#ThisWeekinYM – Links of the Week!

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You may be familiar with the brand-new This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast … but this is This Week in Youth Ministry LINKS!  Each Friday I’ll be bringing my favorite (and notable) posts from around the blogosphere to you right here!

LINK LOVE:

How to Serve Struggling Volunteers by Christopher Wesley - [click to read]
Creating a Good Atmosphere Before Your Service Starts by Austin McCann - [click to read]
When ‘Being Real’ Backfires by Joel Mayward - [click to read]
4 Ways Conflict Plays on Your Team by Benjer McVeigh  [click to read]
3 Ways to Use Your Authority in Ministry by Kurt Johnston – [click to read]

FROM THE PODCAST — links from  This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast.  Check out these resources\partners for some great stuff!

Even if You Were Perfect Someone Would Crucify You by Rob Shepherd – [click here]
Rob Shepherd’s Blog – [click here]
LifeWay’s Gospel Project  - [click here]

If you missed the Podcast this week, check out the latest episode [here].   My guest was Rob Shepherd, youth pastor turned pastor, and our topic was The Pastor \ Youth Pastor Relationship.  [ps] We’ve landed an Official Podcast Sponsor (details here!) but there’s still room for you.  Contact me if you’re interested in details about our growing audience or rates or [click here] to visit our advertisers section.

GIVEAWAYS:  Don’t miss YOUR opportunity to win big!  Check out our latest contest from This Week in Youth Ministry.

#ThisWeekinYM – Episode 9

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 7.15.53 PM The ninth episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.

from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 9: The Pastor\Youth Pastor Relationship.  Terrace Crawford and Rob Shepherd, youth pastor turned pastor, talk about the Pastor\Youth Pastor relationship.

Thanks for listening!  And please share the word with friends online about the new podcast.  You can also check out www.thisweekinym.com – our official podcast page.

Suscbribe in iTunes by clicking [here].

The #1 Most Meaningful Job on the Planet

meaningfulJust posted this on my Instagram. It’s from Forbes. They just released their list of the Most and Least Meaningful jobs. Coming in at #1? Youth Minister.

What YOU do has purpose.

Sure, it might be the lowest-paying, thankless, and most devalued position on the planet in many cases … but it actually means everything! 100% of it!

#ThisWeekinYM – Links of the Week!

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You may be familiar with the brand-new This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast … but this is This Week in Youth Ministry LINKS!  Each Friday I’ll be bringing my favorite (and notable) posts from around the blogosphere to you right here!

LINK LOVE:

3 Ways to Send Your Seniors Off Right by LeaderTreks - [click to read]
4 Questions to Ask About Your Ministry Program by Justin Knowles - [click to read]
4 Traits of a Healthy Volunteer Team by Aaron Helman - [click to read]
5 Actions to Get More Out of Your Team by Chris Wesley [click to read]
How Do You Define Your Role as a Youth Worker? by Andy Blanks – [click to read]

FROM THE PODCAST — links from  This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast.  Check out these resources\partners for some great stuff!

LeaderTreks with Doug Franklin- [click here]
Start Here Books by LeaderTreks – [click here]
LifeWay’s Gospel Project  - [click here]

If you missed the Podcast this week, check out the latest episode [here].   My guest was Doug Franklin, president of LeaderTreks, and our topic was How to Build a Student Leadership Team  [ps] We’ve landed an Official Podcast Sponsor (details here!) but there’s still room for you.  Contact me if you’re interested in details about our growing audience or rates or [click here] to visit our advertisers section.

GIVEAWAYS:  Don’t miss YOUR opportunity to win big!  Check out our latest contest from This Week in Youth Ministry.

D6 Days FREE Online Conference

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The D6 Conference recently announced a brand-new online experience that will help further the Family Ministry Conversation around the world!

Ministers, volunteers, and parents will enjoy over 20 sessions from some of the most trusted voices on the subject of Family Ministry over a two day period with their D6 Days Online Conference!

The best part is that it’s totally online and totally FREE. This will be two days for you to stop, learn, pray, and dream of what God can do through your church to bring Deuteronomy 6 to life in the families that you serve.  The online conference will be held on May 6-7, 2015!

You must reserve your spot for this event, so go to d6days.com and sign up today!

#ThisWeekinYM – Episode 8

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The eighth episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.

from the description:
This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 8: How to Build a Student Leadership Team with Doug Franklin. Terrace Crawford and Doug Franklin talk about how to build a Student Leadership Team from scratch!

Thanks for listening!  And please share the word with friends online about the new podcast.  You can also check out www.thisweekinym.com – our official podcast page.

Suscbribe in iTunes by clicking [here].

Want to Create a Leadership Experience for Students?

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I’m an advocate for student leadership in youth ministry.

I think it’s vital for our students to take ownership of the youth ministry, and I believe it’s important that youth workers work to equip teenagers for leadership.

With that said, I’m currently working with my friends at LeaderTreks to create a summer opportunity for students in our ministry who want to lead or grow in their Leadership.

We’re going to call this summer laboratory experience  “Leadership U”.

Here are a few details of the structure I’ve put together:

  • The program will last 8 weeks (could last 10) during the summer.
  • The costs will be $50 to apply (covers application fee, materials, etc).
  • There will be 6 (could be up to 8) training sessions for participants with coaching from yours truly.
  • Participants will engage in several team initiatives during the program.
  • Each teen will be registered to attend the Student Leadership Conference with Doug Fields.
  • Students will have at least one opportunity to lead a project during the summer.
  • We will walk through LeaderTreks’ Start Here book together.
  • The participants will receive a certificate at the end of the summer program recognizing their achievement.

I’d love to see other youth workers execute something like this in their youth groups over
the summer, so feel free to rip this off.  If I can help advise you in making this happen for your youth group, feel free to contact me.

And don’t miss the next This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast (airing tomorrow, Thursday, April 9, 2015) featuring my friend and guest Doug Franklin, president of LeaderTreks! Doug and I will be talking about how YOU can build a Student Leadership Team from scratch!  So fun!

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Do You Consider Yourself a Failure?

I felt led to share this message with several youth workers recently and I got several emails back from many of them about how timely it was for them. I’d like to share this with you and hope it serves up a bit of an encouragement to you also!

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I have said those words in my head many times. I’m a complete failure. I’ve written the resignation letter… and was ready to hand it in. Then… ((gut check)) I begin to be reminded in my spirit of the changed lives I’ve seen. I’m committed for the long haul.

Alec Baldwin told a reporter:

“I don’t have any interest in acting anymore. Movies are part of my past. It’s been 30 years. I’m not young, but I have time to do something else.

It’s a difficult thing to say, but I believe it: I consider my entire movie career a complete failure. I’ll tell you why. The goal of moviemaking is to star in a film where your performance drives the film, and the film is either a soaring critical or commercial success, and I never had that.”

What? This man has been on huge, award winning sitcoms … has starred in numerous movies… and has hosted the Academy Awards Many actors would kill for that! But Baldwin was ready to throw in the towel in 2012.

Fortunately, Alec has hung in there. He’s given himself another shot.

Sometimes we don’t realize the impact we make. We allow discouragement to set-in. And we consider our career a complete failure. I pray that today God reminds you, like He does with me, of your importance in the Kingdom. We need you for the long haul.

Take a moment, right now, if you feel down and out … say a prayer … and reach out to another youth worker (yes, even this guy) for some love. Again, we NEED you.

 

#ThisWeekinYM – Links of the Week

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You may be familiar with the brand-new This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast … but this is This Week in Youth Ministry LINKS!  Each Friday I’ll be bringing my favorite (and notable) posts from around the blogosphere to you right here!

LINK LOVE:

Free Easter Lesson from LeaderTreks! [Click to download]
6 Steps to Increasing Your Ministry Margin by Chris Wesley [click to read]
10 Ways to Ruin A Sermon by Greg Stier [click to read]
10 Things Parents Really Want From Your Youth Ministry by Michael Bayne [click to read]
Good Friday: A Day of Reflection from my friends at YM360 [click to read]

FROM THE PODCAST — links from  This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast.  Check out these resources\partners for some great stuff!

LifeWay’s Gospel Project  - [click here]
YM Answers Podcast – [click here to listen]
Stuff You Can Use - [click here]

If you missed the Podcast this week, check out the latest episode [here].   My guest was Kenny and Elle Campbell and our topic was Creating An Environment for Students – Part Two! [ps] We’ve landed an Official Podcast Sponsor (details here!) but there’s still room for you.  Contact me if you’re interested in details about our growing audience or rates or [click here] to visit our advertisers section.

GIVEAWAYS:  Don’t miss YOUR opportunity to win big!  Check out our latest contest from This Week in Youth Ministry.

#ThisWeekinYM – Episode 7

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The seventh episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.  Next week: My guest is Doug Franklin, president of LeaderTreks and and we’ll talk about how you can build a Student Leadership team from scratch!

from the description:
This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 7: Creating an Environment for Students (Part Two) with Kenny and Elle Campbell.  Terrace Crawford and The Campbells continue their talk about what you can do to create the perfect space for teens to connect with God and each other!

Thanks for listening!  And please share the word with friends online about the new podcast.  You can also check out www.thisweekinym.com – our official podcast page.

Suscbribe in iTunes by clicking [here].