Overkill is growing…

Overkill LAN Party

If you’ve been to my blog you have ready many times about my affection for Catalyst. The conferences and speakers have truly enhanced the ministry God has charged me with. To my surpise, last night I find that there is a blog post written about a ministry we do here at the USF BCM called Overkill. I pray that somehow God uses it because Overkill has been absolutely incredible. The post talks about how this ministry came from a vision from God to not just me but other individuals as well. Something we really subscribe to here at the USF BCM is based up on Craig Groeschel’s quote:

In order to reach people that no one is reaching, you have to do things that no one else is doing

Check out the post here

Why the Old Spice guy marketing campaign is effective

I love the Old Spice guy commercials! They crack me up and are absolutely hysterical. As I was in the BCM taking a shower after a rigorous game of racquetball with Jason I noticed two containers of Old Spice shower gel. The marketing campaign is working…why? Could it be because both me and women love this guy? Men – he is amazing! We love him because he is so stinking funny and up front with the purpose of the commercial. He is straightforward. We love him because the commercials don’t make sense…but do. Ladies – he is gorgeous! Women love his looks, the fact that he is confident, talks about his pecs and wish their man looked like him.

However, the marketing campaign goes beyond television commercials. Many people have been to youtube to see his responses to tweets. They are just as funny. Whoever the writers are (they have not disclosed who these brilliant writers are yet), have made the Old Spice guy an icon for generations of guys and girls. They have created a tribe that has the internet buzzing about his sayings. Old Spice realized the value in creating something that couldn’t be planned. The upper management had to have tons of trust in the video producers as they are being churned out daily.

What can we as a college ministry? church? or even business learn from this?

Do we need to be more random? Do we need to find an incredible looking guy who drinks orange mocha frappuccinos? Do we even know our audience? (did you ever notice that the commercials target women but it is a women’s body wash…they know something!) How can we create a buzz about our ministry or heck, what about creating a buzz about Christ?

Leadership is based on relationships

Leaders often fall or rise based on the strength and vitality of their relationships.

That is the quote in the devo book I am giving to all my leaders to read during the summer: I3: Devotions for Leadership & Life. As I was reading it this morning I noticed that many times, as a leader/director, I use people instead of “giving” to people. The books talks about the prodigal son and how he selfishly asked for all of his inheritence NOW instead of after his father had passed. Then, he left and squandered it on things that culture said he needed (or wanted). However, it wasn’t until he lost everything and became humble in the sight of his father that his relationships were renewed.

Have you ever felt the pain of a broken relationship and then waited until they made the first move? When that happens to me I feel a sense of death and emptiness until that relationship is restored. We stay busy or work harder or even just avoid the person in order to deal with the feeling of loss. But, until I go and humble myself (even if it wasn’t my fault) and talk about my desire to have a healthy relationship, I am not “whole” again.

When I invest in and keep healthy openness with those in my world, I am more complete

1 John 4:10-11 says: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

If you as a leader are a “taker” then the environment around you will be the same. Everyone will want to make sure they get their share…survival.

If you decide to be the opposite, giving and serving, then the culture will be a generous one:

  • “Everyone receives from the top”
  • Generosity grows and thrives
  • Everyone feels as if they are a part of something that has meaning

Our souls hunger for relationships…that is what people need from their leaders. Someone to invest in them.

Ask yourself these questions (these are straight out of the book):

  1. Am I looking to others to meet my needs? How are others looking to meet their needs through me?
  2. Are there relationships in my life or organization that are being neglected? What can I do to invest in those people?
  3. In what two import relationships can I begin to serve? What have I received that I can give?

Check out Perry Noble’s post on “Do You Want a Loyal Staff?

How God uses leaders in the church

I was so BUMMED that I didn’t get to go to Catalyst West this year (or ever!). However, I did follow it on Twitter and kind of felt like I was there. One of the things that most caught my eye was that Mark Driscoll had his notes on the Resurgence website even before he spoke (even though he kept telling everyone that he wasn’t sure what the message would be about). My favorite thing about Driscoll is the amount of Scripture he uses to truly be the basis of his topic.

These notes in particular caught my eye as I am dealing with some crap in my life and need some direction from God asap! Maybe they will help you as well:

The basis of the message was “11 Things God Does for Church Leaders.

Driscoll talks about how many ministry leaders:

  1. Burn up – physically
  2. Blow up – sinfully
  3. Give up – practically

I believe that this happens because so many things tell us to rely on ourselves instead of the one who put us there. As I was watching 30 Rock last night, I realized that I constantly tell myself that I shouldn’t be here because I didn’t earn being a BCM director (the episode of 30 Rock was all about “affirmative action” to make sure they hired all the racial discriminations to satisfy the critics! hilarious!). I still struggle with being humble…that’s a whole different post. The contrary is that God places people for His ministry…not ours. Check out the 11 things:

1. Jesus is the Senior Pastor of the church.

1 Peter 5:4 – “And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”

2. The Holy Spirit chooses leaders for the church.

Acts 20:28 – “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”

3. God gifts leaders of the church.

Ephesians 4:11–12 – “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”

4. God empowers leaders for the church.

1 Corinthians 15:10 – “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”

5. God encourages leaders in the church.

2 Corinthians 4:1 – “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.”

6. The Holy Spirit speaks to leaders about the church.

Acts 13:2–3 – “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”

7. God gives wisdom to leaders over the church.

2 Timothy 2:7 – “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”

8. Jesus joins leaders as they discipline in the church.

Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

9. God answers leaders’ prayers for the church.

James 5:14–15 – “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.”

10. The Holy Spirit falls on Bible preaching in the church.

Acts 10:44 – “While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word.”

11. The Holy Spirit says no to leaders of the church.

Acts 16:6 – “And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.”

Some good stuff here…what do you think? Which ones do you resonate with/feel empowered by? Which ones do you struggle with?

For me I really struggle with 4, 5, 9 and 11 because I just am so analytical that I need to “see” things. I am so glad that he used number 8 in context! Finally!

I really try to hold on to 1, 3 and 7 instead of working in my own futility!

Bible Illuminated

Yesterday I had the honor to have a cup of coffee with my good friend Victor. He is a collegiate church planter in Canada but originates from South Africa. While we were talking he mentioned a new way of printing the Bible called the Bible Illuminated. I was intrigued as he mentioned that Dag Soderberg (who is THE advertising guy in Sweden!) created it. His reasoning behind creating the book was that many laws are based upon the Bible, it is the best selling book of all time and it contains much of our history. He wants people to constantly be reading this “holy” book. However, he is not a believer! That’s amazing!

What is the goal of publishing The Book?

There is no religious mission behind The Book. We believe that its success will be driven by the fact that this is not coming from any specific faith, religion or church. We are from many faiths, backgrounds, and beliefs; ultimately we are trying to create something for the many and not just for the few. The goal is to drive an emotional reaction and get people to think, discuss and share. It’s meant to trigger bigger moral questions that will in turn help people to understand the common heritage between all religions through the Bible’s text. We hope people will find the images, design and layout intriguing—intriguing enough to talk about the actual stories in the Bible and what the morals and lessons mean to them. The more you know, the more you can participate in discussions about the world and understand the bigger picture.

Taken from the Amazon product page

I’m pumped about this as a new way of getting people to look at something in a whole new light. What a great way to share Christ. Not through a deceptive “oh look at this really cool magazine” but just a fresh perspective. The book really stands out because it has pictures of Bono, Angelina Jolie, a woman giving birth and some graphic pictures as well. I just ordered mine and it comes with 2! I can’t wait to put one on my table at home to see if visitors will pick it up.

Go to Bible Illuminated to learn more about it, let me know what you think.