5 Disturbing Trends in Youth Ministry (and How to Fix Them)

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Today on the Podcast I interviewed my friend, David Olshine, author of What’s Gone Wrong with Youth Ministry about 5 disturbing trends he has identified in Youth Ministry. David is a youth worker with more than 40+ years experience and is the current Chairman of the Youth Ministry Department at Columbia International University.

You can listen [here] on iTunes or catch it here on the podcast site.

I’ll share the 5 Disturbing Trends with you here, but you’ll have to listen to the Podcast to know how we’ll fix them:

1. Lack of Student Leadership  
2. Lack of Empowering Parents  
3. Burned Out Leaders  
4. Lack of Creativity and Vulnerability
5. Pitiful Evangelism and Discipleship 

What are your thoughts?  Do you think these are spot on? Share in the comments.

★ Perry Noble: The Most Excellent Way to Lead ★

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I just hosted Perry Noble on the latest episode of This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast.

Perry Noble is the Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC and author of the new book “The Most Excellent Way to Lead.”  During my exclusive interview with Perry, we discuss his days as a youth pastor, his battle with depression, and his advice to leaders everywhere on the subject of Leadership.

As you listen to interview, share your thoughts on the Podcast on social media using the #ThisWeekinYM. Thanks for sharing with friends!

Click here to listen to the Podcast on iTunes.
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My Interview with Rob Bell

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I just hosted Rob Bell on the latest episode of This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast.  You may know Rob from his days as the former-Pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan. Quite arguably, Rob Bell is one of the most controversial pastors of our time, but since leaving leadership at Mars Hill he’s gotten the world talking.  He has written numerous best-selling books (Love Wins, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, among others…) and has been profiled by Time Magazine as one of 100 of the Most Influential People of our Generation.

Regardless of your opinions of Bell, I’d urge you to listen to what he has to say in this episode of the Podcast. We talk about his days since stepping away from the pastorate, how he encourages people to care for their soul, the backlash over Love Wins, and even Donald Trump.  He also has a number of interesting things to say to Youth Workers (that’s where most of you come in…).  Don’t miss my exclusive interview with Rob Bell.

Click here to listen to the Podcast on iTunes.
Click here to listen to the Podcast on Podbean, our Podcast site.

How to Grow Your Ministry with Online Video

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This week on the Podcast I interviewed my friend Sean Cannell, founder of Video Influencers. We talked about how YOUR ministry can grow exponentially through online video!

But that’s not all … check out these other topics we covered:

  • Is Snapchat dangerous?
  • How you can shoot professional video with your smartphone for $100 or less!
  • Why you should be taking Instagram video seriously in 2016!
  • How to level up your social media content!
  • Examples of churches who are using online video well.

Here’s a link to the Podcast on Podbean.
Here’s a link to the Podcast on iTunes.

#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!

[Podcast] ★ How to Engage Local Schools ★

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 7.15.53 PM The 46th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We bring these to you every Thursday.

from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 46 – ★ How to Engage Local Schools ★ Terrace Crawford interviews Geoff Stewart, who has built a great relationship with local schools in his area, and reveals his secrets (okay, they’re not really secrets) to reaching campuses for Christ! Plus+ We’ve got exciting news on the End of Year Bundle to share!

[Click here] to get the list of the Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2015!

Join nearly 4,000+ other youth workers and listen to episodes weekly [here] on the podcast site, or click [here] to access iTunes!

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5 Ways to Invest in Your Ministry (And Yourself) This Year

You may have developed a list of resolutions for the New Year, or set goals for your ministry, but have you planned for a little personal development?

Your ministry, your work, will only be as solid as YOU are.  So why not invest in your ministry AND yourself?   I’m here to help you.

I’d like to offer 5 ways you can invest in your ministry (and YOU) this year:

5. Network with Others  – One of the most rewarding things that I’ve ever done is connect with other leaders who are in the trenches like me.  Learning from others who are in your field and doing life with others who have been in your shoes will help you grow. You might try finding someone in your local Youth Pastor Network or perhaps just reach out to leaders from neighboring churches. You’d be surprised at how investing in these relationships will move you forward.

4. Read More, Listen More – One of the main reasons I launched my own Blog and Podcast was to learn from others.  I always have a handful of blogs that I read each week and there are a few podcasts that I frequent as well.   There are SO many to choose from, but I’d like to mention a few of my favorites here:

Blogs:
Christopher Wesley’s Blog  (click to read)
Mark Oestreicher’s Blog (click to read)
Download Youth Ministry’s Blog (click to read)
Rachel Blom’s Blog  (click to read)
Michael Hyatt’s Blog  (click to read)

Podcasts:
Michael Hyatt – This is Your Life (iTunes)
YM Answers Podcast (iTunes)
Andy Stanley’s Podcast (iTunes)
Download Youth Ministry Podcast (iTunes)
… and a quick plug for my Podcast (iTunes)

3. Go to a Conference – I absolutely LOVE conferences. And you’ll typically see me at a few each year — learning, networking, and just hanging out too!  If you don’t allow yourself the opportunity to attend at least ONE conference a year, what are you waiting for?   Between the Keynote sessions, breakout sessions, and networking too … there’s so much to gain from participation in an experience like this.

Here are a few conferences I really like: The Orange Conference, National Youth Workers Convention, Catalyst Conference, Simply Youth Ministry Conference, and the D6 Conference.

2. Coaching – Some of the best things I’ve learned in my ministry experience has come from what I’ve learned from doing life with a mentor or coach. This is why a few years ago I felt it necessary to begin a coaching program.  I’ve coached and mentored dozens of youth workers and love being able to help set them up for success.  Check out this article I wrote on “5 Steps to Finding Your Next Mentor” and if I can help you, [click here] to check out my Coaching Program.

1. Prayer – It may sound like a total cliche, but prayer is without a doubt the absolute KEY to your ministry and personal growth this year.  Don’t deny the power of prayer.  I want to challenge you (as I challenge myself) to find pockets of time to spend time in prayer for yourself and your ministry.  Whether it be spending 5 minutes in prayer as you commute to your next appointment (Tip: Drive with your eyes open), or 10 more minutes before you go to bed, make sure you spend more focused time this year in communication with God.

What Steps Are You Planning to Take this Year?  Comment and let me know.  And thanks for sharing this post with others.


[ps] For subscribing I’ll immediately send you a FREE eBooklet I put together for leaders to help them assess and master their leadership right now!

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The Ministry Resource Bundle — Available NOW!

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This is HUGE deal for Leaders!  So last week I announced a huge Resource Bundle that I put together for church leaders.  Then I just went nuts.   Let me explain …  This started out as a bundle of a few of my favorite crowd games and a couple of sermon series that I hand-picked as my favorite from 2015.  It’s an end of the year deal.

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PRODUCT AVAILABLE NOW (FOR A GREAT PRICE): 

This product is available for download for only $89.00! That’s it! No membership fees required.  Get the Sermon Series, Graphics Packages, Crowd Games & More in a nicely packaged bundle … for only $89.00 (a savings of $250.00)!

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ABOUT THE RESOURCE BUNDLE: 

WHAT IS INCLUDED –  We’re featuring 3 Power Point crowd games, several Teaching\Sermon series, a Social Media Planning Calendar, an eBook to help you assess your ministry leadership, a graphics package (just added!),  a Budget Planning Worksheet (just added!), a Forms Starter-Kit (Admin Resources — release forms, registration forms, and more!)), an Instagram Graphics Package (just added!) & more!

EVERYTHING IS DOWNLOADABLE – After purchase, you’ll be directed to the download page where you’ll instantly receive the digital products. Feel free to share the downloads with your volunteers. The bundle is only available as a downloadable product.

SERMONS & CONTENT – The resources included in the bundle are written ages above 12 years old (unless otherwise noted specifically for one or the other) and would work perfectly for youth groups or adult services.

LESSONS COME IN PDF & WORD  format so you can edit as needed and share with volunteers.

ALL OUR RESOURCES ARE WRITTEN BY YOURS TRULY  unless otherwise noted.

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**This bundle is affordably priced at just $89.00 (a savings of $250.00!)**  The bundle is  available for $89 — so get it now!  

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The Top 10 Most Downloaded Podcast Episodes of 2015!

We just released our 45th 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 2016 with you.

Check out the official list below here that we highlighted on the show today and see below for a Special Offer that is good ONLY FOR TODAY has been extended!

Here are the Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2015 (beginning with most downloaded) highlighted in this Podcast Episode:

1. EP 31: Jesus Goes to The Movies – with Joel Mayward (download on iTunes)
2. EP 30: Youth Culture  – with Walt Mueller (download on iTunes)
3. EP 29: Discipleship & The Decline of Churches in America – with Stephanie Caro (download on iTunes)
4. EP 32: The State & Future of Youth Ministry – with Kenda Creasy Dean (download on iTunes)
5. EP 40: How to Recruit and Keep Volunteers – with Christopher Wesley (download on iTunes)
6. EP 05: Teens Walking Away From Church – with Dr. David Olshine (download on iTunes)
7. EP 41: Leaders in Trouble and Transition – with David Lyons (download on iTunes)
8. EP 28: How to Speak to Teens ((And Get Them to Listen)) – with Rachel Blom (download on iTunes)
9. EP 3: Youth Workers Getting Fired – with Stephanie Caro (download on iTunes)
10. EP 42: How to Team Up With Parents – with Phil Bell (download on iTunes)

Join nearly 4,000+ other youth workers and listen to episodes weekly [here] on the podcast site, or click [here] to access iTunes!

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[Podcast] ★ The Best of 2015! ★

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 7.15.53 PM The 45th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We bring these to you every Thursday.

from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 45 – ★ The Best of 2015! ★ Terrace Crawford counts down the Top 10 Most Downloaded Podcast Episodes of 2015! Plus+ We give all of our Podcast Listeners a BIG present. Listen along as we celebrate a BIG year on the Podcast and get ready for a brand-new year together!

[Click here] to get the list of the Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2015!

Join nearly 4,000+ other youth workers and listen to episodes weekly [here] on the podcast site, or click [here] to access iTunes!

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