Friday, April 27, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Family Force 5 - ♫ Superhero ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Bruce Riddle


POSITION: Youth Pastor in Lincoln at Christ's Place, NE AIM Director
HISTORY: Grew up in Bridgeport, Pastored in Holdrege
FAMILY: Married to Pam with two children
HOBBIES: Dallas Cowboys, Motorcycles, Basketball

3). Ministry of the Day: Great Plains Chi Alpha - This weekend, we are hosting a Chi Alpha training retreat at our campgrounds in Lexington. Check out the Chi Alpha College Ministry Network in the Midwest.

4). Link of the Day: Kick Send - Send large batches of private photos & videos to people you love

5). Quote of the Day: 'American politics is now hyper-responsive to constituents interests. And all those interests are dedicated to preserving the past rather than investing for the future' - TIMES columnist Fareed Zakaria

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Babe Ruth Day. It is also the birthday of President Ulysses S. Grant, from 1822. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that construction began on the Freedom Tower over the sight of 911 in New York, in 2006

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Kari Jobe - ♫ Steady my Heart ♫

2). Blog Entry: Meetings for Volunteers
     The blog at Samluce.com gave some good tips for having good meetings for volunteers:
     - Start and end on time. Value their time
     - 30% of the meeting should be for fellowship/relationship
     - 60% inspiration/Vision/Values
     - 10% information - give people information other ways (blogs, emails, etc.)
     - Connect meetings to things they are already attending
     - Make your meetings about leadership growth not trivial facts

3). Ministry of the Day: Youth Pastors Retreat - Come together with other youth pastors/leaders across Nebraska in Grand Island Aug 23-25.

4). Link of the Day: Open Book - Connect and share with the people in your life.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Isn't it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?' - Francis Chan, Crazy Love

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Administrative Professionals Day. It is also the birthday of Dave Scrabek (pastor in St. Paul, NE), a distinction he shares with Oliver Cromwell, Leader of Great Britain in 1599. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the United Negro College Fund was incorporated in 1944.

Ron Masten and family, ordained last week at NE District Council

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Matt Redman - ♫ You Never Let Go ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
     Unfortunately, last week we didn't post a Bible Trivia question, so this week's prize will be worth a total of $10 (to be used on any NYM event or item): Can you mention at least 2 people in the Bible that had a coat?

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Youth Camps - Join the movement on Facebook, promoting our summer camps in Lexington, NE during the month of June.

4). Link of the Day: Buffer - A smarter way to tweet

5). Quote of the Day: 'It's hard to tell someone what to do if you haven't already done it before.' - Jack Strom, President of Trinity Bible College

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Teach Your Children to Save Day. It is also the birthday of famous Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones from 1972. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first newspaper was published in the US in Boston, 1704.

Kevin and Beth Jacobs, ordained at NE District Council last week

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Rawsrvnt - ♫ El Shaddai ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     My wife used to be a Childcare provider. She had a young boy that she watched named Ethan. The other day, as we were driving in the car my wife saw on her phone that Ethan was sick and in the hospital. My son Eric interrupted what we were doing in the car and asked us to pray for him right at that moment, so we did. What a delight to see my son living out what we've taught him!

3). Ministry of the Day: CM Facebook - Check out the Facebook page for those students who have committed themselves to reaching their friends at school as Campus Missionaries.

4). Link of the Day: Translation - With a language all its' own, find translation to the most intricate twitter updates.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Sometimes you don't choose which challenges come to your desk. You do decide how to respond.' - President George W. Bush

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Movie Theatre Day. It is also the day we recommend you order your Summer Sunday School Materials. It is the birthday of Charles Starks (youth pastor in Valentine, NE), a distinction he shares with William Shakespeare from 1564. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Namibia became the 160th member of the United Nations in 1990.

Presbyters Preparing for the Ordination Service last week at Christ's Place in Lincoln


Friday, April 20, 2012

Leader Profile - Shawn Banzhaf

1). Song of the Day: Adelaine - Do or Die ♫

2). Leader Profile - Adam Erwin

POSITION: Associate Pastor at the Market Church, Omaha
HISTORY: Studied at Grace University and Masters Commission
FAMILY: Married to Sarah, planning for kids in double digits
HOBBIES: Playing Guitar, Baseball, Origami

3). Ministry of the Day: Middle/Kids Camps - Come join us at our summer camp for young people in Lexington at the The Crossing

4). Link of the Day: Pizzas! - Check out a bunch of creative, different recipes for unique pizzas.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Worship means there's no boundaries in my life - 'God, You can do what You want.'' - Tim Dilena, NE District Council

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Husband Appreciation Day. It is also the birthday of Mariano Menendez (pastor in Scottsbluff, NE), a distinction he shares with Napolean, famous French Emperor, from 1808. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Chicago Cubs played their first game at Wrigley Field in 1916.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Wakeup Starlight - One Step Away ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Here's a recent account from my friend Ryan, in Bellevue: the past 3 nites in Bellevue, we had an event called #mycity for revolution and shelter. We basically spent 2 and a half hours just praying for Bellevue and the surrounding area. 40 leaders and 200+ students each night praying the entire time. We have about 20 students from Glenwood. We spent Wednesday night specifically praying for the towns that each person lived in. (Bellevue, papillion, Glenwood, Millard, etc...) but that's not the cool part. The same time we're praying on Wednesday night,
there's a night rally happening in Glenwood, at a small Baptist church. 200 high school and junior high students gave their lives to Christ! There's too many for the Baptist church to handle and they don't know what to do. Well it just so happens that my wife and I planted a cell group in Glenwood in the fall, and we have a house large enough for everyone to meet! God moved in an amazing way and answered prayer faster than I've ever seen before.

3). Ministry of the Day: Youth Camps - Come be with us at Youth Camp 1 (June 4-8) and Youth Camp 2 (June 11-15) at The Crossing in Lexington this summer.

4). Link of the Day: Atlas Obscrura - A compendium of the World's wonders and curiosities.

5). Quote of the Day: 'You want people in your life that have experienced more of the journey than you have.' -Tim Dilena, NE District Council Speaker

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National High Five Day. It is also the birthday of Bob Ryan (Children's Pastor in Omaha, NE), a distinction he shares with Michelle Wyre (pastor's wife in Scottsbluff, NE). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Charles Duryea drove the first automobile in America in 1892.

Dave Busch's new bike paint job, an award from the Missions Bike Ride 2011

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

District Council

Hey everyone,

I apologize that the blog posts stopped the last couple of days. I've been very busy at our annual District Council business meetings in Lincoln, but we'll resume again tomorrow. Thanks!

Toby Schneckloth, NE DYD

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: This song was recommended by my awesome wife: Mandisa - Good Morning ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- On our way into Omaha for Easter weekend, we stopped quickly in Lincoln to get some lunch at Culvers. On our way pulling out of the restaurant, we saw a homeless man on the side of a busy road, holding up a sign that said 'anything to help'. We had some leftover chicken pieces that I had suggested we give him, but my wife wasn't satisfied with that. We pulled back into Culvers, grabbed a meal deal, and handed it to him on our way back to the Interstate. I was so proud of Kim for caring enough to bless him, and for setting such a great example for our kids. What are you doing to help others, both those in need, and those watching, learning?

3). Ministry of the Day: On Course Magazine - Send your students to check out this great Christian resource online.

4). Link of the Day: Fat Wallet - Online coupons for our convenience.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Where the pavement ends, the harvest begins.' - Twyla Kuntz, North Dakota DYD

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Health Care Decisions Day. It is also the birthday of Matt Richardson (youth pastor in Omaha), a distinction he shares with New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, from 1952. Finally, it is the first day of our Nebraska Assemblies of God District Council - please be in prayer that this would be a great time of business our pastors.

Songwriting Entry, from Fine Arts last month in Kearney, NE

Friday, April 13, 2012

Leader Profile - Paul Maunu

1). Song of the Day: Hawk Nelson - One Shot ♫

2). Leader Profile - Paul Maunu

POSITION: Pastor in Minatare, Presbyter in the Northwest Section
HISTORY: Studied at Northern State University
FAMILY: Married to April, with several children
HOBBIES: Christian Music, Travelling, Being with Family

3). Ministry of the Day: Momentum Magazine - Browse through several youth ministry articles online.

4). Link of the Day: Shelf Life - See the realistic expiration dates of your favorite foods.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Fail gloriously so that even in failure, lives change' -Jon Acuff

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Thomas Jefferson Day. It is also his birthday, from 1743. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters in 1997.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Elizabeth South - Forgive ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- I had the chance to be at BCC for Easter and their dramatic production. It was wonderful. In a creative way, they pictured the last days of Jesus' life on earth and highlighted his words to us. They had an altar call and several people responded to accept Jesus as their Savior.
- A church had a pancake feed for Speed the Light on Easter Sunday morning and they raised over $500!

3). Ministry of the Day: Team STL - Join others across the nation who are passionate about empowering our missionaries with vehicles and communication equipment provided through Speed the Light.

4). Link of the Day: Wrong Cards - Funny cards that can be digitally sent to your friends for a good laugh.

5). Quote of the Day: 'All of the proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins we need to sustain life originate in plants which we eat either directly or through animal intermediaries.' - Dr. Joe Schwarcz

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Licorice Day. It is also the beginning of College Days for potential students at Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND. It is the birthday of Scott Lingerfelt (DYD of West Florida), a distinction he shares with famous musician Herbie Hancock from 1940. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the formal inquest of Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition began in 1633.

Kevin Jacobs, leading the way at Fine Arts in Kearney, NE

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Monk and Neagle - Beautiful You ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- Here is a synopsis from a discussion by Ron McManus, about 4 main parts of a growing church.
1. Vision - The current understanding of God’s preferred future for a congregation. It is cast by leadership and owned by membership. No church has a future unless its dreams are bigger than its memories.
2. Relationships - Activities that include people in the life of the church such as evangelism, outreach, assimilation, and discipleship. Jesus would say can’t belong with Him if you don’t belong to the people you go to church with.
3. Programs - These are vehicles that help us do ministry. They are functional attempts to provide projects, ministries, services, activities, and training for people connected to the congregation.
4. Management - The skeleton to the body of the church. If you can see the skeleton, the body isn’t healthy. These are the systems and structures that work to undergird the fulfillment of vision and the implementation of relationships and programs. It includes the administration of resources, day to day operations and overall efficiency.

3) Ministry of the Day: PK Retreat - A retreat just for Pastors Kids in Nebraska. Tubing down the Niobrara River near Valentine.

4). Link of the Day: Nebraska! - Fun facts about this wonderful state in center of America.

5). Quote of the Day: 'The federal government spends $4 on elderly people for every $1 it spends on those under $18.' -Zakaria

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Pet Day. It is also the birthday of famous New York Yankee Mark Teixeira from 1980. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Apple I was created in 1976.

A Baking Entry from NE Fine Arts

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Jonathan McReynolds - I Love You ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment (through Facebook) chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. He is now up to $10 in prize earnings again, way to go! Here's the trivia for today: Name two people that Jesus met after he rose from the dead.

3). Ministry of the Day: Act Normal Trainer - Act Normal is a daily practice of transformation that can start with a single, simple act of kindness.

4). Link of the Day: Greatest Journeys on Earth - See an A to Z list of the most amazing expeditions available for you in this world.

5). Quote of the Day: 'No church has a future unless its' dreams are bigger than its' memories.' -Ron McManus

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Library Day. It is also the birthday of famous American Pioneer Jim Bowie, from 1796. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the first 3D film premiered from Warner Brothers Studio in 1953.

T-Shirt Design entry from NE Fine Arts

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: John Mark McMillan - Sheet of Night ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- A few weeks ago, I got my hair cut. I know - not a big incredible moment, but a lesson learned nonetheless. The stylist was a new one to the store that I go to, so I told her how I normally like my hair styled. She seemed to understand what I said and began to start the cut. The sides and back were trimmed perfectly and I was excited. Then she started on the top and cut about an inch shorter than I was used to. YIKES!
- I didn't say much, just allowed her to finish the job. Once done I wandered into the bathroom and saw the damage. MUCH shorter than I had gone in years! I'm not one to worry too much about my hair, but I knew that this was going to throw people for a loop. My family was shocked and my wife did her best not to let me see her uncomfortable looks. I wore a lot of hats and made the best of the situation.
- The last week or so though, I've received several compliments on my new hair cut. People seem to really like it. If they only knew! One of my wise old friends once said, 'the difference between a bad and a good haircut is two weeks'. They were right. Sometimes, we just need some time to work into a tough situation and see it better.

3). Ministry of the Day: Momentum Mondays - Sign up to receive weekly youth leader devotionals from our National Office in Springfield, MO.

4). Link of the Day: April Fools - Recently, we just passed the annual pranksters holiday, April Fools Day. Check out some great prank gadgets and surprises here.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Temptations - the wrong things that feel like the right things at the time.' -Jiminy Cricket, Pinnochio

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cherish an Antique Day. It is also the birthday of Kiley Callaway (pastor in Gering, NE), a distinction he shares with Bernie Elliot (National Bible Quiz Director), Kimberly Cristobal (worship pastor's wife in Bellevue, NE), and Ed Blaise (Jr. High Pastor in Kearney, NE). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Henry V was crowned King of England in 1413.

My son Eric and I, at Fine Arts

Friday, April 6, 2012

Leader Profile - Troy Netherton

1). Song of the Day: 33 Miles - What Grace Looks Like ♫

2). Leader Profile - Troy Netherton

POSITION: Children's Leader in Fairbury, NE
HISTORY: Grew up in Cozad, NE
FAMILY: Married to Paula, with Several Kids
HOBBIES: Wrestling, Huskers, Being with Family

3). Ministry of the Day: Today is Good Friday, the day we honor Jesus for dying for our sins. The best way to honor Him is to do what He asked us to do and show His love to someone else. Becoming a campus missionary is a great way to do just that.

4). Link of the Day: Holidays - A list of all the National and World Holidays, both common and strange selections.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly.
- Old Eskimo proverb.' - Old Eskimo Proverb

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Army Day. It is also the birthday of Troy Netherton (above) a distinction he shares with Janell Norton (children's pastor from Sioux City, NE). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Mehmed II began his siege of Constantinople (Instabul) in 1453.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Paul Baloche - The Same Love ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- A church in Grand Island had a promotional push to take an offering to help eliminate the debt they owe on their building and they took up a record offering 4 times the amount of a normal time to give.
- Our students did a great job last week at our Fine Arts. Here's a listing of the NE champions in each represented category - 2012 NE Champs

3). Ministry of the Day: Acts 2 Process - Help a community of believers work together for an intergenerational strategy of discipleship

4). Link of the Day: Slightly Warped - Enjoy a random collection of the world's weirdest facts

5). Quote of the Day: 'Mountain Tops inspire leaders, valleys mature them.' - Pastor Choko, Chicago, Illinois

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Fun at Work Day. It is also the birthday of Tom Bruna (NE Royal Ranger Commander), a distinction he shares with Paul Maunu (pastor in Minatare, NE). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that The Mayflower ship set sail from Plymouth, MA on it's way back to England from America.

NEELY, in concert at Fine Arts last weekend

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Rapture Ruckus - Break the Line ♫

2). Blog Entry: Manage Finances
- Many leaders today are judged mostly by the bottom line. How much money did they lose or make last year? Obviously, numbers are very important to money and souls are what matter, but sometimes the money doesn't follow the ministry. Ministers can move through periods of planting and sowing where their work doesn't earn a financial profit, but is preparing a harvest that will come to follow.
- For those truly working in that period, they deserve grace and patience. But too many can use that excuse for a lack of production caused by a lack of work and/or vision. As much as we want to make money the enemy, it can be a good way of judging where we are at in our effectiveness as well. Some important money lessons/principles that I try to follow:
- Find help from a money manager in your church to properly plan your budget.
- Refer to them and your budget several times a year to see where you are at and properly plan for your events.
- Have designated areas where you step out in faith and believe God for the increase, with your leaders approval and permission. Just as Joseph had years of famine and years of plenty, there are times for stepping out in faith and times for saving up as well.
- Once your plans have been organized monetarily, don't let it control your thoughts. Move forward with ministry to people accordingly. Don't let yourself be praying for people at the altar while thinking about how much money came in the offering.
- Stay personally faithful in your finances. Give regularly and be generous
- Don't be afraid to ask others to give. The Bible is full of examples where people gave all they had. It's a Biblical principle, a Godly trait, and one that we should encourage in our followers, as we set the example for them.
- Make sure the businesses in your community know of your ministry. Many would like to support (and make sure others know they support) life changing programs with youth and young people.
- Make sure your mission drives your budget. Don't say that something is the most important thing to you and then let your money primarily support other areas. Often, our budget is full of money traps; accounts that were effective at one time but are no longer part of our vision and mission for the future.
- Be the giver you are looking to develop in others.

3). Ministry of the Day: Firestarter Devotions - Check out daily devotions online provided through our National Youth Office in Springfield, MO.

4). Link of the Day: Best Countries - A list of what most every country in the world is the best at.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Not all treasure is silver and gold mate.' - Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Carribean.

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Vitamin C Day. It is also the birthday of David E. Kelley, American media personality, from 1956. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Moscow was first recorded in existence in 1147.

Visual Art 2D Selection from Fine Arts this past weekend

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Above the Golden State - All My Heart ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. That's three weeks in a row and he is now up to $5 in prize earnings after redeeming $20 this past weekend at Fine Arts.
- Here's the trivia for today: How many books are in the Bible?

3). Ministry of the Day: National Resources - Check out all of the wonderful resources promoted through our National Youth Office in Springfield, MO.

4). Link of the Day: Under Arrest - 50 Bizarre US laws across the states

5). Quote of the Day: 'Fire doesn't need an introduction.' - Joe Oden

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Party Day. It is also the birthday of Brittany Wright (children's leader in Chadron), a distinction she shares with American Author Washington Irving from 1783. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Unabomber was arrested in Montana in 1996.

The costumes at the Photo Booth of Fine Arts this past weekend

Monday, April 2, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Boiling Point - Brand New Day ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Tonight is the official championship basketball game of the Final Four tournament. It looks like Jesse Meduna is going to be our champion in our Nebraska Youth Ministries Final Four Pick'em tournament.
- While watching the games, there was a moment that caught my attention. I had picked Michigan State to win it all (didn't happen!), and I was watching them play St. Louis to get to the Sweet Sixteen. It was near the end of the game and they were up a comfortable margin. A foul occurred and a St. Louis player went to the free throw line. The refs suddenly stopped the action to wipe up a wet spot in the middle of the floor, under the hoop. A player from Michigan State grabbed the mop from the ref and began working to clean up the spot. And it wasn't just any player, it was the star player for the Spartans, Draymond Green. I remember the announcers really enjoying it because it was the first time they'd seen a player pitch in to that level, not to mention an eventual superstar.
- You're never too big to work hard. As your earn more responsibility, you find others to help in these areas, but there are still times when it's good for you to pitch in and get the job done. This helps teach those around you to stay humble and achieve a good work ethic, as well as reminding yourself of who you really are.

3). Ministry of the Day: Fine Arts Galleries - There are three different places to look for photos from our Nebraska Youth Ministries Event this past weekend; our Website Gallery, this Facebook gallery, and this one as well

4). Link of the Day: Individual performances from Fine Arts can be ordered on DVD for $5 apiece. Let Toby know by the end of the week.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Don't allow your budget to dictate your faith' - Pastor Choko, Chicago, Illinois

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. It is also the birthdays of April Maunu (pastors wife in Minatare, NE), Cheryl Korenak (pastors wife in Blair, NE), Dan O'Neil (associate pastor in Grand Island, NE), Josh Williams (youth pastor in Crete, NE), and Phil Parker (District Office Employee). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that explorer Juan Ponce De Leon first laid eyes on Florida, in 1513.

NEELY, in Concert at Fine Arts this past weekend