Special: Get an Autographed Copy of Going Social!

This weekend I’m speaking at the 2014 National Men’s Conference.  In the spirit of the conference I’m making my book “Going Social” available for a special price of only $12.00 — which includes FREE shipping!  This is cheaper than you can get the book anywhere!

About the Book – People around the world are talking. They are connecting each day-online-through social media. Corporations around the world recognize the power of social media and are leveraging it to reach customers though platforms such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Why can’t churches do the same thing?Christianity has the greatest message to deliver; yet churches struggle to share it. Terrace Crawford helps uncover reasons ministry leaders may resist the use of social media and dispels some of the myths surrounding it. With short, accessible chapters, #Going Social: A Practical Guide for Church Leaders provides a step-by-step guide to getting started, crucial insights to help you develop an effective social media strategy, and gives real-life examples of ministries and leaders who are using media in powerful ways.Reimagine your social media presence and successfully connect with your church and your world. With the help of #Going Social, you can create an online community in no time!

[Click here] to get YOUR autographed copy of my book #GoingSocial now! *Limited number of books are available.

Help Me Help Leaders in Need!


There’s a number of youth workers\church leaders under stress. They are enduring financial difficulty (among other stresses) and I want to help. For the last couple of years it’s been on my heart to create an assistance fund for church leaders and I’m finally pulling the trigger. There are a number of youth workers, particularly, who have sent me emails explaining their financial need and asking if there’s any assistance available. Others have shared the anticipated stress of the holidays fast approaching and their inability to provide a nice Christmas for their family.  My heart goes out to these leaders and I want to help bear their burden.

Here’s a few exerpts from actual emails from Leaders in need:

#1:  If I don’t pay my rent by the 10th, my family and I will be evicted. Could you please help me out? I’m trying to raise about $2500 for our rent and some core utility bills. I raise money for causes all of the time and am sorry to ask for this, but I don’t have any other way in this time frame. Listen – I don’t care if it’s $5, $50, or $500 – if you can help me out it would mean the world to me. I’m literally selling my computer and camera and gear to make ends meet! 

 

#2:  I’ve been out of work for nearly a month now.  My family is under a lot of stress.  I’ve applied for nearly every youth worker position through every job bank online and I’ve heard nothing.  I honestly don’t know how we are going to make it if something doesn’t workout soon.
 
#3. I just got a cutoff notice for my power bill yesterday. The rent is due tomorrow. My church pays me nothing (well, next to nothing). I love what I do, but I am barely able to cover my expenses with my paycheck.  And I hate living paycheck to paycheck!  I really need some help.

This is where we come in. Will you join me by contributing to help these church leaders in immediate need? Our goal is to help as many youth workers\church leaders as possible with the funds we raise by November 30. Funds contributed to our assistance program will go 100% to church leaders who express a financial need. 50% of your funds donated will be used to assist youth workers\church leaders who have an immediate need. The other 50% of the funds raised will be distributed to youth workers this December who need family assistance this Christmas. And for your gift of $100 or more we will send you a FREE gift as our way of saying “thank you!”

Thank you for your support of this project, and we appreciate your sharing the need with others who might also be able to help at this time. Go [here] to make an instant impact by donating to help leaders now! If you have a financial need, please contact our office [here].

The Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs!

I was really honored to learn this morning that this blog made the Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs of 2014!  Also pretty cool to see I made the Top among those listed.  It’s been incredible to develop my blog and build community here over the years. So, to YOU, my faithful reader-subscriber-follower-friend, I say THANKS. Thank you for reading, engaging in conversation, and for sharing my content with others all these years!

I’m going to include the Top 25 from the list of blogs named here, but please go [here] to check out the rest of the Top 50!

Rank
 Name of  Blogger
Alexa Rank
Domain Authority
Total incoming Links
Social Media Shares
1 Tony Kumer 85221 47 8893 6561
2 Fuller Youth Institute 942655 45 4951 1824
3 Adam Mclane 547177 40 3571 851
4 Walt Mueller 2387590 56 3573 502
5 Mary Kassian 1430581 38 3031 2049
6 Christianity Cove 246879 36 2728 268
7 Joseph LaLonde 355260 39 12358 117
8 Doug Fields 1562747 38 4227 1099
9 Lindsey Whitney 175906 36 5742 124
10 Mark Oestreicher 2645821 39 6049 299
11 Yancy 2616530 36 1379 1112
12 Adam Walker Cleaveland 2125037 51 2660 86
13 Life in Student Minsitry 1822896 37 3917 385
14 Kenny Conley 899643 39 3171 79
15 Greg Stier 2786558 34 1593 1108
16 Dave Miers 530045 32 1862 184
17 Youth Specialties 546269 59 3105 73
18 Jonathan McKee 3178063 33 6688 634
19 Greg Baird 2783132 34 1748 179
20 Youth Ministry 360 768169 37 980 79
21 Orange Leaders 1212928 38 1195 62
22 Terrace Crawford 8068766 31 421 412
23 Josh Griffin 167547 37 706 65
24 Jim Wideman NA 92 286 663
25 Jonathan Cliff 4791436 34 3677 163

Follow the D6 Conference LIVE!

I’m soon flying out to Louisville to help lead\cover the D6 Conference. We want you to experience the event even if you can’t make it out to KY.  Here’s a few quick ways to not miss any of the action:

  1. Follow @d6family and @thed6conference on Twitter (and me too — @terracecrawford, as I’ll be tweeting throughout the conference event!)
  2. Like D6 Family and D6 Conference on Facebook
  3. Follow D6 Family on Instagram (I’m simply terracecrawford on instagram)
  4. And best of all, be sure to watch the seven sessions we are live-streaming—Check it all out here.

 

 

The Real Key to Success with Proven Results!

I read so many articles each week that really try to pinpoint how to be successful. I’m very ambitious and an entrepreneur at heart, so naturally I get sucked in easily by this sort of topic. The truth is, there is really one sure-fire way we can be successful (all other ways pale in comparison) and I’m sharing it with you here (as I shared with my twitter followers earlier this morning).

Win FREE TICKETS to @TheD6Conference!

I’m heading to Louisville for the D6 Conference this October & I would love for YOU to join me in Louisville for the event! To make that happen, I’m giving away TWO FREE REGISTRATIONS (one for YOU & a guest) to TWO leaders right here on the blog on Thursday, September 4, 2014!  

All you have to do is (1) follow me on twitter and (2) TWEET about this contest (with a link to this post – tagging me @terracecrawford)!  Enter as often as you like. Every tweet counts as an entry! It’s just that simple. We’ll be choosing two winners at random, using Random.org, on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 5.00PM eastern!

*Enter as often as you like.  Every tweet counts as an entry!

Here’s a sample tweet:

@terracecrawford is giving away FREE TICKETS to the @theD6Conference!  http://goo.gl/2hqWT1

*Please note the guidelines before entering to make sure you enter correctly.

Official Guidelines:
*The sponsor of this promotion\contest is TerraceCrawford.com
*The promotion will begin immediately and will end at 5:00pm Eastern on Thursday, September 4, 2014.
* The winner is responsible for contacting the sponsor (Terrace Crawford) after promotion ends and the winner is announced within 3 days to claim prize.
*To enter the promotion, the entrant must have a valid twitter account and follow @terracecrawford. The entrant must also tweet about the contest (or promotion) at least once and tag @terracecrawford and link to this post in the tweet!  Entrants may enter as often as they like. Every tweet counts as an entry.
*Two winners will be chosen by the sponsor at random (using Random.org). Sponsor will post the winners’ name(s) to this post. If the winners do not respond within three (3) days, he or she will forfeit the prize(s).
*The prize includes one FREE REGISTRATION for winner and a guest. The tickets are not transferrable.  The prize does not include hotel, travel, or food.
*No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of Sponsor and family members of such employees are not eligible to enter. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to release and hold harmless sponsor(s) from any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the promotion.

Good luck to all who enter!

Here’s a sample tweet:

@terracecrawford is giving away FREE TICKETS to the @theD6Conference!  http://goo.gl/2hqWT1

 

Check Out These Ministry Partners!

For those of you who haven’t been directly to the site in recent weeks, you may have missed out on some helpful new resources. Here are the folks that are making things happen at TerraceCrawford.com this month:

D6Family - Check out this wonderful movement empowering parents, homes, families, marriages and leaders to live out the story of Deuteronomy 6.  The D6 Conference (2 locations: Dallas & Louisville!) is coming this fall!  [Register NOW] to secure the best rate!

LeaderTreks– My friends at LeaderTreks are all about helping you make disciples and develop leaders!  Their website is stocked full of resources!  [Click here] to browse their site, blog and store!

MinisterSearch– is an organization that exists to connect today’s top ministries with the right leaders. Whether you are a church or organization looking to hire a leader or you are a leader looking for a place to serve, our friends at MinisterSearch can help!

If you’re interested, we still have advertising spots available for your organization. [Contact us here] for more details. I’d love to have you join our team!

How to Minister to Parents When You Don’t Have Kids Yourself

I was recently interviewed by my friend Jeremy Lee over at ParentMinistry.net.  I had a great time discussing two things I love: Youth Ministry and Social Media.  During our time together Jeremy asked me a lot of questions about how I’ve helped parents during my 18 years in ministry without having kids of my own,  so in this episode I gave up a few secrets of what I do and what has worked well for me over the years.  [Click here] to listen to this podcast and I encourage you to check out the great resources over at ParentMinistry.net!

 

 

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 …