Best April Fool’s Prank Ever? [Video]

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My heart is in youth ministry which means I can exegete with the best of them, I am there to sit down with teenagers who are struggling with finding their identity, and I can work with parents who feel helpless communicating with their children. Yet I have a humorous side that always comes out when I hang out with high schoolers or am living life with volunteers. Honestly, if Jesus had access to a whoopie cushion, I believe that He would use it and then make a life-giving, life-changing parable ... Continue Reading

Using Caution with Social Media

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Social media is but a form of communication for us to be able to engage people in a different medium where people are. When used well, this web application can be the instrument of major success with increased attendance at your events, more visibility for your church, and clever ways to celebrate your staff, volunteers, and the work your congregation is doing. But as with any tool, there are unique and sometimes perilous barriers to using social media safely. ... Continue Reading

Tech Wreck Tuesday #19: No More Juice

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I have no doubt that you have had situations where you had no more power in your phone's battery at some point in your life. How are you going to send out that next tweet? The Angry Birds need you to fight those pigs! Without a phone, how will you document your life on Instagram or Vine? Of course, those things are silly, but one time with my youth group, not having power was less than funny. Here is why you need to save your power when in ministry. ... Continue Reading

Logo Designs: Youth for Christ Case Example

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A logo can say a lot about a company before you ever read the tagline, learn about the mission statement, or see the company in action. The ministry I have worked with and been engaged with since I was in high school just went through a rebranding, including the first complete logo change in seventy years. We do have an infographic to show you what it can mean to communicate something through a logo design, but let me first show you a case study by Youth for Christ and their rebranding. ... Continue Reading

Career Savvy Social Media Tips [Infographic]

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This infographic is a little creepy to me. Let me give you a glimpse into my own world. I am personally finishing up my Masters in Mental Health Counseling this May and looking to make a big switch in careers this summer from youth ministry and social media through Youth for Christ/USA into some kind of counseling career. I know where I want to work, but have no idea where to start with the application process. Everything I have known to this point has been through contacts in the ministry I ... Continue Reading

Are Digital Devices Destroying Relationships? [Infographic]

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Have you ever used your phone to text someone or update your Facebook status while having a conversation with someone? Maybe you were brave enough to do it during work and in a meeting with your boss? Have you had arguments due to phone use? The infographic below labels this disrespect for face-to-face conversations and "in real live" meetings as Electronic Displays of Insensitivity or EDIs. While it would be funny to mock these situations, people really do have problems with technology and it ... Continue Reading

Twitter Turns 8 and May Be Changing [Infographic]

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I just had a conversation today about what Twitter is doing. They turned 8 this year, went public with shareholders, and now have to live by different rules, which means making a profit and getting more people on the platform. I love Twitter because of it's niche approach to social media, but is it possible that Twitter could be changing? Over the next couple of weeks and months, bloggers and ministry leaders that run your ministry's social media need to keep an eye on what shifts start to ... Continue Reading

The Building Blocks of Personal Branding [Infographic]

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For the first time in 70 years, Youth for Christ went through a huge rebranding, changing the entire logo and tagline for the ministry from its original design when Billy Graham was our first staff person. I personally have been lucky enough to be a part of the process as we cast vision for the next 70 years and continue to reach lost teens for the sake of the Gospel. So when I saw this infographic on branding, I knew I had to use it and then share it with all of you. Below is a list of 26 ... Continue Reading

Tech Wreck Tuesday #18: When Does The Bleeding Stop

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So I became inspired by my buddy Eric Dye with his ChurchMag Podcast and the idea of communicating across a medium that is not only versatile, but actually quite great to consume if done well. I am always up for trying something new with communicating a message to people and working on improving my craft. So I decided to try out my own version of a podcast with my Level Up Podcast. ... Continue Reading

Secrets of a Killer Blog Post [Infographic]

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The joys of blogging can also be some of the biggest pains. My first month of writing posts I found myself feverishly writing down everything I could put on the web. By month three, I was slowing down. But month six, I was wondering why I was not getting traffic and if maybe it was me. (Hint: it was) Many bloggers have a passion that pursued them to blog. Even us at ChurchMag are under the banner of Christian nerds and geeks. But passion alone will not make a blog a success. This is not another ... Continue Reading