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  • I wanted to share a post I put on Nobody’s Listening about an illustration I was able to use from a real life challenge and it’s effect on me today.

    [100 Push Ups Illustration]

    I haven’t actually found an answer to this question anywhere on the internet. I’ve seen the question asked… but no answers.

    How can I forward my dynamically generated feed (http://mysite.com/?feed=podcast) to Feedburner using .htaccess?

    I’m no code genius, and if someone finds a better way, please let me know… but here’s what worked for me.

    # Add the part of your url that is after the quesion mark between the ^ and the $
    RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^feed=podcast$
    # This line stays untouched. It keeps FeedBurner from doing an infinite loop
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !FeedBurner
    # This line sends the match from the Query String to the new feed. The ? at the end drops the feed=podcast part
    RewriteRule ^$ http://feedproxy.google.com/yoursite? [R,L]

    Hope it works for you! I have no help for you if it doesn’t. Sorry.

    This is great stuff!

    (Thanks Dave!)

    I’ve been using my Volunteer Diagram mentioned in the last episode. It took me a while to get it completed. I’m ashamed at how out of touch I was with my own ministry positions and who was filling them. That is a thing of the past now.

    I have right at 127 ministry positions. Ninety of which are filled and 37 of which are not. That’s a lot of Not’s… but it’s nice to have this in a tangable format.

    It’s also allowed me to create an exact list of what positions are open which I have made into a simple half-page flier and will hand out to ministry coordinators and potential volunteers.

    How many open positions do you have?

    The B-word

    August 17, 2008 · 2 comments

    We’re still in the process of installing and defending our new check-in system. It’s simple, great and wonderful… even for the parents…

    Except those parents who want to send their kids to class from the car and expect to be able to pull them out of line before they’re in class properly afterward.

    Today one of my leaders asked a parent to wait until the kids were transferred from Children’s Church into Small Groups before pulling them out. They pitched a raving fit and stormed off mumbling how she was a female dog.

    I’ve been in inner-city ministry for nearly 10 years now… I’ve been called everything in the book… but never in the walls of my own church.

    We’re going to ask our Pastor to address parental behavior during the next service. Once they hear that he’s behind it 100%… I’m figuring we’ll hear less and less of that.

    I’m also going to find out who this parent was and talk to them face-to-face. That’s the great thing about check in… built-in accountability!! I figure about two weeks of their kids sitting in service with them should help them appreciate those who serve them. 🙂

    I can’t help but get discouraged at times about our lack of workers in the children’s department. It’s easy to stay optimistic until your faced with a classroom with one teacher and 20 girls… and the teacher needs to go to the restroom. That’s when I can get a little frustrated… and yes… even angry.

    Where are the people!?! Where are they for the love of God? They’re all here… they’re just in service right?

    Well it must be because I’m doing something wrong. I’m not promoting the need enough… or I’m doing it in the wrong way… and now we look needy. Check the bulletin ad, make a cute or heart-tearing video. Have the pastor make an announcement. It’s all the same… 12 applications and maybe 2 people start working. But in the time it took to process those 12 applications there have been three put in their 2 week notice.

    At the end of the day the only thing that has given me peace is that Jesus had the same issue. Luke 10:2 “He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

    If the greatest human/God/man that ever walked the earth had worker shortages… then who the heck am I to get frustrated? But let’s look at this verse starting from the back. Who’s field is it? God’s! Who’s job is it to provide the labor? God’s! Who do we ask? God!

    Where’s the advice on recruiting?

    So I’ll continue to put the need out there in print, video, and verbals… but after it’s all said and done… I’m praying to the Lord of the harvest to send me some laborers. It’s His field.

    Plus, the right people, God-called people, they’re worth waiting for.

    I found a list of free apps over at KidzTurn Labs.

    Play hangman on screen or download a free timer.

    [Link]

    projectorIf you’re like me, volunteers are hard to find and when we do find someone, we need them with the kids. It makes it hard to keep someone free to work sound and media. Let me share the tools I use that have greatly simplified my media presentations during service and released me from the need of a sound person (for the most part). [click to continue…]

    And we’re back again! James shares a simple way to take the guesswork out of your volunteer placement, tracking, and needs. Plus a new show format, phone number and more!

    Links mentioned in the show:
    bubbl.us
    cmconnect.org
    Kids Camp Games

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    Camp Games 2008 - Giant Claw 

    Check out this post on Nobody’s Listening featuring the Kids Camp games I created, built and ran at this summer’s Southern Missouri Kids Camp.

    Kids Camp Games