Give a Gift. Advance a Ministry!

I’m pretty excited to announce this.  I love resourcing leaders.  I also love getting others involved in resourcing leaders.   So recently I’ve put together a kit to help encourage and advance other leaders and their ministries.

What the Kit Includes:  The Advance Kit includes an autographed copy of my recently published book “Going Social: A Practical Guide on Social Media,”  ”The iChurch Method: How to Advance Your Ministry Online” by my friend Jason Caston, and I’m also throwing in a FREE 1lb. Bag of Starbucks Whole Bean Coffee!  Each kit also includes an additional BONUS gift — which could be anything from a Gift Card to a popular restaurant, a FREE CD, Book, etc.

I’m encouraging people to get one of these kits for their pastors.  Grab one for your youth workers.  Encourage and advance someone else!   

There are a limited number of kits.  And they will go fast!   

How To Get An Advance Kit:  Simply make a donation of $30.00 (shipping included!) by clicking “DONATE” in the sidebar of this site and we’ll ship you a kit!  If you’d like to give one anonymously to a leader, just make the donation and contact me with instructions on where you’d like your kit sent.   It’s just that easy!

Updated (3.29.14) –  WATCHES ADDED TO EACH ADVANCE KIT!   

If you get an advance kit we’ll throw in a FREE watch from just for YOU! We can’t think of a better way to encourage leaders and advance the kingdom than this! Hurry and get yours today!

The Top 20 Movies of All Time

In anticipation of the Oscars later tonight, I found myself checking out the Top 20 movies of all time on IMDB, a very popular hub for Movie, TV and celebrity content. There were several movies I wasn’t surprised landed on there…but a few that did surprise me.  I’ll share the list here:

1. Shawshank Redepemption (1994)

2. The Godfather (1972)

3. The Godfather II (1974)

4. The Dark Knight (2008)

5. Pulp Fiction (1994)

6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

7. Schindler’s List (1993)

8. 12 Angry Men (1957)

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

10. Fight Club (1999)

11. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

12. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

13. Inception (2010)

14. Forest Gump (1994)

15. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

16. Goodfellas (1990)

17. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

18. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

19. The Matrix (1999)

20. Seven Samurai (1954)

Which movies do you think should not have made the cut?   Which one doesn’t appear that should have?

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You Tubesday: A Honest Facebook Movie

If you were on Facebook at all last week chances are you watched one of the Facebook movies your friends posted titled “A Look Back.”  None were quite as good as the one Tripp and Tyler created for their YouTube channel subscribers.   We showed it to our students this past weekend and they loved it.  Check it out …

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A Gentle Nudge for Parents of Teens …

Sometimes it’s a last ditch effort to let Parents know you’re super serious about helping their teen that works. I literally just sent this message to our parents (just 4 hours from our Sunday Evening experience).

“Hey Parents (of teens)!

At this moment you may be finishing that last bite of lunch, catching up on the Olympics, or maybe about to lie down for that Sunday afternoon snooze … but my heart is anticipating what is happening tonight!

You see, each Sunday our student team works hard to create an environment and an experience for your Middle or High School student! So right now, we’re anticipating our time together this evening. We have the set-list ready, the message has been prepared, and the games have been tested… we just need one thing from you — your help in getting your teen to join us! We’ve even added an Ice Cream & Pizza Party to the program tonight to sweeten the deal.

So, would you encourage your teen to come? And snag any other Middle or High School student in your proximity and get them to come along too! I promise, I won’t bite. I just had lunch.

Terrace Crawford”


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10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Starbucks

Chances are, you’ve already been to Starbucks today or plan to visit later.  This brand has become a global powerhouse and doesn’t plan to curtail its plans to expand moving forward. I love my cup of Joe too (preferably Iced, thank you), but these are 10 mind-blowing facts about the bean giant that I’ll bet you didn’t know:

1. There are more than 87,000 possible drink combinations at Starbucks.

2. A grande coffee has 330 milligrams of caffeine, more than four times the amount of caffeine found in a Red Bull.

3. Starbucks uses 4 billion paper cups per year.

4. The company earned more than $1.25 billion in profit last year, enough to buy every American 2 cups of coffee.

5. Starbucks has grown an average of 2 stores every day for the last 27 years.

6. There are plans to open over 1,000 new stores in China in the next year alone.

7. The coffee giant spends more in employee health care than coffee beans each year.

8. The most loyal 20% of Starbucks customers visit the store at least 16 times monthly.

9. Sante Fe Springs, CA has the most Starbucks stores in a 25-mile radius with 560 stores!

10. In the week leading up to Christmas 2013, the company sold more than 2 million gift cards every single day.


And just for fun… as a thank you for reading my blog and for sharing this post on Twitter and Facebook, I’m giving away a couple things.  Leave a comment in this post with your name and the city\state\location you reside in and I lucky reader will a FREE 1lb. bag of coffee and a Starbucks Gift Card for you AND a friend!   Check back this Friday after 5PM EST, to see if you’ve won! (see offical guidelines before entering).

**Update — The winner of our Giveaway is Becca D, from Charlotte, NC. 

(Source: Business Insider)

Official Guidelines:
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*The promotion will begin immediately and will end at 5:00pm Eastern on Friday, February 7, 2014

* The winner is responsible for contacting the sponsor (Terrace Crawford) after promotion ends and the winner is announced within 14 days to claim prize.
*One winner will be chosen by the sponsor at random (using Sponsor will post the winner’s name to this post. If the winner does not respond within fourteen (14) days, he or she will forfeit the prize.
*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.

Help Me Celebrate My Birthday!

Today is my birthday.

I would love for you to help me celebrate in a BIG way.

No, I’m not asking for presents for myself, but rather for some help for others — specifically   ministry leaders.

In my work with ministry leaders across the globe I encounter more and more leaders who are desperately in need of training.  They are in need of resources and coaching.  This is one of the reasons I founded my Online Youth Worker Coaching Network for leaders who have been in the field for 5 years or less.

So here’s the deal… I’ve seen some great interests in my book, Going Social, from leaders across the globe but my desire is to get this in the hands of church leaders who desperately need help connecting with those outside the walls of their church.  Additionally, there is a need for curriculum and training resources too!

I’ve been working with a couple of pastors in strategic networks to help these leaders in need and I would love for you to be a part of it.   Would you help me help them?  In honor of my birthday would you consider giving a monetary gift towards this great project?

If you want to help these leaders and also bring a big smile to my heart, please make your donation in the sidebar here on my site. Every dime will go towards this cause and will help make a difference!  And, as a token of my appreciation for your contribution of $25 or more I will send you a gift and a personal thank you.

*A tax-deductible receipt is also available upon request.