LIVE from D6: Ron Hunter

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, Ron Hunter.

Tweetable Quotes (and Highlights) from Ron Hunter:

  • “We all have an X … a place we are going to die. If you knew the spot, where and when it was, how would you live differently?” @RonHunter
  • “Today you should begin backwards discipleship planning as you anticipate your child’s X.”  @RonHunter
  • “As families we have taken our kids to church and have said to the leaders ‘You are the expert…you disciple my family.’ It cannot happen this way.”  @RonHunter
  • “We need to adopt the principles of healthy churches rather than the programs of healthy churches.” @RonHunter
  • “Healthy churches don’t say ‘What’s Next?’  They simply redefine discipleship.” @RonHunter
  • “Scripture defines discipleship not as an event but as a way of life.” @RonHunter Eph 4: Paul talking about bringing up families

    Ps 78:6 We teach next generations

    Matt 28: The Great Commission

  • “When we are followers of Christ we are always on a journey as a student.”  @RonHunter
  • “We need to prepare our kids to defend their faith.”  @RonHunter 
  • “If you wait until battle to prepare your kids you have already lost.” @RonHunter Timothy”s X  ((2 Timothy 3:15))

    Ephesians 6:4

  • “Great discipleship reaches across generational lines.”  @RonHunter 
  • “Most church staff meetings spend their time trying to figure out how to do church better when they should be helping parents how to figure out how to do home better.”  @RonHunter 

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

How to Engage Social Media on Your Mission Trip

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Thousands of people embark on short-term mission trips around the world every year. And, along with mission trips, come the inevitable social media posts about the trips. You know the ones I’m talking about—dramatic before and after photos of construction projects, selfies with children in tattered clothes, and intimate glimpses into broken situations around the world. Unfortunately, these posts often send the wrong message about the heart behind the trip. Surely there was more depth to the experience than what these posts seem to convey!

As we seek to follow Jesus into a life of service to others, the life we’re called to is contrary to the self-promotional “default mode” of social media. To serve and dignify the people we engage with means humbling ourselves and going beyond the “hero” mindset. The first step is to be intentional in the stories we tell.

1. Tell The Whole Story

When posting on social media during a mission trip, it can be tempting to only share what we ourselves are doing. But, it’s important to be intentional about how we position ourselves in the story. Instead of just sharing about the food we distributed or the building we painted, let’s talk about the big picture, like the ongoing work our ministry partners accomplish day in and day out. This way, we remove the spotlight from ourselves and celebrate those who have dedicated their lives to serving in their community.

2. Connect With Local People

We often have a false picture that people in developing communities don’t have access to technology. In reality, most of the people we encounter have a Facebook page as well as other social media platforms. Let’s leverage this opportunity to build deeper connections with local people or stay in touch after the trip. Talk about local people in the way you would talk about a friend. Don’t exaggerate or diminish the work they are doing in life, but seek to frame them in the best possible light.

3. Be Fully Present

It’s tempting to hide behind a screen. We want to remember the connections we made and share our experiences with friends and family, especially those who supported our trip. But this mentality often holds us back from being fully present and could unintentionally send the wrong message to local people. It’s important to remember we are guests in someone else’s home. Let’s get to know local people, see what their community actually has to offer, and take photos only sparingly. We might miss out on a few photo opportunities, but we’ll experience a whole new depth to our encounters and might actually forge lasting, meaningful relationships.

4. Remember the Mission

With everything we do, we want to keep the mission of our trip at the center. We go to humbly serve, to learn from others, to dignify them, and to empower local ministries. It would be incredibly sad if we let social media hinder these goals. It can be tempting to exaggerate the work we do through photos, videos, and stories aimed at pleasing donors or seeming impressive to friends and church members, but ultimately we have the opportunity to engage in a really important conversation about the way we are called to serve others. Which involves caring first and foremost about the people right in front of us, their dignity, and the hope and love we’re striving to share.

Excited to serve in 2019? Join Experience Mission in one of 25 communities on a short-term mission trip! Fill out an interest form today to find the right fit for you and your youth group.

 

Help Give Their Summer a Purpose!

A relief mission trip is a great way to add purpose to the summer and build unity with your students this summer!

Last fall, the southern coast of the United States—as well as several areas in the Caribbean—were devastated by the winds and flood waters of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. As images of the devastation splashed across the media, relief volunteers and resources rushed to aid these communities—gutting homes that had flooded, cleaning up debris, and helping to relocate families that lost it all. What seemed like a tragedy sparked hope in mankind and brought our country together.

Now, nearly a year after the devastation, resources have dried up, volunteers have dwindled, and families are still struggling to rebuild without the help that was promised to them. Thankfully, churches and mission groups are filling in the gaps. This summer Experience Mission will mobilize more than 1,000 volunteers (mostly youth groups) to serve in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas.

While most affected families in the area had their homes gutted (flooring and drywall included), many people are still struggling to find the resources (or time) to put their homes back together. Volunteer groups will be bringing hope to this situation by installing drywall and flooring, painting, and fixing up minor landscaping issues alongside local families and partner organizations around the area.

Groups from around the country are helping to bring hope to this region through construction projects and there’s still time for your youth group to join them!

Experience Mission trips are launching every week from May 20 through August 12, and many weeks still have room for additional volunteers. To get started, fill out an interest form for an upcoming mission trip! You don’t need to be highly skilled in these areas to contribute! EM will have staff and supplies on hand to ensure that your group will provide a meaningful service to community members. You might be surprised just how much you can learn from working together, meeting families in need, and being the hands and feet of Jesus for a week.

Win Tickets to the D6 Conference!

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I’m excited to partner with my friends at D6\Randall House to giveaway 2 Tickets to the D6 Conference this September!!!  D6 has quickly become one of my favorite training conferences over the last few years and this year is shaping up to be amazing!

Based on Deuteronomy 6, this Family Ministry Conference will train your leaders on how to connect Church and Home, bringing over 50+ speakers together to pour into your entire team!  You can register your team [here] and enter the giveaway [here]!

We’ll be announcing the winner, via my twitter (@terracecrawford), on Friday, May 4th.

FREE Online Family Ministry Event!

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D6 Days 2018 is ONE WEEK away, but you still have time to save your spot! Be sure to register and take advantage of this FREE opportunity.

D6 Days is an online experience that will help further the family ministry conversation all around the world. It happens in just a week and you do not want to miss out!

Join thousands of other family ministry leaders for this online event.

Preschool teachers, youth workers, pastors, volunteers, and parents are all invited to this two-day event. Register now and save your spot for FREE.

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Introducing MinistryDownloads ALL ACCESS

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I’m so stoked to be able to announce MinistryDownloads ALL ACCESS has officially launched today.   After several months of work, we’re excited to be able to offer Church Leaders the opportunity to become a member of our site and download as many resources as they like for their church or ministry.

We’re also allowing leaders to sign up at a SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER of just $17 per month\12 mos.  This is unprecedented.  You will want to sign up NOW before the price jumps.  Click [here] to check out ALL ACCESS and to sign-up now, friends!

Thanks so much for your support of MinistryDownloads.com.

The Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2017

We just released our 121st 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 2018 with you.

Here are the Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2017 (beginning with most downloaded) highlighted in this Podcast Episode:

1. EP 114: The Growth Engine for Ministry – with Chris Wesley (download on iTunes)
2. EP 119: How to Help Students with Special Needs  – with David Olshine (download on iTunes)
3. EP 115: Alone Sucks! – with Tim Eldred (download on iTunes)
4. EP 89: Teaching Generation Z – with Terry Linhart (download on iTunes)
5. EP 117: The Myth of Balance – with Frank Bealer (download on iTunes)
6. EP 92: Preparing For Your Next Role – with Brian Aaby (download on iTunes)
7. EP 96: How to Team Up With Parents – with Phil Bell (download on iTunes)
8. EP 91: Best Practices for Healthy Small Groups  – with Terrace Crawford and Leneita Fix (download on iTunes)
9. EP 102: The Self Aware Leader – with Terry Linhart (download on iTunes)
10. EP 98: Leading Without Power – with Mark Oestreicher (download on iTunes)

Join thousands of other youth workers and listen to episodes weekly [here] on the podcast site, or click [here] to access iTunes!

Final Hours Left to Save

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The price increases SUNDAY at Midnight!

Why wait? After tomorrow our discount price will be gone! Use the code BRINGMYBOSS and your senior pastor can join you for FREE. Register by TOMORROW and you get $100 off per person. We do not want you and your team to miss out on such a great deal.

Join us and hear from more than 30 speakers, network with trending churches, and develop your family ministry strategy. It is the one conference for your entire ministry team.

Register by TOMORROW and receive the discount! 

A multi-model family ministry event for your whole team, the D6 Conference is a place to learn about God’s original plan for discipleship and how that applies in our ministries and homes.

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Buzz About Our 2018 YouthMin Cohort

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This FRIDAY is a BIG Day.

First, it’s my Birthday. OK, seriously, it is my birthday, but that’s not all. We’re actually offering $100 OFF our program fee if you APPLY to join our 2018 YouthMin Cohort by this Friday!

There’s a LOT of buzz online this week about our Cohort.

See below to read various articles\posts I ran across about it:

▶ 6 Reasons to Join the 2018 YouthMin Cohort by Ben Lock  [Click Here to Read]

YM Sidekick Podcast interview featuring Terrace Crawford – “How to Have Your BEST Ministry Year Yet!” with Tom Pounder [Click Here to Listen]

Ministry Highlight: 2018 YouthMin Cohort by Dan Istvanik [Click Here to Read]

2 Resources That Will Help Your Ministry in the New Year by Tom Pounder [Click Here to Read]

Check Out YouthMinCoaching.com by Scott Johnson [Click Here to Read]

If you have at least considered getting a coach next year head over to YouthMinCoaching.com to simply sign-up for more information. We’ll reach out to you and give you more information. Or if you are ALL IN and want one of our remaining spots, head over and APPLY NOW to save $100 OFF!

What People Are Saying …

“David Olshine accurately identifies problems that plague Youth Ministry today, and then offers hopeful and biblical solidarity for more effective youth ministry in the future.” Wayne Rice, founder of Youth Specialties

“After having Terrace Crawford as my coach my ministry has never been so intentional or organized as it is now!”Drew Peterson, Youth Pastor, Illinois

“There is no better person to train someone in Youth Ministry than David Olshine. He is the best I know at implementing Biblical insights and translating them into intentional relationships for Youth Ministry”Bryant Laird, Youth Pastor, South Carolina

“Terrace Crawford is one of the most creative, most passionate leaders I have ever met. He will be a great resource for you!”Eddie Heath, Field Strategist, Baptist General Association of Virginia

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!