Thursday, August 31, 2006

Monday, August 28, 2006

How to Kill Volunteer Recruitment in a Church

During the service one Sunday, the pastor announced that the Preschool would be moving into their new building over the following weekend, and they needed as many volunteers as possible on Friday and Saturday to bring hand tools and power tools and help assemble things and get all of their things moved into the building. So a couple that had been visiting the church drove 15 miles to the church that Saturday and walked into the new Preschool building to see how they could help. They wandered around until they located the head of the committee overseeing the project and asked how they could help. The committee chair replied, "Oh, we haven't got our certificate of occupancy yet, so we really can't do anything."

Somehow, somewhere, someone knew they weren't going to be able to move in before that Saturday. It would have been a good idea to send an email out to the church email list cancelling the "move in days". Folks take time out of their weekends to volunteer to work on worthy causes. But they'll only get stood up like this a few times before they'll begin to ignore requests for volunteers.

Your Daily Moment of Zin

While returning from a week at the beach, we stopped at a rest station in Alabama. I saw this sign and had to get a picture as I did not think anyone would believe me.




Now you gotta ask yourself, do they consume that much watermelon in Alabama? And, what do they do with all of the rinds they collect?

Your Daily Moment of Zin

We went hiking Sunday afternoon and saw this sign on the trail. I do not endorse vandlism or defacing signs, but I did find humor when I saw this:

Friday, August 25, 2006

Good Reading

I love a good book as much as anyone. The topics span all my areas of interest (Christianity, self improvement, racing, etc). HINT: avoid buying books at a retail bookseller and paying list prices. Try shopping at http://half.ebay.com

Here's a few titles I've enjoyed that you might enjoy:

Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives by Laura Schlessinger
Ten Stupid Things Couples Do to Mess Up Their Relationships by Laura Schlessinger
Boundaries in Dating - Cloud and Townsend
Give & Take: The Secret to Marital Compatibility - Willard F. Harley, Jr.
The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman
It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life - Lance Armstrong
The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Beach Music - Pat Conroy
The Beachhouse - James Patterson
Lifeguard - James Patterson
The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancey
They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat - Lewis Grizzard
If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground - Lewis Grizzard
I Took a Lickin' and Kept on Tickin' - Lewis Grizzard

Church Websites

What is the ultimate purpose of a Church's website? Is it just to list events and give directions to the grounds? Isn't it time to re-evaluate websites as a means of ministry? Does your Church website contain anything about establishing a relationship with Christ? Does your Church website give direction for someone fighting addiction? How can a Church website be re-tooled to serve as a ministry tool instead of just an event bulletin board?

Try this. If your Church website has a search function, search the site for "salvation" or "addiction". What results do you get? If a visitor can't find answers to these topics on a Church website, isn't that like them visiting your Church and not being able to get an answer to the same topics? How sad is that??

Kairos Prison Ministry is Looking for a few Good Men

Ever feel a tugging to do something but don't know what? Want to be the hands and feet of Jesus? Dare to move out of your comfort zone?

"I needed clothes. And you gave them to me. I was sick. And you took care of me. I was in prison. And you came to visit me. " - Matthew 25:36

Consider working a Kairos Weekend. There are teams forming now for upcoming weekends in the Atlanta Metro area, as well as other parts of Georgia and the U.S.

For more info: http://www.kairosofgeorgia.org/ or email me breezeman13@hotmail.com