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3 Evernote Tips for Leaders

  1. Get A Shorter Evernote Email Address: If you are interested in emailing items into your Evernote, you may want to consider requesting a shorter Evernote email address by logging into Evernote.com, clicking the arrow on the far right by your name, and “chatting with Evernote”. My email address went from some long, random address with 12 characters to 6 letters (of my choosing) then @m.evernote.com
  2. Send Emails to Evernote Already Tagged in a Specific Notebook: What if you want to have an email end up in a specific notebook? Or maybe add a tag or two? No problem. Here’s how you do it. In the subject of the email, add the name of the notebook where you’d like this item to land prepended with the @ symbol. For tags, prepend those with the # sign. For example, if I have an email regarding an upcoming teaching series that I want to store in my Teaching notebook with the tags “Baptism” and “eKidz,” the email subject line should include the following before sending it to Evernote:  @Teachings #Baptism #eKidz
  3. Merge: Merge your notes. I have shifted to just a handful of notebooks finding that it’s often easier to simply compile all of my notes together around a certain topic, person, or event rather than building a separate notebook for everything or always having to search. You can do this on a Mac by simply clicking on a note then holding down “shift” to select multiple notes or “command” to select specific notes.
Frank Bealer, Family Pastor


An Introduction: eGroups & eKidz


Recently we made an introduction. “eGroups meet eKidz. eKidz meet eGroups.” They shook hands but that was just the beginning. It didn’t take long for them to become best friends. They realized that they had so much in common. They both love the color orange. They both care for people and are passionate about engagement.

Today, we are excited to announce that eGroups is now a part of eKidz:

At first glance it may seem like a pretty insignificant change, but you will discover like the ‘Transformers’ there’s more than meets the eye. This change points toward our increased emphasis on strengthening the relationships and engagement between kids and their leaders. In the coming weeks and months, we will be providing more training and resources to support the incredible eGroup leaders in eKidz.

To help us get off to a great start, you can help us start using the right language. We no longer have small groups in eKidz. We have eGroups! If you catch one of your team members saying ‘small group’, you have our permission to have them do a burpee or or say ‘eGroup’ ten times fast. Make sure you welcome eGroups in eKidz this weekend!

 

Frank Bealer, Family Pastor


3 Questions That Families Are Asking (Part 1)

To eKidz Volunteers (Part 1),

 

Last January, I read an article in Outreach Magazine that has continued to challenge me. In the article, the writer posed 3 questions that every person asks within the first 6 months of coming to our church and 3 questions they ask in the following 6 months. Below you will find the first 3 questions along with a brief explanation. While reading these questions, ask yourself, when it comes to kids and families, how are we doing? How do you think people are answering these questions? What can you do differently to help get more positive answers from our guests?

 

1. “Can I make friends in this church?” This is a question of belonging. Other studies tell us that newcomers who stay make an average of seven new friends in the church during the first six months; those who drop out make less than two. While it’s true that the first impressions of being a “friendly church” have much to do with a first-time visitor returning, the question has now changed from “Are they friendly?” to “Can I make friends?” I’m impressed that the “friendship factor”—more than any other ingredient in the connections and retention mix—is key. To put it simply: Those who make friends, stay; those who don’t, don’t.

 

2. “Is there a place I can fit in?” This is a question of acceptance. Churches with a variety of affinity groups (common interests, age, gender, marital and family status, concerns, needs, dreams) have a much higher retention rate than churches without such “entry paths.” And the more characteristics group members share in common, the better the fit and stronger the glue that will keep them connected.

 

3. “Does this church really want me?” This is a question of personal value. After the initial words of welcome, are these newcomers actively invited to participate in the roles and ministries of the church? Is their opinion sought on policy and vision decisions? Unfortunately, churches have a tendency to go on with business as usual and ignore the creative ideas and new energy bubbling just under the surface in newcomers.

 

Read more articles at outreachmagazine.com

 

Frank Bealer, Family Pastor
Twitter: @fbealer

What we can learn from one of the dumbest questions in the world

To our eKidz volunteers and church friends,

At first glance, the following question could be considered one of the dumbest questions in the world. It is the single most frequently asked question by guests at Magic Kingdom in Disney World (literally hundreds of times every day).

The question: What time does the three o’clock parade start? (Yes, you read that right.)

A cast member (Disney staff) may be tempted to insult the guest or make fun of them for asking such a ridiculous question. But not Disney cast members. They have been trained to answer the question that the guest is meaning to ask.

If you’ve ever been to Disney, you may know that the parade is actually very long and while it does start somewhere at three, it may be thirty minutes before it makes it to your spot on the parade route. What the guest really wants to know is when will the parade arrive and where can I best see it.

As a family ministry we must work hard to not only answer the questions that parents and kids are asking but give them the extra information they need to have a great experience. Take the time to answer the questions that families are going to have but haven’t asked yet. After all, part of a welcoming experience is feeling like you are in good hands and that you’re not completely lost.

What questions can we answer before they are even asked?