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  • Scripture ManHow do you use the typical Memory Verse in your service? Do you use a Scripture Puppet? Memory Games? I’m interested because I’m calling into question everything I’ve ever learned about using a Memory Verse in a Children’s Church service.

    Though I can get them to regurgitate the verse moments after they’ve repeated it with a puppet character 5 times, kids are not going to remember the verse a 5 minutes later. I feel like I’m using short-term memory techniques to teach long-term memorization. It doesn’t work in this setting.

    From working with my own 3 year old daughter I’ve learned that kids will remember defined key words, definitions and concepts long-term using these same techniques. I’m in the process of reworking this segment in my own service. I still want it to be an entertaining and funny segment but I also to know that they have learned something.

    I’m going to focus on the point of the verse rather than the English of the verse.

    Your thoughts?

    Get Your Podcast Online

    “Should I keep my podcast files on my website?”

    “How do I create a ‘feed’?”

    “How can I upload my podcast to iTunes?”

    These are questions I get asked a lot in both the NLCast Forums and via email. I thought I’d write an article that I can direct people to later. This article assumes you’ve already got a nice little mp3 file complete with id3 tags, album art and all. If you need pointers on recording your show, read How I Podcast.

    So you’ve gone and recorded yourself a podcast. Good for you! Really! Now you know how much work they are. But how do you get this mp3 online for folks to start downloading? How do you generate a feed? How can you get this sucker on iTunes? Well, this may not be THE way to do it. But this is how I did.
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    6 Tips for Starting A Hobby Podcast

    As Nobody’s Listening Podcast creeps up on its one year anniversary (woot!) I can’t help but look back at my podlife in 2007. I’ve gotten acquainted with a lot of great people. Many of which have been inspired to experiment with starting their own show. It’s been one of the most gratifying parts of podcasting being able to inspire others the way Scott and Micheal did me.

    I’ve compiled a five tips I find myself giving (or wishing I had given) folks who are looking to start a podcast as a hobby. Hope they help you!

    6 Tips For Starting A Hobby Podcast

    1. Keep it simple. Especially if you’re pressed for time in real life. Prepping for a podcast can take more time than doing the podcast. Simplicity should also be the rule of every other aspect of your show. The website should be clean and simple. Don’t bog it down with ads, forums, etc. Forums are embarrassing until you have a following.

    2. Educate yourself. To podcast you need to know computers, the internet, recording, compression, encoding, uploading, creating rss feeds, blogging and networking. (How To Podcast, Podcasting Step-by-Step, How I Podcast)

    3. Do it for free. You can always upgrade everything to do with your show later. But you’ll never get your money back if you can’t keep your show going. The only think you may want to spend money on is a URL. Make sure the one you want is available for the name you have chosen and reserve it. Even if you don’t use it or only use it for a while, it’s only $8 a year. (Hosting/Blog – Switchpod, URL – GoDaddy, Recording – Audacity)

    4. Use feedburner. It has great stats and let you know when people are listening even when they don’t talk to you (via email and vmail). As a podfriend once said, “Podcasting can be lonely” and he’s right. Feedburner will help you know they’re out there listening. Plus if you ever have to move your hosting, change your ‘real’ feed in anyway, you can just update what feedburner is pointing to and your subscribers will never know the difference. (Feedburner)

    5. Start strong. When you release your first episode, don’t spend the whole show talking about what your show will be about. Make your first show what the show will be. When that show is ready to release, post that feed everywhere! Post it to iTunes, Podcast Pickle and every other list you can get on (but don’t ever pay to do so). Also, have a good name and a logo to begin with on a 300×300 graphic for iTunes. (iTunes, Podcast Pickle, Other places)

    6. Be consistent. Monthly, bi-weekly, weekly, three times a week… whatever it is release regularly on the same day about the same time. That will mean reserving a recording time ahead of time. If you don’t put it on your calender, and get permission from family to spend the time, you will not release a consistent show. It’s okay for a hobby podcast to miss a week here and there… just let people know the week before.

    I hope you find these tips helpful. If I can ever answer any questions for you, don’t hesitate to contact me. If you’d like to know how I do my show, read How I Podcast.

    help-1400x1400James and Dave discuss what does and does not work in communicating with families and your congregation plus a few creative ways to get your message out.

    What creative communication devices have you concocted? Share won’t you?

    http://www.surveymonkey.com – Survey Site

    http://drawyouapicture.com – James’ art site.


    How I Podcast: Updated

    December 7, 2007 · 0 comments

    How I Podcast: UpdatedA lot has changed in the way I record the show from when I first started. I wish I could say it was a gradual process, but a lot of my learning has taken place in just the last couple of months. My process of mixing the show down has shortened from several hours to right around 45 minutes. I thought an update on an earlier post was in order.

    The How I Podcast post from August 23rd has been rewritten to reflect my new methods. This article has been a great resource for me to refer folks who are interested in starting their podcast. With these updates, I hope to help even more folks shave a few months off their own learning curve and not have to struggle through it as I did.

    How I Podcast

    storage.jpgJames and Dave discuss ways to make the most of your storage space and shared classrooms.

    Call us: 206-350-4695
    Email us: cmmonthly@gmail.com

    Thanks to our sponsor Children’s Ministry University Online! They provide fully accredited, quality children’s ministry training, anywhere, anytime. Check them out!

    Podcasts mentioned:


    Funny comic

    November 3, 2007 · 0 comments

    Check this out! Considering some of the discipline problems I’ve had to deal with (parents not kids), anything remotly related to discipline is good for a laugh.


    help-1400x1400It’s all about the things we’ve learned and wish someone had warned us about this episode. We hit on things like conflict, relationship, delegation, preparation, and more. Thanks Drew and Vance for your input!

    Thanks to our sponsor Children’s Ministry University Online! They provide fully accredited, quality children’s ministry training, anywhere, anytime. Check them out! Podcasts Mentioned:

    How I Podcast – Folks have been asking how we do what we do. Check the link for an article. Episode 5 will be called “No Storage!!” and will focus on ideas and creativity when it comes to classroom issues and lack of storage. Your input is more than welcome! Email your tips and ideas to cmmonthly@gmail.com or call in at 206-350-4695.


    I recently made a series of images for a Trunk-or-Treat announcement that I’d like to make available for you folks to use. I created each image by hand to correspond with a scripted announcement so my operator could forward the slides. The announcement was created for an adult audience, but you could probably get as much use out of it with your kids as well.

    I’ve included a blank title and a completely blank slide for you to ad your own dates and contact info.


    Trunk or Treat Announcement Script

    Trunk-or-Treat Announcement Powerpoint


    This month we focus on some common and not-so-common teaching methods. We also add some of the how-to’s and why-do’s we’re known for. Listen till the end for some Halloween alternative ideas as well.

    We mentioned several online resources on the show:


    Dave also offered a list of his “Fear Factor” style games: Right click and select Save As – Download. (Word doc)

    James referenced a slide show he created. It can be found here. (Powerpoint)

    Next month we’re covering the topic “Things I wish someone had told me“. We’d like to get your input! Email or call us!