Flappy Crowd Youth Ministry Game

Chris —  February 21, 2014 — 3 Comments

If you are looking for a super fun new game for your youth ministry, you need to check out Flappy Crowd.  You may not be able to get Flappy Bird in the App store any more, but you can still get your students playing a fun version on the screen in your youth room.  Get the crowd flapping to keep the bird in the air and collect coins and power ups.

This is how it works:

Check it out over at DYM.

Bob Goff: Ideas On Turning Into Love

Chris —  February 19, 2014 — 2 Comments

I love the YS Idea Lab and when they have an episode with Bob Goff, it can’t get much better.

Watch more of the YS Idea Labs HERE.

Productivity Tips from Star Wars

Chris —  February 17, 2014 — 4 Comments

I read a great post over at 99u.com about 7 productivity tips you can gleam from Star Wars.  Here are a few of my favorites:

1) Rest when you have nothing to do.

When Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn is fighting Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, a transparent door closes, dividing them (see in video above). Darth Maul paces back and forth ready to continue their battle while Qui-Gon simply sits and rests, seemingly doing nothing.

In modern society we all feel like we have to be like Darth Maul. Pacing, finding a “purpose,” being anxious, stressed, waiting for doors to open. But it is great to just rest and be happy and not move when you don’t have to. I will tell you those doors will open, and it’s great.

I know for myself that when i don’t spend time to rest my productivity nosedives.  Sometimes we get under so much pressure that we feel like that time to rest will hurt, but usually the opposite is true. I also find my problem solving and creativity are so much higher after a little rest.

2) Rid yourself of everything you don’t need.

Obi-Wan lives a simple life in exile for 40 years when he’s on Tatooine. Yoda, Jedi Master, lives in a simple swamp hut after he loses his battle with the Emperor. They were still capable of laughing, of living, of staying healthy, and were able to train the next generation. They didn’t need anything to keep them entertained. It’s a story. But this is the way I would like to live: with my friend and my health intact, and not a material care in the world.

Clutter can be such a distraction to me.  Simple almost always helps me focus and get more done.

5) Be around other Jedis.

Once Anakin Skywalker starts hanging out with Darth Sidious he becomes a bad guy (see above). Here are some things that are hard in life: being honest, being kind, and trying to add value to others. These things take time and energy. When you are around people who steal your energy then those things become even harder. As a wise man once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

Just like we teach our students being around those that have the traits we wish to have helps build those habits.  When I’m around those that are creative and productive it helps to inspire those traits in me as well.  I recommend finding those people around you and schedule time to be hang around them.  Even if it’s just for coffee, discussing what you are working can with them can be a huge lift to you, especially if you are feeling stuck.

Read the entire list of tips HERE.

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My buddy Jeremy needs your help with a survey to help him in a class for Denver Seminary.  The survey is about what Youth Ministry and Social Media looks like across the nation.  There’s also $40 worth of swag for you for taking the time to fill it out.  It will only take a few minutes, I promise.

Take the Survey

 

The fine folks over at Download Youth Ministry have a great new video series called 5-Minute Youth Ministry.  Like the name implies these are short videos with great youth ministry training.  The first one with with Doug and Cathy Fields talking about how the spouse feels after a late night of ministry.

Catch the rest of the series HERE.

How to Cut the Cord

Chris —  February 10, 2014 — 1 Comment

I know a lot of you have already cut the cord and I’m constantly hearing from people that they are thinking about getting rid of cable and just going with Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.  Here’s a great episode from the new podcast Cordkillers with a great tips to get started and live cable free. They talk about getting over the air broadcasts, where on the internet to watch, how to find out what’s available to stream, and even some suggestions to what to watch.

I highly recommend the podcast.  Click the link below to subscribe.

Cordkillers Audio Podcast

Have you cut the cord? Or do you still have cable?

Don’t Miss NYWC

Chris —  October 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

NYWC in San Diego wrapped up last week, and it was an awesome weekend.  Here were some of my highlights:

  1. The Big Rooms – The speakers and worship leaders were just great.  There’s a lot going on in my personal life right now (check my Facebook page for more on that) and God just orchestrated exactly what I needed to hear.  Plus worship with people like Rend Collective, Digital Age and Audrey Assad was so uplifting.
  2. The Idea Lab – This was something that we started at NYWC last year, and it really came into it’s own this weekend.  It’s such great practical training in an intimate setting.  The talk backs with the speakers and artists were also a great insight into who they are and why they do what they do.
  3. Just being around youth workers.  There’s nothing like spending the weekend with thousands of other youth workers.  I love catching up with friends that I usually only get to see in person at these events.  It’s a giant gathering of so many my Facebook friends.

If you were there what was your highlight?

There’s still time to join us in Nashville.  It’s my favorite Youth Ministry event in one of my favorite cities.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  If you register by Friday you can still save up to $50 a person.

I hope to see you there.

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In honor of flag day, enjoy this premier episode of Fun with Flags, with your host, Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

Cloud Storage: Copy.com

Chris —  June 12, 2013 — 5 Comments

Almost everyone I know uses cloud storage now for making sure they have files on all their devices, sharing docs between friends and co-works, or backing up.  Dropbox is great, but the free 2 GBs isn’t enough for most people.  I just found a new options that is giving 10x that for a limited time: Copy.com.

Click here to sign-up, install the app and enjoy 20 GBs of free space. (The standard account is only 15, but this Friend link, will get us both the bonus 5 GBs.)

How it works:

Are you excited for the new Superman movie?  I know I am, and I came across a pastor’s resource website for the movie. It has free talk outlines, downloadable clips and images.  Everything you need to plan a fun summer lesson based on what will likely be one of the biggest movies of the summer.  It would also make a great father’s day lesson.

Click HERE to check out the resources.