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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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!

7 Reasons I Attend the Orange Conference

I cannot believe the Orange Conference will soon be here again!  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!

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!

 

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!

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!