Two great new resources by two great friends

Here’s 2 new resources from two of my favorite people on earth.

#1crazytown2
My friend, co-founder of downloadyouthministry.com, and Youth Ministry’s #1 blogger Josh Griffin just finished a new series for high school students called Crazytown! It was a 3-week series on guys, girls, relationships and sex. Josh is a great youth worker and I love that he makes his material immediately available right after he teaches it–teaching notes, graphics, etc… If you’re looking for a new guy/girl series you might look into Crazytown:

Week 1: 5 Things Girls Wish Guys Knew
Week 2: 5 Things Guys Wish Girls Knew
Week 3: The “Ask Anything” Relationship Panel… which basically became a sex talk.

#2Congraduation
Jim Burns has compiled a low-cost graduation gift–and a very popular one (1,200,000+ copies given to graduates by 25,000 churches). It’s simple:

1. It’s Music (20 songs from the top names in Christian music including Lecrae, Red, for KING & COUNTRY,Tobymac, Owl City, Switchfoot).
2. It’s Media (over 1 hour of video with artist, author-speaker, and fellow grad video greetings and advice, grad books, and more)
3. It’s a devotional book: “Addicted to God”.


Question: what are the other resources that you’re using out there? Share your thoughts here.

Make a decision… it probably won’t last


I like infographics a lot!

When I saw this particular one on logos it made me think of the amount of time that I’ve worked in two churches–11 years in one and 18 in another. My experience has been that when you’re in one location for a long time that you’re able to observe a lot of change. There are times when it feels as if a certain decision is so important that you’ve got to get it right. I’m guessing that’s the case of these original logos–they probably felt like each logo was a “done deal.”

Here’s where my mind went–instead of getting paralyzed by indecision… pull the trigger. Make the decision. It’s probably not a decision that will last forever… chances are good you change it soon. Most of your leadership decisions are not final.

Logos Evolve 4 Should A Logo Be Timeless?

An illustration by the team at The Logo Company

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Question: what typically keeps you from making important decisions? Share it here.


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Digital Parenting


I’m currently co-authoring a workbook for parents called, “Can I just SMASH my kids’ phone?” and I’ve been thinking a lot about the world of technology and how some “smartphones” are making kids, families, and uh, me… dumb(er).

As we put the finishing touches on this workbook, I’m currently looking for two things:

1. A GREAT contract-example that parents can use with their kids over phone use.
2. Stories. I’d like 4-5 short stories about how families are managing/restricting/teaching discernment to their kids about their media use.

If you have connections to either of those two needs, let me know. Thanks.

I thought this infographic (from uknowkids.com) was very cool… easy to get into the hands of parents.




Question: Are you doing anything unique in your own family (about media/technology use) that others can learn from? Share it here.


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