Prepared for Impact – Conference Call

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Today Paul Turner and I did our first conference call talking about our up coming book “Prepared For Impact.”

On the call we talk about 4 of our 12 Planning Principles.

  1. Examine slowly, act quickly.
  2. Failure is overrated.
  3. Know the target, share the target
  4. Plan early, Promote often

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Summer Camp Teaching

The Summer is here!!!

I love the summer time because it brings about so many new opportunities.  One of those that I look forward to the most is spending time at summer camps.  The past few weeks I have had the honor to teach at the Assemblies of God camp.  What a highlight!  Here is a short video from the first few weeks of the “dating and relationship” class.

I used an illustration of starting fire with a fire starting log.  It is easy because it is a chemically produced “relationship.”  But if we want to keep the fire going we need to make the choice to work on it and add more to the fire to keep it burning.

We looked at 1 Thessalonians 4.  We are to live pure and to be sanctified, which means to be set apart.  In relationships we need to have proper boundaries and for it to be in its proper place.  “The same fire that was great in the fire place because harmful when it is burning down your house.  It is not the fire that is good or bad, it is the position of the fire that makes it good or bad.”

 

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Anchored to Gods vision

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“Igniting God’s vision starts with being more acutely aware of God’s presence in your life .” – Steven Furtick

 

Shortly after our second son was born my wife Sarah begin to talk about having more children. Before we got married we had talked about having two kids. So I said, “Two, like we had planned.” Then she shared about her encounter at a M.O.P.S (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) meeting where the speaker talked about seeking God for your life. During her message she said that people often ask God for direction in all areas of their life, but often don’t ask God about how many kids He wants them to have. This lead Sarah to begin to pray and ask God how many kids He would like for us to have.

 

Without telling anyone that she was praying, her mom had a dream. In the dream she could she Sarah at a playground with four kids, three of them she could see their faces, but the fourth she cold not see the face.

 

This dream was the answer that she was looking for. It took some convincing but I agreed to grow our family from two kids to four. Sarah felt like she was only going to have three pregnancies. This lead us to believe that we were going to have twines on our third pregnancy. When we didn’t have twines we knew that adoption was in our near future.

 

This dream was the exact answer that we needed. It guided us in the direction of our family. When our understanding of the dream didn’t happen, the dream became clearer and guided us through a time of, what could have been, let down or confusion.

 

ACTION Steps:

 

Take an area of your life that you would like clarity, write it out in your journal and begin to pray about it everyday this week.

 

As you pray, read about those whose lives were changed by God speaking to them.

Day 1: Samson, Judges 13:3-8

Day 2: Samuel, 1 Samuel 3:1-15

Day 3: Mary, Luke 1: 26-38

Day 4: Joseph, Genesis 37:5-40

Day 5: Cornelius and Peter, Acts 10

 

 

TO READ MORE DEVOTIONALS FROM THE ANCHORED SERIES VISIT HERE. 

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January Small Groups

Starting in January I will be opening up TWO new small groups for youth pastors.  Each of these 6 week groups will stretch you and challenge you to grow in your leadership.  I invite you to join one of these groups where you and a few other youth pastors will read, laugh, and learn together.

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EVERYONE COMMUNICATES FEW CONNECT

In this group we will talk about how to:

  • Increase your INFLUENCE everywhere you go
  • Increase your ability to cast vision
  • Inspire your people (YES, even “That” volunteer)
  • Simplify your message
  • Create an experience EVERYONE enjoys

We will learn how to connect one-on-one, in small groups, and speaking to audiences.  You will not want to miss this group!!

Click here to save your place

Used the code “Monday” for your Cyber Monday discount of 20%

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PUT YOUR DREAMS TO THE TEST

Every January brings on a new year and new opportunities!  It seems like we are always so geared up to take on the world, and the world looks so small in January.  And then this things happens to us…LIFE!  Out of nowhere LIFE hits us, right about January 20th.  We have tried our new routines, we have our new books, and goals, but something happens every time!  So what if there was a way to get over that LET DOWN?  What if there was a way for you could have a group of people encouraging you to get past your old ways and into a new way?  What if you could KNOW what your dreams are, and have a group to help you make them come true!

YOU are just a click away from joining that GROUP!

We will find the answers to questions like:

  • Is my dream really my dream?
  • Do I clearly see my dream?
  • Does my dream compel me to follow it?
  • Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
  • Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
  • Am I willing to pay the price to reach my dream?

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Used the code “Monday” for your Cyber Monday discount of 20%

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Leaders Everywhere

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Here is the recap of the October Youth Pastors Round Table Call with Kevin Moore!

WOW!  IF you missed this one, you missed some a great one!!  The good news is that it is all recorded and you can listen to it right here, right now!

Announcements:

  • VSL has our PREVIEW DAY next Wednesday. It will be from 12 -9pm with the option to stay through Saturday to join the Southwestern Christian University preview day. The event is FREE and will give them everything they need to see if VSL might be the place for them!!!
    • We will also have a Video Preview day on Nov. 19th from 7-8pm.

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September Call – Youth Pastors Round Table

September call recap.

A big thank you to Zack Curry for stepping in for Banning this morning on the call!!!  WOW, what a powerful message and great insight.

Announcements: 

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Becoming a Person of Influence

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“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziggler

In life and business we have all experienced hitting a lid; you know, that invisible ceiling that keeps us from reaching our maximum potential. As a young youth pastor I became sick following every major event, feeling stressed and frustrated because my plans weren’t working. I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off, and spent most of my time dealing with problematic behaviors. My students didn’t listen to me and I couldn’t control them. I thought I was trying to be a great leader, but I was really trying to be a superhero.

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October Mastermind Groups for Pastors

 

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You are invited to attend:

TWO NEW Mastermind Groups are now available for registration.

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Now is the time to GROW – Mastermind Group

Starts Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Join with 8-10 other youth pastors from around the nation to talk about:

The Law of Intentionality: Growth Doesn’t Just Happen
The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When you Lose the Tension Between Where You Are and Where You Could Be
The Law of Trade-Offs: You Have to Give Yp to Grow Up
The Law of Curiosity: Growth Is Stimulated by Asking Why?
The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow
The Law of Expansion: Growth Always Increases Your Capacity
The Law of Contribution: Developing Yourself Enables You to Develop Others

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21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

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WELCOME TO 2015!! I love this time of year. It’s a time for Reflecting, Reviewing, Planning, Setting Goals and time for Renewal.

Part of this time is seeking God for some renewed vision and dreams. As many of you know I am a big proponent of goals, so I will be taking some time to review my goals from last year and making new ones for this year. Part of that process this year will be a 21 day fast.

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Walking in God’s Healing Presence

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I was asked to write a devotional entry for our church.  In January we will be doing 21 days of prayer and fasting.  I am super excited about this and honored to have the opportunity to write an entry.  I thought I would share it here.

 

WHAT MOUNTAINS ARE YOU FACING? Do you need a physical healing, an emotional break through, or a renewal of your mind? What mountain might you face in the future? In Mark 9, Jesus instructs us to not only fast for our current circumstances, but

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