, 2009)

Building Faith Skills in Kids (2 of 5)

  • This second installment of the five part series from Jabberfrog looks at helping kids to memorize scripture.

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The Blog Patrol (May 5, 2009)

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“The Blog Patrol” enters its second month of existence with this week’s post. I hope that everyone is finding it a useful summary of relevant blog articles. The response I’m getting is overwhelmingly positive, so I plan to continue “The Blog Patrol” indefinitely. There were two big conferences on Children’s Ministry this past week (Orange and Children Desiring God), which may explain the heavy Children’s Ministry content this week.

Wednesday (April 29, 2009)

Living a Life of Prayer

  • Terry Delaney provides insight into how to get your children to pray – both your own children and children you interact with in ministry.

Does God Love Everyone?

  • This article from Geoff Ashley looks at God’s love under the light of sovereign election.

#532. Arguing about why bad things happen to good people.

  • From Stuff Christians Like, this article looks at the age old question of why God allows suffering and what our response to it should be.

Your Child’s Profession of Faith

  • This article looks at Dennis Gundersen’s booklet “Your Child’s Profession of Faith” which deals with the issue of knowing whether or not your children are truly saved.

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