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!

 

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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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.

Win $1000 in Resources for Your Church

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So excited to officially announce this.

I really wanted to do something to help Small(er) Churches, so I’ve asked YouthMinistryPartners.com to team up with me to offer $1000 in Resources for Small(er) Churches!

One lucky church will get $1000 in Resources (including Downloadable Resources from MinistryDownloads.com + GROOVE Curriculum from YouthMinistryPartners.com and the brand-new release from Brad Fiscus & Stephanie Caro, Small(er) Church Youth Ministry: No Money, No Staff, No Problem!)

Enter the [giveaway here] for a chance to win some amazing resources for your ministry!

7 Reasons I Attend The Orange Conference

I cannot believe the Orange Conference Week is here!  For my money, it is as good a three days as Christian leaders can get but I’m stoked to be a part of the Social Media team again this year.  Click HERE to find out more about the Orange Conference.

The following are 7 Reasons I Personally Attend The Orange Conference and you should too:

  1. It Gives Me A Chance To Meet You – One of the highlights of this conference, without question, is getting the opportunity to meet my friends and followers!  It is a wonderful opportunity to connect. Make sure to stop me and say “Hello!” if you see me.
  2. Reggie Joiner – Reggie is the Founder and CEO of Orange. Reggie does a great job helping equip leaders to reach the next generation.  I will never forget his talk on “Tension” a couple of years ago. Still one of the best talks for ministry leaders I’ve ever heard (seek out the audio on it… and listen closely)!
  3. Keynote Sessions – Orange features some of the best speakers on the planet. It doesn’t get much better than speakers like Andy Stanley, Doug Fields, Reggie Joiner and others.
  4. The Most Practical Content – I absolutely LOVE practical stuff. For me, this is one of the benefits of attending Orange. Aside from the Keynote sessions, attending breakouts & workshops give you the chance to go a little deeper. I love it!
  5. The Tribal Gathering – When is the last time you were with 7,000 people who do what you do? That’s what it’s like attending this conference.  You’re with your tribe for 3 days. People who have been there. People who get you. Hanging out with like-minded people for 3 days – there is nothing like it!
  6. FUN – While you feel like you are drinking from a fire house during the conference, it is SO much fun. You’ll laugh a LOT!  Orange is one of the most fun, creative conferences I have ever attended!
  7. The Best Tools And Resources – Orange simply provides you with a great opportunity to pick up resources!  You’ll walk away with some freebies from organizations on-site, but you’ll want to make sure you budget some funds to pick up quality resources while there!

If you have not decided yet, I can’t do any better!  Click HERE for more information.  I really hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it, just follow my social media channels (particularly my Twitter) for updates, the inside scoop, and great content!  I’d also like to encourage you to follow these bloggers during the conference.

Full Disclosure: Orange is a sponsor of my Podcast. I am absolutely HONORED they think enough of my voice and my resources for Youth Workers, particularly, that they sponsor my content. Having said that, I would write every word of this post regardless of whether or not they exchanged any money with me.  Truth! 

4 Tips for Empowering Students to Serve

Every youth pastor has felt the pressure to have a high energy youth ministry program in their church, but if you really want the next generation to be actively involved you have to get them serving.

I appeared today on the Nick Blevins Family Ministry Podcast, and discussed my advocacy for empowering students to serve in ministry. You can listen to the entire interview [here] or on iTunes [here].

On the show I discussed a number of things, but I mention some keys to empowering teens to serving.  I’ll share 4 of these with you here, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast for the rest.

4 TIPS FOR EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO SERVE:

  1. Identify clear roles and needs and then provide clear paths for students to serve.
  2. Connect with other ministries and advocate for students serving.
  3. Consider setting up time parameters and seasons for serving positions.
  4. Partner with organizations to help students serve in the community.

I explain each of these in greater detail in my conversation with Nick Blevins. Listen to this episode, then comment here or Tweet me (@terracecrawford) with your feedback!

7 Prayers You Can Pray for Your Mission Team

This summer your students and adults may be embarking on a mission trip (whether short term or long term) and it’s important to cover this experience in prayer.  Today I thought it would be helpful to share a number of things you can specifically pray for as you prepare:

7 Prayers You Can Pray for Your Mission Team:

1. Pray for the spiritual preparation of your team. Mission trips are not for the spiritually weak—they require recognition of the spiritual war we are facing. Pray that your teams will be spiritually prepared for the work and war they are sure to face. See Paul’s prayer for spiritual boldness in Ephesians 6:19.

2. Pray for the financial support of the mission team. When Jesus sent out his witnesses, he told them to trust the provision offered in the villages for their wages and sustenance (Matthew 10:9-10; Luke 10:4-8). Pray that God would meet the financial obligations of each team member and mission trip.

3. Pray for the health and safety of the mission team. Traveling to your mission destination can drastically affect the health and strength of mission team participants. Getting sick is just a normal part of travel (particularly if you are going international). However there is precedent for praying for the health and safety of mission teams in in travel. Pray that your teams will experience safe travel and health protection while on the mission trip.

4. Pray that the mission team will not let the platform take the place of the mission. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commissioned us to make disciples. That’s our mission. Sometimes need-based ministries (like construction projects, etc.) are the “platforms” that give opportunity for mission trips… and these projects can quickly become the measurement for success. Pray for your team— that the focus would be disciple-making, even while working through projects and platforms.

5. Pray for the flexibility of the mission team. Sometimes our mission plans require revision and flexibility. Acts 16:6-10 records Paul’s prevention by the Holy Spirit of going into Asia and the Macedonian call. Mission teams must learn to trust God’s plan, not their own, and be spiritually discerning. Pray that your teams will be flexible in their planning and discern what God wants to accomplish on the mission trip.

6.  Pray for the spiritual wisdom and loving service of the mission team. One of Paul’s prayers for the Ephesian church was that they would grow in spiritual wisdom and depth of love (Ephesians 3:14-20). Mission team members need an abundance of wisdom and love, and God desires to provide it. Pray that your team members will be abundantly wise and discerning as well as filled with love for those whom they will serve and share with.

7. Pray for the spiritual development, strength and growth of the churches and organizations that your teams will work with. Paul encouraged, commended, challenged and prayed for the churches, elders and leaders of the Ephesian church before he finally parted ways with them (Acts 20:17-38). Mission teams are only a part of God’s ongoing work in the world. Churches, organizations, pastors and believers across the globe will continue God’s work far longer than a mission team serves on a mission trip. Pray for the partner churches, pastors and organizations to have strength, growth and success in fulfilling God’s disciple-making mission in their own context.

[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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#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!