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Today I will…


Turn off my computer.

slow down.

spend time my family.

laugh at the simple things.

enjoy the people around me.

drink an Americano after a long walk in the cold.

listen for the still small voice.

spend time with God.

Today I will rest. 

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Does your church need an app?


Does your church need an app?   Think about that for a second.
I am guessing your initial response is, “awesome”, or “YES!”.  An iphone app for a church is a great idea that is a certain size.  I think if you are in a mega church then it would be great to have.  It feels like the twitter world has been excited that Roar is giving out 1000 free apps!

Great,  another thing for churches to use incorrectly! 

Here is a question: Does your youth ministry need an app?  I doubt it does and here is why.  To get a teenager to download an iphone/android app could be next to impossible.  I have a friend who built an app.  It is a great app.  Good luck trying to find his app among 500 million other apps.

Next question: Do you have any church/christian organization apps?  I used to have a resurgence app.  It was horrible, so I deleted it.  I still go to resurgence’s site because they have great content.  I really don’t have tons of Christian apps.  I have a bible, and a greek/hebrew lexicon.  Simple!

Texting is still king

I still think that texting is the way to communicate directly to teenagers.  Here is one infographic is that staggering at how college students are actually using their cellphone.  Develop a strategy for texting your students.  It will be worth more than creating an app.

Optimize what you are already using

My guess is that your church and your youth ministry has a facebook group/page, a website, a texting program, and a twitter account.  That is a lot of stuff to manage.  People have full time jobs managing companies accounts.  Optimize your facebook account, and get out side of your office and hang out with your students.


What do you think?  Could your church use an iphone app? 

Top Posts and Commenters of November 2011


In case you missed them here are my top 10 posts for November, along with the top 3 commenters for the month.


My Top 10 Posts this Month were:

1. 5 Ways to Communicate Effectively in a Digital World (August 19, 2011)  It ranked number one last month.  For some reason my ebook just really took off last month.  I had 65 subscribers in November.  I hope you enjoyed the ebook!

2. Facebook infographic. (November 9 2011)

3. 5 minutes to Master illustrator (May 18, 2010)

4.  Create a crazy cool youth ministry logo (April 29, 2010)

5. Teens and Texting Infographic.  (November 16, 2011)

6. 3 free wordpress themes (October 28, 2011)

7. 3 ways to make a great facebook page (November 18, 2011)

8. Friday Freebie: Free Books (November 25, 2011)

9. 5 videos you need right now for your background during worship (Feb 3, 2011)

10. A website you wish you knew about (Jan 30, 2011)


A few things that stood out from the last month:

You are enjoying the infographics.  I am loving them, and it looks like so are you.  The one huge thing that stood out is that you are enjoying my ebook, 5 Ways to Communicate Effectively in a Digital World.  I am so excited that you and a few others have downloaded it.  By the way I am currently working on a ebook to launch soon to help you develop a social media strategy for your youth ministry.

Youth ministry media continues to grow and I am excited about this.  Every month I keep thinking we are going to hit a plateau, and we have an even better month.  This is all because of you.  I want to say thanks for checking out the site.   You can see the goals for this website here.

Top Commenter for November 2011:

I am going to switch from picking commenters on how many times they comment to the quality of the comment.  Here are this months top 3 comments.
1. Joshua Miller
2. Eric Gallagher

3. Ben Read



Note to commenters: Please sign up for a free Disqus account. This is the commenting software I use on my site. That way, when you comment it will create a back-link to your blog or website. Also, if you upload an Avatar (picture), we will get to see what you look like. This is just way more personal—and social.

For November, I’m going to give away a free digital copy of poke the box.  I reviewed poke the box here.  I wish you all could read this book.  Maybe you will win this book this month (hint: comment on 5 posts and its probably yours! ).  




What was your best post last month?  Why do you think it was so popular?  

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The Youth Pastors Gift Guide: Books


(This post is apart of a series you can check out, Youth Pastors Gift Guide. 


I love getting books at Christmas.  The best part is being able to read them during some down time after the craziness of Christmas.  Here are some awesome books to check out this year.









1. Kindle.  What a great gift.  I purchased a kobo awhile ago, and I love it.  The e-ink is clear and easy to read.  I never thought I would be able to ditch the traditional print format.  The best part of a kindle is that they are cheaper than ever before, and all the books for kindle are cheap.











2. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.  This is one book that I am looking forward to reading and reviewing on this site.  I have read a few reviews already and I have enjoyed the reviews and Steve Job’s endless pursuit of simplicity.


3. Sticky Faith.  This is a book I have been hearing a lot about lately.  It is on my books I want to read list.  Have you read this book?  If not, I hear its a must read for any youth worker.





4. Any thing by Seth Godin.  I have read a few books by Seth Godin.  He is a great author and his books are amazing.  If you were check out a book, you could look at poke the box.  I reviewed the book here.





Resonate main page review Resonate Book Review


5. Resonate.  This is one book that I think every youth worker should read.  Actually, every person who wants to communicate effectively in a digital world.  I love the way that the book is laid out.


6. Anything else recommended by Youth Ministry Media.  I have recommended some great books this past year.
I need your help.  What would you add?  


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