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RoundTable Session 3 – General Discussion

Content Filtering
> Remote Content Filtering
   >> Covenant Eyes or XXX Church
> Is Logging for Filtering effective?
> “Use it, just don’t Abuse it” – DeanLisenby

Networking Monitoring
> Cati EZ
> Zenoss
> Orion
> Servers Alive
> OpManager
> OpenMNS
> Hyperic
> Groundworks
> Veem
> VQ Manager
> Spotlight Light on Windows

CIT RoundTable Session 2 – Management Track

Project Management

> Are the Expectations that IT won’t manage and plan projects?
> How do you plan?

  >> Basecamp
  >> WhiteBoard
  >> MS Project
  >> Active Colab
  >> PMBOK

> How often is enough to “meet” with your staff
>> Weekly, Bi-weekly
>> Involve the whole team and one on ones

> Helpdesk software – Do you track ticket times what do you do with that data
>> Justify job
>> Give clarity those high maintenance users


> How do you fund IT Staff Training
>> Outside Grants – IWT (Incumbant Worker Training)
>> Operation Budget Funding

CIT Roundtable 1

Cool Tools

BombBomb.com “affordable” but cool

RoyalTS – Remote Desktop Console Tool FREE
> http://www.code4ward.net/main/RoyalTS/Overview.aspx


MRemote FREE

LovelyCharts.com “affordable paid account”

SpiceWorks – Scans Macs, PCs, Servers give alerts on changes updates, problems.

Kiwi Solarwinds toolset




Mobiscope Desktop

 Volunteers in IT

> How to recruit Volunteers:

– Volunteer Fair
– Make the needs Known and make the descriptions detailed and clear
– Define the scope for the volunteers

– Let your volunteers see the blinkly lights on a tour

Backups and Offsite Backups

- Backups are for the weak in faith –Bryson

- What is Offsite?  Off campus, other building, other property owner

- Who is the stake holders in the backup decision

- Leadership team has to make a choice what the order for coming back online is.

– Have leadership commit to the decisions of how you come back online after a disaster

– Disaster doesn’t just mean data issues..  power, data, hv/ac


Not all storage is created equal…

> Media Production have tiers of storage – Online, Near Online, Not Really Online (wait time)

MinistryTECH Keynote 3 – Attaining Relevance

David Drinnon

Pastor of Technology and Websites – Second Baptist Church

Relevance – positioning all things in a way that our message is readily received by our audience.
As technologists we are the stake holders of the technology that enters our Ministries.

How do we make the message of the Gospel Relevant?
- Is relevancy the right question to ask?
> Does the message of the Gospel become watered down when we attempt to make it relevant?
> Does the message of the Gospel need us to “make” it relevant?

“Just believe is like saying Drink the Punch, Take the Pill” – David Drinnon

Commitment to Relevancy and not the Gospel can lead to dangerous place.

Are you so involved in the pursuit of the medium you loose the message?

> Don’t put the medium before the message

Ephesians 2:1
You were dead to your transgressions and sins.
> What is it to be dead?  The dead don’t bear any fruit, No Value, Morally bankrupt before God.
> The trust of the dead is miss-placed.
> The Dead have no sorrow for sin, Worldly sorry brings Death.
> Death is the absence of everything.

God isn’t giving us a resuscitation, he is giving us a RESURECTION… he is brining us back to Life not just riving us.

There are a ton to technologies but they have no meaning unless you have THE message.

Matt. 28:18-20 Everyone is called to ministry… Don’t get suck behind the gear find out what are the needs of people beyond the technology.

It doesn’t matter the amount of gear, the amount of knowledge, the size of your church…. God has called you to a mission of ministry.

“In matters of style swim with the current, in matters of principle stand like a rock”

The Gospel itself alone is RELEVANT, it alone changes lives.  Our Relevance isn’t in the medium but in the MESSAGE.

MinistryTECH Morning Devo

Paul Zigan

Galatians 6:2-5

1-3 Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.

4-5Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

Burdens vs. the Load

the Load is small personal

the burden is large and bigger than you can handle on your own.

- An Obstacle for “burden bearing” is thinking to highly of yourself… when your “too good” its “too hard” to help carry the burden v.3 

What is the result of the Burden Bearing?

- v.2 “Fuflill the Law of Christ”

-John 13.:34 the law of Love

MinistryTECH Keynote 2

Social Networking in Ministry
Jeff Wilson
Henderson Hills Baptist Church

1. Why Should you be involved in social networking?

- Relationships with other like minded people

- Working in the Church can be lonely

- Get me out of the building without having to leave

2. Open the flow… allow for the the ability to have connections

- Be open to take a risk to have community formed online.

- Be willing to move away from the business and move towards the ministry aspects.

3. Empower the Church

- Our role is to empower the church

- There is value in appearing to be current with technology for those outside the church.

4. Maximize the Technology

- Move from “Old” to “New”

5. Become the Church “Geek Squad”

- Train

- Use your Skilz

- Share the Info

- Produce/Share

- Help Student Ministry provide training for “Do’s and Don’ts” for social networking for Children and parents

6. Become the Catalyst

- Help others on your ministry team maximize social networks

- You are more than a repairman

- Partnering with vendors to incorporate social networking with ministry

- Don’t stay in your office

- Be an influencer

MinistryTECH – Keynote Session 1

MinistryTECH 09 Day 1Brad Sheriff – VP of Brand Technology Sonic Drive In

Driving Innovation and Relevance

How to solve altitude sickness: Cherry Lime-Aid and Ice-Cream Sunday

Sonic Drive In is in 44 of 50 states





What does Innovation look like?  Who is the most innovative person?  Jerry Seinfeld – because he sees what the rest of us overlook and ignore  WWJD (What Would Jerry Do)

How Does Innovation lead to technology:

- Innovation breads directed activity and action

- Innovation creates positive energy

- Innovation leads to improvement

- Fail your way to success

How Sonic Tech Works


>    Project Management (Idea Gathering, Prioritization) >

              >    Retail|
               >   System Dev  – Developers
               >   Infrastructure – Data Center, Business Continuity, LAN/WAN

>  Implementation and Training

   – You can build anything you want, but you have to train people how to use it or the technology is useless

> Customer Service – Taking the time from learn from the experience that  you ‘customer’ has.Technology is not a perfect science, you have to be focused on the users.


You have to be deliberate about structure and process.

- Results Oriented departments get the $$ –

- If everyone understands how IT works they will include you in the decisions

- Perception Rules with the lack of hard facts

- Manage the expectations of your “customers”, there is always more good ideas than there is time.


Who’s First?

- Who defines where your organization is going technically? 

- Can your senior leadership tell you what your technical strategy in 30 words or less?

  – Can your staff?

Results – How/When do we Win?

- what is success?

Take away:

Balanced Initiatives

Know your customers

Get out More

Create a culture of Reinvestment/Return

Change the way you see the world

WWSD (What would Seinfeld Do?)

MinistryTECH Day One

We arrived yesterday in Colorado Springs and have been enjoying catching up with some old friends and enjoying meeting new friends.


Early Tuesday Jeremie and I left Galesburg and took the train to Chicago then the L to Midway, flew Southwest to Denver and drove to Colorado Springs.  We were on the same flight as the guys from Granger so we have had too much fun for one day of travel. (Greetings from Midway says it all!).


 MinistryTECH 09 Tuesday

Wednesday started with Ministry Tours at Compassion International and New Life Church.

MinistryTECH Day 2

MinistryTECH Day 2


Compassion International’s DataCenter

MinistryTECH Day 2


Second on our Tours was New Life Church


MinistryTECH Day 2


MinistryTECH Day 2


After the Tours at Compassion and New Life we hit Sonic for a little lunch

MinistryTECH Day 2


Ian and Clif had to respond to a crisis at the office, so Ian set up his monster Sonic WiFi rig

MinistryTECH Day 2


After lunch we decided to see some Colorado Spring Sights… Our first stop was the Manitou Springs Cave Dwellings.  These dwellings were built between 1100 and 1300 AD

MinistryTECH 09 Wednesday

MinistryTECH 09 Wednesday


Jeremie taking in the Manitou Cave Dwellings
MinistryTECH 09 Wednesday


The Granger Guys inside a tower at the cave dwelling

MinistryTECH 09 Wednesday


Justin deep in thought…. Jeremie just keeps appearing all over the place.

MinistryTECH 09 Wednesday


After the Manitou Cave Dwellings we headed to the Garden of the Gods an awesome park with several huge rock formations.

MinistryTECH 09 Wednesday

MinistryTECH 09 Wednesday


“Umm that is a big rock”

 MinistryTECH 09 Wednesday


After the Garden of the gods we decided to take a dirt road with a bunch of switch backs up a mountain, this was a good adventure and provided a ton of great views.  This is a panorama from my phone.



MinistryTECH 09 Wednesday

We had a great day taking in some sites, the altitude does make you a little more winded when you are climbing rock formations and hills… so now its time to get to bed.  The ‘work’ begins tomorrow… MinistryTech starts at 9 am.  If you weren’t able to make the trip… join us on the stream.


Tons more photos are uploaded to flickr, go here to see the photos from All MinistryTECH 09

Lincoln Presidential Museum

My family is in town this weekend so we thought it would be fun to make the trip to Springfield, IL to eat some from some of our favorite places to eat as well as check out the Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (alplm.org) and visit with some friends.  Even though we had lived in Springfield for over four years my parents never had visited the museum so we thought this weekend’s trip should include a trip to Springfield.

I have to admit I am not a huge museum person but if you are ever near the LPLM it is a must visit stop on your trip.  The museum is extremely impressive!  There are two theaters that have two amazingly  well done shows with awesome affects and tons of other media to present the history of Lincoln. Its worth your time to check out!

Because of copyright and condition of some of the historical items they don’t permit photos inside the “journeys”, so since I can’t show you photos of most of the museum, you will have to just go and see it for yourself.

One of the best parts of our visit to the ALPLM was the fact that we had our own personal tour-guide, our friends Charlie and Cleo Lee (not related, but ‘adopted’ because of our names) volunteer at the museum, so Cleo went with us as our personal tour guide! Thanks Cleo for the personal tour and Free Tickets!  For a hook up with your own personal guides when you tour the ALPLM, drop me a note and we’ll introduce you to some of our favorite ALPLM volunteers.


Here are some of the picts from our trip.

Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

The first journey is the “Pre-Presidential Years” starts with a replica of the cabin A. Lincoln grew up in and takes you thru  the days before the election.


Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Mom and Dad with “little Abe” before we started Journey One.


The second Journey starts with entering the front of a White House replica and takes you thru the post election time thru the Civil War to Lincoln’s death. Are they Statues or Actors?  Hmm…

Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum


You can also take a tour by cell phone and text message in Springfield of all the Lincoln sites… pretty cool.

Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum


After Dinner at Darcy’s Pint, on of the best places to have a Horseshoe, we met up with a bunch of our friends for ice-cream at Culvers.

“Grandma” Cleo saw this bunny that jumps and dances at the store and thought Jonathan “HAD” to have it.

Dinner with Sprinfield Friends      Dinner with Sprinfield Friends


Taking over the restaurant and hanging out with friends.

Dinner with Sprinfield Friends


Not sure if it was just a long day for the little guy or if “Auntie” Deb is just that boring.

"Aunt Deb" & Jonathan


Cleo & Charlie Lee and Bruce Voorhees and the silly bunny.

Dinner with Sprinfield Friends


Ok… and lastly i have to post the photos of the random wedding party waking down the street… we saw them walking downtown with the yellow dresses and yellow parasols and couldn’t pass up snapping a shot.

Random Wedding walking down the street

Cute Kid

So over the past few months there has been a debate in our office… If you have a kid, do you think he/she is cute no matter what?

This debate is primarily because I think my kid is really cute, as do my co-workers “Auntie” Linda and “Aunitie” Mel, and Jeremie (Jonathan hasn’t come up with a nickname for Jeremie yet) but primarily because of my cynical wonderings…


Anyways, I don’t have to worry because my kid is cute!


Here is Jonathan in his Easter Outfit… too bad he isn’t a happy baby!

Jonathan's first Easter


A post Easter Service Photo Shoot

Jonathan's first Easter


Someone fell asleep…

Snuggling with Daddy


No really, this is my serious face!

Big smiles!