Archive for the ‘blogging’ Category

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New place for the Elemental Children’s Ministry Blog!

July 25, 2008

I have moved the blog over to http://www.elementalcm.com

Please update your RSS subscriptions and links. Then come on over and continue the conversation!! See you there.

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Posting Hiatus

July 12, 2008

I’m really busy with summer activities: Day Camp and Summer Camp. I will not be posting regularly for a few weeks… Hopefully I can get back to it in August.

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Now on WordPress

February 12, 2008

I’ve moved this blog over to WordPress. The new URL is https://elementalcm.wordpress.com

Please make the appropriate changes to any links you might have. For feeds the link is http://www.elementalcm.wordpress.com/feed

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Seth Godin Marketing Blog

February 12, 2008

Seth Godin is well-known in the business world when it comes to marketing and getting your product/service noticed. He has written books with some unique titles such as: Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers, Purple Cow, Free Prize Inside, and Meatball Sundae.

Seth has a blog that has a lot of great ideas and thoughts that I’ve found helpful in my thinking in how I “market” our ministry. Check it out.

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Confessions of a Blogging Elitist

January 30, 2008

I had started this blog because I thought it was “the thing” to do. Everyone else was doing it, so I should. I, then, got quickly discouraged by reading all the other blogs out there and the bad grammar and (to me) seemingly insignificant posts. I did not want to be like “those” blogs, so I just didn’t blog.

Recently, though, I’ve been reading and seeing how blogging is a great way to get my views out there… and I do have a lot of them. Plus, my wife is getting tired of being the only one who hears my passionate verbal diatribes. (She’s a wonderful wife!) I, then, read something from Seth Godin’s blog. Seth is a business and marketing guru/writer. He said something to the effect of: get your ideas out there; blog and don’t worry about what it looks like. So, I will blog my thoughts. They will mostly center around children’s ministry, but they may also be things indirectly related to children’s ministry as well.

Here goes! Boy, this is going to be hard for a first-born perfectionist like me 🙂

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Just Some Random Thoughts

November 17, 2006

Boy, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on here. It’s just been crazy busy doing my job. I sometimes wonder how regular bloggers find time to blog, especially those who are in children’s minsitry. I am intrigued at the number of blogs out there for children’s ministry and the number of blogs that children’s ministry leaders are reading. I wonder if all that time reading blogs is actually beneficial or if it is taking us away from doing ministry. I know that is somewhat inauthentic of me to be quesitoning blogs since I am blogging at this moment.

My main concern is that now anyone can post what they want with no peer review and there are many out there who read these blogs and take what is written in them as authoritative. I think there is a HUGE danger to that. Blogging also perpetuates our narcissitic egos that people actually want to read/hear what we have to say. We, in essence close our minds to thoughtful and reflective discussion and simply air our opinions as if our opinions are the only ones that matter.

I find myself starving, once more, for face-to-face networks with people I can spend time with in person. I do value the networking that happens virtually, but there is only so much that can happen through the ether of the information highway.

Especially in children’s ministry, I think we need to step away from our computers and RSS feeds more often and get out there and actually talk with those children’s ministry leaders that may just be down the road. Get out there and read something that is peer-reviewed and learn… actually learn something new.

So, I guess I better get done with my own (somewhat hypocritical) rant and get of this computer for a while as well.