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Lighting

Friday, 30 April, 2010
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I am curious about using new or different lighting ideas for worship services. I am doing this in hopes of discovering some new ways to enhance the worship experience and time with our church. Try to eliminate the distractions that we have some kind of control over.

I need some new ideas and some creative ideas to lighten the stage and room. As of right now, we just use a simple rack attached to the ceiling with lights mostly focused on different stage spots. Most of the lights aren’t colored, but just emphasis the stage. We keep the house pretty normal, not dimming them very much at all.

anbody with any new ideas?

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Monday Morning – Steven Furtick NYWC 20098

Monday, 23 November, 2009
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So this morning was the closing morning of NYWC in Atlanta, GA. Steven Furtick, from Elevation Church in Charlotte, spoke and challenged us to dream the impossible. Again, raw notes, but very very very good meat to chew on. To all you people who impact others, think about what he says. The one quote I would use to sum all this up is this:

“If the size of your dreams isn’t intimidating to you, it’s probably insulting to God” – Steven Furtick

Monday Morning – Steven Furtick

/  not wanting to drop the ball here.

/  god is bigger than anything we will ever face.

/  bigger than any deacon board, leader board, student

/   god in you is bigger than anything that is in you.

/   i want to increase the level of your naivety – i want you to know after you leave that you can do anything with God.

/   “nothing tweet-worthy” shaha he’s funny. 🙂

/   let’s surface the calling that God has been stirring up.

/   time can talk you out of your dreams.

/   i want to infuse some sanctified naive trust in jesus into our life so that whatever change he’s stirring you up to change, you’ll do it.

/   1 samuel 17 // the story of David and Goliath

/   god is capable to complete what he started in your ministry and his life.

/   mission statement: i want you to throw up in your mouth and swallow it back down!

/   if the size of your dream isn’t intimidating to you, then it’s probably insulting to God.

/   david was called to be a king and god had anointed him in front of all his brothers. at this point, david could’ve been practicing his king wave in themirror, but he wasn’t.

Four statements about this story:

/   “work what you’ve got”

/   background story: 1 sam. 17.17 ///  it started with david obeying a simple instruction from his father to deliver. Simple acts of obedience is the beginning of the great movements of god you want to see in your life. taking chesse and bread to battle lines put david in position to be boosted to where God wanted him to be.

/   your simplest most obedient act of obedience to God b/c when you are obedient in the little, he will bring faithfulness to you in big ways.

/   train that one little worship leader who knows how to tune his guitar. i want you to help him play songs that sound good in his vocal range. shut up and let the preacher preach. just sing your songs.

/   some of you are positioned to speak at a conference or raise up people who are gonna go places that you won’t go or say things to people that you can’t say: but david got up early in the morning and did what his father told him to do. this is a teenager boy. he GOT UP EARLY AND DID WHAT HIS FATHER TOLD HIM TO DO.

/   Moses – you who are called to leave Israel nation out of egypt slavery. what have yogurt in your hand? a stick god, i’ve got a stick. you want me to fight the chariots with my stick? “no throw it on the ground and i’ll turn it into something” it’s not about your lack of charisma or personality. be a man of god in someone’s life. walk in the power of God.

/   do you know that what you have is not enough??? when what you have is not enough, the sufficiency of christ becomes all you need!!!!! THIS IS HUGE!!!! WE NEED CHRIST!!!!

/   its not about your ability, its about god’s capability through you. your only limitation is your capacity to dream, receive and believe him.

/   “ignore the haters”

/   key component on david’s success in God v. 28 – 30

/   not talking about ignoring instruction of senior pastor – this is called a job opening

/   one of the things that god is calling some of you as volunteers is to simply show honor to someone you don’t totally agree with (senior pastor, youth pastor)  but you will serve unto the Lord not to men.

/   “your going back home and guess what? there will not be a vision welcoming committee waiting for you. you may not go home to welcome banners. but do not ignore the call of God in your life and ministry.

/   your destiny will never depend on anyone who leaves your life. your destiny depends on jesus and his promises. he has placed the people in your life that you need everything to do.

/   you’ve gotta turn away from the haters who oppose what god has called you to do.

/   shake it off.

/   jesus told peter “get behind me satan!” when anyone stands between you and God, you gotta turn away.

/   if you haven’t had a head on collission with the devil lately, it’s cause you might be going in the same direction.

/   there may be a time that god puts something on your heart that your brothers don’t want to hear. you may not always have people behind you

/   true faith in jesus and his vision enables you to speak what you’ve heard until you see it with your eyes.

/   faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of god, and we walk by faith not by sight.

/   if what you see w/ your ryes does not align with you’ve heard in your heart, close your eyes and follow god. Do something great for god.

/   gotta learn how to have the gift of goodbye

/   christ was so intent on doing the will of his father that

/   remember god’s faithfulness

/   1 sam 17.33-37

/   audacity always has a certain measure of uncertainty. 80% sure that this is God’s will. DAvid is faced with level of opposition unlike he’s ever encountered. he begins rehearsing how god has been with him in the past in order to reinforce the future. the same god who was with him then is with him now.

/   Remember the faithfulness of God. Lamentations 3.21-32

/   Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. quit borrowing tomorrow’s strength and begin trusting him with today’s strength. do you remember when he saved you???

/   do you remember when god put new desires in your heart when he saved you? can the same god who made his desires your desires in your heart, can that same god see you through what you’re going through when you go back to what you’re going through??

/   he was with me when i fought the lions, he was with me when i fought the bear!!

/   when god is for you, he is more than the whole world against you.

/   remember that he’s beggar than your little salary, bigger than the sexual immorality, remember his faithfulness b/c god’s past performance is the best prediction of this future ability!!


Andy Stanley – Friday NYWC Big Room Session

Saturday, 21 November, 2009
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I heard Andy Stanley for the first time yesterday. He was incredible!! Here are a few notes. HOpefully, some more of my own thoughts coming up sometime soon!

 

Andy Stanley – friday afternoon

(LD is short of Leadership) (italicized are my own additions during talk)

/ Every leader to some extent is clueless. THey think they know what to do and everyone they look up to has the answer

/ When it comes to LD, there is so much uncertainty. and It never never never goes away. You don’t get enough wisdom, knowledge, etc etc etc. – What about solomon??????????

/ “I don’t know what to do” – most common phrase among leaders?

/ the reality of LD – uncertainty is a permenant part. YOu will never know what the circumstances hold

/ I will always be uncertain. I am certain of it.

/ Uncertainty is normal. You don’t have a probe, or missed your calling, or doing the wrong thing, but it is why God has gifted you and called you as leader. When everything is predictable, there is no need for leadership.

/ When there is no longer uncertainty, no need for LD

/ God seems to get the most mileage out of uncertain times. THe times that God worked the biggest baddest thing in your life, it would be a day that was rough, a tough situation, a difficult time in church, most difficult job.

/ LD is most needed in times of uncertainty

/ you are needed now more than ever

/ confidence – everyday i start on my knees and declare my dependance on God but at the ned of the day, I’m not going to be afraid to step up and make decisions.

/ temptation – i if were a good leader, i’d know what to do. NOT TRUE.

/ Leaders have surfaced b/c of uncertain times.

/ the crucifixion of our savior, the epicenter of uncertainty – where is God? I’m in the midst of it, i’m manufacturing this event so the world can celebrate it forever and ever.

/ why should we be intimidated by uncertainty? heroes faith were made in the uncertain times. god leverages uncertainty for his glory.

/ will we lead in such a way that god gets maximum glory in our personal lives and our ministry lives?

/ history is circular and that every period of tragedy/uncertainty, we believe that is going somewhere and we’re apart of what god’s up to. THIS IS WHY WE ARE NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER.

/ Leading in uncertainty –

/ two things that are always needed in times of uncertainty: 1. clarity 2. flexibility

/ 1. clarity – trumps uncertainty in organization – when times are uncertain in local church, etc etc. that is the time for the leader to step up and be absolutely crystal clear about what god has positioned you to do. if you can declare a sound announcement. clarity in a time of uncertainty, is what positions and surfaces leaders in an organization. this person becomes the person people lean into for leadership. look at the scriptures.  the person that brings the clearest message is the leader. Leaders step back out of uncertainty, and into something they know.

/ what has god called our student ministry to do in our community? what is your role in the community of Clay Center?

/ sTanley’s vision – create church that unchurched people wanted to attend. Our mission was never to keep a particular faily together or keep people together, but to CREATE A CHURCH THAT UNCHURCHED PEOPLE WANTED TO ATTEND. Stanley went back to what he was familiar with. IDK about money or finances or schedule but heres what i know: we have come here to create a church that unchurched people want to attend. clarity clarity clarity.

– transition between moses and joshua. joshua has a PHD in “wandering” from moses. you need to put an army together and take back my land. i’m moving you in. “get your stuff together and 3 days”. theres a lot we don’t know. theres a lot we can’t predict. but get your stuff together and in 3 days, we’re crossing the jordan and taking back this land.

/ what has god called you to do? LOVE UP. LOVE OUT.

/ 2. flexibility – god has called us to do something and so we have this vision, dream, big. so we have to plan for the vision. VIsions stays the same – Plans change. Plans will change, plans will fail. BUt the Vision must stay the same. Marry your vision – date your plans.

/ when the plan fails, what is god trying to tell you? BAD PLAN. You need a different plan, a new plan, a clear plan.

/ what is the hill you die for.

/ jim walton says about his father – we all snickered as some writers, dad thrived on change and no decision was ever sacred.

/ we must be extraordinarily flexible. Here’s what God has called us to do. Here’s the approach. How would God have us do ministry in these extraordinary times.

/ be stubborn with your vision, be flexible with your plans.

Process –

/ be honest with your leaders

/ “i don’t know what right now. but we’re gonna find out.”

/ “i don’t know right now, but when the time comes, i’m confident that god is gonna show us what to do”

/ “i don’t know right now, but god has always been faithful to us in the past hasn’t he?”

/ “i could be wrong, but i believe this is the best course of action”

/ you must learn how to authentically communicate the arenas you are unsure.

/  you don’t wanna pretend that you know something you don’t. theres a way to communicate authenticity.

/ you must seek counsel – LD is not about making decisions on your own. it’s about owning decisions after you make them.

/ LD is about standing up and owning your decision with the most people around you”

/ the wisest man in the world, Solomon, but b/c he was the wisest person, eh said the most about seeking counsel. it’s not about making decisions on your own.

/ LD is about standing up and saying all these things and then say “i’m asking you to follow me, but the minute i know it’s not working, i’ll come to you. You won’t have to find me”

/ PRAY FOR WISDOM LIKE CRAZY.

/ a recession is a terrible thing to waste. there are things we can get done now in STUMIN, that you could never get done when there is more money, etc. LEVERAGE THE UNCERTAINTY.

/ every leader needs amazing grace

/ every day of our lives, we need amazing grace. the grace to know what it is god’s called us to do. the grace to step forward and lead people into uncertainty.

/ what we need in the context is this: God’s amazing grace.

/ Dane, are you too proud? Think about that. Be willing to trash something if it isn’t working.