About Terrace Crawford

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

Last Day to Save!

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D6 Conference 2019 FINAL DAY to save $80.

Register TODAY and save $80 per person. Price increases at midnight.

Generational Discipleship is the very essence of cultural change. Only when the church partners with parents will true discipleship occur.

COME TOGETHER AS A TEAM TO PLAN YOUR DISCIPLESHIP STRATEGY

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FREE Ticket to the Student Strategies Summit

Have you gotten your FREE TICKET to the Student Ministry Strategies Summit? This totally FREE, Online conference will be held on February 26-27, 2019 and will feature some of the top experts in the field of Youth Ministries.

The Student Ministry Strategies Summit will cover topics like: Campus outreach, Communication with Senior Pastors, Avoiding Burnout, Partnering with Parents and much more!

▶ Claim Your FREE TICKET Here.

Better Man University

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I’m excited to share some news with you. I am embracing a calling to a forgotten people group.

For the last couple of years I have had a burn in me to in invest young men (19-30) and I have really approached it unintentionally. My life, since 18, has largely been dedicated to youth work (teenagers), but I have said that our forgotten generation were kids who graduate out of high school and are lost. They are often left to wander with no shepherd. And more often than not, they wander with no earthly father.

What I found was these young men began to walk into my life and I was able to mentor them. Many of them now even consider me their earthly father. ( I can’t tell you how that touches the core of who I am ).

Recently I have spent considerable time reflecting, praying, and seeking direction and have decided to create something for this forgotten group. It will begin as a blog and website, continue with a podcast, coaching, regional events and expand into more as God leads.

This new venture will be evangelistic at its core, offering practical daily advice for men (19-30+), with life lessons and tips from both Christian and secular experts, but offering the invitation to faith in Christ.

It’s called “Better Man University.”

Better Man University will call men everywhere to be better students, friends, husbands, citizens, employees, and, yes, Christ followers too.

I hope you will join in the excitement here, with a comment or a share, or both and offer a prayer for this forgotten group. And, if you are so inclined to partner up with me, send me a message! Go to www.BetterManUniversity.com to learn more.

And for those wondering, I will continue my volunteer work with teenagers, my podcast for youth workers, and my resource sites (MinistryDownloads.com and MinistryPerks.com) will continue to serve leaders everywhere!

May this year be our banner year!

Practical Tips for Easter Engagement


My friend Ryan and I recently did a Video Interview discussing our top church ideas for Easter. These tips, we feel, will help you get some great engagement leading up to the Superbowl of Sundays…EASTER!

Also, If you’re looking for GREAT Easter Resources, be sure to check these great resource sites out:

The FREE Ultimate Easter Kit ➤ Download this FREE Kit!

MinistryDownloads.com ➤ Download Resources for Your Ministry

Last Day to Save!

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Today is a BIG day.  It’s the last day of the year, but its also your last chance to save BIG on a wonderful opportunity to secure spots for your team at at the D6 Conference with a really big discount!

If you register TODAY, before midnight, you will save $100 per person!

Generational Discipleship is the very essence of cultural change. This theme emphasizes the idea that discipleship is not an event, but a way of life. Only when the church partners with parents will true discipleship occur.

Over 50+ speakers will train your team in sunny Orlando, Florida at this conference.
Join me and hundreds of other leaders from around the globe at this incredible Family Ministry conference, designed for your entire team.

REGISTER HERE NOW TO CLAIM YOUR SPOTS!

How to Retire in 100 Days 🙌🎉


​One of the things I am always talking to people about is about earning passive income. I love affiliate programs and we have a solid one at MinistryDownloads.com too (see the end of this post for that).

​When it comes to affiliate programs, there are a few things that you should look for. Here are 4 that make up a good affiliate
program:​

✅ It pays you over and over again

✅ Customer is tracked to you for life

✅ Free to join

✅ Great affiliate support

An example of a program that meets those four requirements is ClickFunnels.

They give you 40% of the customers bill for life. Not only do you get paid over and over again, but the customers you referred are yours for life. Anything they buy in the future, you will make money on.​ ​

The affiliate program is also free to join. However, I do recommend you to be a customer or at least sign up for the FREE 14-DAY TRIAL so you can get to know the product better.

To help their affiliates, ClickFunnels has a 100 Day Super Affiliate Challenge. If you accept the challenge, they will guide to step by step on how to become a ClickFunnels super affiliate and retire in the next 100 days​. Yes, RETIRE in 100 DAYS.

The challenge is free to join and all the training is free as well. I recommend signing up even if you don’t plan to be a ClickFunnels affiliate because the training can be applied to any affiliate marketing program.

We have a great affiliate program at MinistryDownloads.com  too. We grant 50% of conversions on all sales to our affiliates, and we grant 50% on every ALL ACCESS
​subscription. That means every leader you get to sign up for our membership we give you 50% of their monthly payment for LIFE, or until they cancel or die (both are unfortunate)! ​ If you’d like more information simply contact me here and I’ll be glad to walk you through personally.​

Where Should You Go on Your Mission Trip?

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So you’ve decided to go on a mission trip! This is an exciting time of gathering ideas and interest from your students, but it can be overwhelming when you have the entire world to choose from. While this decision should be made with input from your church and students, as well as a tremendous amount of prayer, we think there are some questions that can help you narrow down what’s possible for your group. These four questions can help you narrow down where in the world you should go on a mission trip, but don’t be afraid to speak with a reputable mission trip organization for more input!

1. How far will you go?

For every group, there are some practical limitations to consider. This question can help you narrow in on a location or region. There are a few factors that go into answering this question including budget, time constraints, and desire to engage with language and cultural barriers. Generally speaking, the further you go, the more apparent some of these things may be, but none of these are insurmountable barriers! If you feel led to serve far beyond your borders, just know it’s going to take a little more time to plan.

2. What are your hopes for your trip?

There are a variety of mission trip opportunities that all offer unique value, both for your students and the community you are serving in. Taking stock of what you hope to do on the trip can narrow down some locations. If your group is handy and ready to jump into construction projects, hurricane relief mission trips or other construction-based trips are an incredible way to use and develop your skills. Not as prepared for physical labor? Urban mission trips provide great opportunities for relational ministry that can be incredibly impactful for everyone involved.

Are you hoping to engage in what’s happening in the headlines? Or embrace struggles happening in quiet corners of the world? There’s value in both, but we encourage you to look into options beyond what’s in front of your face. There’s value in returning to a community on the long-term path to restoration and there’s beauty in showing up in the wake of disaster. Reflection on what this should look like for your group can steer your decision in a healthy direction.

3. What do you hope your students take away?

Every mission trip should first and foremost be a positive experience for the host community, but the reality is, mission trips are also an incredible way to grow spiritually and develop leaders among your youth. So, knowing your students and what you hope they gain from an experience can provide helpful direction for your trip as well. Students often walk away from trips with a greater understanding and appreciation for new people and cultures, greater leadership abilities, and a deeper faith in the God who created and watches over all of us. While these can be fostered during in a variety of serving experiences, consider how exactly you hope your students will grow and make sure your mission trip selection will allow those experiences to take shape.

4. What happens after the trip is over?

No matter where you choose to go, consider the impact your trip can have on the big picture, rather than just focusing on what your team might accomplish alone in the short span of a week. Partnering with a community or organization over a longer period of time or going somewhere where long-term relationships are already in place will allow you to get the most out of your experience. If you’re feeling called to help in the wake of natural disasters, pray about your options and consider looking beyond what’s currently in the headlines. Places like Texas or Puerto Rico, where disaster struck a year or so back, are still in terrible need and are already almost completely forgotten. Rebuilding after disasters often takes years, even if we only hear about the efforts for a matter of months.

Need help figuring out where to serve in 2019? Speak with a mission trip support representative from Experience Mission today. Call 888-475-6414 ext. 1 or fill out a mission trip interest form.

5 Things That Reveal The Leader You Are

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People who are always quick to figure out the type of leader you are, especially if they are to follow you. There are a number of ways that reveal who you are as a leader without you saying a word.  Carey Nieuwhof recently posted an article about this,sharing these 5 different things. I will share 2 of them here with you and link you to the rest.

1. WHETHER YOU DELIVER ON YOUR PROMISES

You never need to open your mouth for your team to determine whether they can trust you.

Trust, after all, is confidence.

The best way to establish confidence as a leader is to do what you said you’re going to do when you said you’re going to do it.

The challenge, of course, is that’s much harder to do than it seems.

Be careful about what you promise.

Be even more careful about how you deliver. It is far better to under-promise and over-deliver than it is to offer assurances that mean nothing.

And if you mess up, own up. People respect that.

And then do everything in your power not to repeat the same mistake again.

2. WHETHER YOU TRULY VALUE YOUR FAMILY OR THEIR FAMILY

I was talking to a leader the other week who was trying to figure out how much time to take off when there was so much to do at his rapidly growing church.

As we discussed this, it occurred to me that how he valued his family would signal whether he wanted his staff to value their families.

Most team members want a senior leader to go home at night to see his family.

The late night, early morning and all weekend emails actually discourage your staff.  So do the seven day work weeks.

Even if you tell your staff “you take time off, I need to work,” they rarely feel secure in taking that time off.

Unfortunately, it took me years to learn that my working longer hours communicates to the team that it’s never safe for them to take time off.

How you value your family signals to your team whether you value their families.

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LIVE from D6: John Stonestreet

I’m LIVE blogging from the D6 Conference in Greensboro (NC).  Today I’m sharing my notes with you from the General Session and keynote speaker, John Stonestreet.

Tweetable Quotes (and Highlights) from John Stonestreet:

  • The age-old question we have always asked … “Where do we draw line?”  @JBstonestreet “What is our salvation for?”  
  • “If we only react to culture we won’t have the end in mind for discipleship of our kids. We need to be proactive.”   @JBStonestreet 
  • “When we are trying to raise kids in this culture we need to know what we’re after.”  @JBStonestreet  You cannot escape culture.
  • “We are not saved for ESCAPE.”  @JBStonestreetChristianity is not an escapist religion
  • “You can’t escape culture, culture is the water in which we swim.”  @JBStonestreet 
  • “The God of the Bible does not usually yank people out of trouble but rather walks with them through it.”  @JBStonestreet  2 Corinthians 5:18-19ff
  • “There is no such thing as being on the wrong side of history, there is only being on the wrong side of right.”  @JBStonestreet
  • “You cannot understand the story from the moment, you an only understand the moment from the story.”  @JBStonestreet 

If you’re not at the D6 Conference, please follow along on social media using the hashtag #D62018 or my personal twitter, @TerraceCrawford.

LIVE from D6: Dannah Gresh

I’m LIVE blogging from the D6 Conference in Greensboro (NC).  Today I’m sharing my notes with you from the General Session and keynote speaker, Dannah Gresh.

Tweetable Quotes (and Highlights) from Dannah Gresh:

  • “There is no statistical difference between non-Christian women and Christian women who watched, read, and defend Fifty Shades of Grey.” @Dannahgresh 
  • “Today, families want to worship God in the way that fits them, not the way He wants to be worshiped.”  @Dannahgresh
  • “As pornography increases, sexual desires decrease.”  @Dannahgresh 
  • Lie #1  — We need to be “Normal” to be relevant.
  • “The truth is God wants us to stick out.”  @Dannahgresh
  • “We want to fit in, but we don’t want to be all in.” @Dannahgresh
  • “Teenagers do not want something more. They want something different.” @Dannahgresh
  •  Lie #2 — We can go without God.   
  • God’s presence is what we are missing.  ((See John 15:5))

If you’re not at the D6 Conference, please follow along on social media using the hashtag #D62018 or my personal twitter, @TerraceCrawford.