Archives For J.C. Thompson

Nighttime Read

by J.C. Thompson on April 21, 2014 in Photos

This is definitely one of Cannons favorite books. Highly recommend it.

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Chick Fil A breakfast

by J.C. Thompson on April 19, 2014 in Photos

One of Cannon’s favorite places is Chick-Fil A. I’d have to agree with him!

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Princess Bride

by J.C. Thompson on April 18, 2014 in Photos

Watching the Princess Bride with Kristen. She’s never seen it before!

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Chillin with Cannon

by J.C. Thompson on April 18, 2014 in Photos

This guy slept in til 9! That makes for a good start!!

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Before and After picture

by J.C. Thompson on April 17, 2014 in Life
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Same shirt and hat!

The before picture is from spring 2013. Same shirt and hat. I’ve lost a ton of weight almost 50lbs, have ran 2 mud runs and completed my first Spartan race. I’m excited!! Not only that but I’m wearing medium shirts again and 32″ waist jeans.

If you work at it and find some people to help you, then you can really make a change.

Thanks to my wife Kristen, Spartan Race, The Daniel Plan, Jason Bergeron, and all of my friends and family that have helped me make this change. Excited about the future!

Group Games App

by J.C. Thompson on April 16, 2014 in Youth Ministry

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I saw this on DYM today. It’s seems like a great resource for those of us that have to have game concepts all the time. It’s the Group Games App. It’s for the iPhone and iPad.

Here’s a quick video:

It only costs $1.99 which is an awesome deal.

Here’s the link to download from the app store.

Best app for your ministry right now is….

Mowing the grass

by J.C. Thompson on April 15, 2014 in Photos

Train a child in the way that he should go…

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A goal in my fitness journey

by J.C. Thompson on April 15, 2014 in Life
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our team for the mud run last weekend.

So I had a cool moment. I’ve been trying to get in shape, really trying, since last October. The Catalyst? The mud run. It kicked my butt up and down. I’ve always been kind of athletic, but I got totally embarrassed by my fitness level.

This past weekend, I ran the same mud run, only 6 months after the initial mud run.

I crushed it.

I had this cool moment on the monkey bars. These monkey bars are probably about 7ft tall. I couldn’t even jump up to grab them the first time and once I got up there with some help, I could only make it across 4 bars…

This time…

Hopped up there and swung across like a pro. It was intense and just super awesome for me.

It gave me a measuring stick for my fitness. I feel like our ministries need something similar.

We need clear measuring sticks to judge our effectiveness.

What is a measuring stick that you are using to judge your growth? Is it encouraging?

FourFiveSix Conference Thoughts part 4

by J.C. Thompson on April 14, 2014 in Youth Ministry

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I’ve been recapping my thoughts from the FourFiveSix Conference. You can see all my posts by clicking the #456conf here or at the bottom of the post.

Another thought that was consistently brought up was if we are asking God to be God or asking Him to be our Genie…

 

Some of the questions that were asked and I found myself asking were…

  • Do you believe that the preteens in your ministry are God’s preteens?
  • Do you believe the ministry is God’s ministry?
  • Are you asking God to be in charge or are you constantly struggling with thoughts of self-reliance, fear, approval from others, etc?
  • Are you asking God to make your list happen or rather asking God to give you the list?

I can honestly say I was challenged by the last session at FourFiveSix. Challenged to continually surrender my ministry to God. So I’m encouraging you as a ministry leader to give up. Give up and rest in God’s accomplishment in your ministry and in your life.

FourFiveSix Conference Thoughts part 3

by J.C. Thompson on April 13, 2014 in Youth Ministry

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I’ve been recapping my thoughts from the FourFiveSix Conference. You can see all my posts by clicking the #456conf here or at the bottom of the post.

This thought came from Michael Sheley, who is the Junior High Pastor at Mount Pleasant Christian Church, the host of the conference this year.

He just simply said that he asked his parents how they would prefer to be communicated with…

This included:

  • Which method: (email, website, social media, etc.)
  • Frequency: How often would you like to receive communication
  • How should it be delivered?: One long email per week or several short tidbits.

This was so simple, but so good. I plan to put out a quick survey for parents to ask them about their preferred method of communication this year.

How do parents prefer to communicate in your ministry? Any weird tidbits you’d like to share?