Who does this guy think he is?
And… who does he think is going to read this blog?
I began talking about who and why on the Home Page.
This page for those who want to know more.
Having worked in Christian Ed for three decades, often taking the road less traveled, I have come up with a few ideas and resources to share. Most of that sharing has happened at sundaysoftware.com and rotation.org –two CE websites I started years ago. But not every idea or resource belonged on those sites, so I created this one: Sundayresources.net.
Many people visiting this blog know me from my work with teaching with computers in Christian education. I’ve been teaching with software in Sunday School since 1990, and started Sunday Software full-time in 1996.
Others visiting this blog know me from my work with the Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday School, …a different way to organize your program and teach kids -which I had a hand in creating. It is estimated that over 9000 churches in N. America use the model. I was the founder of www.rotation.org -a site that I turned over to a non-profit Board of Directors and now serve as their lead writer and webmaster.
Both my software and rotation work began because -as both a pastor and parent, I was dissatisfied with the way we did things in the church and believed things could change. I’ve learned from my successes and failures trying to change things, and from many others in the church trying to do the same thing. This blog shares some of those conclusions.
I have been blessed with a different way of looking at things, including faith. But I’ve also been cursed with an inability to hide my incredulity with the “same old, same old,” (and the old guard, righteous, wound-too-tight, …but I digress).
Three people (maybe more) know me from my articles and seminars about building a better church website. One of my ministries is to freely help fellow church techies and fellow pastors who are trying to harness technology to improve their ministry. As a minister, educator, church volunteer, software developer, former church staff member, “web guy”, and as an occasional “visitor” looking for a congregation to land in, I bring some unique perspective to that work. This blog continues that discussion.
We all have a lot to learn. This blog is me sorting through my experiences and knowledge to offer some things that might help a few people. But most of all, its here to help ME. There’s a clarifying process that happens when you try to sound coherent in writing. I just hope my idea of coherence works for you.
Gilding the Lily…
It’s true that the journey shapes you, but I also believe in shaping the journey rather than just letting things happen. My wife and I grew up in suburban Columbus Ohio before serving churches in Louisville, Jamestown New York, and Chicago, …before returning to Columbus and family to launch Sunday Software. When our kids started into college, we decided to live-out one of our dreams for a couple of years by moving to the island of St Croix in the US Virgin Islands. I continued my Sunday Software work there and became the Parish Assistant in a small Reformed Church. We miss it every day –which explains the ocean/water/beach imagery in this blog. The photos come from our time on island. In 2012 we moved to Florida to get medical care for one of our kids who has a physical disability.
St Croix was a wonderful “Great Adventure” that we knew would eventually end. Islands are no place for young adults with career aspirations or disabilities, and when our kids were ready for their next steps, we did not want to live so far away.
From 2014-15, I served as interim pastor for children, youth and family in a Bradenton congregation. In 2016, we moved to Tampa to be near my oldest daughter and her family when they came into the area. Imagine our surprise, then, when in 2018 they asked us to move back with them to Columbus! They wanted four seasons and good schools for their kids. As life changes and grandkids come, dreams can’t just be about places and climates.
In addition to continuing my Sunday Software work, I’m also the webmaster and lead writer for rotation.org. My favorite job, however, is being “poopaw” to my grandkids.
My family hanging out at Sandy Point on St Croix.
The adventure continues.
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