10 Signs you are a LifeKids Leader

May 31, 2010

1. You have nightmares about Chris Pooley’s shoes

2. During the adult service you “strategically” reposition yourself to sit between two adults who aren’t listening to the sermon

3. At Revolution you do actions to all the songs. If there are no actions you make them up as you go

4. You put your hand up to speak at your LifeGroup/Hub

5. You turn around and give “the look” when someone behind you is giggling at Revo or Shake

6. You spend more of your life on the floor then on chairs

7. You’ve got “Crazy Praise” or “Love Never Fails” as your ring tone

8. You spend more time around the foosball table then the coffee machine after the service

9. Every time someone is preaching and tells you to look something up in the Bible you think it is a race and yell “GOT IT”

10. The only day of the week that your LifeKids T-shirt doesn’t get worn is washing day

Comfort vs Glory

May 31, 2010

Reading through Acts I get to some places where I think, “why can’t we just stay here, this is nice”. It was nice that all the believers spent most of their time together and shared everything.  It was nice that Peter and friends hung out at Solomon’s Colonnade and healed people that came from all over.  It was nice that the authorities were a little scared of what would happen if they tired to take these guys out because they had such a big following.  But every time there is a nice story, the next paragraph gets a little uncomfortable.

Imagine though what would have happened if God hadn’t moved them from one challenge to the next?  I’m sure you know as well as I do that their success would have gone to their head.  With out new challenges, how is it going to stay about Him and not us? How are we going to take new ground? How can we give God glory by doing things in His strength and not ours?

Their heart wasn’t set on success, on getting to a place where they were running a great operation and where they were in control of what is going to happen next.  Their hearts were set on giving God glory!  That is why they were able to praise Him in prison, in persecution, and right up to the moment they were killed.  Even in their death God was given the glory!

This really challenged me today. Is the underlying goal in my life to do whatever it takes to get comfortable in my job, my ministry, my relationships etc or is it to give God glory?

This is what happens when I try to buy some bunks…

May 24, 2010

Thinking bout getting bunks for a while now. Saw them on special at the WareHouse. Purchased them.

One piece was really damaged. Took it back and got it replaced. And that was trip one.

Noticed that there were no screws in the box. Back to pick them up. That was trip two.

New piece I picked up earlier didn’t fit. Back for trip three. They couldn’t replace it so had to go home, load the whole lot into my car.

Trip 4 was to get an entirely new unit. All done.

Until I try to put the ladder together. Wholes the wrong size for screws. Flatmate kindly took it back for me, that was trip 5. New bar for ladder one cm too short!

Just decided I will make trip 6. This will be with the whole unit (once I’ve taken it down). And I’ll get my money back while I’m at it… then take advantage of the old bunks at my parents place that I forgot about (thanks in advance mum and dad)

We all know that God rested on day 7 so I’m hoping this will take the same pattern.

Well we got the ball rolling now!

May 8, 2010

We’ve just finished an incredible day of networking and sharing vision with 12 kids leaders from ACTS Churches in the Lower North Island.  Nikki Collings from Paraparaumu Family Church got everyone together.

I am so excited I can hardly contain it about the things that God is doing up here.  We hadn’t even finished our worship time at the start when everyone started praying and sharing half the stuff I was going to talk about.

There is POWER when we come together and support each other, get in each others space, share creativity, call out the gifts that God has placed in each other.  I also did a little rant about social networking… you can expect to see some more from Kiwi kidmin coming soon!

How NOT to run a camp

May 6, 2010

A while ago I posted How to run a camp.  It seems like it was quite a popular topic, so following KidsRock last weekend I thought I would express the ups and downs and everything with this, how to NOT run a camp! Some of these things we did exceptionally well… some… not so good, I’ll let you guess

1. Do not write lists of everything that you need to do and everyone you are taking.  If you do, leave them behind.

2. Do not delegate

3. Do not turn the van lights off when you make a dinner stop on the way to camp.  It is most essential that this van gets stranded because the worship leader is in this van and we want to start everything an hour late.

4. Do not give the 18 year old who is driving a map.  Actually you mind as well, he probably wont use it.

5. Organise everything the week before.

6. Do not pray.  If you do, only pray a little bit.

7. Forget an important piece of camera equipment.

8. We all know there is nothing wrong with dial up internet, it takes us back to the dark ages.  Make sure it is the only connection available at the camp site, especially if your speaker is a geek and will literally die without a fast connection.

9. Don’t expect the unexpected

10. If the printer makes a spelling mistake and that mistake happens to be the speakers name, don’t get them to print the promo materiel again.  In fact, you should leave it on your desk for the guest speaker to see when they just happen to be in your office.

11. Keep your leaders in the dark.  Don’t tell them what to expect or what they are expected to do.

12. Don’t invite other churches, it might make the camp incredibly awesome.

13. Do not use google docs.  It will actually allow everyone to be on the same page.  We do after all want everyone to be in the dark.

14. Trust the guest speaker from Australia to know how to use a heater.

15. Don’t even run a camp.

16. Don’t get the amazing team from Invercargill Christian Center to run games.  You might end up with a kid hitting himself in the head with a hammer.

Truth is it was an amazing camp, despite our epic fails God turned up and did some great stuff in the kids lives.  Thanks Dave Wakerley (affectionately know as Dav) for taking the time to hang out with us for the weekend and to invest into a great bunch of Kiwi kids!

Paper Plane Game

May 4, 2010

Played this game with my team tonight… Each person wrote the following on a piece of paper then folded it into a paper plane…

  • Place of birth
  • Fave colour
  • Something you like to do in your spare time
  • Something you hate

For one minute we flew the planes around the room, at the end of the minute the music stopped and we grabbed the closest plane.

Each person takes a turn to unfold the plane and read out the answers then guess who they belonged to.  A great way to get to know your team a little better.

I leaned that:

  • Jasmine likes spending her spare time crawling (!?!)
  • Dave likes green
  • Leti was born in Fiji
  • Nikanda was born in Christchurch