Thursday, September 29, 2016

Free Media #94: "The Journey" (Series Package)

The Journey: Free Series Package from Brad Zimmerman on Vimeo.

GET THE SERIES PACKAGE:
  • Title Graphic
  • 720p Video Files (MP4)
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** ALSO....CHECK OUT MY OWN RETREAT/LESSON SERIES: "THE JOURNEY" THAT I SHARED A WHILE BACK, AS WELL! (CLICK HERE)


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

News U Can Use: "Tween and Kids Brands & Snapchat Marketing"

"There’s a high school student in New York with a very important job on her hands, and it doesn’t exactly involve algebra homework. The 16-year-old oversees the Snapchat account for Genius Brands International’s (GBI) tween-focused SpacePOP brand. The music-themed IP launched this summer with a hefty social media mandate that spans the likes of YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, PopJam and Snapchat—but there’s something about the latter that’s different from the rest.

Snapchat’s world of scribbled animations, geofilters and 10-second disappearing videos are convoluted, raw and perfectly suited for tweens and teens who are looking for an authentic experience amidst an overly filtered social stratosphere. Which is why, despite having an in-house social media team in place, GBI thinks a young Snapchat savant can best reach SpacePOP fans through recurring snaps and unpolished videos that are posted in the name of community outreach.

And what a Snapchat community there is. More than 150 million people use the app daily, consuming upwards of 10 billion videos per day—a remarkable 350% increase over last year. According to recent Statista data, nearly a quarter of US Snapchat users are between the ages of 13 and 17. And while under-13s are technically prohibited, the platform is well-known for boasting a solid tween user base. And they’re batting their mascara-filtered eyelashes at the thousands of marketers and media outlets flocking to the app en masse in the name of boosting brand recognition and engagement. In fact, a July Advertiser Perceptions report showed the majority of social media ad spending nowadays is focused primarily on building brand awareness rather than inciting an immediate performance-based action...."


READ MORE: http://kidscreen.com/2016/09/15/kids-brands-tap-snapchats-marketing-momentum/

Monday, September 26, 2016

Top 10: Things I Learned Watching Saturday Morning Cartoons in the 80s!

10. To Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute!

9. Only I Can Prevent Forest Fires.

8.  Knowing is Half the Battle!

7. Just to Say No! 

6. There is Always a Plan by Someone to Try to Take over the World! 

5.  Most Mysteries Could Be Solved by Meddling Kids! 

4.  Some Bears are Smarter Than Average!? 

3. Heroes Come in All Shapes and Sizes. 

2.  Always Take the Left In Albuquerque! 

1. Sometimes Things Are More Than Meets the Eye! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ran-Dumb Youth Ministry Meme Classic!

* Here is a Classic, that I just Had to Re-Post, with all the Craziness and Hype about the New I-Phone!  Seriously Ex. 20:4?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Teaching Vs. Reaching Church?

I just recently started at a new church, as the 5th-8th grade pastor.  Over the last 2 weeks, it has been a refreshing and re-awakening time for me in ministry and for my family.   After serving in ministry for 22 years and growing up in and around church, this new place is what I have been seeking.  It is a place about not just teaching believers but reaching out to everyone...anyone!  This week I sat and listened to the heart of my new Sr. Pastor's wife, who serves as a missions and missional living director for this new church.  Her heart and words just oozed the "Great Commission" and "Great Command"  much like her husband's words from the stage each week. 2 nights ago our church threw a night celebrating the past year's missions trips and introducing our local missional partners in the local area.

All of this stands in stark contrast, to a conversation I had exited my last church and the final conversations with my leadership at that church. During that conversation, I heard a phrase that still echoes in my ear, that I think unfortunately echoes in too many hallways and offices. Even though often it is not spoken aloud, it is the unspoken understanding-  


"We are a teaching church not a reaching church...." 

There IS a difference, especially when it comes to how we approach our youth ministries in theses contexts.   Here are my 10 quick thoughts about the difference between "Teaching Church" and a "Reaching Church"...

10. Care for "Our" Kids vs Care for "Their" Kids? 

9. Comfortable in my Seat vs Uncomfortable on my Feet? 

8.  Inward Focus vs. Outward Focus? 

7. Lecture Hall vs. Hospital Hallway.  

6. Who is heading to Seminary vs. Who is heading to the Cemetery?  

5. Accept the Facts vs. Accept in Faith? (*see photo above from a sermon a few weeks ago)

4.  Earthly Knowledge vs. Heavenly Wisdom? 

3. An "Us vs. The World" mindset vs. an "Us for World" mindset? 

2. Defending Faith (apologetics) vs. Sharing Faith (evangelism)? 

1. Programming vs. Ministering

Teaching Vs. Reaching Church?

I just recently started at a new church, as the 5th-8th grade pastor.  Over the last 2 weeks, it has been a refreshing and re-awakening time for me in ministry and for my family.   After serving in ministry for 22 years and growing up in and around church, this new place is what I have been seeking.  It is a place about not just teaching believers but reaching out to everyone...anyone!  This week I sat and listened to the heart of my new Sr. Pastor's wife, who serves as a missions and missional living director for this new church.  Her heart and words just oozed the "Great Commission" and "Great Command"  much like her husband's words from the stage each week. 2 nights ago our church threw a night celebrating the past year's missions trips and introducing our local missional partners in the local area.

All of this stands in stark contrast, to a conversation I had exited my last church and the final conversations with my leadership at that church. During that conversation, I heard a phrase that still echoes in my ear, that I think unfortunately echoes in too many hallways and offices. Even though often it is not spoken aloud, it is the unspoken understanding-  


"We are a teaching church not a reaching church...." 

There IS a difference, especially when it comes to how we approach our youth ministries in theses contexts.   Here are my 10 quick thoughts about the difference between "Teaching Church" and a "Reaching Church"...

10. Care for "Our" Kids vs Care for "Their" Kids? 

9. Comfortable in my Seat vs Uncomfortable on my Feet? 

8.  Inward Focus vs. Outward Focus? 

7. Lecture Hall vs. Hospital Hallway.  

6. Who is heading to Seminary vs. Who is heading to the Cemetery?  

5. Accept the Facts vs. Accept in Faith? (*see photo above from a sermon a few weeks ago)

4.  Earthly Knowledge vs. Heavenly Wisdom? 

3. An "Us vs. The World" mindset vs. an "Us for World" mindset? 

2. Defending Faith (apologetics) vs. Sharing Faith (evangelism)? 

1. Programming vs. Ministering

Teaching Vs. Reaching Church?

I just recently started at a new church, as the 5th-8th grade pastor.  Over the last 2 weeks, it has been a refreshing and re-awakening time for me in ministry and for my family.   After serving in ministry for 22 years and growing up in and around church, this new place is what I have been seeking.  It is a place about not just teaching believers but reaching out to everyone...anyone!  This week I sat and listened to the heart of my new Sr. Pastor's wife, who serves as a missions and missional living director for this new church.  Her heart and words just oozed the "Great Commission" and "Great Command"  much like her husband's words from the stage each week. 2 nights ago our church threw a night celebrating the past year's missions trips and introducing our local missional partners in the local area.

All of this stands in stark contrast, to a conversation I had exited my last church and the final conversations with my leadership at that church. During that conversation, I heard a phrase that still echoes in my ear, that I think unfortunately echoes in too many hallways and offices. Even though often it is not spoken aloud, it is the unspoken understanding-  


"We are a teaching church not a reaching church...." 

There IS a difference, especially when it comes to how we approach our youth ministries in theses contexts.   Here are my 10 quick thoughts about the difference between "Teaching Church" and a "Reaching Church"...

10. Care for "Our" Kids vs Care for "Their" Kids? 

9. Comfortable in my Seat vs Uncomfortable on my Feet? 

8.  Inward Focus vs. Outward Focus? 

7. Lecture Hall vs. Hospital Hallway.  

6. Who is heading to Seminary vs. Who is heading to the Cemetery?  

5. Accept the Facts vs. Accept in Faith? (*see photo above from a sermon a few weeks ago)

4.  Earthly Knowledge vs. Heavenly Wisdom? 

3. An "Us vs. The World" mindset vs. an "Us for World" mindset? 

2. Defending Faith (apologetics) vs. Sharing Faith (evangelism)? 

1. Programming vs. Ministering

Teaching Vs. Reaching Church?

I just recently started at a new church, as the 5th-8th grade pastor.  Over the last 2 weeks, it has been a refreshing and re-awakening time for me in ministry and for my family.   After serving in ministry for 22 years and growing up in and around church, this new place is what I have been seeking.  It is a place about not just teaching believers but reaching out to everyone...anyone!  This week I sat and listened to the heart of my new Sr. Pastor's wife, who serves as a missions and missional living director for this new church.  Her heart and words just oozed the "Great Commission" and "Great Command"  much like her husband's words from the stage each week. 2 nights ago our church threw a night celebrating the past year's missions trips and introducing our local missional partners in the local area.

All of this stands in stark contrast, to a conversation I had exited my last church and the final conversations with my leadership at that church. During that conversation, I heard a phrase that still echoes in my ear, that I think unfortunately echoes in too many hallways and offices. Even though often it is not spoken aloud, it is the unspoken understanding-  


"We are a teaching church not a reaching church...." 

There IS a difference, especially when it comes to how we approach our youth ministries in theses contexts.   Here are my 10 quick thoughts about the difference between "Teaching Church" and a "Reaching Church"...

10. Care for "Our" Kids vs Care for "Their" Kids? 

9. Comfortable in my Seat vs Uncomfortable on my Feet? 

8.  Inward Focus vs. Outward Focus? 

7. Lecture Hall vs. Hospital Hallway.  

6. Who is heading to Seminary vs. Who is heading to the Cemetery?  

5. Accept the Facts vs. Accept in Faith? (*see photo above from a sermon a few weeks ago)

4.  Earthly Knowledge vs. Heavenly Wisdom? 

3. An "Us vs. The World" mindset vs. an "Us for World" mindset? 

2. Defending Faith (apologetics) vs. Sharing Faith (evangelism)? 

1. Programming vs. Ministering

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

News U Can Use: "Middle Schooler/Tween Wins America's Got Talent"



Proof once again that middle schoolers/tweens are taking over the world!  If you church is not doing something specifically for the "middle years" (5th-9th), you may be missing out!  They are truly holding the keys to the kingdom and the future of the church!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Top 10: Why I Still Don't Want to be an "Adult" Pastor?

10. I don't really know what a "hedge of protection" is?

9. You can't play dodgeball with the Elders or Deacons?

8. I wouldn't be able to use my "Dumb and Dumber" teaching clip collection.

7. When I forget or don't know someone's name I can't just call them "Dude" or "Girl"

6. None of my icebreakers would work well in Sunday Morning Adult Worship.

5. I couldn't clean out my office by calling stuff "prizes" and throwing it out into the crowd.

4. I would have no use for my fart machine.

3. People would expect me to dress and act my age.

2. You can't shoot a "finger rocket" or a rubber band at someone if they are not paying attention while
I'm speaking

1. I would miss my amazing students! 

Monday, September 5, 2016

I will be back...Starting a new job!

Starting a new job at a new church tomorrow!

Along with hopefully this week getting all of our earthly belongings out of storage.


Busy, busy week! 

I will be back.  Come back soon!

Friday, September 2, 2016

10 Things I Learned About Homelessness, Being Homeless


The end of June I finished my contract at the church I was working at and mid-July we gave up our townhouse we were leasing.  For the next 7 weeks my family and I were homeless, while I continued to non-stop interview. God was really good to us.  We had friends offer us their homes, we had gift cards and love gifts, I had unexpected money come in from writing.  We never went hungry.
It was however a stressful time. We had to pack of everything we owned into storage pods and ship them off to storage, except for what we could fit into our 2 cars.  It was hard on my wife and it was hard on my 2 kids.  We tried to not use the words "homeless" in front of them.  We worked hard to keep them busy and their focus off of the situation.  We made the best of it.  We took time to explore our area and find cheap or free fun things to do.  It was still very hard on my kids!
After sleeping on the floor of our old townhouse for 2 weeks, and then over 7 weeks staying in 2 friend's houses, the in-law's house, and 5 hotels...We are no longer homeless. I have just accepted an amazing new job at a really great church.  As a of a few days ago we got keys to a brand-new, just built townhouse. We are in fact the first people in to move into the development.

 Here are a few things I Learned about Homelessness, Being Homeless...
10. People immediately stereotype you. People hear the words “homeless” & assume the worst about you and that you must have done something wrong.  Yes, even churches.

9. What you REALLY need can fit into 2 cars. When you really whittled down what you and your family needs to live day to day and get by, it really is amazing how little you really, really do need.

8.  Registering your kids for school is difficult. While there are laws against discrimination and protecting families in various forms of homelessness, most schools will require you to have proof of a physical, permanent home address.

7.  It is hard work and almost a job in and of itself being homeless.  Trying to deal with daily chores and routines, of living day to day is actually much more time consuming than you would imagine. While at the same time trying send out resumes, fill out application/questionnaires, schedule phone/skype/in-person interviews. 

6.  The post office process is long and difficult, and they WILL lose your mail. We seriously lost 3-4 weeks of mail (checks, bills, correspondence, paperwork and more…)

5.  It is hard on your children sometimes, and you have to work to make them feel safe and secure.  Nothing was more heartbreaking than to have my daughter ask me- “please don’t put us in an orphanage or foster care…”, while driving home from a 4-day long interview as a family and finding it wasn’t going to work out.

4. You will struggle with tiredness, sleepiness, and emotion as you adjust to different beds and places to sleep.  It is hard to sleep some nights, not sleeping in your own bed combined with the stress and worry.

3. You will QUICKLY find out who your real friends are.   We truly found out who the Body of Christ was during the process.  Having 2 different friends put us up in their homes, receiving love-gifts, and TONS of prayer and encouragement.

2.  It doesn’t matter your level of education, years of experience in a job, age, race or social-economic class, anyone can find themselves quickly homeless.  22 years of experience, undergrad and graduate level degrees, writer for numerous magazines, blogs, and resources…still ended up homeless.

1. God is good, you really learn to pray, depend on Him, and live by faith.  The last 7-8 weeks has been a complete humbling but renewing experience of understanding God, family, and faith.  

10 Things I Learned About Homelessness, Being Homeless


The end of June I finished my contract at the church I was working at and mid-July we gave up our townhouse we were leasing.  For the next 7 weeks my family and I were homeless, while I continued to non-stop interview. God was really good to us.  We had friends offer us their homes, we had gift cards and love gifts, I had unexpected money come in from writing.  We never went hungry.
It was however a stressful time. We had to pack of everything we owned into storage pods and ship them off to storage, except for what we could fit into our 2 cars.  It was hard on my wife and it was hard on my 2 kids.  We tried to not use the words "homeless" in front of them.  We worked hard to keep them busy and their focus off of the situation.  We made the best of it.  We took time to explore our area and find cheap or free fun things to do.  It was still very hard on my kids!
After sleeping on the floor of our old townhouse for 2 weeks, and then over 7 weeks staying in 2 friend's houses, the in-law's house, and 5 hotels...We are no longer homeless. I have just accepted an amazing new job at a really great church.  As a of a few days ago we got keys to a brand-new, just built townhouse. We are in fact the first people in to move into the development.

 Here are a few things I Learned about Homelessness, Being Homeless...
10. People immediately stereotype you. People hear the words “homeless” & assume the worst about you and that you must have done something wrong.  Yes, even churches.

9. What you REALLY need can fit into 2 cars. When you really whittled down what you and your family needs to live day to day and get by, it really is amazing how little you really, really do need.

8.  Registering your kids for school is difficult. While there are laws against discrimination and protecting families in various forms of homelessness, most schools will require you to have proof of a physical, permanent home address.

7.  It is hard work and almost a job in and of itself being homeless.  Trying to deal with daily chores and routines, of living day to day is actually much more time consuming than you would imagine. While at the same time trying send out resumes, fill out application/questionnaires, schedule phone/skype/in-person interviews. 

6.  The post office process is long and difficult, and they WILL lose your mail. We seriously lost 3-4 weeks of mail (checks, bills, correspondence, paperwork and more…)

5.  It is hard on your children sometimes, and you have to work to make them feel safe and secure.  Nothing was more heartbreaking than to have my daughter ask me- “please don’t put us in an orphanage or foster care…”, while driving home from a 4-day long interview as a family and finding it wasn’t going to work out.

4. You will struggle with tiredness, sleepiness, and emotion as you adjust to different beds and places to sleep.  It is hard to sleep some nights, not sleeping in your own bed combined with the stress and worry.

3. You will QUICKLY find out who your real friends are.   We truly found out who the Body of Christ was during the process.  Having 2 different friends put us up in their homes, receiving love-gifts, and TONS of prayer and encouragement.

2.  It doesn’t matter your level of education, years of experience in a job, age, race or social-economic class, anyone can find themselves quickly homeless.  22 years of experience, undergrad and graduate level degrees, writer for numerous magazines, blogs, and resources…still ended up homeless.

1. God is good, you really learn to pray, depend on Him, and live by faith.  The last 7-8 weeks has been a complete humbling but renewing experience of understanding God, family, and faith.