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Ideas come and go. Good ideas don’t make it on their own. It takes a thorough process to see an idea come to fruition. Too many times a great idea gets lost in the chaos of other ideas or general busyness. That is why I keep an extensive catalog of ideas on the back burner. Every time I’m brainstorming (or in the shower, where most ideas hit me) I write down any and every idea that sounds good but isn’t applicable to the current situation. Scott Belsky (Making Ideas Happen) calls these little gems “backburners”.  Once a list is started, I revisit this list once a month to see if any ideas are relevant now. Any ideas that stay on this list more than a year get thrown out. This is my backburner ritual. More often than not every month an idea from the backburner list gets moved onto the production line! Don’t waste ideas! Create your own backburner list and ritualistically revisit it at least once a month!

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Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork. You don’t have time to create it, so copy and paste it! Here’s the entire volunteer application packet we give to all our prospective youth volunteers. This is accompanied by a background check form as well. Let me know how you use it!

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION PACKET
All forms are in pdf, Word doc, and Apple pages format.

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Ok, today I’m giving away one of my most used and trusted resources. www.sign-mart.com is who the pros use for any kind of digital printing needs. If you can dream it, they can print it. We use banners all the time and Sign-Mart is hands down the cheapest, and best quality banner company out there. For those who live in southern California you get free delivery. For those outside CA, you get free shipping! Digital banners are $3 a square foot if you ask for “Tom in Digital” and tell him that Jon Feldschau from El Segundo Foursquare Church sent you! Think about it, for your next event you can print a 4×8 ft. full color digital banner for $96. You’re welcome 🙂

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Relationships. It’s a topic every youth pastor has to do a series on at least once a year.  So the question arises, “How do I keep it fresh? (since we’re really saying the same thing every time). Here’s one way…ask.  A couple weeks ago I posted about Poll Everywhere, a text voting service that we use. Here is one way we are using it.

Next week I’m starting a relationship series and for the first 5 min. of the sermon will give an introduction on “relationships”. During this time, students will VOTE for which question about relationships they want to hear about (see pic, click to enlarge). The poll will animate in real-time and I will then proceed with the most popular answer. At the close of the talk, I will again open another poll for questions that they now have as a result of this sermon (see next pic). And, just like that, there is complete interaction between the “Pastor” and the “congregant”.  How many times have I sat and said, I want to hear more about THIS or THAT. Well, these students will now have that option! I’ll let you know how it goes! Or you can watch our LIVE broadcast on May 19th at 7pm. Click here for our LIVE BROADCAST link.

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Too good to be true? Hardly. Here’s how. WordPress is what this blog is written on and it’s free. Go Daddy (if you can get past their awful ad campain) registers domain names for $10 a year (and that includes “domain forwarding with masking…I’ll explain later).  So, start to finish, here’s the steps to get your ministry or organizational or personal website up and looking crazy awesome in 5 easy steps.

5 Steps to A Great Website for 10 Bucks:

1) First, you need a domain name (i.e. http://www.yourchurchsite.com) and you get it through Go Daddy for $10.
2) You go to WordPress.com and sign up for a free blog. Try to give it a similar name as your .com domain.
3) Here comes the fun part. While on WordPress, navigate to your “dashboard”, the “behind the scenes” section, and under the “appearance” menu (left column) click on “themes” and pick out a theme for your site.  Then, make some “pages” with various content, leave a few posts, and play around with “widgets”.  The more you play around with this interface, the more familiar you’ll become with it and the more you’ll discover just how simple having a website really is.
4) Once you’ve designed your site, put in your content, and are happy with it…it’s time to show it off. Go back to Go Daddy.com and on the their upper menu click the tab “log in” and…well…log in.  In the center of the window you’ll see your new domain name.  Click on it and it launches “dashboard” (wow, the same name as wordpress…it’s a conspiracy of simplicity). Click on “forwarding” and input your WordPress site address (i.e. yourchurch.wordpress.com) and click “advanced options”. Choose “forward with masking” and enter the info that you want people to see when they navigate to your site. Click “ok” and you’re done.
5) You’ve done all the hard work…now tell people about it. Anyone can now type in your domain http://www.yourchurch.com and it will “forward” them straight to your wordpress site! Enjoy. You just got an awesome site with YOUR NAME for $10 a year!

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This link will only last 1 week, but after that you can sign up for a weekly free download from http://www.footagefirm.com and you’ll get the same free content delivered every week. These backgrounds come in SD and HD and they’re not bad…for free! Let me know how you use them!

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