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Boise State and Student Ministry

Boise State was ranked in the top 5 all season until they lost to Nevada by 3 points. They finished the season 11-1 ranked #10 and they will get to go play in LasVegas at the MAACA Bowl on December 22. How sad is this? You loose one game in two years, you are ranked in the top 10, and you get to play in a bowl game on Dec 22. Think about the teams that get to play on New Years Eve or Day – University of South Florida (7-5), Georgia (6-6), Clemson (6-6), Texas Tech (7-5), Northwestern (7-5), and many more teams with worse records. The difference between at Dec 22 bowl and a Dec 31 or Jan 1 bowl is millions of dollars and viewers. I just feel bad for Boise.

I guess they are like the student ministers in most churches. They get over looked, viewed as second class ministers who maybe one day will get a real job (join a real conference), and get paid a fraction of the money. On the plus side that blue carpet covers a multitude of spills.

Tis the Season to Give Gifts and Tips

It is Christmas time so that means getting gifts for people. The 2010 Holiday tipping for Christmas Guide has been released to help you know (and maybe even discover to whom you are supposed to give gifts) how much to give this holiday season.

The guy who delivers your mail – $20 gift they can’t take cash

Your kids teacher – $25-100

Hair Stylist – Tip the cost of the haircut

Personal full-time Child Care Worker – A weeks pay as a bonus

Daycare teacher – $25-75

Babysitter – An extra nights pay as a bonus

Waiter – 20% of the check (the standard is supposed to be 15-20% )

Assistant / Secretary – $50

Student Minister – didn’t see a suggested amount somehow we got left off the list.

Christmas is a great time but also difficult as it can can really stretch a budget. It is also a time to say thanks to people. I have always struggled with what you should give to those who help impact your church.

What suggestions do you have for what to give or how much to give to elders, fellow ministers, teachers, small group leaders, your youth deacon, janitor, and others who bless your ministry?

Great Trick Play

This is a trick play that has gone viral. It is amazing!

Church Camp

We just got from church camp and it was one of the best we have had in years.  I am a camp lover but some years are just not that great. So what are some things that make a great week of camp? Here are some of my thoughts and I hope you will share yours?

  1. Theme or Lessons. Camp is like a journey. You are carrying students on a trip and well planned out lessons can help transport your students to a place where they can reflect on their relationship with God and be inspired to live for him. I have been to camps where the theme was weak or not well planned or not planned. Sometimes the lessons are like a trip to the Grand Canyon but you take so many side trips that you only have an hour to see the Canyon.
  2. Staff. The staff can make or break your week. It is better to go understaffed than to have a bad staff.
  3. Competitive Red Rover. Oh yes nothing says camp like a team competition of high energy and overly competitive red rover. When you send the football player over and he picks out the 9 year old because he is sure he can break the line and he does as well as he breaks that kids arm. Sweet memories.
  4. Food. You need at least one unrecognizable dish but never two or more. One creates a memory two or more campers never return.
  5. Clean Restrooms. You will need these after taco salad night.

Let us know some other things that make a camp week great

Obama Merchandise

The great thing with Obama becoming the new president is that everyone in cashing in on the inauguration. So here is a sample of things you can buy. My personal favorites are the chia head and the 44 jersey.

Your Inaguration Speech

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Here is the key to creating your own speech using this super-fun inauguration speech generator. It’s a mad lib. Just plug in adjectives and adverbs and a few other things, and… voila — your personalized inauguration speech

Here is mine:

My fellow Americans, today is a blue day. You have shown the world that “hope” is not just another word for “bible”, and that “change” is not only something we can believe in again, but something we can actually run.

Today we celebrate, but let there be no mistake – America faces sad and cloudy challenges like never before. Our economy is snowy. Americans can barely afford their mortgages, let alone have enough money left over for youth ministers. Our healthcare system is careless. If your funny bone is sick and you don’t have insurance, you might as well call a verizon’s salesman. And America’s image overseas is tarnished like a clock vitamin. But spending together we can right this ship, and set a course for Italy.

Finally, I must thank my hefty family, my covert campaign volunteers, but most of all, I want to thank Stephen Colbert for making this historic occasion possible. Of course, I must also thank you, President Bush, for years of playing the American people. Without your artificial efforts, none of this would have been possible.

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