facebook & teAMerica

i cannot stand myspace. i think it’s okay for organizations and media but bugs me for individuals. besides there always seem to be reports of creepy people lurking around on myspace. i’m not as familiar with facebook but some of the college students swear by it and i have seen many reports recently concerning the wonders of communicating through facebook. so i figure i’ll give it a try and see if it is something that will be useful in stevens point.

speaking of stevens point pam and i are back from our teAMerica church planting assessment week. the point of the assessment is to see if i should be able to hack it when it comes to the nature of planting a church. apparently about 85% of new churches fail within 5 years. that’s not a good percentage. yet with the right assessment and training that figure flips over on itself. the teAMerica week takes a person and sees whether he/she would be a good fit for planting a church. the way they do this is through a series of personality inventories, written interviews of your friends, surprise group projects, planned presentations, a series of interviews, and basic teaching time. truthfully the whole thing was kind of similar to a church planting version of “the apprentice” without the “you’re fired” part. everything you do is watched and analyzed to see how you work with people, how you lead, how you follow, how you think, etc. it was very tiring but cool.

at the end of the week there are 4 options of what they will say to the candidate.

  • recommend
  • recommend – with conditions (usually this is to attend a couple of conferences and do some more homework – this usually slows things down by a few months or so)
  • recommend – with strong conditions (intern with someone and do allot more homework – this usually slows things down by 12 to 18 months)
  • not recommend – (which means that in the assessors’ opinions it would be best for you to do something else)

we left the week with a “full recommend” and therefore we have crossed another hurdle on the path. now we continue working with namb to see if there is any possibility of getting some funding through them. if we get some funding from them that will mean that i can focus all my efforts on planting the church rather than being somewhat distracted by the need to hold down a part time job for financial reasons.

[tags]church planting, teAMerica, facebook, myspace[/tags]

never join me for a trip

it’s 2:01 a.m. and pam and i got back from our teAMerica church planting assessment about 10 minutes ago (more on this later – it was great). never ever go on a trip with pam and i. we always seems to have something happen that messes the transportation up. tonight the final leg of our transportation was delayed because of a thunderstorm. we sat in the plane on the tarmac for 4 hours! it was awful. actually we only sat in the plane due to the storm for the two hours. our first hour on the tarmac was due to the runway having to be checked and rechecked due to a prior plane having hit a bird during takeoff. the final hour was due to the fact that our plane had run out of fuel sitting on the tarmac waiting for the bird carcasses to be cleared off and the storm to go away. the good side of the wait is that i finished my third book of the week.

if you’re a “lost” fan and have emailed me (i.e. debbie) please don’t be offended if i don’t answer your email until later. pam and i haven’t watched this week’s episode yet and i’m scared to open those emails because i am afraid they will give something away. i hope it was a good one.