If you follow this blog, you know that I’m deep into a fairly large building project for our biggest campus. We had the architect, General Contractor and AVL company taken care of, but one area we had not dealt with yet was Kids Ministry Theming. We decided to hire Plain Joe Studios to do the work. Let me tell you why.
A few years ago, a pastor I worked with in my previous church introduced me to the RACI matrix for use in Project Management. I’ve gone back to it again and again as I’ve found it to make all the difference in keeping teams moving forward.
Recently, I was talking with a friend who taking his first position as an executive pastor. He asked me for input on what his first few months should look like. I remembered that a few years ago, when I was new at Mosaic Church, I had jotted down a few simple notes on what my first few months would look like. I shared that file with him and he found it to be very helpful, so I figured I’d share it here as well. Here it is, unfiltered.
I’m excited to be heading back to Guatemala next week to teach at the Acts 29 conference. Great things are happening for the Gospel in Latin America. Francisco Bendfelt’s church, Casa de Libertad is a great example of this. I’ll be traveling with our Lead Pastor, Renaut Van Der Riet, as well as couple guys from our Mosaic Latino team. Renaut and I will both be teaching twice during the conference and our good friend and global partner, Jay Bauman from Rio de Janiero will also be joining us to teach. When audio is available, I’ll be sure to post links. Pray for us!
In 2011, we celebrated our first Orphan Sunday, and have made it a part of our annual rhythm as a church ever since. As result, more and more people in our church started getting involved in adoption, foster care, safe families and Global Orphan Care. On any given Sunday, we have more than 100 children in our Children’s Ministry that have been adopted or are being fostered.
I think it’s important to not take ourselves too seriously, and be willing to have a little fun, even poking fun at our own ministries. April Fool’s Day provides a great opportunity to do so, and I took it! One of our churches little quirks is that we start all of our gatherings :02 minutes later than logic would dictate. So, it’s 9:02, not 9:00. It’s 11:17, not 11:15. Our founding pastor will tell you that he did it just to make it stand out and catch your eye a bit more as you drove by a sign. It’s one of those silly things that people remember, and plenty of us make fun of it as well. A couple of years ago, we actually considered changing it due to the cheese factor, but decided that at this point, it’s just a part of who we are. We are the :02 church. But what if suddenly, we decided to become the :03 church? That was the basis of my April Fool’s Day post that went on our website and throughout our social media. People had a lot of fun with it. Here is the article I wrote:
Like most churches, ours has a couple of announcements each week, generally tied in as a closer to the gathering. One of our staff members plays gate-keeper on what gets announced and when. For the weekends, she creates a cheat sheet for us to bring on stage with the list and key information so we aren’t doing that annoying thing where you turn around to look at the screen because you forgot the dates of the women’s retreat or whatever. Recently our cheat sheets got a major upgrade.
About a year ago, I was out running one morning with a guy in my church who has helped me a great deal in thinking through the discussion that surrounds generosity. In between strained breaths, he recounted for me some of the things that he thought Mosaic was really good at. I knew that a “But” was on it’s way. And then he said it. “But you know what Mosaic is not so good at?”
I’m excited to announce that the Spanish translation of my book Defining The Executive Pastor Role is now available on Amazon in E-book and Paperback! If Spanish is your primary language, maybe this will be a help to you. If not, please share the link with others who may benefit from this tool. Many thanks to Sandrie Alvarado at Casa de Libertad in Guatemala City, Guatemala for doing the translation.
My church just came through a pretty significant Generosity Initiative. The big question that many of our staff asked was “Will people actually give what they committed this time?” Because last time we did this, we had a low percentage of people actually follow through. But was it entirely their fault?
I’ve been posting a lot about our generosity initiative over the last few months. In fact, I haven’t really been posting about anything else because this project has been dominating my days and nights. Today I want to talk about stage design for a generosity initiative.
We’ve just come through our Generosity Initiative at Mosaic Church. One of the most important things that we did that I have not posted about yet is the special website. We discussed making it a separate URL but ultimately chose to make it an extension of our normal site, thisismosaic.org . So we went with www.thisismosaic.org/getloud .
I want to point out a few things about the site.
English and Spanish versions available on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle E-book.
My name is Phil. I am the Executive Pastor of Leadership and Development at Mosaic Church in west Orlando, FL where I live with my wife and three kids. I'm into running and kayaking.
My name is Antone. I serve as the Executive Pastor at Redemption Hill, a gospel-centered church in Kingsford, MI. I am happily married and have three kids and grandson. I love to mountain bike and backpack.
My name is Gabriel. I am the Pastor of Discipleship and Mission at Mosaic, a muliti-site church in West Orlando, FL. My wife and and I are passionate about serving our city and changing our world.