Returning to Faith

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An elderly couple’s home was literally falling down around them. The husband had built the house himself. But 50 years of buffeting by wind and rain had nearly turned the house into a fragile, unstable shack.


When our workcamp began, the couple’s new home was almost complete. Our crew applied fresh paint inside and out, put the finishing touches on the house, and then moved the old furniture from the crumbling shack to the new house.

The husband had a difficult time while the work crews labored during the summer. His wife confided that he had grown bitter toward God years ago when a car wreck killed their son. The husband rejected the church, where he had been an elder, and refused even to pray at the dinner table. His wife had remained faithful in the hope that he would return to his Christian way of life.

At first, he ignored the groups working diligently on his property. But as the summer progressed, he became more open to the young people. When our crew members finished moving all the furniture, they decided to have a dedication ceremony on the last day of the workcamp. While the participants were singing a hymn, the bitter, old mountaineer began to sing. His wife nearly collapsed with surprise!

Then, as prayers were being offered for God’s blessing on the new home, the old man offered a prayer that God would accept him once again into his family. Everyone was in tears, and his wife sang a special song of praise to God for the presence of the young Christian witnesses who had worked their way into her husband’s heart.

For more information on Group Mission Trips or potential Summer 2018 Mission Experiences for your church, visit www.groupmissiontrips.com

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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!

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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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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.

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Developing Relationships with Navajo Partners

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“Yá’át’ééh.” “Hello” in Navajo.

Recently, I traveled to Southern Utah to meet with local Workcamps partners and community members in preparation for our Summer 2018 Montezuma Creek Challenge Workcamp.

My week was filled with newness. New languages spoken. New meals shared. New sites seen. And while the experiences of eating fry bread with every supper and adventuring through the desert canyons were top-notch, my favorite part was actually the familiarity of building relationships with people who care about their community.

I am constantly blown away that no matter what city or area I am visiting, I experience genuine hospitality and the expression of love from a community and the people who call it home.

As we drove down unmarked red dirt roads, our partners were able to identify homes that we’ve previously worked on not by a site number or even by the home repair work completed, but by the resident’s name and story.

They shared stories of residents who were impacted by the youth who came to serve, residents whose homes would have otherwise crumbled without new roofs that were installed by participants, and residents whose stories forever changed the lives of our staff and youth.

In every meeting with schools and Navajo chapter leaders, I so valued that the importance was never to just talk business. We got to know each other, checked in on our lives, and kept the conversation focused on the people we cared for. I heard new names and new stories, but the heart behind it all was the same.

It’s this type of community development—the kind where relationships and stories come alive—that I am so proud to be a part of.

“Ahéhee”, my Navajo “thank” you for an incredible week.

For more information on Group Mission Trips or potential Summer 2018 Mission Experiences for your church, visit www.groupmissiontrips.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!

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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

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Final Hours to Save BIG on D6 Conference!

d6newbannerI’m STOKED to announce that it was just confirmed I’ll be speaking at this year’s D6 Conference in Dallas, Texas!  And I want YOU to join me and hundreds of other church leaders for the best Family Ministry Conference.

TODAY is a huge day… as it’s your last chance to SAVE BIG on tickets! You can save until midnight, so HURRY, and get registered [here].

Don’t forget, your Senior Pastor can join you free! Use the code: BRINGMYBOSS

The D6 Conference is the one family ministry conference designed to help your ministry team get on the same page to minister to the families in your city. We invite over 50 of the top family ministry leaders to lead you through a learning and planning process that you’ll never forget. The whole conference is centered around making sure that each member of your team has the chance to learn and grow together. You won’t believe what a difference it makes when your entire team dreams together at the same event.

“D6 feels less like a conference and more like being part of a movement that God is using to impact a generation.” – Brian Haynes

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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.