Episode 058: Summer Programming in Youth Ministry With Joe Crabb

joe crabb

In this episode, I talk with Joe Crabb of Woodside Bible Church about student ministry and youth ministry in the summer. Typically, youth ministry takes a break during the summer when students are off from school. However, Joe and his team have decided to leverage that time and lean in during the season when students have the most free time. We have a great conversation about what it looks like to practically plan and execute that strategy, and the vision behind it.

Joe Crabb

Connect with Joe on Twitter and Instagram

Email: joecrabb@woodsidebible.org

JoeCrabb.com

Woodside Bible Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Woodside Students Summer Game Plan – An overview of Woodside’s summer strategy, with specific event and structural details e

Oasis Summer 2017 SGL Brief – The document that Woodside distributes to its middle school small group leaders, outlining all of summer programming

Wake Summer 2017 SGL Brief – The document that Woodside distributes to its high school small group leaders, outlining all of summer programming

What Does “Alignment” look Like in the Summer? (blog post) – Joe walks through summer programming details and talks about the alignment between campuses that occurs, as well as the ownership given to each campus during this season

What Does Small Group Leader Commitment Look Like? (blog post) – Check out Joe’s thoughts on the new commitment his church is asking small group leaders to make because of their different approach to summer

Episode 14: EJ Swanson on Teaching Students and Leading NextGen (podcast) – EJ shares what he has learned when it comes to teaching and discipling students, and what he’s learned leading NextGen across twelve campuses

100 Days of Summer: Hype, Service, and Relationships

  1. Text message devotional
  2. Begin social media campaign: Every Monday, students are asked to repost or use a certain hashtag. The school and grade with the most shares receives frozen yogurt, doughnuts, or snowcones
  3. Throw a block party on the last day of school with gaga ball tournaments, trophies, bubble soccer, and more fun
  4. Meet up at a restaurant once a week for Tasty Thursdays
  5. Mission trips launch mid-summer and students serve in the community, as well as at the church’s kids’ camp
  6. End the summer with an emphasis on building relationships and preparing students for small groups in the fall

Woodside Student Ministry During the Rest of the Year

  • Runs September-May
  • Middle school meets Wednesday evenings and high school meets Thursday evenings
  • Small group time, worship, and games
  • Winter retreat for middle school, fall retreat for high school
  • Middle school meets for Sunday morning worship

EJ’s episode: how to teach students and leading next gen ministry

Action Items

  1. Take one idea that Joe shared, and try it this summer
  2. Lean into the relational opportunities more than the large, scheduled events

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Next Episode: Ellen Stumbo

In the next episode, I talk with Ellen Stumbo about how to best serve families with special needs. Ellen shares her experience working with churches and her family’s own personal story. We then have a great conversation about key principles surrounding special needs ministry, practical ways to put a special needs framework in places, and specific ideas that you can apply to better serve the families at your church.

Episode 057: The Myth of Balance With Frank Bealer

frank bealer

In this episode, I talk with Frank Bealer–the Executive Director of Leadership Development at Orange, and the CEO of their new Phase Family Centers. Frank and I talk about his new book, The Myth of Balance, and some of the tools and tips he has found helpful in overcoming this myth while navigating family life and ministry. He also talks about some new things Orange is doing for leadership development, and resources they are producing to help leaders like us grow. Finally, he shares some exciting news about Orange’s new project: the Phase Family Centers.  If you’d like to check out Frank’s first interview on the podcast, where we talked about empowering volunteers, listen to Episode 2 right here.

Frank Bealer

Connect with Frank on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

MythofBalance.com

Orange

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Links Mentioned in This Episode

The Myth of Balance Workshop Series – Beginning July 10, join Frank for an 8-week workshop as he guides you through each chapter of the book, hosts Q&A’s, fosters group conversations, and gives practical resources

Creativity Inc (book) – Ed Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, shares key principles about creativity in business and leadership

You Lead Coaching – An initiative dedicated to coaching leaders via themed teaching, discussion groups, and projects within their own churches and organizations

New Resources from Orange

  1. You Lead Coaching
  2. Orange Leaders Blog
  3. Think Orange Podcast
  4. New Parent Cue App
  5. Preteen Curriculum (coming soon)
  6. Revamping kids’ curriculum (coming soon)
  7. Worship resource (coming soon)

Action Items

  1. Get The Myth of Balance, read it, and begin to apply it
  2. Check out You Lead Coaching and get plugged into one of their leadership development groups

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Next Episode: Joe Crabb

In the next episode, I talk with Joe Crabb about student ministry and youth ministry in the summer. Typically, youth ministry takes a break during the summer months, while students are off from school. However, Joe and his team have decided to leverage that time and lean in during the season when students have the most free time. He shares what they do, what it looks like to practically plan and execute that strategy, and the vision behind it.

Episode 056: Creating Irresistible Environments With Gabe Boucher

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In this episode, I talk with Gabe Boucher from Worlds of Wow. Gabe and I talk about what their organization does to create engaging environments for kids, students, and churches overall. We have a great conversation about their process, what the outcome looks like, and cost. Then, he shares some practical tips for engaging families and creating welcoming environments.

Gabe Boucher

Connect with Gabe on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

WorldsofWow.com

Connect with Worlds of Wow on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

Phone Number: 9407654708

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Worlds of Wow Online Information Guide – A glance at everything you need to know about Worlds of Wow and what they offer
Worlds of Wow Partnership – A video that walks you through what it looks like to partner with Worlds of Wow
Worlds of Wow Partnership Process – This document explains the eight-step process of a church partnering with Worlds of Wow

What This Kingdom-Minded Business Is Doing to Reach Children for Christ (Article) – Ministry Today shares their thoughts on the why behind this organization, what Worlds of Wow is doing in churches, and the impact creating irresistible environments can have

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Tips

  1. Walk through your environment and evaluate traffic flow
  2. Invest in quality, consistent signage
  3. Remember that simplicity and clarity are key
  4. Ask: What in the environment is dated, old, or no longer serves a purpose? 
  5. Ask: When is the last time you invited your Lead Pastor to be a part of the kids’ service? Then, invite them into the environment so they can experience it first hand.

Action Items

  1. Take the tips Gabe talked about, and assess your environment
  2. Connect with Worlds of Wow and have a conversation about your current environment, and/or the environment you would like to have

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Next Episode: Frank Bealer

In the next episode, I talk with Frank Bealer–the Executive Director of Leadership Development at Orange, and the CEO of their new Phase Family Centers. Frank and I talk about his new book, The Myth of Balance, and some of the tools and tips he has found helpful in overcoming this myth while navigating family life and ministry. He also talks about some new things Orange is doing for leadership development and resources they are producing to help leaders like us grow. Finally, he shares some exciting news about Orange’s new project: the Phase Family Centers.  If you’d like to check out Frank’s first interview on the podcast, where we talked about empowering volunteers, listen to Episode 2 right here.

Episode 55: Youth Ministry Trips, Volunteer Culture, and Programming with Tomy Cummins

Youth Ministry Trips

In this episode, I talk with Tomy Cummins of Woodmen Valley Chapel. Tomy and I dive into what youth ministry trips look like at his church, from planning and fundraising, to details of where students are going and the mission work they are doing. He also shares what his team has done to help create a great volunteer culture, and walks through what their student programming looks like throughout the year.

Tomy Cummins

Connect with Tomy on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Email: Tomy.Cummins@woodmenvalley.org

Woodmen Valley Chapel

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Josiah Venture – A missionary organization that partners with the local church to transform society in Central and Eastern Europe

Compassion International – A ministry that seeks to release children from poverty through child sponsorship and other missionary work

Cure International – An organization that serves children born with physical disabilities

ManagedMissions.com – Software designed to help churches organize short term mission trips

Growing Young (book)– Dr. Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin dive into the six essential strategies that help churches reach young people and create churches they love to attend

Creating a Lead Small Culture (book) – Reggie Joiner, Kristen Ivy, and Elle Campbell share strategies, best practices, training tips, and real-life stories that will help you create an effective small group culture at your church

Youth Ministry Trips: Woodmen’s Annual 3

  1. Estonia: Partner with Josiah Venture to do English camps
  2. Peru: Partner with Compassion International to do service projects, clean-up projects, and building projects
  3. Kenya: Partner with Cure International to serve kids born with physical deformities

Youth Ministry Trips: Woodmen’s Fundraising

  1. Students learn to write letters for support
  2. Host huge bake sale
  3. Sell themed baskets
  4. Students fundraise with local grocery stores and other businesses, selling goods that they receive a certain amount for
  5. Student ministry partners with senior adults in the church, pointing them to students for jobs around their homes

Youth Ministry Trips: Woodmen’s Process

  1. October info meeting
  2. Close sign-ups December 1st
  3. First team meetings in January
  4. Six team meetings filled with paperwork, team building. country and trip-specific training, and testimony training

5 Volunteer Culture Statements

  1. We are warm
  2. We are consistent
  3. We are engaging
  4. We are generous
  5. We are hungry

Action Items

  1. Document your mission trip process from beginning to end, and use that as a checklist
  2. Check out ManagedMissions.com
  3. Think about creating values for your volunteers

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Next Episode: Gabe Boucher

In the next episode, I talk with Gabe Boucher from Worlds of Wow. Gabe and I talk about what their organization does to create engaging environments for kids, students, and churches overall. We have a great conversation about their process, what the outcome looks like, and cost. Then, he shares some practical tips for engaging families and creating welcoming environments.

 

Episode 054: Partnering With Parents With Will Hutcherson

Partnering With Parents

In this episode, I talk with Will Hutcherson of NextLevel Church in Fort Meyers, FL. Will and I talk about clarifying the win for family engagement and their five-part strategy for partnering with parents. He shares a lot of practical things they have done to simplify and maximize this strategy, and what it looks like all throughout the year.

Will Hutcherson

Connect with Will on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Email: Will@nextlevelchurch.com

NextLevel Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Parent Survey from Will

Orange – An organization that values the church and parents coming together to make a lasting impact on the next generation by providing curriculum and resources for both parties

Just a Phase – A project by Orange that helps parents understand how to win at each phase in their kid or student’s life

Parent Ministry – An organization that comes alongside the church and helps them know how to partner with parents

Champion Tribes – A resource that helps busy dads connect with their sons in unique and life-changing ways

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters (book) – Dr. Meg Meeker talks about why the father-daughter relationship is crucial and shares ten secrets every dad should know

13 Reasons Why – How Do We Respond as Parents? (Article) – A blog post to help parents know what conversations to have with their kids and students about this new Netflix show

Partnering With Parents: 5 Part Strategy

  1. Celebrate major milestones
  2. Reactivate felt needs
  3. Connect parents with each other
  4. Resource parents when they need it and create a bridge between the small group leader and parent
  5. Cue weekly

Partnering With Parents: Developing a Strategy

  1. Survey parents
  2. Ask: If we could do anything, what would we do
  3. Consider current resources–people, money, and organizational energy
  4. Create a plan
  5. Present it to key leaders
  6. Launch and then begin to automate/delegate

Action Items

  1. Clarify the win for parent partnership at your church
  2. Evaluate what you are currently doing to partner with parents
  3. Brainstorm ideas for partnering with parents with some key leaders at your church, and then map out a plan for the next year
  4. Partner with small groups or adult ministries at your church to help connect parents with other parents

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Next Episode: Tomy Cummins

In the next episode, I talk with Tomy Cummins of Woodmen Valley Chapel. Tomy and I talk about what student ministry looks like at his church. He shares an overview of what their programming looks like throughout the year, and then we dive into some specifics about trips and volunteer culture.