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Ranking Social Media Sites
Which Are Teens' Favorites...
and Why?

David R. Smith

Some teens like to keep up with their friends on Facebook. Some like to shoot short clips for Vine. Others keep it short and simple on Twitter. And many like the idea of the (supposedly) short life cycle offered by Snapchat. But which is the best?

It might depend on who you ask...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: Recruiting Your Volunteer Dream Team
Have you ever sat in church on a Sunday morning, looked around the room and coveted volunteers?

Okay, maybe it’s just me. I’ll notice a young couple I know sitting across the isle who are fun, relevant and on fire for God. All I can think of is…

“They’d be perfect youth ministry volunteers!
Middle schoolers would love these two!!!”

And then what do we usually do? We shake our head and say, “I wish they would sign up to help.”

And that is where we usually fail.

We forget the simplest, basic, most effective recruiting tool around…


I know, right? But let’s be honest. That’s where most of us fail. When it comes to recruiting an effective team of volunteers, most of our efforts are:

  • Making announcements (“Hey, anyone interested in working with kids please sign up at the back table.”)

  • Creating a creative video (Again, with the pitch at the end, “and if you’re interested, contact the youth pastor.”

  • A booth at the ministry fair.

img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-9056" src="" alt="The-Skinny-Volunteers-WEB" width="185" height="300" />I just finished writing a skinny little book for GROUP Publishing on that very subject, part of the brand new set from 6 authors (also Greg Stier, Mark Oestriecher, and more…) about 6 vital youth ministry topics. The book is potent with tools and tips for recruiting, retaining and training today’s volunteers. And out of all the habits and pragmatic tools we can practice in our ministry… the most effective practice is the simple art of “ASKING.”

Sounds simple, right? Sadly, most of us rarely do it. They think about it, put it on the back burner, put it on the list of "should do's"... but they rarely allocate time to actually asking people to serve in ministry.

I teach this simple concept to Christian leaders across the country and I always hear the same feedback. "You're right. I know I should ask, but I don't."

Think about it. When is the last time you just pulled out a blank piece of paper, brainstormed, and wrote down the name of every person you’d love serving with you? When is the last time you just sat down and prayed about your dream team?

Most of us don’t do it.

It stops at the coveting stage.

Don’t make this mistake. Take the next step. ASK.img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-9057" src="" alt="The Skinny Box Set WHITE" width="213" height="300" />

Jonathan’s new book, The Skinny on Volunteers is part of the brand new set arriving this month from GROUP called The Skinny. 6 authors, 6 books, 6 vital youth ministry subjects. Reserve your set now and get 20% off.

Season 5, Episode 16, Conquer
It’s the Season Finale’, and 90 minutes just didn’t seem like enough time. I can’t believe we have to wait until the fall to see more The Walking Dead!!! (Good thing we’ll be posting Season 3 discussions this summer here

Video Game Reviews @

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Movie Reviews and Quick Q's:
Mad Max: Fury Road (5/15/2015)

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Movie Clip Discussions:
Unbroken - (A Moment of Pain)

Posted on May 5/13/2015, 2015 at 07:45 PM
Music Discussions:
Shake It Off

Posted on January 1/15/2015, 2015 at 12:00 AM
Outreach Resource of the Week RSS Feed
Baggage (Skit Guys)

Carrying around baggage only wears us out. This awesome resource from our YOUTUBE DISCUSSIONS page will help your students find peace with God…if they’re willing to drop all their junk.

The Discussion Starter: Baggage 
Throughout the clip, we see Tommy picking up bags that weigh him down and burdens his soul. We see him struggle to try and rid himself of them, but he only hurts others in the process. Finally, Tommy learns that Jesus is the only One who can offer him peace and rest. 

Spiritual Growth Resource of the Week RSS Feed
Stealing from the Blind

Do your students take a stand for justice when it’s called for? This powerful resource from our SPIRITUAL GROWTH AGENDAS page will help them speak up for what’s right.


The Movie Clip: Stealing from the Blind 
ABC News did a video project on what it takes for people to speak up when someone else is being wronged. In this social experiment, two actors were planted in a bakery, one as the clerk, the other a blind customer (although she really is blind). The blind customer would order a $16 cheesecake and pay with a fifty dollar bill. The clerk, who should give $

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