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Top-of-Mind Mondays

  • The older I get, the more I appreciate my weekends. Time with family, scrambled eggs, napping, football and catching up on all my reading. All nestled next to a roaring fire and the ones you love. What could be better?
  • Dude rocks the double dream hands better than anyone I know. Wonder if he’s available for parties?
  • I’m really, really sad that Dream Year is ending. One of the best investments I’ve ever made in myself. Thank you, Ben.
  • BeDeviant will be going through some changes in the months ahead. I’ve blogged about this a little bit, but I’ve been feeling the “itch” to change things for some time. There are a few options on the table, not sure which one will win out. Look for changes around the first of the year.
  • Speaking of 2011, did you see this? I am so excited for you to see this.
  • Des Moines is losing a strong, intelligent voice in Brianne Sanchez. Sure, she’s just moving across town to work in PR at Drake Universirt, but I’ll miss her influence down at Juice. Onward and upward, B!
  • “Former Hawkeye!!! wats next????”
  • I can’t get my hands on enough entrepreneurship books lately. The E-Myth Revisited, The War of Art, Making Ideas Happen, Rework. I also just rediscovered my binder from Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership conference I went to back in 2007. That was wild.
  • We had our kids program at our church this past weekend. Kerry, Finn and I were literally on our feet clapping and dancing the whole time. Why? One word: Beiber. As in, Justin Beiber made an appearance in the manger scene. I’m glad I got to a church that likes to have fun. It was awesome. Well done, kiddos!
  • We’re moving my wife from Tumblr to WordPress. Should have done that in the first place. Tumblr still has promise, but a blogging platform that goes down for days at a time is unacceptable.
  • Speaking of unacceptable, how do Internet providers *Qwest–cough, cough* get away with charging you for one speed and then radically under deliver?
  • What’s the latest and greatest in your world, deviants? What are you working on? What are you learning?

Top-of-Mind Mondays

Top of Mind Mondays

  • I announced on Twitter last night that there are some big (to me) changes coming to this site. I’m really excited about the direction we’re headed. We’ll unveil the new direction after the new year. After being in business since 2004 in some form, it’s time to shake some things up!
  • I’m investing more and more in cloud computing. I think Google is onto something when they say that the browser is the platform of the future. I now weave nearly seamlessly between my laptop, home computer and iPad. This may be geeky, but I find this incredibly fun.
  • Similarly, the rise of cloud computing will be fueled by the increase of mobile workers. “The office”, as we know it, is transitioning out. Gone are the days of sitting behind a desk for 8-9 hours per day.
  • Dropbox, Evernote and Google Chrome make my mobile, cloud computing life that much easier. If you have money, invest in these companies. If you work from multiple different venues, use these apps and services. Your life will be better.
  • “Words with Friends” should be called “Words with Friends … Until You Get Five Vowels, an ‘R’ and an ‘N’.” At that point it should be called, “Words with–I Want to Rip Your Face Off.”
  • Winter is my second favorite season. Shh… Don’t tell anyone. The more snow, the better.
  • A few weeks ago I put out a call to anyone who wanted to come alongside me and learn. I’m still processing and thinking through the best way to organize the group that responded. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you lovely people!
  • I went on a domain buying binge over the weekend. Here’s to hoping these projects pan out!
  • What’s the latest and greatest in your world, deviants?

Best of the Week

Here’s a look at some of my favorite posts from the last week. The stuff I’ve read, written or watch that really gave me pause. Have a go at it and let me know what you think!

  1. Missionary Dating – Can you date people in order to get them “saved”? One girl thinks so. She even made a website about it.
  2. What Happened to Downtime? Our brains are ever-connected to bright glowing screens. How do we break free in order to center our thoughts?
  3. Sinner’s Prayer Project Plague – Turning people into projects never works.
  4. Meet Pamela Ling – My wife got the chance to meet a former Real Worlder. Turns out she’s actually doing something with her life.
  5. Zacchaeus – What this wee little man can teach you about grace.
  6. The Business of Getting Paid – In the new web-based economy, getting paid isn’t exactly what you think it might be.
  7. The Second Shift – Women have historically worked two jobs while only getting (recognized) payment for one.
  8. Your Job or Your Work – Do you have a job or do you go to work? Turns out, there’s a difference.

Which ones struck you, deviants?

Social Media Summit Recap

The Social Media Summit just happened. Like, it literally just happened.

We had just over 5o guests,volunteers and presenters converge in downtown Des Moines to talk about the social web and ministry. I could not have been more pleased with the results.

Here’s a quick rundown of how the day went:

  • Josh Larson blew our minds with interactive visual worship via weiv.
  • My beautiful wife gave me the most honoring, thoughtful introduction I’ve ever heard.
  • Cynthia Ware beamed in via Skype to rock the Social Club with her new media prowess. (You should have heard the computer keys clickety-clack!)
  • A wonderful lunch was had by all by Flarah’s here in Des Moines.
  • Brandon Donaldson beamed in via HD webstream and talked about social media and the pastor’s heart. (Sam Duregger did a tremendous job at moderating this!)
  • We had world-class breakouts from Sam Mahlstadt (get the notes to his workshop here), Sam Duregger (find Sam’s notes here), and Paul Stewart & Chris Kretzu. These guys seriously blew me away with what they brought to the table.
  • And our day was capped off by cheesecake from Flarah’s and thank-yous to our guests.

A thank you to:

Tara Walter for keeping me on track throughout this whole process.
Tara Ely for making great decisions and putting together a phenomenal conference bag.
Jodi Stevens for making sure all of our guests were fed and sufficiently caffeinated.
Eddy Peterson for showing people how to get to where they needed to go.
And Eric Prust for making sure all the cables and buttons and sound and such actually worked.

This could not have happened without each of you.

Below are some photos from the day. Thanks to Bridget Purdy and Haley Patton for the wonderful work they put in. It paid off, girls!


Opening Video for the Social Media Summit

I had an amazing team surrounding me for the Social Media Summit. I could not have done it without them. It truly was a collective–dare I say, crowdsourced–effort.

I’ll have a full recap of the days events later this week, but for today I wanted to share the opening video we played at the Summit.

The intro was made by Josh Larson over at Josh is one of the most talented individuals I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. Get this, he even built his own interactive worship platform because no one else was doing what he had in mind. Oh yeah, it uses Wii remotes. Wii remotes!.

Here’s what Josh created for us. Enjoy:


Top-of-Mind Mondays On a Friday

  • I’ve been sharing a lot about the Social Media Summit lately. We’re in the thick of things, as the event is tomorrow. I cannot believe the time has passed this quickly.
  • After tomorrow, we’ll shift the focus on this blog onto other upcoming projects. What’s on your plate lately? What are you working on that’s got you excited?
  • Not to sound trite, but the Action Method has changed my life. The products are second-to-none, but the philosophy driving the products is life-changing.
  • Speaking of the Action Method, I just signed up to go to the 99% Conference in NYC this May. Kerry and I will cap off a vacation with this event. I seriously can’t wait. Are you going?
  • We had to do it so you have to do it.” This statement, in some form or another, is the source of almost everyone’s problems.
  • Most of you may not know this, but my sister is a seriously-talented food blogger with legit cred. I got to guest post for her this week. It was fun (and her readers are really nice!).
  • I’m really hitting a sweet spot with the Summit. A look into the future?
  • What’s up with Juan Williams? No, seriously. I keep hearing his name but I have no idea who he is or what he’s done. </ignorantrant>.
  • Brett Favre is going to walk out of the NFL with his tail between his legs and head hung low. He could’ve walked out a hero. Greed is an alluring toxin.
  • The ELCA, for all her faults, has been one of the most supportive organizations of the work I’ve been doing with the Summit. They are hungry to learn. I would even say that the event would not have been possible without them. Thank you.
  • We will visualize Twitter stream connections this weekend at the Summit. Here’s a snap shot. How does it work? No idea. Ask GodAtPlay.
  • What’s up in your world this weekend?

How to Stop Leaders from “Dying” Young

Too many young leaders die young.

I don’t mean physical death (although we do lose too many good people to an early death), I mean a potential death. In other words, too many young leaders die on the vine because no one bothered to pick them.

I was struck by something a mentor and friend wrote recently:

The next generation’s world changers are currently working in your organization. But chances are, their talent is buried, half-realized, sitting under the weight of the routine responsibilities that you’ve heaped upon them.

For them to ever realize their potential, their only options are to A. be empowered and blessed by you at your initiative and loss, or B. make you angry by going and doing it anyway.

Yes, you’ve made a huge impact. You’ve been used mightily. But it doesn’t last forever. God’s favor works sort of like “the flavor of the month.” Even Moses had to make way for Joshua.

Calling All Leaders

He’s writing to the current leaders. The ones who are in power. The ones who have paid their dues and are calling the shots. He’s calling them out.

I cannot tell you how much this post meant to me. I’d encourage you to read it in full here. But in the meantime, I wanted to offer a practical response to this post. I wanted to do something about it.

I’m 30 years old at the time of this writing. Realistically, I have 10-15 years (although 15 may be pushing it) to do some siginificant, ground-breaking, earth-shaking work. Those are the years where I get to lead, make mistakes, figure out what works and focus on the things I’m really good at.

After 45, I hope to start passing the baton. Giving the young ones behind me the chances that the older people in my life gave me. Shifting from blazing the trail to guiding people along the path.

After reading the post I mentioned earlier, I thought, “Why not start now?” I couldn’t think of one good reason why I can’t pour everything I know about social media, ministry, church life, blogging, entrepreneurship and life in general into a few young leaders right now. This very moment. Start the process that I want to be a part of.

So that’s what I’m going to do.

The Deviant Apprenticeship Series

I’ll call it a Deviant apprenticeship program of sorts. I’m looking for one or two dedicated individuals who have a desire to learn, who are hungry to take the next step in their leadership abilities. Ideally I’d love to have people who want to focus on a career in social web and/or ministry. I want to start passing off what I know to young leaders who want to go far. Is that you?

Here’s how I look at it: I’ve started a quasi-successful blog, had the chance to speak at a few places, and planned a social media conference from scratch with the help of some amazing people. I’ve made a few mistakes along the way. I’d love to show one or two young leaders how to avoid making those same mistakes so they can go further and faster than I ever will.

If you’re interested, let me know. It won’t cost you anything other than some of your time and sacrificing the mediocrity in your life. Like I said, I’m only going to take one or two people, so if you’re interested let me know as soon as possible.

The Only Way

Don’t die young. It doesn’t have to be this opportunity, but find someone who will pour into you. Likewise, if you’re a little bit further down the road of life, don’t let your legacy die with you. Find a young one to pour into and let them go farther than you. It’s the only way.

You Have to See It to Believe It

I’ve always found that the easiest way to understand something is by seeing it. I’m a visual learner, so seeing something gives me a grasp better than hearing or reading ever would.

I wanted to give you all a peek behind the design curtain for the Social Media Summit, which just happens to be this Saturday. (You can still get on board for a very respectable price.)

What you’re about to see is a sampling from all the imaging I used to create the brand for the Summit. Most of the design work here is from the Summit program, but you can get a taste of what it will feel like when you come to the party.


A Hero Joins the Social Media Summit

When I set out to plan the Social Media Summit, I had an idea of who I wanted to take part in it. I kept most of those names under a hat until I could flesh out what the interest level and availability was.

I also knew what I wanted to accomplish with the Summit. There are far too many good-hearted people in ministry who are absolutely terrified at the thought of social media. They know it’s important but have no idea where to start. I wanted to bridge that gap.

The two areas seemed easy enough to marry: Provide the comprehensive “why?” and “how?” for social networking to people in ministry and ask some of the brightest people in the field to take part.


God At Play


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