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!


Announcing Another #Podcast Sponsor!

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I’m excited to announce that Dare 2 Share Ministries has joined our wonderful team of sponsors, along with LifeWay, to sponsor This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast!

Dare 2 Share is a wonderful organization that equips youth workers and students to share the gospel and we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with them!

We brought you the official word in our most recent podcast [listen here] episode and shared a killer deal they are offering our listeners:

Dare 2 Share’s downloadable single-session curriculum called “Youth Group 2 Go” is available for only $9.99!  Here’s a important notes:

  • The curriculum addresses various theological questions to help students grow and go with their faith. Each fully prepared lesson includes a tie in to the gospel and a call for students to look outward with how they can share their faith in their world.
  • Right now D2S are offering 3 special bundles with four curriculum in each for only $9.99! That’s almost 1/2 off of the non-bundle price!
  • Go to store.dare2share.org to check out Youth Group 2 Go and other great Dare 2 Share resources!

Look forward to more from our partnership together.

And hey, there is still room for YOU if you’d like to join our team of sponsors. [Click here] to learn more.

BIG NEWS: I’m Launching A Podcast!

I’ve got some BIG NEWS that I’m pretty stoked to share with you, my readers, today.  It’s been a while since I’ve been a part of a youth ministry podcast, but I’m excited to announce today that I’m launching my very own #YouthMinistry Podcast this February!

Here are the details that I can share with you now:

  • The podcast will be broadcast each and every week online.
  • The broadcast will feature a guest every week (in fact, we’re booking shows now!). We’ve got some incredible interviews already lined up!
  • It’ll be 30 minutes or less.  We know your time is valuable to you.
  • We’ll be giving resources & prizes away to listeners each week!  Everybody loves freebies!
  • It launches early February. Subscribe to my feed here on the blog so you don’t miss the launch date and details to follow!

I hope you’ll share in this excitement with me.  If so, would you share this news with your tribe (via blog, twitter, facebook)?  I want the first episode to start strong. Trust me, you don’t want to miss the first episode!

I hope this podcast will be helpful to all my youth worker friends.  I’m looking forward to our conversations together!


FREE DVD: Fearless!

If you’ve followed my blog or twitter long enough, you’ll know that I absolutely LOVE giving away FREE stuff.  Today (and tomorrow) are those kind of days here.

My friends at Dare2Share are putting together an incredible 2015 tour called
“Fearless” and they want to give you a sneak peak into this year’s experience. Make sure you click the link below to get your FREE copy!

At the 2015 Fearless Tour, through deep worship, powerful training from the book of Ephesians, and life changing dramas, teens will encounter God’s radical love for them and then have the chance to share that love with others in a practical outreach experience.

Here’s a little info on what you’ll get if you click to get your FREE Tour DVD (by mail or instant download):

  • Fearless-DVDVideos and information about Dare 2 Share
  • Promotional videos you can show your students to get them excited for the event (including a 2 week pre-conference video curriculum)
  • Speaker and Artist information including music videos from The Digital Age, Starfield and Kutless
  • A special message from Greg Stier to church leaders

[Click here] to get your FREE DVD now!

Help Me Help Leaders in Need!

There’s a number of youth workers\church leaders under stress. They are enduring financial difficulty (among other stresses) and I want to help. For the last couple of years it’s been on my heart to create an assistance fund for church leaders and I’m finally pulling the trigger. There are a number of youth workers, particularly, who have sent me emails explaining their financial need and asking if there’s any assistance available. Others have shared the anticipated stress of the holidays fast approaching and their inability to provide a nice Christmas for their family.  My heart goes out to these leaders and I want to help bear their burden.

Here’s a few exerpts from actual emails from Leaders in need:

#1:  If I don’t pay my rent by the 10th, my family and I will be evicted. Could you please help me out? I’m trying to raise about $2500 for our rent and some core utility bills. I raise money for causes all of the time and am sorry to ask for this, but I don’t have any other way in this time frame. Listen – I don’t care if it’s $5, $50, or $500 – if you can help me out it would mean the world to me. I’m literally selling my computer and camera and gear to make ends meet! 


#2:  I’ve been out of work for nearly a month now.  My family is under a lot of stress.  I’ve applied for nearly every youth worker position through every job bank online and I’ve heard nothing.  I honestly don’t know how we are going to make it if something doesn’t workout soon.
#3. I just got a cutoff notice for my power bill yesterday. The rent is due tomorrow. My church pays me nothing (well, next to nothing). I love what I do, but I am barely able to cover my expenses with my paycheck.  And I hate living paycheck to paycheck!  I really need some help.

This is where we come in. Will you join me by contributing to help these church leaders in immediate need? Our goal is to help as many youth workers\church leaders as possible with the funds we raise by November 30. Funds contributed to our assistance program will go 100% to church leaders who express a financial need. 50% of your funds donated will be used to assist youth workers\church leaders who have an immediate need. The other 50% of the funds raised will be distributed to youth workers this December who need family assistance this Christmas. And for your gift of $100 or more we will send you a FREE gift as our way of saying “thank you!”

Thank you for your support of this project, and we appreciate your sharing the need with others who might also be able to help at this time. Go [here] to make an instant impact by donating to help leaders now! If you have a financial need, please contact our office [here].

How to Minister to Parents When You Don’t Have Kids Yourself

I was recently interviewed by my friend Jeremy Lee over at ParentMinistry.net.  I had a great time discussing two things I love: Youth Ministry and Social Media.  During our time together Jeremy asked me a lot of questions about how I’ve helped parents during my 18 years in ministry without having kids of my own,  so in this episode I gave up a few secrets of what I do and what has worked well for me over the years.  [Click here] to listen to this podcast and I encourage you to check out the great resources over at ParentMinistry.net!



My Next Social Media Training – LIVE Online!

I’ve just announced my next Social Media Training Session that will be held LIVE Online featuring my friend and Social Media Coach, Jason Curlee, and yours truly!  We’re putting together over 2 hours of training together for this EXCLUSIVE, LIVE Online Social Media Event on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:00PM EST!  This training is applicable for anyone in ministry or business. There are a limited number of spaces available, so secure yours [here] TODAY!

Here is some of what you’ll learn in this 2-Hour training:  

    • How to Increase Your Reach Online
    • 4 Types of Audiences You Can Reach Outside Your Likes
    • 5 Practical Ways to Use Social Media In Your Business or Ministry
    • How You Can Maximize Your Social Media Platforms
    • How to Set up an Engagement Strategy
    • How you can reach over 40,000 unique people on Facebook — even with a small number of followers\subscribers
    • How to Build Followers (not just Fans) on Social Media
    • Learn Social Media Management Tools to Help You
    • PLUS+ other exclusive content!

Register TODAY and secure your spot. There are a limited number of spaces and we’re expecting these to fill up quick!

I Can’t Believe This Resource is FREE!

I feel awful.  Last summer I found a pretty amazing resource (a FREE one!) and absolutely loved it!  The thing is, I only told people about it word-of-mouth.  I never mentioned one thing (to my knowledge…) about it here on the blog.   So, with that said… check this out!

Here’s a quick summary about this resource: The Life Book contains a short recap of the Old Testament, the entire Gospel of John, scriptural answers to issues that teenagers face, as well as an opportunity for teenagers to put their faith in Christ.

Did I mention that these are FREE?

As a veteran youth worker, I’m always looking for great ideas like this! This is one of those GREAT ideas! And, what’s amazing, is that they’ll give your youth groups 1,000 FREE Bibles to give away. That’s right — ONE THOUSAND in your hands … FOR FREE.

Here are 3 ways we used LifeBooks in our context:

1. We gave them to students (after a little instruction) to hand out in their schools.

2. We used them in our gift bags for guests.

3. We took them with us on our summer mission trips and gave them away during our commute.

I just spoke with Adam over at @TheLifeBook movement and he gave me some amazing stats —  over 14.3 Million books have been distributed since 2010!  There have been nearly 7 Million books distributed during this school year alone and over 800k student missionaries have given the gift of The LifeBook to their classmates!   All of this is so great, but the truth is that every one of those numbers has a name. They represent people who need a Savior.

So won’t you consider being a part of @TheLifebook Movement? Contact them today and tell them I sent you!  Go… get your LifeBooks!

Help Me Celebrate My Birthday!

Today is my birthday.

I would love for you to help me celebrate in a BIG way.

No, I’m not asking for presents for myself, but rather for some help for others — specifically   ministry leaders.

In my work with ministry leaders across the globe I encounter more and more leaders who are desperately in need of training.  They are in need of resources and coaching.  This is one of the reasons I founded my Online Youth Worker Coaching Network for leaders who have been in the field for 5 years or less.

So here’s the deal… I’ve seen some great interests in my book, Going Social, from leaders across the globe but my desire is to get this in the hands of church leaders who desperately need help connecting with those outside the walls of their church.  Additionally, there is a need for curriculum and training resources too!

I’ve been working with a couple of pastors in strategic networks to help these leaders in need and I would love for you to be a part of it.   Would you help me help them?  In honor of my birthday would you consider giving a monetary gift towards this great project?

If you want to help these leaders and also bring a big smile to my heart, please make your donation in the sidebar here on my site. Every dime will go towards this cause and will help make a difference!  And, as a token of my appreciation for your contribution of $25 or more I will send you a gift and a personal thank you.

*A tax-deductible receipt is also available upon request.