About Terrace Crawford

nationally recognized youth SPEAKER; a MENTOR to youth & youth workers; social media CONSULTANT; writer & EDITOR @ churchleaders.com; AUTHOR of @goingsocialbook

2018 Youth Min Cohort–Apply Now

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I’m excited to announce my partnership with my friend, David Olshine, Professor of Youth Ministry, Family and Culture at Columbia International University, to launch a Year-Long Cohort, beginning January 2018.

This cohort, for youth workers, will explore 5 different topics including: Evangelism, Discipleship, Leadership, Ministry to Parents, and Volunteers and will include live exclusive training sessions throughout the year!

Participants in our cohort will receive 1-on-1 coaching from David and I (a minimum of 12 times), as well as exclusive access to our private training sessions and a private group where you will be able to network with other members. Additionally there are so many other surprises and perks, but this experience will be worth EVERY PENNY…I promise.

And speaking of pennies, I’m very proud to say that David and I have worked hard together to craft a cohort that will give every leader a part of this opportunity what they would get at a conference or through a semester-long course plus more over a year-long experience, affordably priced with the youth worker in mind.

[Click here] to visit our site (that just recently went LIVE!) to find out more or to apply.  Hurry, space is limited … and you must apply by December 11, 2017!

 

How I Made $50 in 50 Minutes

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I have used Square’s Cash App for a couple years now, but just recently shared with a few friends about it and they love it!  Then I realized I should just invite people to join me on the app and earn $ while doing it. Cash actually gives you a bonus each time you refer a friend and now they give the new user a bonus too!  So I can earn $5.00 by signing you up and you can earn $5.00 too. There is no obligation to use their service and you can cash out whenever you like and it goes directly into your bank account (in mere seconds!). I decided to invite a few friends and literally earned $50 in just 50 minutes!*  

Want to try it?  Use my referral code and follow the steps below and I’ll help you earn some quick cash:

Follow these simple steps (which should only take you 5 MINUTES or less!):

1. Click this link.
2. Download the app (available on iPhone or Android)
3. Enter your phone number (you’ll soon get a confirmation code sent to you)
4. Enter the confirmation code (that was just sent to you)
5. Enter your Debit Card info (this is so Square Cash can deposit your $ into your bank account).
6. Enter your First name
7. Enter your Zip Code
8. Choose a UserName (aka “Cash Tag”)
9. Invite friends (skip this part for now …)
10. Enter $5 and Request this money from ME.  Yes, me.  ($TerraceCrawford).
I will send you the $5 you requested.
11. Once you receive the $5 from me please send it back. 
You’ll get your bonus after you do. So enter $5 and this time you will hit PAY and my cash tag ($TerraceCrawford).
12. Return to the dashboard (where your profile\profile pic is displayed) and scroll
down to the bottom and hit “Reward Code” and copy & paste this: JTWLRLN and submit.

Once you follow these simple steps you should receive a bonus for using the app!

Now you can also invite friends and earn cash too!   And “cash out” at any time you’d like for Square to deposit the funds into your bank account.

Oh, and thanks for sharing this post in advance!

Top 50 Leadership Quotes from #D6

I attended the D6 Conference in Texas last week and had the privilege to speak as well. For me conferences are such a great place of learning and networking – I absolutely LOVE it. I applaud the team of the D6 Conference for putting on an amazing event for leaders across the country. One of the best, by far, that I’ve attended.

In this blog post I will share with you the Top 50 Leadership Quotes (from my notes) during my time at the conference.  **Literally I could share 300 or more, but I’ll share with you the best of the best — as I saw\heard it — in random order, by the way.

“Discipleship is not an event, its a way of life”  – Dr. Ron Hunter

“Isn’t it interesting what God can do with an hour if it is given unto him.” – Dr. Ron Hunter

“Our roles as ministry leaders is to help parents connect with their children.” -Dr. Ron Hunter

“You can’t win your child’s heart if you are only negative in the shared spaces.”  -Dr. Ron Hunter

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“Face to face is confrontational but shoulder to shoulder allows an atmosphere for tough topics.”  – Dr. Ron Hunter

“Some conversations you have with your kids will never be remembered. But if you don’t have them, they can never be remembered.”  -Dr. Ron Hunter

“The Church is divinely designed to develop leaders through the discipleship process.”  Greg Baird

“Discipleship at home was not about doing more but inviting Christ into what we were already doing.”  -Christina Embree

“Brushing your teeth can become discipleship. Parking far away can be discipleship. Hearing sirens can be discipleship.”  – Christina Embree

“The most ordinary thing becomes the sacred thing when Christ is in it.”  – Christina Embree

“As the family goes, so goes the nation.”  Dr. Gary Chapman

“The time to prepare for marriage is not after you get engaged, the time is now.”  Dr. Gary Chapman

“The question is not do you love your children. The question is do your children feel loved?”  -Dr. Gary Chapman

“We have to start younger if we are going to make an impact on the next generation.” -Dr. Gary Chapman

“What if my children turned out to be like me?”  -Dr. Gary Chapman

“Children are far more influenced by our model than our words.”  -Dr. Gary Chapman

“You won’t have any problem with your children forgiving you if you’re willing to apologize.”  -Dr. Gary Chapman

“A church without children is a dying church.”   -Dr. La Verne Tolbert

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“We must not be too busy that we cannot pray.”  -Dr. La Verne Tolbert

“1/2 of kids leave the church, but what about the 1/2 that stay?”  -Dr. Richard Ross

“If we pay attention to those who stayed, it might cause us to change the perspective of why we do what we do.”   -Dr. Richard Ross

“Spiritually lethargic parents create spiritually lethargic kids. Spiritually alive parents produce spiritually alive kids.”  -Dr. Richard Ross

“Teenagers who leave High School with little love for the bride will eventually wander away from the Groom.”  -Dr. Richard Ross

“We tried replacing parents with the professionals for 60 years. So how’s that going?”  -Dr. Richard Ross

“Grandparents are still one of the most influential persons in a child’s life.”  – Dr. Vern Bengtson

“Don’t forget the seniors. Most churches do.” -Dr. Vern Bengtson

“Stop doing ministry without God!  Stop working for God, without God.”  -Candace Payne

“We’ve got places to be, and the first one is in His presence.”  -Candace Payne

“Why do pastors spend so much time day-dreaming about their future church and not focusing on their present church?” -Michael Bayne

“If your dreams for your future church are hijacking the passion for your current church, there might be a problem.” -Michael Bayne

“There is no shortcut to leadership.” -Michael Bayne

“You get no credit for the time you spend coveting another church.”  -Michael Bayne

“Lead like you’ll be there forever because you are responsible forever.“  -Michael Bayne

“The easiest way to improve your leadership ability is to gather people around you who can fill your leadership gaps.” – Michael Bayne

“If all you get is the kids, you won’t have the parents and then eventually you won’t have the kids either.”  -Dr. Timothy Paul Jones

“Never take the bypass. Don’t go around the parents to try to reach them.” -Dr. Timothy Paul Jones

“I made a conscious decision that the pattern of divorce in my family would stop with me.”  -Joshua Straub

“I didn’t need to be the pastor of a megachurch to reach thousands of people. I just needed to be a parent of my child.”  -Joshua Straub

“Prayer doesn’t just change the generations that go after us. Prayer changes the generations that go before us.”  -Joshua Straub

“Acting like pain and suffering doesn’t happen doesn’t serve our children well. Equip them. They can handle it.”  -Dr. Eddie Moody

“Are you lacking the results you desire from your message because the way you deliver it is too comfortable?” -Michael Covington

“The right tone at the right time is a grace delivery method.” -Michael Covington

“People matter more than things. Our entitlement is not setting us free.”  -Kristie Christie

“God can use all of us regardless of our backgrounds.” -Dr. Josh McDowell

“If you really seek after truth, I believe you’ll find Jesus, because He is truth.” – Dr. Josh McDowell

“Don’t reject something because it’s the faith of your father. Reject something because it’s not true.”  -Dr. Josh McDowell

“Pornography is the number ONE barrier to apologetics today.”  -Dr. Josh McDowell

“The number one thing that causes a child to stay pure from sexual immorality was deep religious beliefs.”  -Dr. Josh McDowell

“Rules without relationship leads to rejection.”  -Dr. Josh McDowell

“My family is my first ministry.”  -Dr. Josh McDowell

“168 Twinkies are simply not enough.” -Terrace Crawford

We’re about to make it to the conference this year? Mark your calendars for 2018! D6 Conference is coming NORTH CAROLINA in September 2018!
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LIVE from D6 in DALLAS!

I’m in DALLAS speaking at the D6 Conference this week. If you can’t join me here you can catch the LIVE stream [here]. ((Check out the LIVE Stream schedule below))

You can also follow me on twitter (@terracecrawford) to catch the action. I’ll be on Snapchat and Instagram too, if you’re there (find me @terracecrawford).

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Love these speaker tiles the d6 Conference created:
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Hurricane Harvey: 4 Ways To Help

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Even though Hurricane Irma just packed a punch across the Eastern part of our United States, people are still in desperate need after Hurricane Harvey left its destruction in Texas.  Many of our youth ministry friends have lost so much in the path of this storm and are in great need of our help!

I’ve put together several ways for you to help make an instant impact in the lives of those affected by Hurricane Harvey:

1. PURCHASE THIS BUNDLE (50% Of Proceeds Benefit Texas Youth Workers!)
At MinistryDownloads.com we’ve put together a bundle of resources (Over $750 in  Downloadable Resources–Sermon Series, Games, Admin Helps, Media & More! for  ONLY $49!) and we are donating 50% of ALL proceeds to benefit Texas youth workers! This bundle will be available for purchase until 11:59PM EDT on September 30.  Go [hereto check out this bundle and purchase now.

2. GO (OR PLAN) TO SERVE
I am working with TWO great missions organizations (Experience Mission and Group Mission Trips) to help coordinate short-term and long-term serve opportunities on the ground in Texas!  If you would like more information about how you can take a team (big or small) on a short-term or long-term serve project, please contact me.

3. PRAY FOR VICTIMS
The storm has passed but the affects will be long lasting. Those affected by Hurricane Harvey will be dealing with the destruction for months, maybe years, to come. Texas youth workers, among everyone who experienced a loss of some kind, very much need our continued prayers.  Do not underestimate the power of your prayers.  We need a great prayer army to remember everyone during this time (especially since their stories are no longer being covered in the media).

4. GIVE TO OTHER CHARITIES
Even if you don’t purchase our Bundle at MinistryDownloads.com, there are numerous charitable organizations that are on the ground and doing great work in the state of Texas. I personally have donated to individuals who have suffered loss, to Samaritan’s Purse, to the Red Cross, and to the Salvation Army. I would recommend donating funds to any of these organizations.


SHARE this post with your friends on your Social networks. Getting the word out about how to help is really the first step in serving those who need a hand.

If you’re on Twitter, you can click [here] to Retweet this post.

How You Can Help Texas Youth Workers!

We thought nothing could ever touch the impact of Hurricane Katrina until now. Our friends in Texas are recovering from what is considered the worst disaster in our Nation’s history, Hurricane Harvey.

Just days ago this came home to me (and many of us) as my dear friend, Stephanie Caro, and her husband, Steve had to be rescued in the flood waters of Katy, Texas (pictured below: Caro’s Rescue).  You can read more about the rescue [here].  There has been a GoFundMe Campaign set up to help Stephanie and her husband recover. Please go [here] to make a donation and read the full story of why their need is so great.

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This week I’ve been hearing stories from youth workers who have been affected by this storm, in addition to Stephanie, and I want to help further.  At MinistryDownloads.com we’ve decided to offer 50% of the profits from our Fall Starter Bundle to benefit youth workers in Texas.

This bundle features over $750 in downloadable resources, and we’ve reduced it to ONLY $49 — but only till September 30. The entire month of September you can purchase the bundle, 50% of the profit from your purchase will instantly go to youth workers affected by the Hurricane, and you can enjoy & use all the downloads in your ministry!  Go [here] to purchase the bundle & make an instant impact in the lives of church leaders in Texas!

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This really goes without saying, but most importantly during this time those affected by the storm need our prayers!  Join with me in praying for the victims of this disaster, and if you can help, please give.  Thank you!

 

Final Hours to Save BIG on D6 Conference!

d6newbannerI’m STOKED to announce that it was just confirmed I’ll be speaking at this year’s D6 Conference in Dallas, Texas!  And I want YOU to join me and hundreds of other church leaders for the best Family Ministry Conference.

TODAY is a huge day… as it’s your last chance to SAVE BIG on tickets! You can save until midnight, so HURRY, and get registered [here].

Don’t forget, your Senior Pastor can join you free! Use the code: BRINGMYBOSS

The D6 Conference is the one family ministry conference designed to help your ministry team get on the same page to minister to the families in your city. We invite over 50 of the top family ministry leaders to lead you through a learning and planning process that you’ll never forget. The whole conference is centered around making sure that each member of your team has the chance to learn and grow together. You won’t believe what a difference it makes when your entire team dreams together at the same event.

“D6 feels less like a conference and more like being part of a movement that God is using to impact a generation.” – Brian Haynes

Go [here] and register NOW!

Dare 2 Share LIVE: A Rally Point for Teen-Led, Gospel Growth

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On September 23rd, 2017, 50,000 teens will boldly take their faith one step further. Rallying together for THE Cause of Christ — a.k.a The Great Commission — students and their youth leaders will gather for the first ever Dare 2 Share LIVE simulcast!

But what is Dare 2 Share LIVE? Simply put, Dare 2 Share LIVE is a teen-led movement of gospel-conversations from coast to coast for the purpose of reaching the next generation.

In greater detail, Dare 2 Share LIVE is all about One Day. One Message. One Hope — with the desire to spark revival within the Church.

ONE DAY

Driven from a live event in Denver, Colorado and broadcast out to 50+ locations nationwide, Saturday, September 23, 2017, Dare 2 Share LIVE is the start of a movement where thousands of teenagers and adult leaders will be released…at the EXACT SAME TIME…into their communities to serve and share the gospel.

See specific time zone schedules here.

This one day will also equip students to have gospel conversations wherever they go, including conversations they may have a week later at See You at the Pole (a worldwide event where millions of teens gather at their own campuses to pray over their schools).

ONE MESSAGE

We know that the gospel changes everything. And as Christians we have a Cause – Christ’s Cause – to share this good news with our world.

When students are captured by Jesus and His mission, their heartbeat changes and so does the trajectory of their lives…and the lives of those they reach with the gospel. This message is where true change and impact is going to start, not only for this generation, but for our communities and this country.

ONE HOPE

Nothing transforms a student like seeing someone respond to the clearly articulated gospel. Once they experience this, it’s a game changer. Their excitement is uncontainable and their energy makes them an unstoppable force.

Now imagine 50,000 teenagers all going out equipped with the gospel, and as they step out into their communities to serve through local food drives, they are bringing help to those in need. Paired with the gospel, teenagers will show the world the hope that the followers of Christ bring. This is the true hope, not only for this generation, but for our communities and this country.

In One Day, with One Message, with teens rallying together for One Hope, lives will forever be changed by the power of the gospel. And if this is what we can do in just one day, imagine what these same teens can do with the rest of their lives. Imagine the eternal impact.

Want to learn more or sign your youth group up for this teen-led movement of gospel conversations? Click here.

Blog Buzz About MinistryDownloads.com

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This week there’s been a bit of a blog tour going on about the launch of MinistryDownloads.com – a new resource site for Ministry Leaders that I launched just 2 weeks ago.

Check out the following blogs of some great leaders:

Rob Shepherd – [Click here] to view his blog
Rob is the Senior Pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in VA and has been a great friend to me! He is one of my favorite speakers too.  
Austin McCann – [Click here] to view his blog
Austin is leading a fierce effort to reach the next generation. Love this guy’s creativity! He’s got several resources on the site
Tom Pounder– [Click here] to visit his blog
Tom is a fellow Orange blogger, podcaster, and is doing some great work in Student Ministry!  Be sure to follow him.
Ben Marshall – [Click here] to visit Ben’s blog
I recently met Ben, a Campus pastor from Michigan (super nice guy!). This dude definitely has a gift of encouragement. He’s got some resources on MD too. Check them out!
Brad Huss – [Click here] to view his blog
I connected with Brad years ago online.  He and I have been friends ever since. He’s in the Charlotte area, but his reach goes incredibly far beyond that!  Really appreciate this guy.
Bobby Howell – [Click here] to visit his blog
I recently got connected to Robert. He started blowing up my Twitter encouraging the heck out of me after reading my book, Going Social. Then he started sharing about MinistryDownloads.com.  This guy is awesome.
Randy Brown – [Click here] to visit Randy’s blog
Randy has a huge heart for the next generation.  I recently ran across this blogger who is doing some great work in Student Ministry. 

I so appreciate anyone sharing the news about the launch of the site. If you tweet about it, tag me (@terracecrawford) and I’ll retweet you! If you blog about it, shoot me a link & I’ll add your link to this post!  Thanks, friends!