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Crunch Time

Today is going to be a pretty busy day. We have Expression tonight at Mayorga. Prior to that, I have to finish up a major project and pack for our family vacation. I’m excited that we’ll get to take a break for awhile. It’s a struggle thinking of the fact that there’s so much to accomplish before our launch. Yet, family must alway come before ministry. My wife deserves my undivided time and attention…plus I need the rest.

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O.K., party people. Here is the last and final version of The Bridge Launch Promo video. This one is called the Silver Screen Mix. Don’t forget to pull out the popcorn!

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collaboration.jpgThe Collaborator is the role in which we bring people together to get thing done. It is when we understand the power of team and that we can’t do it alone. The Collaborator will have two main challenges: 1) fighting the tempation to do it alone and 2) encouraging people to die to self for the sake of the team. In Ecclesiastes 4, there was a man who insisted on working alone. As a result, he made money but never had time to enjoy life due to the fact that he worked all time. In verse 9, Solomon states, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.” Can you imagine the kind of impact the church would have if we collaborated? Yet, here stands the challenge. Everyone wants to do it alone and no one wants to die to self for the sake of a purpose greater than themselves. Anyway, the Collaborator helps keep a team together. Challenges threaten even the very best of teams. One disagreement can cause discouragement, trife, and tension amongst team members. Even in a local church setting, the leadership must operate as collaborators encouraging various ministry teams to work together as a unit. Territorialism can also hinder team effectiveness. You know what I’m talking about. These are “OUR volunteers.” “OUR space.” “WE were here first.” “It’s OUR turn.” “Why do they get more attention than US?” The Collaborate must refocus the team on the one main mission/vision/purpose/objective of the ministry…that’s if you have one.

As I was writing this post, I was reminded of a music video I saw on Reading Rainbow when I was a kid. I decided to search for it on YouTube. Lo and behold, here it is! Just a little reminder for when we act like little kids who refuse to work with others. Check it out! Cheesy, but true… Outdated, but timeless…

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If you’re in an artsy mood (or simply need to kill some time), create your own masterpiece at Mr. Picasso Head.  Enjoy!

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I got this video clip from Redeemer Community Church’s website in Johnston City, TN. This guy, Joe Castillo, does amazing art with sand. Check it out.

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Here is the second version of The Bridge Launch Promo. I’ve entitled this one, the Oscar Mix. You may begin to notice that all the versions have movie related titles. For instance, the first one was called the Opening Weekend Mix. This version is actually a bit longer by default. iMovie or Garage Band wouldn’t let me edit the song. I had two choices. I could either end the video and leave over two minutes of dead, black space at the end or find a creative way to extend the video…and make it look like it’s three minutes and forty one seconds on purpose. I chose the later. Enjoy!

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Hook Up

I got a chance to hook up with my buddy, Ben Arment, today.  We discussed fund raising strategies and other church planting stuff.  I’m thankful that God is surrounding me with guys like him.  He’s truly an encourager.  Church planting is not easy, but it’s a rewarding journey.  I think it’s so crucial to be surrounded with support when starting a new venture.  The journey can be filled with loads of discouragement, even when things are going well.  Sometimes the one or two bad things overshadow the hundred things that are going well.  It takes the insight of other people to help your regain sight of what you’re overlooking or no longer seeing.

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