Parent Tips for handling their student’s social media accounts

Social media has become the top way students interact and communicate with each other and to the world! It is the easiest place to share exactly the way that they are feeling within seconds. I bet if you were to poll the average youth group, over 60% (probably higher) would say that they use facebook regularly. Twitter is the big thing in our student ministry so many have that. Skype, google+, and even instagram are all avenues that students are connecting with others. It is very difficult for parents to keep up, but regardless of how fast and advanced our … Continue reading Parent Tips for handling their student’s social media accounts

Top 10 Student Ministry Organizations you should follow on Twitter

Recently, I did a blog post on the top 10 student pastors that you should be following on twitter, but this time, I wanted to do a post on the top student ministry organizations that you should follow on twitter. The twitter accounts mentioned below are student ministry resource organizations that are not necessarily student pastors, but provide insight and resources relating to student ministry! Youth Ministry 360– “A youth ministry resource provider that exists to see teenagers transformed through knowing Christ, and to equip and serve youth workers.” This is personally one of my favorite youth ministry sites out … Continue reading Top 10 Student Ministry Organizations you should follow on Twitter

Top 10 Student Pastors You Should Be Following On Twitter

Twitter has been an excellent tool to resource and connect with other student pastors! I have enjoyed the relationships and resources that I have built and found through twitter. Today, I want to share with you the top 10 student pastors that you should be following on twitter. Now, these are pastors, not resource organizations, youth speakers, or evangelists. We will share in a post later in the week about the top 10 youth ministry organizations that you should be following on twitter. Josh Griffin– High School Pastor- Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Matt Lawson– High School Pastor- First … Continue reading Top 10 Student Pastors You Should Be Following On Twitter

Enter for a chance to win #Going Social by Terrace Crawford

Terrace Crawford is a good friend of mine. We have connected through social networking, and have built a relationship that way. Terrace is one of the best bloggers and profiles to follow on twitter. He knows what is going on and what is working with social media, and what is not working. He recently wrote a book entitled, “#Going Social.” The book released yesterday, and I encourage you to order it. I actually am still waiting on my copy to come in the mail, but I am convinced that he will not disappoint with this read. You can enter for a chance … Continue reading Enter for a chance to win #Going Social by Terrace Crawford

Parents and Social Media Awareness

I sat around a table this morning with some youth pastor friends of mine, and the discussion came up (as it usually does) of social media, and its effect on our students. One guy gave an illustration of a girl who posted a provocative picture on instagram. Another pastor discussed how disappointed he is that he has students who cuss regularly on their social media pages. If you are in student ministry, you have probably had similar conversations come up. I want to give you a brief history of social media (from myspace to twitter) in students’ lives, and how parents have responded to … Continue reading Parents and Social Media Awareness

Top 5 ways to communicate to students

Communicating to students is very difficult! It can oftentimes be challenging. Sometimes for me, it can be humiliating when I struggle with communicating. I want to give you a few quick ways that I have found to be the best and most effective ways to communicate to students: Face to Face– You probably thought that I was going to use a digital way first, because we live in such a digital world. I still believe that a student desires face to face communication as much as anything. If all you do is text and Facebook your kids, the relationship is not as … Continue reading Top 5 ways to communicate to students

Enter for a chance to win “Viral” by Leonard Sweet

My friend Jonathan Pearson is giving away the book, “Viral” on his blog. You can enter to win this book by just checking out the blog, leaving a comment, liking his facebook page, etc. This book is about social media, and how it relates to ministry. The book shows how social media can help ignite revival. I encourage you to head over to his blog today, and enter for your chance to win, “Viral.” Click here to enter for your chance to win! Continue reading Enter for a chance to win “Viral” by Leonard Sweet