#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:

The Disconnect Between Youth Worker & Senior Pastor by Doug Franklin - [click to read]
4 Characteristics of Awesome Youth Ministers by Andy Blanks - [click to read]
6 Teaching Tips for Multiple Youth Group Services by Josh Griffin – [click to read]
5 Ways to Invest in Leaders by Chris Wesley [click to read]
Creating Openness in Your Small Group by Andy Blanks – [click to read]
4 Learnings from Listening to My Student Leaders by Aaron Crumbey  – [click to read]
10 Things Every Parent Wants From Your Parent Ministry by Michael Bayne - [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 [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 6

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The sixth episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.  Next week: My guests are Kenny and Elle Campbell and we’ll bring to you Part Two of Creating Great Environments for Students!

from the description:
This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 6: Creating an Environment for Students with Kenny and Elle Campbell.  Terrace Crawford and The Campbellstalk 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].

Your Next Social Media Event!

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I’m doing a number of Social Media Events this year and I want to come to your city! Our latest booking is in New Hampshire where I’m doing a Saturday seminar for parents and students.  Here are few of the topics that I’ll be speaking on that day:

1 – Social Media 101 (Basics of Social Media)
Some people find Social Media intimidating. In fact, they really don’t know if they are doing Social Media right! Social Media is a powerful thing. In this session, Terrace Crawford explains how Social Media has great power and can be used for good. We’ll cover the Top 5\Most Common platforms and how to use them.

2 – Social Entourage: How to Win Friends and Influence Them Online
Does Social Media seem lame to you? Are you bored with it? Do you anxiously await the next big platform to launch that trumps your Twitter\Instagram\Snapchat\Facebook app? What if you were told that you could make your experience online a life-changing one? In this session Terrace Crawford, author of #GoingSocial, will share how you can leverage your digital world in ways that will bring you new connections and help you influence and lead your followers to Christ!

3 – Social Networking for Parents (this is perfect for parents, but could be done with students)
Teens are often embarassed by their parents presence online. In fact, they’d almost rather they not dabble in Social Media at all. Can the world of Social Media host both parents & students? What if parents could be taught etiquette online? In this session, TC will share with parents what is acceptable and what is not and gives parents real talk about how to use their online presence.

4 – Helping Your Teen Protect Their Online Reputation
Most parents (well, and youth workers too!) are so afraid that teens are destroying their reputation online. Some of their concern is valid. In this session, Terrace shares about some of the dangers of what you post online and some important boundaries to observe while you are surfing on the web.

5 – Your Social Media Footprint
Were you aware that everywhere you travel online you leave a footprint? Most people use Social Media while others abuse it. The truth of the matter is that you can use Social Media for good or bad, but it’s important you understand that your presence online really matters. Your footprint will last much after you sign-off. In this session, we’ll talk about some of the dangers of Social Media as well as how you can leverage it for good!

If you’re interested in hosting me in your city for a Social Media conference or seminar event this year, [click here].  

To order a copy of my latest book, Going Social: A Practical Guide on Social Media for Church Leaders, [click here]

#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:

Andy Stanley on Middle School Parenting (Video) - [click to view]
How Long to Preach to Students by Tony Myles - [click to read]
FREE Easter Lessons & Devotions from YM360 – [click to download]
How You Should Approach This Summer by Chris Wesley [click to read]
5 Ways to Set Parents Up for The Win by Leneita Fix – [click to read]
The Future of Youth Ministry by Richard Parker  – [click to read]
YM Answers Podcast (Ep 20) Bullies, Victims and Creating Safe Places- [click to listen]

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

LifeWay’s NEW Bible Studies - [click here]
David Olshine’s Articles – [click here]
Youth Ministry Coaches - [click here]

If you missed the Podcast this week, check out the latest episode [here].   My guest was David Olshine and our topic was Teens Walking Away From The Church  (and what youth workers can do about it!) [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.

TWIYM: Official Podcast Sponsor Announcement

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We’ve been looking the last few weeks for an Official Sponsor of This Week In Youth Ministry Podcast… and today we found one.

Our friends at LifeWay have come aboard to show their support to the Podcast because they believe in students… and love youth workers!   

I could not be more excited about our partnership.  LifeWay is a premier resource for student ministries today and I can’t think of anyone better that I’d like to work with.

There are still opportunities available to partner with me and space on our podcast. If your organization or business is interested in getting the word out about your resources, just [click here] for information. There’s room for everyone at the table, big or small.

Thanks for your support of the Podcast.   #ThisWeekinYM

#ThisWeekinYM – Episode 5

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This is fifthepisode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.  Next week: My guest is Kenny and Elle Campbell and our topic is Creating Great Environments for Students!

from the description:
This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 5: Teens Walking Away From Church with David Olshine.  Terrace Crawford and David Olshine, author of What’s Gone Wrong With Youth Ministry, talk about teens walking away from church and what youth workers can do about it!

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].

10 Ideas for Connecting With Students in Your Small Group

I’m always encouraging youth workers to build into students and find ways to connect with teens. In the past week I’ve thought a lot more about how important it is for me to set staff up for success. If I don’t properly coach volunteers, and share practical ways to do ministry, I’m inevitably setting them up to fail. With that in mind, I thought I’d jot down a number of quick ideas I had for developing relationships with students and share them with leaders.

Disclaimer: This list was written exclusively for small group leaders, but these tips could really apply to anyone who is looking to connect with teenagers.

 
10 Quick Ideas for Connecting with Students (in Your Small Group):

1. Start a Facebook Group for your small group only
Start a Facebook Group and change the privacy settings to make it a closed group (“secret group”), which will allow you to share prayer requests, etc and it will keep things private. Just keep close watch on your group and moderate what is posted.

2. Mentor them
Each student really needs a mentor. Why not spend an hour with a student each week? (or even 30 minutes!) It’s really the best investment you could make with teens.

3. Post regularly (or even periodically) to the wall of your official Student Ministry Facebook page
Sharing a brief message on the Student Ministry Facebook wall shows the excitement you have for your group and also may appeal to other students outside your small group that you might not otherwise reach.

4. Host a “girls only” or “guys only” (whichever applies to your group) event and get them to invite friends
Hosting an event for your small group is a great way to build into your students.

5. Each lunch with students (at school, on weekend, etc.) or meet them for coffee or ice cream after school
There is nothing like getting on their turf! Meeting up with students to grab a bite to eat or treat them goes a long way. (I’ve heard youth pastors like this too. :) )

6. Have dinner with their family
This is a wonderful idea — if you can secure an invite from the family to come over for dinner. You get to see what life is like for the student (at home) and get to build into their parents too!

7. Attend their extra-curricular activities (sports, dance, etc.)Students love when you support their interests. This is a great way to show you care… and let’s face it, sometimes you might be filling in the gap for their parent by sitting on the sidelines when the parent can’t make it to cheer on their child!

8. Send them text messages throughout the week (between Sundays\Wednesdays) to check-in and encourage them
Students really need to hear from caring adults throughout the week. Sending them a text or tweet during the week is a great way to show you are interested in them. Otherwise, your communication with them sounds like just a plea to get them to your event.

9. Work on a service project together
Working a project together really helps create community within your group and will help you connect with students individually too!
 
10. Attend student events\programs you might not otherwise attend
Don’t be content to limit your interaction with students to the one or two events or programs you are normally a part of. Why not surprise them by showing up to other youth ministry events to participate?

What other great tips & ideas would you add to this list?

#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:

Vibrant Youth Ministry in 4 Steps by Mark Oestreicher - [click to read]
How to Get Students to Read Their Bibles by Aaron Helman – [click to read]
4 Needs of New Christ Followers by Andy Blanks [click to read]
5 Social Media Ministry Boundaries by Phil Bell – [click to read]
Be A One-For-One Leader by Justin Knowles  – [click to read]
8 Guidelines to Keep Small Groups Healthy  – [click to read]
Lift Even Your Weakest Member to New Heights by Doug Franklin – [click to read]
Parent Ministry Podcast: Helping Parents Study the Bible- [click to listen]

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

Greg Stier’s Blog – [click to read]
Chris Wesley’s Blog  – [click to read]
Dare 2 Share Ministries – [click here]
Share 6 Campaign - [click here]

If you missed the Podcast this week, check out the latest episode [here]. My guest was Greg Stier and our topic was How to Equip Students for Evangelism (if you’re starting at ground zero!)  [ps] We’re still looking for a Podcast Sponsor!  Contact me if you’re interested in details about our growing audience or rates or [click here] to visit our advertisers section.

This Week in Youth Ministry: Episode 4

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This is fourth episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.  Next week: My guest is David Olshine and our topic is Teens Who Walk Away From Church (and What We Can Do About It).

from the description:
This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 4: How to Equip Students for Evangelism with Greg Stier.  Terrace Crawford and Greg Stier talk about how to equip students for Evangelism if you are starting at ground zero.

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].

Are You Ready for A Retreat?

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In a recent episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast, I talked about how youth workers might be interested in taking a retreat this year. My friends at LeaderTreks have such quality stuff — and this is no different.  They’ve put together several Refuel Retreats this year for youth workers and I shared about it on the podcast.

Refuel Retreats offer everything you’d probably experience from a conference (training, networking opportunities, relaxation) but they are hosted in an intimate setting at a much more affordable price.  How awesome!  I’m encouraging youth workers to make room in their calendars this year for a retreat like this.  We’ve got too many people burning out… and it can be avoided. Perhaps planning some time away is the first step to getting you back on track?  Contact LeaderTreks today and tell them I sent you.

Oh, and be sure to check out LeaderTreks Blog and store [here]. They offer TONS of resources to help you grow your students too.  I love (and highly recommend!) their stuff!