5 Questions. 5 Answers w/David Wakerley

I am blessed to have relationships with some very cool people in children’s ministry. I have asked some of my children’s ministry friends the same five questions. Here are is what David said:

1. In a short paragraph, tell us about you.
I grew up in Christchurch New Zealand and studied music after school (I have a Diploma in Jazz/Performance…). I married my wife Beci at 21 before we moved to Sydney Australia to study at Hillsong International Leadership College. We are now both full time kids pastors and have two boys Brooklyn and Orlando. If we have more children we are considering San Diego or Portland or maybe even Charlotte if its a girl. But seriously we are living the dream and loving life here in the promised land of Australia!

2. What have you done that has attracted the most kids/families?
We have released 6 albums as Hillsong Kids and one as Hillsong Kids Jr. (preschool worship) Most of these have been live recordings. They have been some of our biggest events with over 2,000 school aged children in one room for the recordings… it’s quite a logistical challenge! Sure, we run big events, but try to keep everyone engaged for a DVD recording is full on! More Churches around the world should try to capture their kids worshipping, it is a huge need around the world and VERY few Churches/Music labels attempt it (I know of maybe one other Church?)

3. What have you done that has had the biggest spiritual impact for kids/families?
We started our preteen ministry ‘Voltage’ about three years ago and by far it has been the most impacting thing we have ever done! What a change in our Church and children. They LOVE coming to Voltage and the transition from kids to youth is markedly better than it used to be. Give tweens their own space and attention and they will connect with each other and God in remarkable ways!

4. What would you never do again? Why?
There are a lot of little things we do inside our events that have taught us a lot… Marquees with hundreds of kids outside in winter, playdough in certain rooms and carpets, excessive amounts of facepaint at camps, improvised theatre with hundreds of kids etc. But the spiritual answer is recognising when I am fatigued and need to take time for myself and God. I hate that feeling and learning to be self aware is a key quality in leadership.

5. What are you working on in 2012?
The next era of our Hillsong Kids Curriculum. We have learnt a lot from the past four years creating a full year of media curriculum and I plan to take that experience and reinvent the whole experience! Look forward to exciting new resources!

Read more from Dave on his blog: http://www.davidwakerley.com/

PJ

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    There was a similar site in the UK to some degree recently, promoted quite heavily on TV I recall. It was named something such as My Single Friend. they fail though, Mostly due to the inability to pull in a large enough number of users. I’ve been hired to work on adult dating sites before, they have seen and all failed due to lack of users. I’m now quite wary of hiring anybody who has an idea for the next big dating site. I have ideas of my own personal, But not confident ones I’d actually risk spending time/money on.

    I’m involved too. The first thing they’d do is ‘fix’ the UI, Then that they had add a ton more ads, 20 more steps to buying tickets, Remind you that you can get a hotel/car/haircut/fries with that and get a cheesy salesman to parade it on TV. so, I’d stop deploying it.

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    in whose sale benefits, Their business model exacerbates a problem found on every dating site:

    Women get too many bad matches

    For finished without a good, As I’ll summarize, Pay sites have a unique incentive to profit from their customers’ dissatisfaction.

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    So next time you hear Match or eHarmony writing about how huge they are, You should do like I do and think of Goliath and how he probably bragged regularly about how much he could bench. Then you should go be a part of OkCupid. possibly, They wanted to own it because it targeted diverse customer population than their other properties; Part of the reason that it does so is because of its quirky, “edgy, And open photograph. this 2011; People notice when companies take down important and well known blog posts, And their opinions of these companies change accordingly. Resulting from taking down a well known (And more accurate) net postIs X Y? Mazel tov, take down the post. Even though they did not buy you for your technology or your human capital, They claim they did.2. They’ll convince you they bought you because they never could have accomplished what you did, because of your talented personnel and unique culture, Which they plan to carefully preserve and use.3. Then they will deprecate your systems, Drive away your current people, And force you to work the actual they do.4. when the shit hits the fan, your jewelry declines, And you can’t even get small releases out of the door, you cannot help but think, “Aha, Now at least we may get our ‘told you so’ moment, assuming they finally realize what they’ve done, But they knew all along what they used to do. They wanted them, they were given them, And it shouldn’t feel any sense of loss at what they destroyed.

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    It’s an interesting space no doubt. all the “meat and egg” Problem is quite a job, But so is to undertake,you’re (if you pick it) That men and women want fundamentally different things and have different drives and motives when engaging in dating; And different strategies to how they date. But I strongly believe that the ideas being subtracted from that world do reflect some underlying truths about our world. in the event that’s true, Then my difficulties would be “How do you build a dating site that’s optimized for both males and females? Or can you? And if you, Which do you improve for? Or does that even understand.

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