ALS #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

Over the last 2 weeks the ALS #IceBucketChallenge has gone viral. You’ve probably seen this on Facebook. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. This challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

I accepted the challenge made by my friend, Mike Lewis, and I will also be making a donation to ALS Research. I encourage my friends to do the same. I have challenged my friends: Doug Fields, Mark Oestreicher, Daniel Rutherford and David Olshine. They have 24 Hours to accept the challenge & upload their video and/or donate $100 to help this great charity.  And now, for my video …

 

[Video] Has Student Ministry Changed?

I was selected recently to be interviewed by Justin Trapp for his #30in30.  Justin is interviewing 30 of today’s top Christian Leaders as voted on by his network.  In this interview Justin asked me some questions about Student Ministry. In this interview Trapp asked me if I thought Student Ministry has changed, what rookie youth workers often struggle with, and about my Coaching Network that I’m launching this week!   Go [here] for the full interview with Justin Trapp and if you (or someone you know) is interested in applying for my #Coaching network, [click here] to apply before Friday!

Application Deadline Extended: Join my Coaching Network!

I just finished selecting a few people who will make up my next Online Coaching Network for Youth Workers, but I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I’ve extended the application deadline to allow opportunity for a few more youth workers the chance to apply before I make my final decision.   If you’ve been in youth ministry for less than 5 years and you would like a coach, take this opportunity to [apply now].

Here’s an overview of the Youth Worker Online Coaching Network:

Still not convinced? Here’s 8 Reasons You Should Apply (and Join) the Network. Go ahead, apply now. Secure your spot today.

Do You Need a Coach?

I’m launching my next Youth Worker Online Coaching Network for Youth Pastors who have only been in the field for 5 years or less and I’m wondering if YOU or someone you know might need a coach? I’m taking applications this week only, so you must [Apply Now].

If you’re not sure if this network is for you, let me give you some insight into what you’ll experience.  Here are 8 Reasons to Join

  • Reason #1 I’ll be your personal coach and cheerleader for 6 months.
  • Reason #2 You’ll get practical guidance and personal counsel.
  • Reason #3 You’ll get a weekly phone call with yours truly.
  • Reason #4 You’ll get encouraging but constructive feedback.
  • Reason #5 You’ll get occasional free books from publishers.
  • Reason #6 You’ll get the shared experience with other network participants.
  • Reason #7 You’ll get chat sessions with notable thought-leaders.
  • Reason #8 You’ll get other free resources too…. and other fun surprises!

Still not sure? Check out Drew Peterson’s review of The Youth Worker Coaching Network:

Again, I’m taking applications this week only, so you must [Apply Now].   Thanks also to you leaders who are sharing this opportunity with others!

My Next Social Media Training – LIVE Online!

I’ve just announced my next Social Media Training Session that will be held LIVE Online featuring my friend and Social Media Coach, Jason Curlee, and yours truly!  We’re putting together over 2 hours of training together for this EXCLUSIVE, LIVE Online Social Media Event on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:00PM EST!  This training is applicable for anyone in ministry or business. There are a limited number of spaces available, so secure yours [here] TODAY!

Here is some of what you’ll learn in this 2-Hour training:  

    • How to Increase Your Reach Online
    • 4 Types of Audiences You Can Reach Outside Your Likes
    • 5 Practical Ways to Use Social Media In Your Business or Ministry
    • How You Can Maximize Your Social Media Platforms
    • How to Set up an Engagement Strategy
    • How you can reach over 40,000 unique people on Facebook — even with a small number of followers\subscribers
    • How to Build Followers (not just Fans) on Social Media
    • Learn Social Media Management Tools to Help You
    • PLUS+ other exclusive content!

Register TODAY and secure your spot. There are a limited number of spaces and we’re expecting these to fill up quick!

5 Steps to Finding Your Next Mentor

I’m often asked by young leaders how they can find a mentor. There are a few steps I’d offer to finding the next person to coach you.   Here are 5 actions you’ll need to take to discover and keep your next mentor:

1. Pray for a Mentor – Anytime I’ve needed a mentor or coach in my life I’ve always prayed over who that person should be.  Sure, there may be a number of people in your circles, but who would be ‘right’ for you?  This season you may need someone different mentoring you than you will a year or two from now.  We learn different things from different people.

2. Consider the Possibilities – Begin looking around you and consider what you are looking for and who might be willing to invest in you.  Here are a few questions that might be helpful in narrowing your search:

  • Who encourages you?
  • What challenges you?
  • Who do you highly respect?
  • Who inspires you?
  • Who has reached some of the goals you’ve set for yourself?
Next ask yourself who would be your first choice as a mentor?  How about your second choice?

 

 3Make the Ask - After you have considered the possibilities for a mentor, it’s time to make the ask.  Just so you know, this part is often quite intimidating.  Asking someone if they will mentor\coach you means that you should be willing to receive a “yes” or “no” answer. I’ve been turned down many times when I have asked someone to mentor me. You must not let a “no” overwhelm you.   Sometimes people are not able to coach\mentor additional people or they have other reasons why they cannot commit to you.  Respect whatever answer you are given.  If the first person says “no” to you, make the ask to your second choice.

 4. Clarify Your Expectations - When asking someone to mentor you, you should be clear on what you are expecting out of that mentoring relationship.  Some people have specific things in mind for their time with their mentor (ie: reading books together, just a question\answer time, Bible study, or simply hang time) in addition to the number of times they would like to meet and how long those meeting times should be.  A good coach or mentor may ask you upfront what your expectations are, but you still need to be very clear on what you are expecting from them.

 5. Cultivate the Relationship - Do your part to not only respect the relationship with your mentor but also to cultivate the relationship.  I’ve mentored many young leaders over the years and it’s such a joy when I invest in someone who: respects my time with them (as I respect their time too!), encourages me, offers to buy me coffee or lunch, shows genuine interest in my well-being (as I do theirs), and listens to and heeds my counsel!

LOOKING FOR A YOUTH MINISTRY MENTOR\COACH?  I’m about to offer some more mentoring myself. If you in the field of #YouthMinistry, have been in the field for 5 years or less, and are looking for a coach, I may be able to serve you!  I just announced my next Youth Worker Online Coaching Network.  I’ll be able to coach only 10 leaders this season. If you would like to apply, please click [here].  Hurry, time and space are limited!

 

Apply Now to Join My Online Coaching Network!

I’m looking to come alongside of 10 (yes, only 10!) rookie youth pastors (who have been in the field for 5 years or less) over the next 5 months.  Numerous youth pastors have been through my network (from all over the United States) and have found this network to be not only affordable, but effective, in helping them be successful in their own Student Ministries. If you desire to have a personal coach come alongside of you, this is your opportunity!

I encourage you to [apply now] because time and space is limited.  Don’t miss out!  This network will launch on August 15 and the application deadline is soon!

Join me at the Student Leadership Conference!

I absolutely love conferences.  So naturally when I heard a couple of years ago that Doug Fields was creating a conference just for students I was stoked!  This year the Student Leadership Conference (#SLC) is back and better than ever… and I’m honored to be presenting at the conference.  There’s still time to lock-in your spots and register your team!

Go [here] and register now.

Just announced:  Students and Leaders will get an exclusive screening of the new movie “When The Game Stands Tall” (in theatres August 22nd).

 

LIVE Online Social Media Training!

I’m stoked to announce my next Social Media Training Session.  I will be doing a LIVE Online Social Media Training on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:00PM EST! There are a limited number of spaces available, so secure yours [here].

Here is some of what you’ll learn in this training session: 

  • 5 Ways You Can Instantly Improve Your Social Media Presence
  • Why You Should Engage with your Community
  • 5 Practical Ways to Use Social Media In Your Ministry
  • How You Can Maximize Your Social Media Platforms
  • How to Set up an Engagement Strategy
  • How to Inspire Your Students and Adults to use Social Media for Christ
  • How to Build Followers (not just Fans) on Social Media
  • Learn Social Media Management Tools to Help You
  • PLUS+ other exclusive content!

Register TODAY and secure your spot.  There are a limited number of spaces and we’re expecting these to fill up quick!

 

Announcing My Brand-New Coaching Network!

I’m stoked to announce I’m relaunching my next Youth Worker Coaching Network soon! This is an exclusive network for Youth Pastors who have been in the field for 5 years or less!   You’ll be able to apply beginning July 01, but you can receive details via email leading up to the launch.  If you (or someone you know) would like more information and you are interested in receiving personal coaching, click [here].  If you’ve been looking for a personal coaching in Student Ministry, this is YOUR opportunity!