About a month ago I had the opportunity to get about 30 minutes with Nelson Searcy to pick his brain. During our conversation one of the key questions I had for Nelson is what books would he suggest that I read. Nelson reads around 300 books a year and knows what books are worth the time and which ones are not. The first book he suggested was Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start. I follow Guy on Twitter and occasionally read his blog, but had not read one of his books yet. Nelson actually told me that he was jealous of the title and wished he had thought of it before Guy Kawasaki. This book is not a “Christian” book like most of the books that I read, but a great read for those in leadership in any organization. I am an entrepreneur by nature and am drawn to launching new things withing the established organizations I have been drawn to. I will also point out that Rick Warren gave a recommendation for the book on the back cover. After reading this book, I believe it’s a must read for both those in business as well as those in ministry. I typically read a book in a couple days, but this book was not a quick easy read. I actually blame this book from keeping me from blogging as it has sucked me in and I’ve been soaking it up over the past 2 weeks. So much to learn from pitching, planning, bootstrapping, branding, and so much more. This will be a book that I won’t be giving away as I plan to go back to it many times in the coming years of launching new things!
Archives For May 2010
About a month ago we hosted a concert at Segue with Robbie Seay Band and John Mark McMillan. Jillian Edwards from Waco was also part of the package and was an incredible addition to the night. I had never heard of Jillian before this, but I know she will be one that I will be hearing for a long time to come. Robbie Seay told me that Jillian is about to head into the studio with same producer that works with Switchfoot and we should expect great things ahead in the future. Jillian’s current music is incredible, I can’t wait to hear what’s ahead! Take a minute and check out her MySpace and listen to some of her tunes and share with a friend.
If you’re not already listening to the Catalyst Podcast you need to be! Some of the best interviews out there with some of the most innovative leaders in ministry today. If you’re planning to go back through some of their past podcasts here are a few interviews I would make sure to check out: Mark Driscoll, Rick Warren, Donald Miller, and Andy Stanley. They’re all fantastic though! I would also add the interview with Gayle Haggard to that list. Gayle’s testimony and transparency is powerful as she has journeyed with her husband Ted, suffering for a sin she did not commit. Her strength and courage is tremendous and will inspire you! If you are a regular listener of the Catalyst podcast, I would love to hear what your favorite interviews were. I would also love to hear any other podcast suggestions you might have.
My friend Brad Russell responded to my last post mentioning that Francis Chan is resigning from his role as senior pastor at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA. As I shared in my last post, I have a large and now even larger man crush on Francis Chan. The words that he writes and speaks are powerful and inspiring, but his actions speak even louder. So often many leaders speak about bold vision and following God wherever He may call us, but they don’t lead by example (I include myself on this list). How impressive is it that Francis is now following God’s leading even before he knows clearly where he is being called to go. He just knows he’s supposed to go. I’ve always been inspired by the story of Peter stepping out of the boat and experiencing the power of God like no other disciple was ever able to experience walking on water. I know God is going to continue to move through Francis Chan wherever he leads as he continues to step out of the boat in faith. May we be inspired by the faith of these saints and step out of the boat wherever and whenever God calls us!
My dad just sent me a link to the Flannel site which looks to be launching a new series of films with Francis Chan. If you know me well, you know the level of my man crush on Rob Bell due to the Nooma videos (and Velvet Elvis). I’ve recently developed a similar crush on Francis Chan following his book Crazy Love. I love to hear that the same folks that worked with Rob Bell are now partnering with Francis Chan to launch a new series. I can’t wait for this to come out, I’ll be the first in line to buy this new video series! Any other Francis Chan fans out there?
* Below is a picture that David and I took with Francis Chan at the Conclave Conference
About 2 years ago, I got an email from Justin Graves that I could watch one of his concerts in Arkansas that would be broadcast live on the internet so I tuned in. While watching I saw the website, Mogulus.com (which is now Livestream.com), listed as the website it was being broadcast through. I checked it out and realized that I could also broadcast anything I wanted and it was FREE! Less than a week later we began broadcasting our Segue Monday night services live! I’ve often tuned into LifeChurch.tv’s online worship services, but never thought this was a realistic possibility for our ministry. We’ve never paid a penny and by simply hooking up a video camera to my laptop we broadcast ever Monday for the world to see. We have had viewers from Brazil, Japan, Germany, Kentucky, New York, and even some in San Antonio with as many as 300 on some weeks. Since experimenting with this technology, I have become more and more fascinated by the possibilities when it comes to maximizing these resources in furthering the gospel.
A few months ago, I ran across a website: StreamingChurch.tv. This service seems to be the ideal platform for any church to begin broadcasting their services online with a platform very similar to LifeChurch.tv. Whether you have 1 camera on a tripod or a multi camera switcher, this platform seems to be extremely easy to use for both the church broadcasting and the watching viewer. While this isn’t cheap ($99/month + $2.25/gig), it’s extremely affordable in comparison to other similar options. The estimated cost/service is $15/service, that’s not bad at all when you look at all that covers.
I would love to hear from anyone who is actually using StreamingChurch.tv to hear what you think. I also encourage you to check out Livestream.com and Ustream.com as FREE options to begin experimenting with this technology.
A couple months ago, I connected with a former ministry leader here in San Antonio, Todd Phillips. Todd used to lead Metro Ministries for Young Adults in San Antonio and now leads Frontline in Washington D.C. I was getting advice from Todd about College/Young Adult Ministry and he told me that I need to get up to Charlotte and check out Charlotte ONE. A few weeks later I was at a dinner table in Charlotte sitting next to Todd Phillips and the Director of Charlotte ONE, David Hickman, after experiencing a powerful night of worship in downtown Charlotte. As I heard David speak about Charlotte ONE, I was captured by the vision and heart behind the ministry. The mission is simply this:
To be a unified movement of local churches coming together as ONE in order to reach young adults for Christ and connect them to a local faith community.
These words are powerful and even more powerful when he shared the scripture that this ministry was founded on:
John 17:23 when Jesus prayed, “May they become perfectly ONE, so that the world will know that you sent me and love them even as much as you love me.”
Charlotte ONE is about UNITING local churches, REACHING young adults, and CONNECTING them to a local faith community. They are doing this more effectively than I have ever seen! Charlotte ONE is still very young at just 4 or 5 years old and will be exciting to watch grow and develop. I would be excited to hear about other ministries like this unifying the body of Christ like this exploding around our country! I would love to hear about similar ministries that you know about or have come in contact with.
This past Tuesday I attended the Ignite Seminar in Houston with Nelson Searcy. Over the past year I have become a big fan of Nelson Searcy’s ministry at The Journey Church in New York as well as his resources through Church Leader Insights. Anyways, here are some key questions that I took away from his Ignite seminar on Monday:
Big Question: Can your church/ministry double in one day?
When we look at big days (Christmas, Easter, Back to School) in the life of the church, do we really maximize them to the fullest potential?
Do you have an Assimilation system in place to effectively connect those that attend on a big day?
Here are some key elements to the big day: prayer, fasting, presentation of the gospel, advance planning, effective leadership, church mobilazation, repentance, church expansion, and baptisms.
Are you ready for a big day in the life of your church?
If you have a chance to purchase Nelson’s Ignite seminar or login to one of his webinars, I highly suggest it!