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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ABOUT THE RESOURCE BUNDLE: 

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.

ALL OUR RESOURCES ARE WRITTEN BY YOURS TRULY  unless otherwise noted.

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Pastors. Teens. Porn.

David Kinnaman and Josh McDowell just shared some startling stats from an in-depth research study (via Barna Group) on porn.

More than 3,000 people –including teens, youth pastors and pastors, were surveyed and the results are eye-opening.

Here’s some of the highlights of their findings (the official release of the full study comes out in April 2016, The Porn Phenomenon).

  • Most pastors (57%) and youth pastors (64%) admit they have struggled with porn, either currently or in the past.
  • 21% of youth pastors and 14% of pastors admit they currently struggle with using porn.
  • About 12% of youth pastors and 5% of pastors say they are addicted to porn.
  • 87% of pastors who use porn feel a great sense of guilt and shame about it.
  • 55% of pastors who use porn say they live in constant fear of being discovered.
  • The research also states that the majority of leaders who wrestle with porn admit that it has “significantly affected their ministry in a negative manner.”

There is a BIG difference of opinion between ministry leaders and congregants (average church-goer) when it comes to the consequences for pastors who struggle with porn.

  • Only 8% of pastors think that a pastor should resign his/her position if he or she is struggling with porn. Most pastors think he/she should deal with the struggle through counseling or accountability.
  • In contrast to this, 41% of adult Christians think that pastors should be FIRED or asked to resign if they are found to be using porn. Younger Christians; however, are more likely to take a grace-filled approach.
  • In addition, most pastors believe the problem of porn is a MUCH bigger issue than it was in the past: 93% of pastors and 94% of youth pastors agree that porn is a bigger problem in the church today than it used to be a decade ago.

The Morality of Porn:

One of the more interesting findings might be the how the opinions of Porn have changed since a decade ago.

  • When respondents were allowed to “opt-out” of questions of a personal nature, more than 90% continued through the survey questions, indicating data reliability.
  • Most Americans may believe that porn is “bad for society” but those attitudes are quickly shifting toward neutrality or “good for society,” especially among younger generations.
  • Teens and young adults have more “accepting” and “encouraging” conversations about porn.
  • When they talk about porn with friends, 89% of teens, and 95% of young adults say they do so in a neutral, accepting, or encouraging way. That is, only one in 20 young adults and one in 10 teens say their friends think viewing pornography is a bad thing.
  • Teens and young adults view “not recycling” as more immoral than viewing porn.

Porn in the Digital Age:

  • Pornography has nearly gone completely digital. Example: 71% of adults, 85% of teens and young adults who have viewed pornography did so using online videos
  • Not only is porn more accessible in the digital context, but unsolicited porn has increased substantially as well.
  • Nearly half of young adults say they come across porn at least once a week—even when they aren’t seeking it out.
  • Nearly three-quarters of young adults (71%) and half of teens (50%) come across what they consider to be porn at least once a month, whether they are seeking it or not.

I just released a Podcast on this very subject and share reaction to this survey with Special Guest, Carl Thomas (XXX Church). [Click here] to listen to EP 50: Pastors. Teens. Porn. or [Click here] to launch in iTunes.

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(*Research via Barna Group. Full report to be released in April 2016).

[Video] Andy Stanley Calls Out The Church About Politics

I’ll be honest … I’ve gotten very sucked into politics in this particular election far more than any other. It’s hard not to get sucked in, actually. I’ve worked hard since the beginning of this year to keep my political commentary to a minimum. I want to focus my attention as much on Jesus as possible… and interject my thoughts periodically as needed. I don’t know about you but people have become unhinged in this election… Christians touting their candidate while slandering others. It’s bad. Really bad.

Andy Stanley, Pastor of North Point Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, apparently shares some of the same sentiment. In his latest Sermon Series “Tough as Nails”, Stanley calls out Christians who are fixing their faith on a political system and NOT on Jesus Christ.

“All of you who are 45 and older, look up here,” Stanley says, “Many of you have grown weary and lost heart and the reason is–you have fixed your eyes on a political system… and you are growing weary and you need to knock it off and I’ll tell you why… because you are scaring the children!”

Stanley continued, “You need to model for the next generation that God is in control, God can be trusted.” He also said it’s good to get involved in politics, culture and society, but never fix your eyes there, instead, “Fix your eyes on Jesus.”



What are your thoughts about how Christians have handled themselves in this Election?

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Are You Getting The Emails You Want?

I just announced [here] that over the next 60 DAYS I am committed to producing content on how to strengthen your Parent Ministry and Volunteers — and this content will be shared EXCLUSIVELY with my email subscribers.  Having said that, we not only need you to quickly SIGN-UP HERE to receive those emails, but you may also need to WhiteList our emails to make sure you receive them.  Many organizations and brands who have email lists (like I do) have trouble getting people to open their emails … and the reason for that, primarily, is because people don’t even SEE them. Making sure you take a step to Whitelist these emails will ensure you receive this great content.

Sign-up [here} to receive this exclusive content … and then read below for step-by-step instructions on how to whitelist emails.

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I want to help make sure your emails are getting delivered to you! Add my emails to your Whitelist, also called the Approved or Safe Sender list. See below for instructions on how to whitelist emails for popular email companies and Internet Service Providers.

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#1 Topic Youth Pastors Need Help With

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In the month of December I surveyed youth pastors nationwide with one question.
What one subject do you need to know more about?

Do you know what their top answer was?

The Top answer was “Parent Ministry“.   The runner-up topic was “Volunteers“.
Since then I’ve been working on producing content to help youth workers everywhere.

Here’s a few things you need to know:

1) TODAY on the Podcast and we’re hosting a PARENT MINISTRY PARTY!  Jeremy Lee, the founder of MinistrytoParents.com will join me on the show to share his BEST strategy in reaching & ministering to parents.  Don’t miss this show!  The episode will go LIVE by 5:00PM EDT at ThisWeekinYM.com and on iTunes.

2) You should immediately sign-up to receive my Email Newsletter.  I am announcing
TODAY that I will be producing content on the subjects of Parent Ministry AND Volunteers
EXCLUSIVELY (not kidding!) for my newsletter subscribers.  If you are not a part of this community you will not receive the content. Sign-up NOW to get this content!

3) The price of the Ministry Bundle (Sermon Series, Games, Graphics & More!) we’ve been telling you about recently increased from $49 to $89… but TODAY & TOMORROW ONLY (for the Party!)  we’re sharing with you a HUGE 60% OFF Discount on the Bundle!  This will supercede ANY discount you’ve seen on the bundle yet.  Again, it’s only available TODAY & TOMORROW (through Saturday, January 16th).   Go to MinistryBundles.com and use code “PARTY” when you purchase this AMAZING resource  at an unbeatable price!

Thanks for all your hard work in reaching students.

Hope to see you at the Party!

[Podcast] ★ How to Engage Local Schools ★

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 7.15.53 PM The 46th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We bring these to you every Thursday.

from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 46 – ★ How to Engage Local Schools ★ Terrace Crawford interviews Geoff Stewart, who has built a great relationship with local schools in his area, and reveals his secrets (okay, they’re not really secrets) to reaching campuses for Christ! Plus+ We’ve got exciting news on the End of Year Bundle to share!

[Click here] to get the list of the Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2015!

Join nearly 4,000+ other youth workers and listen to episodes weekly [here] on the podcast site, or click [here] to access iTunes!

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5 Ways to Invest in Your Ministry (And Yourself) This Year

You may have developed a list of resolutions for the New Year, or set goals for your ministry, but have you planned for a little personal development?

Your ministry, your work, will only be as solid as YOU are.  So why not invest in your ministry AND yourself?   I’m here to help you.

I’d like to offer 5 ways you can invest in your ministry (and YOU) this year:

5. Network with Others  – One of the most rewarding things that I’ve ever done is connect with other leaders who are in the trenches like me.  Learning from others who are in your field and doing life with others who have been in your shoes will help you grow. You might try finding someone in your local Youth Pastor Network or perhaps just reach out to leaders from neighboring churches. You’d be surprised at how investing in these relationships will move you forward.

4. Read More, Listen More – One of the main reasons I launched my own Blog and Podcast was to learn from others.  I always have a handful of blogs that I read each week and there are a few podcasts that I frequent as well.   There are SO many to choose from, but I’d like to mention a few of my favorites here:

Blogs:
Christopher Wesley’s Blog  (click to read)
Mark Oestreicher’s Blog (click to read)
Download Youth Ministry’s Blog (click to read)
Rachel Blom’s Blog  (click to read)
Michael Hyatt’s Blog  (click to read)

Podcasts:
Michael Hyatt – This is Your Life (iTunes)
YM Answers Podcast (iTunes)
Andy Stanley’s Podcast (iTunes)
Download Youth Ministry Podcast (iTunes)
… and a quick plug for my Podcast (iTunes)

3. Go to a Conference – I absolutely LOVE conferences. And you’ll typically see me at a few each year — learning, networking, and just hanging out too!  If you don’t allow yourself the opportunity to attend at least ONE conference a year, what are you waiting for?   Between the Keynote sessions, breakout sessions, and networking too … there’s so much to gain from participation in an experience like this.

Here are a few conferences I really like: The Orange Conference, National Youth Workers Convention, Catalyst Conference, Simply Youth Ministry Conference, and the D6 Conference.

2. Coaching – Some of the best things I’ve learned in my ministry experience has come from what I’ve learned from doing life with a mentor or coach. This is why a few years ago I felt it necessary to begin a coaching program.  I’ve coached and mentored dozens of youth workers and love being able to help set them up for success.  Check out this article I wrote on “5 Steps to Finding Your Next Mentor” and if I can help you, [click here] to check out my Coaching Program.

1. Prayer – It may sound like a total cliche, but prayer is without a doubt the absolute KEY to your ministry and personal growth this year.  Don’t deny the power of prayer.  I want to challenge you (as I challenge myself) to find pockets of time to spend time in prayer for yourself and your ministry.  Whether it be spending 5 minutes in prayer as you commute to your next appointment (Tip: Drive with your eyes open), or 10 more minutes before you go to bed, make sure you spend more focused time this year in communication with God.

What Steps Are You Planning to Take this Year?  Comment and let me know.  And thanks for sharing this post with others.


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The Ministry Resource Bundle — Available NOW!

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This is HUGE deal for Leaders!  So last week I announced a huge Resource Bundle that I put together for church leaders.  Then I just went nuts.   Let me explain …  This started out as a bundle of a few of my favorite crowd games and a couple of sermon series that I hand-picked as my favorite from 2015.  It’s an end of the year deal.

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PRODUCT AVAILABLE NOW (FOR A GREAT PRICE): 

This product is available for download for only $89.00! That’s it! No membership fees required.  Get the Sermon Series, Graphics Packages, Crowd Games & More in a nicely packaged bundle … for only $89.00 (a savings of $250.00)!

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ABOUT THE RESOURCE BUNDLE: 

WHAT IS INCLUDED –  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!

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.

ALL OUR RESOURCES ARE WRITTEN BY YOURS TRULY  unless otherwise noted.

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**This bundle is affordably priced at just $89.00 (a savings of $250.00!)**  The bundle is  available for $89 — so get it now!  

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The Top 10 Most Downloaded Podcast Episodes of 2015!

We just released our 45th Podcast Episode highlighting our Most Downloaded Podcast Episodes of the Year!  It was so much fun looking back and seeing what episodes got the most traction by you, our listeners.  Thanks for making this year so great. I look forward to an incredible 2016 with you.

Check out the official list below here that we highlighted on the show today and see below for a Special Offer that is good ONLY FOR TODAY has been extended!

Here are the Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2015 (beginning with most downloaded) highlighted in this Podcast Episode:

1. EP 31: Jesus Goes to The Movies – with Joel Mayward (download on iTunes)
2. EP 30: Youth Culture  – with Walt Mueller (download on iTunes)
3. EP 29: Discipleship & The Decline of Churches in America – with Stephanie Caro (download on iTunes)
4. EP 32: The State & Future of Youth Ministry – with Kenda Creasy Dean (download on iTunes)
5. EP 40: How to Recruit and Keep Volunteers – with Christopher Wesley (download on iTunes)
6. EP 05: Teens Walking Away From Church – with Dr. David Olshine (download on iTunes)
7. EP 41: Leaders in Trouble and Transition – with David Lyons (download on iTunes)
8. EP 28: How to Speak to Teens ((And Get Them to Listen)) – with Rachel Blom (download on iTunes)
9. EP 3: Youth Workers Getting Fired – with Stephanie Caro (download on iTunes)
10. EP 42: How to Team Up With Parents – with Phil Bell (download on iTunes)

Join nearly 4,000+ other youth workers and listen to episodes weekly [here] on the podcast site, or click [here] to access iTunes!

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[Podcast] ★ The Best of 2015! ★

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 7.15.53 PM The 45th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We bring these to you every Thursday.

from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 45 – ★ The Best of 2015! ★ Terrace Crawford counts down the Top 10 Most Downloaded Podcast Episodes of 2015! Plus+ We give all of our Podcast Listeners a BIG present. Listen along as we celebrate a BIG year on the Podcast and get ready for a brand-new year together!

[Click here] to get the list of the Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2015!

Join nearly 4,000+ other youth workers and listen to episodes weekly [here] on the podcast site, or click [here] to access iTunes!

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