Category Archives: You do what?
There’s A bunch of things we do that are unconventional, and possibly to the casual observer considered odd. But I’ve found that the odd is often the most innovative. This page is dedicated to the things that most people aren’t doing and might should be. Even if they have to tone it down some.
So as the Dad of three 3 & under I am very familiar with Elmo. The fury little red monster comes into my house in a variety of DVD’s the majority of which are Elmo’s World. Needless to say I have seen more than any grown man’s share of Elmo’s world, and in light of the things that God has been doing in the past year of my life I have come to realize that I was Elmo.
Before you freak out, no I don’t laugh like a hyena, or dress all in red or have a large orange nose, but I had been doing ministry the same way Elmo does Elmo’s world, and I suspect that many of you may be as well. You see every Elmo’s world is the same. Seriously. Sure there’s different topics, different cheesy jokes for Elmo to laugh at, and things like that but the formula is exactly the same.
Elmo comes in and tells you what he and Dorothy (his pet goldfish) have been wondering about today; firemen, jackets, shoes, animals, global warming, predestination, etc.
Then they ask Mr. Noodle about said topic. He of course fails multiple times in demonstrating the topic before being coached by the question-askers to the right conclusion
Then they ask kids, and a series of children demonstrate successfully. This section is always concluded with “Now Elmo will ask a baby…” which is my favorite
Then Elmo wants to know more about whatever it is, and so he’ll watch the ____________ channel. Cause Elmo clearly has satellite.
Then he’ll still want to know more and so he’ll talk to whatever it is. A fireman, shoe, animal, John Calvin, etc.
Then Dorothy (the goldfish) will imagine Elmo being whatever
Then they sing the _____________ song to the tune of a monotone jingle bells
Ok, so the point of that was not to demonstrate my insane knowledge of the inner workings of a little red muppet’s tv show. The point is that until very recently I had a formula for student ministry that wasn’t too far from Elmo’s. What I mean by that is that I did things the exact same way year after year. Sure there was some minor differences, messages, mission trip destinations, etc. But all in all my ministry was the same most weeks. It was also effective at generating numeric growth (which any good church growth strategist will tell you is all that’s important), however when I stopped and really examined the quality of students it was churning out and they were mostly good kids. In fact many of them are great kids. But if I’m being brutally honest they weren’t disciple makers.
So I got rid of Elmo, and have taken a hard look at why we do what we do in youth ministry and I recommend you step back and take a good look at your ministry, regardless of how healthy it is.
What do you think? Are you Elmo too?
So I’ve been reading the book “Kisses from Katie” and the other day after reading a particularly heart wrenching story I walked into my office and looked at the piles of things that I have “collected” over the years. Random things from Storm Trooper Helmets to Spartan swords, all needless (all be it nifty) things and I cried. God has been in the process of breaking my heart over this past year and leading me to sacrifice to advance the gospel and so this response is, I believe, the next step in following God in this area. I’m selling my stuff. Stuff I am attached to, stuff I enjoy, stuff that is sentimental to me, and I’m giving all the money I make to Amazima ministries. Obviously I want to make as much as possible and so for the next week or so I’m going to add several items to the Silent Amazima Auction album on facebook. People desireing to take part in my online charity yard sale simply bid on the item by commenting on the photo with the amount they are willing to buy it for and on December 15th the high bidders on each item will win. Each item will be in addition to whatever it costs to ship it to ya, and as previously stated all money earned items will go to supporting Amazima ministries in Uganda. Paypal will be the primary source of donating, unless you are close enough to give me cash or a check. If you’d like to donate to Amazima you can do that here, or if you’d like to just make a donation to my fund you can do that as well at the button below the post. Thanks for your help and please pray that my office stuff brings great dividends to advance the kingdom “to the ends of the earth”
So, I accidentally created a phenomenon that I think will take the twitter world by storm! It’s called a tweet battle & for the purpose of saving characters the hash tag is simply #tweetbattle, cause #tb was widely used and was easily confused with a deadly disease TB which they test for. So here is how tweet battles work. I pick out two random twitterees and a manner in which they can score. It can be anything from the number of tweets to the mention of a specific word, etc. The length of a tweet battle is also set but is typically 24 hrs. The person who scores the most in the set period of time wins.
NOTE: (I have decided to give out prizes for the various tweet battle winners in the form ducks. Every tweet battle winner will have a duck given through worldvision to help make disciples of all nations)
I like to play sportscaster and update everyone thats watching via my twitter account @mrothacher, so if you want to get all the action follow me as I will keep you up to date.
Originally Tweet Battles started as a funny comment to a friend of mine who had blown up my feed over 48 hours, but once the fun has begun there is no turning back. If you’d like to participate in a twitter battle comment on this post or mention me @mrothacher and let me know you’d like to play.