Here’s what I’ve tagged so far, at the time of this blog post: (for the live-updated list of tags, see the site map; )
Let’s take a look at my inbox and see what we find…
Question: I am student, studying ministry. Am at the end of the third year and I would like to start my ministry after I graduate. How would you be of help to me — to find material about church planting ?
My Answer: There has been a growing number of resources about church planting in recent years. A quick Google search has many links that’ll get you started. 3 of my favorites are www.churchplantingnetwork.com + www.church-planting.net + www.rcpc.com .
As you can see, there’s lots of information online. The best place you’ll want to be is the Exponenential Conference, April 19-22, 2010, in Orlando. This is the biggest gathering of church planters and church multiplication organizations that can give you the support, coaching, and launching pad for church planting — more resources than you can count!
Todd Rhoades has been counting up the many reasons to be at Exponential — here’s a sample :
In tonight’s class about multi-site churches, I mentioned a number of resources ::
- [slides] the multi-site church revolution (overview)
- [papers] Leadership Network’s resources about multi-site churches — free downloads
- [book] The Multi-Site Church Revolution: Being one church in many locations by Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, Warren Bird
- [book] A Multi-Site Church Road Trip: Exploring the New Normal by Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, Warren Bird
- [book] The Big Idea: Focus the Message- Multiply the Impact by Dave Ferguson, Eric Bramlett, Jon Ferguson
- [blog] the Multi-site Church Road Trip blog — the ultimate multi-site church blog
- List of churches with an internet campus
- Why Multi-Site? with Mark Driscoll at the 2008 Multi-Site Exposed conference
- What are the key issues in thinking through the multi-campus church movement? with John Piper
- North Coast Church: How we do multisite
- [update] also: Multi-Sightings free enewsletter, blog, and Multi-Site Solutions website (w consultant Jim Tomberlin)
Back story :: my pastor friend Ray Chang (Day 1 video) is in Taiwan on a vision trip with Ed Stetzer. Ray’s teaching a church planting couse at Talbot Seminary this semester. He graciously invited me to substitute-teach his class tonight for 3 hours. I didn’t think I could use that much time, and turns out, we did. Lively discussion ensued after I gave an overview of what a multi-site church is, 5 basic models, and examples of what it looks like. We explored why a church would use a multi-site strategy, how it could complement (or compete with) a church planting strategy, and ended the evening talking about internet campuses.
And, I see that there’s a new interview video of Ray Chang by Ed Stetzer about second generation Asian Americans and God’s global mission.
I hope the conversations can continue — add a comment below.
Frankly, it’s overwhelming to me. The past 2 weeks have been humbling to me, and I’ve had to slow down. And, Craig Groeschel spoke to this powerfully last Sunday. Towards the end of my travel season, some circumstances have indicated to me that I gotta pace myself better and add margin. No need to worry about me — my health is fine.
So, what I’m learning is to not push myself so hard, trying to be frenetically driven, always looking for ways to be more productive, more excellence. It strikes me as being more workaholic. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t do our best, or that we shouldn’t grow and improve ourselves. Not to say we shouldn’t achieve and do great things. What I am saying is there’s more to being human and healthy and sanity.
Why Saturday Surprises? I find more stuff than I can blog about. And, it’s sorta my version of Contextless Links [jordoncooper.com was 1st early adopter I know of], Friday Link List, Random Links, Links List, Mixed Links: Good Stuff for Nonprofit Marketers…. other places I share my finds: my public Google Notebooks, del.icio.us/djchuang, Digital @ Leadership Network …
- confirmed: Louie Giglio starting Passion Church in Atlanta – hear it straight from Louie on this video; twitter is discussed on the video; according to Louie, no date or location yet, no blog yet, despite what the rumor mill might crank out; read WOOHOO blessings from Carlos “Ragamuffinsoul” Whittaker; my thoughts: Thrilled to hear of the news with Passion Church launching… [let's] rejoice and celebrate others who are seeking to reach more people — so contrarian to territorialism, turf wars, and name-calling pirates
- Texting While Walking May Be Dangerous : NPR; texting while driving is even more dangerous; cf. Newsweek posted this AP piece: “… Most involve scrapes, cuts and sprains from texters who walked into lampposts or walls or tripped over curbs.” via LA Times’ Texting — the modern way to run with scissors?
- I started using CushyCMS – excellent (free) web-based website editor, don’t have to use FTP or client software to update content any more!
- Chess-Boxing Hits it Big; I play chess with my son, but only boxing on Wii
- Plaxo is bought out by Comcast Interactive Media; good for Plaxo but I don’t get it
- Christian sex better than Kama Sutra, which translates to The Better Your Walk with God, The Better Your Sex Life [ht: MondayMorningInsight]
- will “Vivanno” be as iconic a word as “Frappuccino?” — I don’t think so, unfortunately [disclosure: I'm a former SBUX shareholder]
Tired is the new Fine. I’m noticing that answers to “How are you?” is switching from “Fine.” to “Tired.” Haven’t you? In DETAILS magazine — Being Tired Is Not a Status Symbol — “Some people think telling everyone how exhausted they are makes them seem important. But flaunting your fatigue only makes you insufferable… Stop complaining–No one cares how tired you are.” [ cf. So Tired: Where Web surfers go when they haven't slept a wink; EDGE's Jeanne Harnois notes, "Caffeine, the new status symbol"; tired.com contrasts with wired.com ]
Pastors in rural area churches, or “in the sticks”, there’s a conference for you in Loudonville, Ohio — aptly called “the sticks” conference, November 11-12, 2008. [ht: LeadingSmart] cf. conference blog has latest updates and a Free Gas giveaway.
Kinko‘s is fading away. Several months ago in car with wifey, behind a FedExKinko’s truck, I commented to her that the Kinko’s font is so thin compared to the FedEx font, I think Kinko’s is going to fade away and disappear. Lo and behold, it’s now official. I saw it coming, er, going.
Jason Calacanis retires from blogging and holds a mock press conference to answer questions. He’s only been at it for 5 years; I’ve been blogging since 1999. But then again, I didn’t have to deal with the pressures of being an A-List blogger.
Starbucks is closing 600 of its stores all over the United States, and here’s a list of 7 in Orange County that I have been to and/or have co-worked at:
- valley view & firestone 16610 valley view ave la mirada ca
- pch & boat canyon 636 n pacific coast hwy laguna beach ca
- lake forest & muirlands 22621 lake forest dr lake forest ca
- marguerite & college dr 28171 marguerite pkwy mission viejo ca
- trabuco hills 27775 santa margarita pkwy mission viejo ca
- newport & el camino real 14001 newport ave tustin ca
- newport & main 13681 newport ave tustin ca
I am now 42 years old. Had a joyous birthday earlier this week (I’m not giving you the exact date of birth to prevent identity theft) – THANKS for all the Facebook birthday wishes (more than 42!) and presents and presence. Thrilled to have a full Godfather table (Buca Di Beppo) for belated celebratory birthday dinner last night. My kind of dining ambiance! I’m not into group photos, so there ain’t any, gottaproblemwiddat? The best happy birthday wish I got at birthday dinner:
About presents and gifts for me, in a world of gift cards, here’s my insider tips: I love Starbucks, Five Guys, Under Armour; Target, B&N is okay; I don’t shop at Best Buys, but often get their gift cards, so kindly stop it. Could also use my amazon.com wish list as a shopping guide….
Here’s my surprise finds for the week:
- this guy is researching for a dissertation on videogame typography – whoa
- Plaxo bought out by Comcast – what’s that about? Cable and online address book?? here’s their explanation
- MOBILE PRODUCTIVITY TOOLBOX: 45+ Mobile Productivity Resources – nice list at Mashable, from last year; anyone know of a better list?
- I tried out free YouMail.com for a few days, very cool to get customized greetings for my voice mail depending on who’s calling, nice text transcription, nice to get text msg with caller ID on who called, nicely integrates & replaced my cell phone voicemail inbox; BUT notification was slow, not instant like my own cell phone voice mail, so I switched back; if only GrandCentral.com would open up already!
- and, a confession — I gots a man crush on Carlos “Ragamuffinsoul” Whittaker, and his wife Whittaker Woman, for whom God wrote a whole commandment to not covet — both are very active bloggers, giving their lives away; he doesn’t need the link love, but I need the confession (aside: note the 2 “t”s in Whittaker)
- great to co-work with Tony Steward on Friday; co-work with us next Friday 7/18 morning at Starbucks (Alicia & Jeronimo, Mission Viejo); gotta try their new Sorbetto, which will be at that sbux nxt wk; cf. “The Sorbetto is nice-it’s a drinkable yoghurt drink, kinda like soft-serve but with the option to add Naked Juice concentrates. One of the bases is from Pinkberry. … If it doesn’t sell well in Cali, they say it won’t be rolled out nationally.“
- some of the Best Intel is in the comment thread of blogs, anyone know of a search engine that can search them without having to ping coComment? would someone build a web app that auto-subscribes to WordPress comment feeds and search them hmm.. or maybe CoComment could do that *hint hint*