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Read “Flowers In A Cup” on Backspaces

Category : Blog, Creative Writing, Fiction · No Comments · by Apr 11th, 2014

Flowers In A Cup from Joe Montoya

You can read of my stuff on Backspaces

My latest on Backspaces “Thinking of Fishing”

Category : Blog, Creative Writing, Social Media, Writing · No Comments · by Mar 8th, 2014

Thinking of Fishing from Joe Montoya

First shot with the Polamatic app

Category : Photography · No Comments · by Mar 2nd, 2014

Here’s my first shot with the Polamatic app. I shot the image with Hipstamatic camera then imported the image into the Polamatic app. I added a filter and some text. Adding the text brought me back 20 years ago, when I would take pictures at work with the office Polaroid camera and then would add a little note to record the event. It was very easy to use and seems like a very stable app. When I get a chance I will shoot with the Polamatic camera and see what kind of results I’ll get from there.

Kidmin Conference Nuggets

Category : Blog, Children, Children's Ministry · No Comments · by Feb 27th, 2014

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I’m a children’s pastor for a non-denominational church in Southern California. If you are in the business of working with children or do ministry and into leadership stuff read on…
After a great children’s conference it’s very easy to back into the grind of ministry and even forget to unpack all the “Aha!” moments and apply practical learnings into what we do. I am working on being more strategic with how I do kidmin at my church with my team. With that here are some golden nuggets I got from CPC 14:

  • Sometimes, you don’t need more resources. You just need to remember what God has done in the past.
  • When you do teach, stay focused on one theme. Stick to it!
  • Don’t recruit out of need because that’s not what motivates people. Vision does.
  • Never underestimate the value of training.
  • Keep telling stories to engage your children but don’t be afraid to teach a principle that cannot be explained through a bible story.
  • Kids will not believe you if you don’t have fun with them.
  • It’s not about behavior conforming . It’s about hearts transforming.

Featured on AMPt

Category : Blog, Photography, Social Media · No Comments · by Feb 5th, 2014

20140205-135358.jpgHUGE THANKS and SHOUT OUT to the AMPt team from for the featured interview. I’m glad to be part of a growing community of mobile artists from around the globe. I have in my pocket a device that not only makes phone calls, but enables me to take pictures and share them almost instantly with others. Mobile photography is a world-game-changer, and I’m excited take an active part in it. I discovered a passion that is very accessible for me and get to share it with people with the same passion (regardless of skill level) on AMPt!


Category : Inspiration, Photography · No Comments · by Feb 3rd, 2014

20140203-133127.jpgLoneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self. ~May Sarton.

Being alone and being lonely aren’t the same things.

My latest on Backspaces “The Morning Routine”

Category : Blog, Photography, Writing · No Comments · by Feb 1st, 2014

The Morning Routine from Joe Montoya

T-bird watching

Category : Blog, Photography · No Comments · by Jan 31st, 2014

20140131-121115.jpg T-bird. Long Beach, California, January 2014. I love old rides , and the California Heights neighborhoods of Long Beach are the perfect setting for vintage cars.

Training Day

Category : Photography, Writing · No Comments · by Jan 29th, 2014

Training Day from Joe Montoya


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