Welcome to Starbucks!

At the end of July, I began working at Starbucks as a barista.  That’s right.  For 20 hours a week, I’ll be making lattes, cappuccinos, and frappuccinos.

I’m still working full-time at LifeChurch.tv.  But in addition to that, I’ll also be working at Starbucks a few nights a week and on Saturday mornings.  We’re using the cash this job provides to get out of debt.  Dave Ramsey would be proud.

It’s been a challenge learning all the different drink recipes.  As you can imagine, there are a lot of them.  Thankfully, it is starting to come together.  The next challenge for me will be to remember all the crazy drink orders, like a half caf, triple shot, Venti 6 pump vanilla latte with whip, and figuring out how to ring it up correctly at the register.

The people at the store that I am working at are very nice.  They have been very welcoming and supportive. They quickly found out that I am the oldest person working there.  They’re shocked when I tell them that I’ve been married 16 years and have a 14 year old son.

There are several things that I am excited about with this new job.  One is to start to make some progress on the debt we’ve accumulated.  It’s been over a year since we’ve used the credit card, but we haven’t made a real dent in reducing the debt.  This extra income will help.  The next reason I’m excited to be at Starbucks is because I get to observe a world class organization from the inside.  Whatever you think of Starbucks, there is no denying that they are the leader in their industry.  I always like to learn how successful organizations get that way and stay that way.  But what I am most excited about is that I finally get to interact with people who don’t go to church.

Since I started working in full-time ministry six years ago, I never seem to interact with people who don’t go to church.  I work with Christians, hang out with Christians.. pretty much to do everything with other Christians.  There was never any point in inviting them to church, because they were already there.

It will be nice to interact with people who don’t go to church.  My prayer is that I will be a good representative of Christ to my co-workers and that I’d actually be able to invite them to church.

So if you find yourself in the Edmond/Oklahoma City area, stop by and pay me a visit.  I’m at the store on Memorial and MacArthur.

Welcome to Starbucks!

Incredible Week – Day 4

Today was the day.  Six weeks ago, it was an idea.  Five weeks ago, I heard about the idea. Today, Town Hall for Hope became a reality.  With all that happened today, it is going to take some time to gather my thoughts and post them here.  So for now, here are the pictures.  Enjoy!

The day begins with the sun rising above the TV truck and the generators.
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Dave about to lead the combined team in prayer.  Awesome!
Dave Ramsey about to lead the combined team in prayer. Awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Ramsey's team getting prepared to take questions from Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Dave Ramsey's team getting prepared to take questions from Facebook, Twitter, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Ramsey doing his sound checks.
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Inside the LifeChurch.tv Video Suite
Inside the LifeChurch.tv Video Suite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another Video Suite picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From inside the auditorium.
From inside the auditorium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Ramsey going "Office Space" on a microphone.  You'll have to watch the event to understand this picture.
Dave Ramsey going "Office Space" on a microphone. You'll have to watch the event to understand this picture.
Incredible Week – Day 4

Incredible Week – Day 3

Big day today for Town Hall for Hope setup.  The TV truck and generators arrived.  The auditorium chairs were setup.  There are 1717 chairs in the room, if you were wondering.  One the highlights for me was getting a tour of the TV truck.  It was very cool.  Here are some pictures from today.

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Incredible Week – Day 3

Incredible Week – Day 2

Things really heated up today for the Town Hall for Hope event.  Some members of the Fox team and Dave Ramsey’s team arrived today.  The staging arrived. Lights started to get mounted.  The LED wall was assembled.  Here’s some pictures.  Enjoy.

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Incredible Week – Day 2

Incredible Week – Day 1

The team dove into it today.  They removed our cameras from the auditorium and removed the lights around the foot of the stage.  Fox will be utilizing their own cameras.  We’re adding some TVs in the Green Room and in another room that the Fox team and Dave Ramsey’s staff will use.  We’re also lining up the electricians and a boom lift that we’ll need tomorrow.  I’m told at least sixty more lights will be added to our existing lights.  A larger stage will also get installed tomorrow.

We received a very detailed outline of the event from Fox today, which they call the Operations Book.  They think of everything.  They even had a plan for an emergency evacuation of their crew, if necessary.

I’m very excited to see things start to take shape tomorrow.

Incredible Week – Day 1

Incredible Week Begins Now

If you haven’t heard, LifeChurch.tv Oklahoma City Campus will serve as the broadcast location for the Dave Ramsey Town Hall for Hope event. This event will be streamed to 6100 locations in the US and will be broadcast on Fox Business Network. It will be broadcast live on Thursday, April 23.

We’ve been interacting with Dave Ramsey’s folks for about 3 weeks and after a few face to face meetings, hundreds of phone calls, and millions of emails, it all comes down to this.

I can’t wait. I am so excited to see how God is going to use this. I am thrilled to play a very small part of what maybe the largest webcast in history.

There are a lot of people working on this event. This week, I’ll be writing on what the Tech Team is involved in. So stay tuned. If you feel led, please pray about this event and pray for Dave Ramsey’s team and LifeChurch.tv team.

Incredible Week Begins Now