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Enamored By Numbers

internet-statisticsI think for most (if not all) people involved in ministry, it is easy to get caught up in numbers. If one has a program or event and attendance is good, it leaves the planners with a sense of satisfaction. The opposite can be true if numbers are low – leaders can walk away deflated. We can become enamored by the numbers.

I remember something I read years ago (in the book Purpose Driven Youth Ministry I think): It’s easy to compare what you don’t know about someone else with what you do know about yourself. If I see what I consider success in another program and compare it to mine, it could leave me feeling unsuccessful.

I’m not sure how to get away from the numbers game. It is A way to determine success and fruit, but not THE way to determine it. There definitely is value in tracking the number of people involved in programs, groups, events, etc. I guess the challenge for the leader is not to live and die by the numbers.

I’m not the first to discuss the tension that exists and I really don’t have great, clear-cut advice for people in leadership positions. There are people smarter and more experienced than me that could speak to it. Just in the past few weeks I’ve been caught up in that tension and kind of chuckle at myself when I get either too high or too low based on the turnout for a particular program or event. I’m still working through it and manage it better some days versus others. Guess we are a work in progress.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Louisville WBB Schedule is Out

20130209-191655.jpgSome good news came out this week for Louisville Women’s Basketball (or at least for those of us who follow them). The full schedule came out a couple of days ago for the 2014-2015 season. This will be Louisville’s first season in the ACC and the competition will be tough every night. The schedule is below.

The Cardinal Sports Zone had an article on the schedule release and carried the following quote from Coach Walz: “The strength of this league from top to bottom is remarkable. We know we’re going to be tested every single night, and that’s only going to make us better as we prepare for postseason. I think our fans are in for a real treat with this schedule.”

You can view the schedule below.

In other related (and really good!) news, one of the top players in the class of 2015 committed to play ball for Louisville. Asia Durr, a guard from Georgia, picked Louisville over several other schools and joins a very strong class. She is ranked #1 or #2 by many services. She will come to Louisville with these three commits: Erin DeGrate, Taja Cole and Brianna Jones. You can read more at Inside The Ville and Prospects Nation.

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
11/14/14 at IUPUI Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
11/16/14 vs. TENNESSEE-MARTIN KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
11/20/14 vs. BELMONT KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
11/23/14 vs. BALL STATE KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
11/25/14 vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
11/28/14 vs. LAFAYETTE KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
11/30/14 at Valparaiso Valparaiso, Ind. TBA
ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
12/04/14 vs. IOWA KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
12/07/14 vs. KENTUCKY KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
12/15/14 vs. OLD DOMINION KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
12/18/14 at Grand Canyon Phoenix, Ariz. TBA
12/21/14 at California Berkeley, Calif. TBA
12/29/14 vs. EVANSVILLE KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
01/02/15 vs. GEORGIA TECH # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
01/04/15 at Pittsburgh # Pittsburgh, Pa. 2:00 p.m. ET
01/11/15 at Wake Forest # Winston-Salem, N.C. 2:00 p.m. ET
01/14/15 vs. NC STATE # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
01/18/15 vs. VIRGINIA # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 3:00 p.m. ET
01/22/15 at Florida State # TV Tallahassee, Fla. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/25/15 vs. MIAMI (FLA.) # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 5:00 p.m. ET
01/29/15 vs. SYRACUSE # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
02/02/15 at Duke # TV Durham, N.C. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/08/15 vs. PITTSBURGH # KFC YUM! CENTER 2:00 p.m. ET
02/12/15 at Clemson # Clemson, S.C. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/15/15 vs. NORTH CAROLINA # TV KFC YUM! CENTER 1:00 p.m. ET
02/19/15 at Virginia Tech # Blacksburg, Va. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/23/15 at Notre Dame # TV South Bend, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/26/15 vs. BOSTON COLLEGE # KFC YUM! CENTER 7:00 p.m. ET
03/01/15 at Virginia # TV Charlottesville, Va. 1:00 p.m. ET
ACC TOURNAMENT
03/04/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/05/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/06/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/07/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA
03/08/15 TBD Greensboro, N.C. TBA

 

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Fed

When I saw this, I had to laugh.  If you have worked or served in the church for any length of time, you have probably heard something like this.  (Originally posted at http://adam4d.com/fed/)

 

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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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IMPACT Snap Shot 2014-15

Last Sunday (Sept 7th) we had an information meeting for our parents and students to share about what’s happening in IMPACT Student Ministry this school year. We gave a quick overview and had a few printed handouts with information. One of the main things we wanted to provide families was a snap shot of the events & activities planned for the school year. With the many activities our students are involved in, we are hoping this will help as families juggles schedules.

Here is the Snap Shot. (If you are involved in IMPACT Student Ministry, feel free to share this!)

IMPACT 2014-2015

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Good News About Marriage

good news marriageI first heard about The Good News About Marriage when I listened to an interview with the author on the Catalyst Podcast. I thought the information was interesting and it was mentioned several times in the interview that in order to get the whole picture, a person should read the book. So I did.

The title for the book is quite fitting. After reading the survey results that the author, Shaunti Feldhahn, and Tally Whitehead collected from years of research, I would agree that it is good news. For a number of years people in the church have quoted the statistic that 50% of marriages end in divorce and the percentages inside the church community aren’t any better. As one who has grown up in a church community and now serves at a church, I find those statistics to be bad news. But, from the research revealed in this book, it turns out those numbers are not true. Many of those percentages were based on projections, not actual statistics.

The book does a good job explaining not only the more accurate statistics, but how those facts and figures were accumulated. Here is some of the good news the book shares…

…the actual divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent

…the rate of divorce in the church is not the same as the rate among those who don’t attend worship services

…most marriages are happy

In the past few years I have performed a number of weddings and this is great news to share with couples who are preparing for marriage. It provides hope and motivation that a high percentage of marriages are not only intact, but are thriving. It gives good news to those who might be in a season where their marriage is struggling. It communicates that a happy, fulfilling relationship is possible and many are experiencing it.

This is a good resource for pastors, counselors or anyone who works with married couples. It is an encouragement to those who are already married or considering it. The Good News About Marriage really is good news that our churches and families need to hear.

Plus, if you get a hold of the book, there are some free resources that go along with the book’s message.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

sherlock holmesI just finished a good book I downloaded from Noise Trade books. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of stories of the well-known detective.  The book contained the first twelve stories of Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Having never read any of the original stories, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was an enjoyable read and the stories highlighted the uncanny ability of Sherlock Holmes to observe, perceive even the smallest of details and bring answers to questions that no one else seemed able to provide.

Part of the challenge of the book was understanding th language in which it was written.  Since it was written in the late 1800’s, some of the phrases used are not ones we hear today.  I laughed a couple of times at some of the phrases including “knock you up so early.”  In that setting it meant to disturb someone early in the morning.  Today, it carries a little bit different meaning.

An added feature of this book was a set of links that would take the reader to the Story Cartel blog where a person could respond to questions about a certain chapter and interact with other readers.  It was a unique way to explore more about Sherlock Holmes.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle told the stories from the perspective of Holmes’ associate, Dr. Watson, and revealed not only Holmes’ ability to solve crimes and mysteries, but also some of his unique interests and vices.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an entertaining and engaging read.  It would be a good book for a vacation or mental retreat.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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