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being the Media Pastor at TheArkChurch.com my job is always leading up to the weekend services. so this category will share any ideas (ours or others) that have to do with the “church” world.
My good friend Tim Peters, creator of Sayge Resources, got together last week and talked about Leading Creative People and Bringing Ideas to Life. We caputured the time via Google Hangout and posted to his blog at timpeters.org.
After watching/reading the video/post be sure to check out Sayge Resources for monthly coaching and resources to help you reach and engage your congregation and community more effectively.
Kyle is the Digerati Church-to-Church Team Leader at LifeChurch.tv. His role is to oversee creation, development and support of the resources LifeChurch.tv gives away for free to the global church. To find out more about the tools and resources LifeChurch.tv gives away for free visit http://lifechurch.tv/resources.
Question: What systems do you use to manage projects and meet deadlines?
- Try different methods and systems. Find the right systems for your style.
- Strategically spend individual time identifying what is priority.
- Consistently meet throughout duration of project for updates and adjustments.
- Applications: Things and Basecamp
Question: How do you take an idea from birth to launch?
- Ask questions and listen.
- Take answers to questions and convert to action steps.
- Constantly evaluate action steps and development of idea.
- Set hard deadlines. Meeting deadlines allows opportunities to celebrate progress and create momentum.
- Regularly talk about idea with others within your team and outside your team.
- Pray over the execution of big idea.
Question: What are the best way to lead creative people?
- A creative person is a problem solver. Everybody is creative.
- Be consistent with creative people.
- Hype up vision, mission and values of organization and idea.
- Allow “blue sky” moments for dreaming.
- Regularly have “fun” with your team of creative people.
Question: What is your new role at LifeChurch.tv and how can churches benefit from your resources?
- Build and develop new free products for church leaders around the Nation.
How do you lead creative people? What ways do you take an idea from birth to launch?
I have been asked why the Project 3:45 reading plan’s “5 days on / 2 days off” does not line up with the New Year. So here is a little back-story and then a easy work around to line up the reading plan to match the weekends.
When The Ark Church launched the reading plan with YouVersion for January 1, 2010 we had submitted the plan to fit the weekday/weekend structure of 2010 (first day of the year was on a Friday). Not knowing at that time the plan would get thousands of subscribers that year (now tens of thousands) causing it to be impossible to make any changes to the reading plan when we 2011.
So know 3 years later I encourage everyone to do a little work around with the “Catch Me Up” feature built into YouVersion to get the weekdays/weekend to line up with the Project 3:45 reading plan.
Here is a step-by-step visual instruction of how to line up the Project 3:45 reading plan in the YouVersion App so that your weekends line up. (And today makes it especially easy because it is the first Friday of the month like it was in 2010).
1) Launch the YouVersion App on your mobile device
2) Select “Plans” on the right menu
3) Select “Browse Plans” on the bottom, then search “Project 345″ in the top search bar
4) Choose your Project 3:45 reading plan
5) Select “Start Plan” at the top, then it will take you to your Plans library
6) Click on “Settings” which is a gear icon to the right of Project 3:45
7) Once on the Settings page, select the “Month” option in the bottom menu
8) If you start the plan on a Friday it will line up perfect. If not then uncheck your readings for John 1-3 and then hit “Catch Me Up” or read ahead John 4-5 and it will line it up moving forward. Works the same way if you are in the middle of the plan. Just read ahead or uncheck your past few days to line it up to a Friday, then click “Catch Me Up.”
Hope this helps in your reading of Project 3:45 with YouVersion!
This event is a prime example of what ministry looks like when a church, departments and individual staff members work in their gifts. We have been blessed at The Ark Church to put on a day camp for K-5th graders for the past several years.
This year’s camp theme was “HEROES” with every square inch of the church campus transformed to support the super hero vibe.
I have had the opportunity to be the “promoter” for many of the special services with guest musical artists at The Ark Church. We have made it a tradition of bringing in a special musical act for Mother’s Day and this year’s talent was even more special to me personally.
In December 2010, Stephanie and I got hooked on NBC’s second season of the vocal competition tv show “The Sing-Off.” We both gravitated to one group in particular that we felt stood out above the rest and that 6-man a cappella group was Committed. After their remix performance of “Apologize” by One Republic I looked at Steph and said, “We need to have them at The Ark!”
Well, 18 months later Committed made the trip from Huntsville, AL to perform live during our 2 Sunday morning Mother’s Day services. One thing unique during this “promoter” experience is I made a request for a certain song to be performed and it was one that Committed doesn’t unusually perform in their live show. With it being Mother’s Day and knowing these guys have been musically inspired by Boy II Men (they said that during The Sing-Off) I thought “A Song For Momma” was a very fitting song for the event.
The coolest part of this story is the guys of Committed agreed to learn and perform the song live for The Ark. It was so amazing getting to experience their music live and especially that song (and I am not even a mom). Big thanks to Therry, Tommy, Maurice, Robbie and DJ for such a great performance!
Also, big shout out to my wife Stephanie for the original idea of them performing that song! Love you babe and Happy Mother’s Day!
Last week I had the opportunity to be a presenter at Active Network | Faith’s “Dynamic Church Conference” in Plano, Texas. This was the third conference I had been to for Fellowship One and I was looking forward to the chance to share about a topic that is close to my heart.
During the 6 month implementation of Fellowship One at The Ark Church plus the 2 years that we have been operating strong on the software there has been a lot of “staff buy-in” that I have had to get and maintain. With any major change there is always the opportunity for people to get their toes stepped on or feelings hurt. With the application of these 4 simple principles from this session, “Getting & Maintaining Staff Buy-In”, I believe you can implement a new way of doing “back-end ministry” while keeping your whole church staff energized and enthusiastic about the change.
I was definitely excited to getting the chance to share (twice) at #DC12 but I was even more excited the fact that my friend Becky Grothe was joining the session to share her experiences with this topic while she has served at New Life Church in Colorado Springs as the Membership & Guest Relations Pastor.
It was truly an honor and I hope all that attend were able to hear my heart for all church staffs and be able to apply some of these principles back at their home church.
1) Software is not the only Solution
- “Your data is only as good as what you put into it.”
- Fellowship One (and all other software) is not perfect
- Adapt your processes to maximize the software
- Systems Trinity: People, Process, Technology
2) Getting Staff Buy-In
- “Every person has a reason they are in ministry. Tap into that reason and show them how F1 can accomplish that.”
- Cast Vision
- Handle the “Debbie Downers”
- Roam the halls
3) Speaking the Leadership Language
- “Reports are not just numbers, make them speak to values of your church.”
- 360 profile – Power of knowing their name
- Productivity = More Ministry
4) The Champion In You
- All church staff seeing Champion Team as resource
- Having representative/voice on Leadership level
- Building a Champion Team
Starting Strong was our first series for 2012 here at The Ark Church. I was so excited to see the media team take this series from title, concept, design, and done so quickly. The concept was a taken from the Kayak.com brand. We liked the series design so much that we thought we would make it available for free download for anyone else to use.
- Title Slide
- Logo Slide
- Scripture Slide
- Intro Bumper
To listen to the messages from this series visit www.thearkchurch.com/media
A full description of how the Intro Bumper was made is available in the description on our vimeo page.
I know the concept of “cloud computing” freaks some people out. For some it offers a sense of freedom. The Ark Church moved to a cloud based church management software, Fellowship One, a year and a half ago and have never looked back. I had the honor of sharing our church’s story of making the big move during the Fellowship One Dynamic Church Conference back in May 2011.
Here is that story shot and edited by the amazing story teller Matt Knisely.
Kyle is part of a large church near Houston that went from an old system where they managed their own software and hardware to Fellowship One’s 100% web-based (on the cloud) church management software. The difference has been dramatic, with the church making the change and reaping the benefits.
Kyle is part of a large church near Houston that went from an old system where they managed their own software and hardware to Fellowship One’s 100% web-based (on the cloud) church management software.
The difference has been dramatic, with the church making the change and reaping the benefits.
At our church we have designated check-in areas throughout the building. At each area we have 1-2 self check-in computers (with touch screens and “Ark Pass” scanners) plus at least 1 assisted with a single volunteer to manage the 3 computers. Plus throughout our campus we have mobile check-in stations that are a single computer/screen/printer/scanner on wheels. These are used to support the heavy traffic areas of our building and are moved around based on the day of week and service.
1. This solution is not a check-in station replacement. For our campus, forming lines and having established check-in stations works well with our architecture. And to have selectable printers, we rely on the existing check-in stations and the printers attached to them.
2. This solution still relies on a Windows-based machine. This is not a Mac version or iOS version of the check-in software. We have taken the existing iPad Check-in “recipe” and have implemented it in more a server format.
3. This explanation assumes that you are reading this with some IT experience or have capable IT staff that will assist. We can not go into every single detail of the setup, it would simply take too much time and every network is setup differently. We can only show an overview of what we did and let you adapt it to your network.
4. The iPad and iPad Check-in Server must be on the same IP subnet. If they are on different subnets the connection will not function. If you’re not sure if they are, contact your IT or Technical staff.
Now, let’s look at the details of how we did it.
We used the following item for setup:
1. Windows Server 2003 machine with Terminal Services Licensing. (Bear in mind that it has to have the Terminal Services Licensing component. If you do not have this you will be limited to 2 concurrent connections i.e. only 2 iPads at a time to use for checkin)
2. iPad with a remote desktop app installed (We’ve used iRDesktop and WinAdmin and both work pretty well)
3. Multiple Windows-based check-in stations with Printer sharing enabled and sharing the Zebra Printer attached
First make sure your Windows Server 2003 machine has a static IP. Then set up Terminal Services licensing to allow unlimited concurrent connections and set up the machine with local profiles named iPad1 – iPad5. Edit these accounts to look exactly the same with all the shared printers added.
Next, download the remote desktop app of your choice to your iPad. Once downloaded, set up a connection to your iPad Check-in Server.
Be sure to test the connection to make sure you can connect. If you are able to log in and see the Windows desktop, your connection is working.
Keep in mind your check-in server needs to be wired. Fellowship One strongly recommends to use wired checkin stations due to the need for the check-in stations to connect to the internet. Wireless connections can be finicky and using a wireless device to interface with another wireless device just gives too many points of failure. Therefore if you attempt this with a wireless Windows Server, you will have issues.
Once setup, the process for checkin is simple:
1. Connect to the iPad Check-in Server
2. Run Fellowship One Check-in and enter the Activity or Super Check-in Code
3. In the Menu, hit the “Select Default Printer” button.
4. Choose the Printer of your choice
5. Begin Assisted Check-in