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Why Facebook Still Dominates [infographic]

Do you still use facebook?  The rumblings out there is that facebook is dying in the teen demographic, which means it could be dead in a few years.  Anyone remember myspace?  That is what people often say about facebook lately.

Personally, I think that facebook is too big to fail.  It could acquire any technology, at any time.  Facebook will be around for awhile, and it still is one of the most effective ways to communicate to students and parents today.

Here is an infographic called: Why Facebook users are valuable to marketers.  If it is relevant to marketers, it is relevant for youth workers.  We are in a way marketing to students.  We want to use social media in order to help people stay connect to our community, and to Christ.

Here are a few things that stand out: 

1. 1.26 billion people used it in the third quarter last year.  This is crazy.  That means that 1 in ever 7 people on the planet used facebook.  The reason why facebook has lasted so long is because it has the critical mass.  Everyone is on it.

Do you have a facebook page for your youth ministry?  If not, you need to spend the next 10 minutes building one.

2. There are over 800 million mobile users.  As facebook does a great job to keep their social media site mobile, it will attract more users.  Everyone has a smartphone, and people are staying connected.  I think this will be the next battle online, for the experience to stay similar on the mobile phone as it is on a traditional browser.

3. 83% of 18-29 year olds use facebook.  This is the reason why you need to leverage facebook.  People are on it.  It won’t take a ton of time to learn how to build a page, or set up group.  I have multiple groups for my youth ministry.  I use groups for my adult leaders, student leaders.  For my whole youth ministry I use a page.  This is just an easier way to stay connected!

How do you use facebook to reach the students in your community?  

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How To Deliver A Great Ted Talk [Book Review]

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This is the one book on speaking/preaching that you need to read this year!

I stumbled on this book after reading a post from Tim Ferris on what CEO’s were currently reading.  I thought this book would be at least interesting.  Quickly, I realized that this book, “How to Deliver a Great TED Talk: Presentation Secrets of the World’s Best Speakers (How to Give a TED Talk)“, should be a must read for any one training to be a pastor.

Preaching today is more like giving a ted talk than anything else.  And actually, if my sermon was close to as good as a TED talk I would be more than happy.

Here are a few things I loved about this book: 

1. How simple it is.  Constructing a message is brutal, but with the author’s guidance it becomes easier to deliver a message.  The best part is if you listen to TED talks after you will notice that a lot of the great talks do these simple, yet effective things.

2. The way the book is laid out.  I felt like I was reading a blog.  It was really easy read.  It is what every ebook should be like.  I loved being able to learn a way to deliver a message and watch the TED talk the author was talking about.  All the examples were spot on.  I wanted to finish this book, and that rarely happens.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book, “How to Deliver a Great TED Talk

  • “delivered in the form of an advertisement or a presentation – needs to be simple and clear to understand.”
  • “The best messages are shocking and say something unexpected.”
  • ““Your life tells a story and there is someone out there who needs to hear it. You may think your story is not sensational, but it does not have to be sensational it just has to be sincere.”
  • “Even though I don’t know you, I believe that you have a message that you need to share with the world.”
  • “What transformative experience have I gone through that can help others? What knowledge do I have that can make life easier for others? If I were to die today and had to leave my son/daughter/niece/nephew with only one message about living life, what message would I leave them with?”
  • “If your audience was to forget everything else that you said, what is the one single thing that you would want them to remember?”
  • “For example, the core message of Simon Sinek’s popular TED talk, “How great leaders inspire action,” was the phrase “Start with why.”
  • “By the time your audience leaves your presentation, they’ve forgotten 20% of what you said.”
  • “Within four days, they’ve lost 80% of your message.”
  • “One important thing about your Power Phrase is that it should be less than 10 words. If it’s any longer, it will be too long to remember.”
  • “The opening of your speech is important for several additional reasons. It gives you a chance to do the following: build rapport with the audience members, create a first impression will that determine how receptive or hostile your audience will be towards your speech, set the mood for the rest of the speech, and grab your audience’s attention within the first 30 seconds, so that they don’t mentally check out of your presentation.”
  • ““I’d never given much thought to how I would die – though I’d never had reason enough in the last few months – but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.” The opening line shocks and leaves”
  • “Use the following anchors to build the body of your presentation: Anecdotes Acronyms Analogies, Similes or Metaphors Activities Academic research Statistics Case studies Product demonstrations Customer testimonials Quotes”
  • “What do you want your audience members to do differently as a result of listening to your speech?”
  • “Close your talk with an impact by: Signaling you are closing Summarizing your main points Linking it to the conference Providing hope for a better future Providing a clear call to action Selling the benefits”
  • “Talking about something new Looking at an old topic from a new perspective Arguing against conventional wisdom Digging out stories from academic research Interviewing interesting people Using personal stories”
  • “Turn your scenes into mental movies using the VAKS: Visual – what could you see? Auditory – what could you hear? Kinesthetic – what could you feel? Smell – what could you smell? Pack in as many of the senses as possible Keep your descriptions short”
  • “Before you offer a solution, build up people’s pain. Highlight all the pain that people are experiencing before you offer a solution. The more pain your audience feels, the more enthusiastic they will be about the solution.”
  • “Don’t overwhelm your audience with too many ideas on one slide. Use as many slides as you need, but stick to the rule of one idea per slide. This will keep your slides clutter-free. For example, if we go back to your presentation on the impact of global warming, instead of listing all the consequences of global warming on one bullet-filled slide, have a slide for each consequence and display a visually stunning photo, chart or image that shows the consequence. This is by no means an exhaustive list”
  • “Use a PowerPoint presentation only if you have lots of visuals to display If you and your PowerPoint are saying the same thing, one of you is not needed Use large, visually stunning pictures Use large fonts Only one idea per slide”

Have you seen this book before?  Have you read it?  I would love to know your thoughts on it.

This Is My Empty Shelf [Challenge]

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How many books do you read in a year?

There is a challenge going around that started on Jon Acuff’s blog called empty shelf challenge.  You can read about it more here.  The premise is that you empty off a shelf on your bookshelf, and spend the next year reading and filling it up.

I would love to do that, but I can’t honestly remember the last time I purchased a physical book.  So, here is my digital bookshelf.  I will keep on populating it, and when I do I will tweet with the hashtag #emptyshelf.  It’s pretty simple.  I hope you join along.

Here is my empty shelf for 2014.

1.How to Deliver a Great TED Talk: Presentation Secrets of the World’s Best Speakers (How to Give a TED Talk)

2014 Goals For Youth Ministry Media

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We love to have a goal for the year.  It is crucial to set goals, and have a target.  I have personal goals that I set each year, ministry goals, and website goals.  We recommend Michael Hyatts Life Plan.

Here are our 2014 goals.  We did a good job last year with our goals, but this year we want to shift gears, and refocus.


1. Have 2000 facebook follows
.  We did a decent job on this, but we didn’t focus enough on building this page up.  It has a long ways to go.  We will exclusively release all our ebooks, and free content on our facebook page. I am going to drop all the printable youth pastor resources files on there for free.

2. 12,000 hits per month.  We lost momentum last year because we didn’t post enough late in the year.  I feel focused and ready to write everyday.  It is going to be a great year.

3. 15,000 twitter followers(30 retweets per month).  I don’t care about the number anymore, I just want to see it grow.  I am more concerned about the engagement.  

4. Build my email list to 1000.  This email list is going to get an overhaul.  It needs a facelift.  Next week is when it is going to be changed.

5. Write 2 more ebooks.  I want to publish one in December 2014 as a pilot project, and one in June.  I am looking forward to writing and graphically laying them out.  I am also looking at possibly writing one on planning in youth ministry.  

6.  Comment 10 times a week on different blogs.  Also, start 1 conversation on someone else’s blog.  Of this whole list, this is the one that makes me the most excited.  I love engaging online with different youth pastors.  If you have a youth ministry blog, leave a comment below with your website and I will make sure to put it in my feedly.

7. Podcast once a month.  I want this to work so bad, but I have had troubles setting up times to record the stupid thing.  This years goal is to have 12 podcasts.  The goal is to make a professional youth ministry podcast that you can listen to that actually will help you be a better youth pastor.  

8. Write a post every day.  This is going to be the big challenge.  I want to write 30-31 posts a month, and publish 20-25 of those.  I want to start stock piling content, and working away at ebooks.

9. Give half of everything we make from the ads we sell away.  It is amazing to look at the goal two years ago to have this website self sustaining, and last year it made roughly $700.  I want to give away half of that.  Whether it is gift cards attached to our weekly/monthly email, or if it books that we give away each month.  I want to be generous, and I want to be generous with this website.

Those are the goals this year.  What are your goals for your website?  

The Digital Generation Is Here [infographic]

The digital generation is here.  Whether we like it or not, we can’t go back.  And the crazy thing is that if we don’t adapt, we will easily become obsolete.  It is a crazy time in our world, and either we will become able to adapt, and learn how to live, communicate, and work in a digital world or we will become replaceable.

Youth ministry is on the front of these lines.  I think that youth ministry is becoming harder to train in colleges, and seminaries because of this time we are in.  You really do need to learn in the trenches, and learn how to not only have solid theology, but you will need to be a part time social media expert.  Something you won’t learn in Bible College.

This weeks infographic is called Is the UK ready for the digital first era?  The real question should be, is the world ready?

Here are a few things that stand out:

1. 1/10 boys code, and 1/3 want to learn.  In canada, where I am from, we learn french as a second language.  I think we need to realize that in a digital world “code” is our second language.  It will help us get better jobs, and be able to live, communicate, and work better in a digital world.

I am not surprised that a third of boys want to learn how to code.  The crazy thing is that these boys and girls will most likely learn to code on their own.  Google, facebook, and apple are all trying to train their own word force with a website promoting an hour of code.  You can check that out here.

2. 39% want to work remotely.  They are asking the question: why do I need an office again?  This digital generation wants to work from anywhere.  This is a great idea, but will it be a reality?  I think the way offices has changed in the past decade, and it will change again with the rise of more mobile devices.

3. 75% own a laptop for school.  This is a crazy stat.  I don’t remember anyone owning a laptop when I was in school.  I remember my mom brought home a laptop from the bank to do some work, and I was able to load on it, where in the world is carmen sandiego.  I wonder how can we help the students that we serve, grow spiritually on their laptop and other devices.  We need to start thinking creatively about how we can reach, and disciple digital students.

What else stands out to you?  Leave a comment below!

 

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Freebie Friday: January 2014 Calendar

Free January 2014 Calendar

 

I hope that you are planning to make this year the best!  One way I make sure that I am constantly on task is to have calendars.  I do use a yearly calendar, but I enjoy downloading monthly calendars from smashing magazine.  It is just a simple way of knowing what is important that month.

Here is the calendar that I love this month!  Stay organized this year friends. 

Free January 2014 office calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2013 Goal Review

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Here is how we did with our goals this year.

Before we get to the numbers, I want to thank all of you for reading this website.  This past year has been a great journey, and I have some big plans for 2014.

Here is the break down for last year. 

1. Have 2000 facebook follows.  We ended up at 1,290.  Not bad.  I feel like this is the one I want to focus on this coming year.  I want to have around 3,000 by the end of the year, and I think it is possible.

2. 15,000 hits per month.  We averaged about 9 thousand per month.  This isn’t bad, but we want more traffic.

3. 30,000 twitter followers.  We ended up at 11,800.  For awhile we were over 20,000, but I swallowed my pride and cleared out the bots.  Next year, I want twitter engagement up!

4. Build my email list to 1500.  Ended the year at 700.  We are trilled at this, and 2014 is the year to grow this list over a 1,000.

5. Write 2 more ebooks.  I ran out of time on this one.  I am still working on two projects that will turn into ebooks.  I am hoping to release one around the end of february.  

6.  Have 100 comments a month.   Comment 10 times a week on different blogs.  Done!  I love reading peoples blogs, and leaving comments.  The one thing that I am finding in the youth ministry world is the lack of a proper comment system.  I am always annoyed that people don’t use disqus.

7. Use google+ better!   I sucked at this one.  I am slowly getting better at google+, but I love twitter and facebook.  I know that google+ will allow more people to engage with my content, but I am not a big fan of it…yet.

That is how we did on our goals for 2013.  I would give myself a C+.  Lots of work to be done.  Tomorrow I will release my goals for 2014.

 

How To Make 2014 The Best Year Yet!

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How are you preparing for 2014?

 

Looking back on 2013 I am very thankful for such an amazing year.  A few highlights included purchasing my first home, hiring an intern, building relationships, and seeing students lives transformed by the gospel.  This past year had its ups and downs, moments when I didn’t know what I was doing, and great moments trusting Jesus for everything.  Looking back on a year can be terrifying, or exciting.  I am already looking forward to making 2014 the best year.

Here are a few ways I am looking to make this year the best yet: 

1. Have a plan.  I can’t stress this enough!  You need a plan.  I dusted off my life plan a few months ago and realized how unintentionally I was living my life…yikes!  I you don’t have a goal, you will never hit it.  I want to live this year with intention.  I love what Moses said in Psalm 90, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. 13 Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”  I want to live what that kind of intention this year.  I want to be intentional with God, my wife, my kids, and my calling.  I wrote about a how to build a life plan in a post called, “Why I Created A Life Plan (And Why You Should Too!) “.

2. Find a mentor.  One way to grow is to find people you want to be like, and go and learn from them.  I have a few mentor/friends that I go to, and they invest into me.  I look back on my Christian life so far, and I am thankful for Godly men and women who have invested into my life.

Stop trying to be the lone ranger.  That was a terrible movie, and you will die out there all alone.  You and I need people pouring into us.

The best way to find a mentor is to find someone you really respect, and what to be like.  Ask them out for coffee, and then ask if you could meet every two weeks for the rest of the year.  It is simple.  You don’t need to get a professional coach, you need someone who can help and push you this year.  Someone who can ask difficult questions.

3. Stay on track.  The first thing I do is buy an epic calendar.  I love this calendar from neu year.  It has been my yearly tradition to order it, and then fill the thing in for the whole year.  Love it.  There is nothing like having a nice looking calendar on your wall.  I don’t know about you, but I need to have a hard copy calendar somewhere.

I would also have someone who isn’t your Lead Pastor or Senior Pastor to hold you accountable to ministry goals.  I don’t want to be driven by numbers, but I do want student’s lives to be changed.  I have firm numbers that I want to hit this year, and the best thing about those numbers is that I can’t do it on my own.  I need God to show up and work in the youth ministry.

Those are a few ways to make 2014 the best year yet.  What are you doing to make this year the best? 

 

 

50 Gifts From The Past 50 Years [infographic]

Here is a fun infographic for Christmas.  Here is the question of the day.  How many of these gifts did you have?  

I have had 10 of these 50 gifts.  Love the list.  It is funny to look back and see what the top gifts were back in the day.

My top toy as a kid was a teenage mutant ninja turtle.  I used to love those things.

 Have a Merry Christmas. 

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The Youth Pastors Gift Guide: Books

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How many books do you read a year?

Why not finish this year off by purchasing books you can read over Christmas, or start in the New Year.  I don’t think that youth pastors are known for being readers.  That stereotype is slowly changing.

One of the best investments I made this past year was to get an iPad.  I love reading on my iPad.  One feature that I love about reading on my iPad is that I can highlight parts and then at the end of the book, I can send it to my evernote account.  I love being able to categorize all the books I have read, and the quotes that I could use whenever.  Plus, the books are so cheap on kindle.  What do you read on? 

Here are a few books that we loved this past year, and a few books we plan on reading in the new year.  What else would you add to this list? 

Youth Ministry

Public Jesus: Exposing the Nature of God in Your Community

Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry (A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry)

Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World: A Hopeful Wake-Up Call

Redefining the Role of the Youth Worker: A Manifesto of Integration

Church
Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.

The Prodigal God By Timothy Keller

Disciple (Re:Lit) By Bill Clem

The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness

Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders to Glorify God

Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ

Gospel-Centered Discipleship (Re:Lit)

Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church

Money: God or Gift

Surprised by Hope By N.T Wright

The Explicit Gospel (Re:Lit)

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

Other
How to Deliver a Great TED Talk: Presentation Secrets of the World’s Best Speakers (How to Give a TED Talk)

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

What else would you add to this list?  

The Youth Pastors Gift Guide 2013: Tech

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We are always on the look out for new and cool tech gadgets.

Here are few things that are useful for any youth worker.  We have also included some fun tech toys, and also some apps. There are gifts that are free, and some that cost over $300.  Check them out.  .

 

Useful
Nike+ FuelBand – I want one of these cool gadgets.  I love having a daily challenge.  I always need to find ways to stay health, and in shape.
Apple iPad Air  – I love my ipad.  I know that every Apple hater out there will jump on my for this.  I love preaching from my iPad, and reading on my iPad.  I personally think this is one investment that every youth worker should take.
Apple 16GB iPad Mini w/ Retina Display  – If you can’t afford the iPad, or if you want something that isn’t as big as an iPad, this is for you.  Love the new iPad Mini’s with the retina displays.

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player – I read this article over at 78p.tv called, Why your church needs chromecast, and I was sold.  I want one of these cool devices.

The Pencil Stylus from Paper  – I hate writing on my iPad.  I hope this will change that.

Apple TV – This is a must need for any youth room.  I love that you can airplay music, or videos.  You can play games through your projector.

Antec Frequency Band BLU Bluetooth Receiver (Blue) – Best bluetooth receiver for the car hands down.
Anker® Ultrathin iPad Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard Aluminum Cover with Stand for iPad  – Pimp out your iPad with a keyboard.  I am using my Mac Pro less and less.

Sennheiser Momentum Headphone –  A couple of years ago I invested in a great pair of headphones, and I have never regretted it.  Love having great headphones while destroying my to-do list.

Photoshop Keyboard Cover for MacBook (PS-M-CC-2) – Do you know where all the short keys are?  Here is a keyboard to help you learn.  This is for all my photoshop loving friends.  Please repent and come over to the illustrator side!

Adobe Illustrator Covers AI-M-CC-2 MacBook Skin – Here is a skin for the true graphic designer.  This is on my wish list for the next year.  Love illustrator!

Fun 

For Apple Keyboards – Lazerwood’s 100% Real Walnut Wood Keys For MacBook Pro
Black – This is one way to make your Mac Book Pro keyboard look amazing.  Who wouldn’t want wood keys?

Block Rocker Explorer Sound System with Bluetooth, 75hrs Batter Life – This thing is awesome.  Using a Mic through this system isn’t worth it, but it is useful for playing music.  I love the 75 hour battery life.

Smartphone Mount Astronauts– I need this for my desk….Now!!!

Power Nap Office Pillow – Why not have a nap in the middle of the day at the office?

TSSS® Disco DJ Stage Lighting LED RGB Crystal RAINBOW COLOR Effect light KTV Xmas Party Wedding Show Club Pub – Turn your youth room into a sweet hangout with these awesome lights.

Apotop USB 2.0 32GB Flash Drive for Apple MacBook Air/Pro (AP-U2 Silver 32GB)– This flash drive looks awesome, and has 32GB’s of room!!!! How useful is that?  This might be a boxing day buy.

Golden Housing iphone 5 Middle Frame Replacement (5G Metal Back Housing / Back Panel Cover / Housing Assembly) – I was a sucker, and purchased the iPhone 5.  Not a huge fan of it.  Get this cover and turn your 5 in to a 5S.

Liveboard – A cool way to display the score to a baseball game.

OUYA Console – This is the only console you need this year.  Forget PS4 and the Xbox One.  OUYA is awesome.

Apps

Fighter Verses ($2.99) – I have been thinking lately that one of the most important things a Christian can do is memorize scripture.  I love this app, and how it helps me memorize the Word.

Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening (Free) – My friend Frank Gil shared this a few weeks ago.  I love Spurgeon, and I love this daily devotional.

Things ($9.99, To-do app) – The only to-do list we use.  The best one on the market for Apple Users.

ESV Study Bible app ($14.99) – Why not have a great Bible at your finger tips?  Love this Bible, and love having all the content on my iPad and iPhone.  Useful!

Dj App 2 –  We love this app, and use it every week.  We have someone djaying in the lobby when students arrive.  It sure does change the feeling of a room in a hurry.

There is the list.  What else would you add to this? 

The Youth Pastors Gift Guide 2013

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At youth ministry media, we love two things: lists and gifts.

Honestly, I am addicted to any holiday list out there.   Some of my favorite places to see lists and stuff are uncrate and gizmodo.

Here are some posts that are upcoming, and will feature some awesome resources you might have missed this past year.  We want to make these lists this year practical, and a way to really encourage you and your youth ministry.

Here are the things that we are going to hit this year. 

1. Tech Gear

2. Books

3. Organizational

Here are a few ways you can use this list!  

You can use this list as a guide.  If you are like me, you probably need some help shopping for leaders.  I hope that you are thinking about your leaders this Christmas.  I love to get all my leaders something personal.  It means that you have taken the time to think and pray for your leaders.

You can forward this list on.  Sometimes people don’t know what to get the youth worker who has everything.  If someone dropped off a can of chalkboard paint to my office, I would be thrilled.  Also, I would love any book on Spurgeon, or any old dead guy.

Last year, I dropped hints that I would love a new Bible, and my lead pastor hit a huge home run with a vintage leather bound ESV.  I love preaching out of that Bible.   It is a great gift.  He showed me how to be generous last year, and how that will affect you and people in your youth ministry.

You can be thankful.  We are blessed to have so much stuff.  When I look around my youth ministry I have a ton of junk.  It is sick, and next week I have the awesome privilege of throwing a ton of it out.  How often do you look at your youth room, church, and office and are thankful that you have those things.

I am thankful every time I shut my office door to get focused work done.  I am thankful for being able to use the gifts and talents that God has given me.  I am thankful that I don’t need any of this stuff to do ministry, but it can help me do ministry more efficiently.

If you have any books, leader gift ideas, tech, any other gift ideas please leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading.  

Freebie Friday: December 2013 Calendar

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I feel like December is already over.  All these months of planning to get to this point.  How crazy is that?  We hope that you have an awesome Christmas season, and that most of all you focus on what really matters…our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Here is a calendar to keep you organized during this crazy season.  I know I need it.  You can check out more calendars over at smashing magazine.   This is the one that we loved the most.

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Teens Cell Phone Usage [infographic]

How do you deal with phones during a youth night?  That is a great question that has been generating some discussion in my circles.  Some youth pastors I know, recommend taking all the phones and putting them in a basket until the end of the night.  Other youth workers have tried only to never see that student return.

If I am honest, I am always on my phone.  It is an extension of myself.  We have to learn how to engage students with their mobile phones, and make it a part of the journey.  This could be as easy as recommending that your students read the Bible on an app instead of bringing a paper Bible.  It could mean using a text message system.  We have to do a better job of reaching students on their mobile phones.

Here is an infographic called: Those phone crazy teens.  Here are a few things that stand out to me.  

1. 75% of 12-17 year olds have a phone.  This begs the question for me…do you have a text message system you use?  We use a program called tantango.com, but there are tons of programs out there.  If I could mass communicate with 75% of my students, and I would be able to know that 100% of those messages go through, I would get that service today.

2. Teens read a ton of texts.  I am tired of hearing that this generation never reads.  I you really think about it, almost all of your students read a lot.  They actually read the equivalent of 1400 pages a month.  That is great.  It might not be War & Peace, but at least teenagers today are reading!

3. 70% of students have received a text from someone they didn’t know.  This is the stat that freaks me out.  I don’t know if teenagers know how to deal with people who randomly text them.  I have had to deal with teenagers in the past who have received a random text only to be manipulated into something.  We need to help teenagers be bold with their phones, and if they don’t know someone, they need to tell them to beat it.

Those  are a few things that stand out to me.   What else stands out?  

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Freebie Friday: Top 5 Christmas Fonts

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We are already gearing up for the holidays.  I don’t know about you, but I have a ton to design before Christmas.  Churches are usually busy in September, December and April.  The month leading up those big events in the life of a church require a ton of resources, and time from all staff members.  Usually, as a designer, I get thrown into the mix.

I have been looking for great Christmas fonts.  What I don’t want in a Christmas font is ice, snowflakes, or anything else cheesy.  I want solid looking fonts that will work well with the Christmas season.

Here are our top 5: 

1. Coney Island

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2. Spatz Plain

 

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3. Tightrope 5-great-fonts-for-christmas-tightrope

 

4. Cast Iron

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5. Carnevalee Freakshow

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What are your go to Christmas fonts?  Please share.

 

 

 

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