Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Baskin Robins

What do really long lines, fire trucks, and bag-pipes have in common...31 cent ice cream scoop that's what.

SHINE video

I stole this from Erica, who found it from someone else's blog from Buckhead Church. Enjoy.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Goals vs. Feelings (Thoughts from my Wife)

This is my wife. I am proud of her.
Goals vs. Feelings

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I'm so glad that I moved office space and now have an official desk...with enough room for a picture. Even if the picture is almost 3 years old!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Pastor Mitch Ribera

Our Lead Pastor did an excellent job at our video shoot the other day. This is some extra video taken from my FlipUltra camera. Just a couple of minutes of Pastor Mitch getting ready to give a very inspirational message via video to our Family Life volunteers. Thank you for being such a great sport about dressing in an old racing uniform and standing in the sun!

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Father-In-Law @ the Game

Number 13.

Turnpike (Jr. High) Student Ministry

Here's a little taste of what a typical Sunday morning looks like in Turnpike. What you see here is a tiny bit of our "hosting" time. This is when a volunteer gets everyone's attention by engaging some or all of the students in a silly quiz or game. Thanks to Laura Dinsdale for her first time hosting! Then you'll see students leading some worship songs. When you won't see in this video is our Communicator or our Small Group Time. Enjoy the vid.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Family Life Team - Racing

The Family Life Team from New Harvest Church shot a video out at Boomer's yesterday. Jim Weaver directed our video. You can see what he had to say about our adventure here. Not only was it work, but it was a blast. This is one of the many reasons I love my job. What other job in the world allows you to play, build a sense of team and work all at the same time...well, maybe a pro-sport player, or someone who works at Google. Besides those two examples I can't think of any others. Enjoy some extra footage from my Flip Ultra camera. It's shaky...but I'm trying to drive at the same time!

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Fresno State Faith Debate Round II decided to find bloggers who had reacted to the debate and post about it. They used my video and tried to represent a fair balance of news. However, the article leans heavier on the side of the Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics. Why? Simply because Christians need to step up their blogging game. If they could find more out there...they would have used it, but this is all they got. Check out any part of the debate on their website by clicking here. (Hopefully they will change their reference to me from "she" to "he")

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Creative Chaos // 8

This is part of the Creative Chaos blog carnival.

We're doing a mission trip to Mexico this summer. Announcing it hasn't really gotten much buzz. This week we're going to throw up the trip logo. Hopefully we can start our own "10 Before" soon. In the mean time check out the trip logo.

mission mexico 08 logo orange.jpg or

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Shooting a Video for DRIVE

I gotta admit I like to see what's going on...and when it's in's even cooler.

Watercooler Wednesdays: The Winner's Circle

*This is part of the Watercooler Wednesday Blog Carnival*

On May 2nd New Harvest Church is holding someting called The Winner's Circle. Basically we want to reward, entertain and recognize our awesome Family Life ministry volunteers. That means small group leaders, story-tellers, communicators, musicians, production teams, hosts, greeters, coaches, and many more (about 200 in all). We are doing a racing theme, since our ministry environments are mostly centered around streets or racing (Turnpike, Starting Line, etc.).

We are going to have some pretty awesome stuff. Basically we looked at what NP does for the DRIVE conference and can we do something like that for our volunteers with a much smaller budget? Hopefully you'll see some video highlights after the event happens!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Exponential 2 :: Andy Stanley

I just stole this post from this guy. But I really wanted to share what he said.

Andy Stanley spoke on Making Vision Stick in session 2 @ Exponential.  A few quoteables...

"'You're the Christ, the Son of the Living God...' - that is the glue that holds us all together.  We may not agree on anything else, but we can agree on that."

Vision always begins as a burden.
The challenge for those of us in leadership is making what's clear 'in here' has to become clear 'out there' or people can't follow us.
Making vision stick is central to leading people.

5 Keys to Making Vision Stick:
1. State it simply

  • Memorable is portable
  • The Curse of Knowledge - you know so much about everything you're doing, but the people you're leading don't know. It's your responsibility to make it clear.
  • What do people show up at work everyday to do?
  • If you can't communicate it simply, it won't stick.
  • Is it any advantage to have an incredibly well though out plan that no one knows about or understands.

2. Cast it convincingly

  • Define the problem
    • what must be done in our environment?
    • what could go undone if we ceased to exist?
  • Offer a solution
  • Explain the why and why now
    • this is where the passion comes - this is what motivates people to act

3.  Repeat it regularly

  • Discover your rhythms and cast vision accordingly
  • Vision doesn't naturally leaks.  You have to repeat it.

4. Celebrate systematically

  • There are no photographs to show people if you're taking them to a place they have never been
  • When you catch someone living out the vision, make them a public example
  • Stories do more to clarify the vision than anything else
  • People need living illustrations

5. Embrace it personally and publically

  • When you do, it's obvious that you really do believe it
  • When you share your own stories, you're not bragging, you're letting people see your commitment

Andy Stanley talking about vision is like throwing him a slow softball pitch - it's a home run every time.  The greatest part of this talk was how frank, open and honest Andy was at the beginning about his personal story and how North Point began.  For more, check out his book by the same title.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

A Post from Erica's Cell Phone

Take a trip over to Erica's blog for more info on what's going on in this picture.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Buckhead Church Opener Video

It starts off slow, but just give a few seconds. It's awe-inspiring.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Fresno State Faith Debate 2008

Fresno State and New Covenant Community Church helped put on a debate this past Friday night. Here's a little video describing the experience of our students.

You're Welcome.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Family Life Volunteers - You're Invited to the Winner's Circle

Donald Miller in Fresno, CA

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hear Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, speak at Fresno Pacific University. New Harvest Church bought a table at the 2008 Central Valley Ministry Forum and I decided to put together a video of our "take-aways." I hope you enjoy it.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Creative Chaos // 7

Los challenged us today to think of something creative we've done recently. This past Sunday night in Catalyst, our high school student ministry environment, I decided to run the light board. We pulled away all of our seating accept for six couches and some floor space. Basically, we forced them to sit together, very  intimately. The result...they felt each other's presence. They sang. They were louder than ever. They were more comfortable than ever. They were real. Here's a video of our band practicing. (Warning: Not good quality sound, but hey it's just a flip camera.)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Look what was in my box @ work today!

There's something fishy about this.

Guitar Hero III Dancers

And they didn't even know.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Guitar Hero III

Video to come...

Recent Worship Sets

Here's a sampling of the recent worship sets we've done in our student ministry environments.

Turnpike (Jr. High)
April 13th
You Are - Todd Fields
Marvelous Light - Charlie Hall
Jesus Paid It All - Kristian Stanfill Version

This Upcoming Week
April 20th
Take It All - Hillsong United
Counting on God - Desperation Band
Beautiful the Blood - Steve Fee (Fee Band)

Catalyst (High School)
April 13th
Counting on God - Desperation Band
All Because of Jesus - Steve Fee (Fee Band)
From the Inside Out - Krisitan Stanfill Version

This Upcoming Week
April 20th
Salvation is Here -Hillsong United
Beautiful Jesus - Kristian Stanfill
How He Loves - Eddie Kirkland Version

What's the latest songs you've been introducing into your ministry?

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Monday, April 14, 2008

My Good Friend: Paul Haugen

This past Sunday I got a tweet from Paul Haugen. He works at another church here in town and his tweet reads "Just started a song with the capo in the wrong spot. We had to stop. 1000 people just laughed at me blog

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A Sad Day @ Catalyst Church in Greenville, SC

This is crazy. Catalyst Church, a Strategic Partner of North Point Ministries, is closing their doors. I've seen some pretty cool things happening over the blogosphere with these guys the past few months. They launched a campaign to raise support called "It's Up To Us." They've got incredible worship leaders and this video will help you to see what a special place it has been. Pray for them as they finish out the next few Sundays and as people start the shuffle of "what's next?"

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Creative Chaos // 6

Creative Chaos // 6
Today's Creative Chaos challenge at Los' Blog is this "post on where it is that we go to find our personal creativity. And it HAS to be outside the office. And Tell Us Why..."

For me, it's nature. I am inspired by parks, trees, and the simple-complexity of it all. But my absolute favorite place to unlocks both creativity and peace is sitting at the bottom of Lower Yosemite Falls. Check it out...

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

How to get into a church band

Saw this video on the Fee Band blog a few days ago. Just thought I'd pass it along. Imagine if we let just anybody come up on stage and play whatever instrument they wanted.

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Leadership Training Institute

Today I met with our newest LTI intern. His name is Ryan Smith. He has two kids, one of them is in our high school ministry (Catalyst) and you can see a post about him if you click here. Ryan owns a tile shop in Fresno, Ca. It's called Creative Tile. He and his wife almost divorced a couple of years ago. Ryan came to Christ in August of 2006. His life has been transformed by Christ! I mean transformed. He is now a volunteer in Catalyst and he has just started the LTI program here at New Harvest Church. His story pumps me up. Isn't it amazing that one person's story can fuel you to love Jesus more and more? I'm excited to see what happens in the 24 months of his internship.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Twitter Explained in Plain English

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Thanks to Big T-Licious I came across this video which will explain to you why I use and why it's so great.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Kaleb Smith | Catalyst Student Ministry Drummer

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Not bad for a 16-year-old with some raw talent.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

I never get tired of this video...

Thanks to for sharing it again on his blog.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Holographic Video Feed - What does this mean for a multi-site Church?

Digital Illusions LLC

Basically...a company is has developed the technology to "beam up" speakers on a stage...possibly even worship teams or, they even say this will be in a home someday. Crazy!

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Andy Stanley Fire Alarm Sunday

Woops! But isn't that incredible timing? Crazy!

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The real story behind the fire alarm is that there was a hip-hop/rapper doing a concert for the the Jr. High ministry of the church. The hazers set the fire alarm off. Hope nobody gets fired over this...hahaha.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

DRIVE Conference '08

DRIVE '08 is coming up and it's coming up fast. DRIVE '06 rocked my world and totally transformed the way I approach, look at and execute ministry. My wife and I want to go to DRIVE, but we just can't make it on our own. If you want to help us get me. In the meantime check it out for yourself. DRIVE

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Our Easter Video Follow Up

Go back, watch the first video, then see what happened last night. This is amazing.

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