★ Perry Noble: The Most Excellent Way to Lead ★

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I just hosted Perry Noble on the latest episode of This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast.

Perry Noble is the Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC and author of the new book “The Most Excellent Way to Lead.”  During my exclusive interview with Perry, we discuss his days as a youth pastor, his battle with depression, and his advice to leaders everywhere on the subject of Leadership.

As you listen to interview, share your thoughts on the Podcast on social media using the #ThisWeekinYM. Thanks for sharing with friends!

Click here to listen to the Podcast on iTunes.
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My Interview with Rob Bell

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I just hosted Rob Bell on the latest episode of This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast.  You may know Rob from his days as the former-Pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan. Quite arguably, Rob Bell is one of the most controversial pastors of our time, but since leaving leadership at Mars Hill he’s gotten the world talking.  He has written numerous best-selling books (Love Wins, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, among others…) and has been profiled by Time Magazine as one of 100 of the Most Influential People of our Generation.

Regardless of your opinions of Bell, I’d urge you to listen to what he has to say in this episode of the Podcast. We talk about his days since stepping away from the pastorate, how he encourages people to care for their soul, the backlash over Love Wins, and even Donald Trump.  He also has a number of interesting things to say to Youth Workers (that’s where most of you come in…).  Don’t miss my exclusive interview with Rob Bell.

Click here to listen to the Podcast on iTunes.
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How to Grow Your Ministry with Online Video

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This week on the Podcast I interviewed my friend Sean Cannell, founder of Video Influencers. We talked about how YOUR ministry can grow exponentially through online video!

But that’s not all … check out these other topics we covered:

  • Is Snapchat dangerous?
  • How you can shoot professional video with your smartphone for $100 or less!
  • Why you should be taking Instagram video seriously in 2016!
  • How to level up your social media content!
  • Examples of churches who are using online video well.

Here’s a link to the Podcast on Podbean.
Here’s a link to the Podcast on iTunes.

Have You Checked Your HIDDEN Facebook Inbox?


Hold the phone.   You may have zeroed out your Facebook messages but there’s a hidden inbox that may currently be stacked!

Yes, there’s ANOTHER message inbox needing your attention!

This secret folder was brought to my attention via this post online. If it’s news to you, too, get ready for a whole lot of spam, and some important missed messages too!

Upon checking this inbox I literally discovered dozens (yes, dozens!) of missed messages on my phone that have gone unanswered simply because I did not realize they existed! Let me quickly walk you through the steps here and let’s see what you’ve missed, okay?

STEP ONE:  Go into your Facebook Messenger App

STEP TWO: Click Settings

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STEP THREE: Click People

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STEP FOUR:  Click Message Requests

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STEP FIVE:  Click See Filtered Requests

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STEP SIX:  View, Read, and Respond to your Messages (as you like)!

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One additional note: Since you won’t get notifications about these messages, it might still be worth it to make the habit of checking it every now and then. Or, to be even happier, just ditch Facebook and stick to Twitter.  😀 (Follow me while you’re there– @terracecrawford)

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3 Benefits of Teens Telling Their Story

At the beginning of 2011 I felt like God was telling me to step away from the microphone and allow my students to pick it up. It was a very odd message, I thought, but essentially God was telling me to allow teenagers to speak to their peers.

Soon after I met with my team of student leaders and told them I wanted to create a series called “STORY” and allow students to tell their stories each week.  The leaders LOVED it.

We ran the series for longer than 6 weeks (our longest running series of all time actually). And God used it.

Here are a 3 quick benefits of allowing teens to tell their story (as I see it):
  • Teens can communicate to their peers – The second teens grab the mic they have an instant audience. Their peers listen to what they have to say.
  • Teens invite their friends – You could get Justin Bieber to show up to your meeting and there wouldn’t be as much excitement as you have when teens get to share. They invite their friends to hear their story. I recall a young lady was scheduled to share her story (during our series) and she told me before our meeting “I invited the whole city!!!”  Simply awesome.
  • God uses their story – Students invite their friends, they have a chance to share their faith, their struggles, and their hopes and dreams too. God will use it.

Last Day to Save on #OC16

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Today, St. Patrick’s Day, is the final early registration deadline for The Orange Conference!

This is your last opportunity to save some green on OC16! (See what I did there?) And speaking of savings, here are a couple of other options to help you maximize your coin:

  • Did you miss this post Orange did in December on getting to OC16 on a budget?
  • Also, check out the travel partners Orange has put together to get you some great discounts on airfare, car rentals and hotels. (Disclaimer: Hotels typically go fast!)

I sure hope you’ll join me in Atlanta for The Orange Conference! For more information on the event or to register, please visit TheOrangeConference.com.

Oh, and if you want your senior, lead or campus pastor to attend ReThink Leadership, this is also their last chance to save a few bucks. They also have until midnight tonight, March 17th, to save $20 off registration!  Don’t miss this.

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The Top 30 Youth Ministry Blogs!

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SO honored to learn yesterday that this blog made the Top 30 Youth Ministry Blogs of 2015 by YouthMinistry.com   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!  And if you’re checking out this site for the first time … welcome!  Please subscribe [here] and I’ll promise to put great content in your reader each week.

If you’d like more information on how the blogs found their rank position or want to see the official announcement, simply click [here] –via YouthMinistry.com. 

  Name of                Blogger
Domain Authority
Total incoming Links
Social Media Shares
1 Lifeway Students with Ben Trueblood 37 4674    438
2 Church Leaders 33 1265 15300
3 Youth Specialties 43   624   227
4 Walt Mueller, CPYU  38   541 1306
5 The Source for YM 51   335     71
6 Fuller Youth Institute 50   254   989
7 YouthMinistry.com 51   166 2614
8 Mark Oestreicher 43   204 3820
9 YouthPastor.com 47   220       0
10 Adam McLane 42   235   679
11 Terrace Crawford 39     54 3814
12 Jonathan McKee 42     80  160
13 Orange Leaders 35   136  760
14 Mike King 42     42    38
15 Greg Stier 29     11 7489
16 Rethinking YM 37     77     27
17 Ian McDonald 39     54     19
18 Download YM 38     37   326
19 Project YM 37     25   983
20 Youth Cartel 30   102       0
21 Average Youth Ministry 35     41   257
22 LeaderTreks 31     56       0
23 Network CRCNA 22   132     93
24 Stevan Sheets 32    32     52
25 Tim Schmoyer 25    99       0
26 Youth Ministry 360 24    69 1044
27 Jeremy Zach 24     3 3814
28 Doug Fields 19 108      0
29 NNYM 15 143      0
30 Brooklyn Lindsey 28     9   105

Please subscribe [here] and I’ll promise to put great content in your reader!

Brand-New Resource Site: MinistryBundles.com

Easter Bundle Banner Friends, I just launched a brand-new resource site moments ago.

It’s www.MinistryBundles.com.

If you are looking for some great resources, particularly Easter Resources, you should check this site out.  Plus+ the FIRST 10 PEOPLE to order get prizes as an additional bonus (gift cards, coffee, books and more to be given away!).

I would also greatly appreciate if you’d share the word about the new site with friends and followers.   Thanks so much!

Go get’ em.

Can We Plan Easter For You?

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Lent is just a day away… which means that Easter is right around the corner!  Don’t get anxious … I’ve got you covered.

I’ve been working on planning your Easter.  That’s right.  YOUR Easter.  I’ve been writing curriculum for you, have some devotionals, graphics, games and more … ready to go!

I’m excited to announce that Tuesday, February 16th, 2016, I’m launching a brand-new site just to share this resource with you.  It’s called MinistryBundles.com and it will go LIVE next Tuesday… BUT, you can PREORDER NOW and save $10 OFF!

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Here’s the cool thing … it’s not just an Easter resources but resources beyond Easter. I’ve taken our BIGGEST Bundle of resources and we’re adding the Easter Resources to it to create one MEGA BUNDLE of resources just for you — at an affordable price!

The bundle will sell regularly for $79, but Tuesday you can get it for just $49! That’s nearly 50% OFF the regular price (for a limited time only!). PLUS+ We’re giving away PRIZES to the FIRST 10 people who purchase the Bundle when it goes LIVE!  (Click here) to get an email notification as soon as the Mega Bundle goes LIVE on Tuesday so you can snag some prizes too! — OR — PREORDER it [HERE] NOW and SAVE $10 and get a guaranteed prize as an added bonus! 

So mark your calendars now to check back TUESDAY and log-on to the new site … MinistryBundles.com and get these ready-to-go Easter Resources + More … or PreOrder, Save (even more!), and win NOW.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED –  You get our BIGGEST Bundle: We’re featuring 3 Power Point crowd games, several Teaching\Sermon series, a Social Media Planning Calendar, an eBook to help you assess your ministry leadership, a graphics package (just added!),  a Budget Planning Worksheet (just added!), a Forms Starter-Kit (Admin Resources — release forms, registration forms, and more!)), an Instagram Graphics Package (just added!) & more!  PLUS+ We’re adding lots of EASTER Resources which includes Sermon Series, A Devotional Calendar, Easter Graphics, Easter PowerPoint Package, Games and more!

EVERYTHING IS DOWNLOADABLE – After purchase, you’ll be directed to the download page where you’ll instantly receive the digital products. Feel free to share the downloads with your volunteers. The bundle is only available as a downloadable product.

SERMONS & CONTENT – The resources included in the bundle are written ages above 12 years old (unless otherwise noted specifically for one or the other) and would work perfectly for youth groups or adult services.

LESSONS COME IN PDF & WORD  format so you can edit as needed and share with volunteers.


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