No this isn’t a promotion or giveaway for the latest conference. You probably wouldn’t win anyway. Who ever does?!?

Are you in a budget crunch and don’t have money for conferences? Or maybe you just don’t have time to get away from the office or the family for a week?

Well, you’re not alone and the facts of the matter are that you don’t have to be jealous over the youth pastor down the street who does get to go. In fact, you may be able to attend a better conference than him even without budget and conference time.

You can host your own conference, glean from some great wisdom givers, and not spend a dime or travel to do it.

How? Follow the 5 steps below to host and attend the best conference offered all year.

5 Steps to Your Best Conference Now

1. Set aside three days in the near future to work “at home.”

It’s important to get out of the office and away from what’s familiar. That’s one of the reasons conferences are so valuable. You can think outside of the normal pressures of day to day ministry.

2. Write down 10-15 of the sharpest guys you know

Seriously, write down your top 10-15 regardless of whether you think they will give you the time of day or not. You’ll be surprised as to how many will say yes that you thought will say no. Even if they can’t say yes to your preferred dates, if they are worth their leadership notoriety, they will at least have an avenue of leadership offering whether that’s book, webinar, blog, training cd/dvd, etc.

3. Write down 5-7 topics that are most pressing to you currently along with questions

Make a list of topics you would want at a conference. Write down 3-5 questions with each topic you’d want to ask if you had Q&A time with a conference presenter on that topic.

4. Call your list and ask for 30-45 minutes of their time on your specified days

Be flexible with times but ask if they are available on the days you have set aside. I would work at least 1 month out. As times begin to get filled in, offer time slots you have available during those 2-3 days you have set aside. The more specific you can get with busy leaders, the better chance you will have to get them on your “at-home conference” schedule. If you know a specific leader is more qualified in a specific area, tell their assistant you want to talk with them about ______ (ie. “I’d like to discuss campus ministry strategies and how to get on campus”).

5. Budget “process time” in your schedule

At most conferences, you will get 4-8 sessions of training. This is a reasonable amount of training time to shoot for. If possible, try to budget 30 or so minutes after each call to process and re-write the main takeaways from your conversation. Try to take away at least one actionable thought from each conversation. Finally, budget time after all phone conversations have been completed to debrief with yourself, your team, or your staff.

Now that you haven’t spent a dime or travel day on conferences and your boss or Pastor is happy, head on over to Starbucks and pick me up a gift card for this advice :)!!

 

Matt Lawson

First Baptist Woodstock student ministry has four openings for a 1-2 year student ministry internship starting in late May – early summer 2013. This internship offers the opportunity to LEARN in a dynamic, healthy student ministry environment of 1000 students and then be LAUNCHED to a healthy student ministry position when you are done.

This internship has a track record of placing interns in significant student ministry positions after their time is complete. If you desire to learn and lead in a healthy setting before being launched into a full-time position, we want to talk to you.

The student ministry at First Baptist Woodstock desires to help raise the next generation of student ministry leaders and place them in significant ministry positions. We’re looking for those called to youth ministry who desire to spend 1-2 years in a dynamic, fast-pace, & growing student ministry environment of over 1000 students learning the fundamentals of student ministry and having significant opportunities to impact a generation of students hungry for Jesus!

We have launched the last three interns to healthy churches running 1000+. We have a track record of placing interns in very healthy environments when they are finished with our internship.

Qualifications
1.Demonstrated call to full-time student ministry
2.Commitment to future local church ministry
3.Agree to a 1-2 year commitment
4.College degree preferred

We currently have two female openings and two male openings for a late May – early summer start date. Applications due April 17.

“The Minister in Residence program helped shape, challenge and prepare me for a role in full-time student ministry. It opened my eyes to things I had never thought of before, and I’m extremely grateful for the time I spent in the program.” – Aaron Crawford, Student Pastor, Cross Church, Fayetteville, AR

“My internship at Woodstock allowed me the privilege to gain priceless hands-on ministry experience. I was given opportunities to dream, pray big prayers, and to plan ministry according to whatever God laid on my heart. My internship experience continues to greatly influence the way I do ministry everyday.” – Ashley Williamson, High School Minister, Pinelake Church, Brandon, MS

TRAINING
Education
1.Monthly reading and discussion of books on personal growth, leadership, student ministry
2.Attend FBCW training conferences (Timothy-Barnabus, Go Forward Conference)
3.Attend Atlanta area ministry training conferences (Youth Specialties, Catalyst, etc)
4.Enroll in optional seminary classes
Mentoring
1.Monthly/bi-monthly one on one mentoring with student ministry staff
2.Monthly meetings with a different department each month
Experience
1.Responsibility for specific areas of ministry including but not limited to:
a. Campus ministry
b. Team chaplain
c. Campus ministry teams
d. Event planning and leadership
2. Lead Bible studies and Sunday School classes
Future Ministry Planning
1.Create a plan to train volunteer workers
2.Develop a philosophy of ministry
3.Understand missional vs attractional evangelism

If you have questions, please email Matt at matt.lawson@fbcw.net. Internship pays $500 per month plus a host home.

Download the Intern Information and Application Packet

Stumin Sidekick Launch-Week

The blog here at Revolution Speaks has been silent for the last month or so as we’ve been preparing to launch StuminSidekick.com.

We’re beyond excited to announce that this week, Feb 25-28, 2013, is LAUNCH WEEK!! Resources are already flying out the door but we anticipate this week will be even crazier because of WE’RE GIVING AWAY OVER $1200 in FREE RESOURCES!!!

LAUNCH WEEK GIVEAWAYS!!

LAUNCH WEEK GETS EVEN BETTER…

For this ONE-WEEK only, a one-year subscription can be purchased for up to 40% off the regular price. Your subscription will give you full access for one year to all resources on the site, except the premium section. Oh yea…there’s only 20 available at the initial level. After that, price goes up for the next 200 subscribers this week.

To see how you can get a chance to win any of these resources or purchase a one-year subscription,  check out our Launch Week page now.

Would you do us a favor and give StuminSidekick.com a shout on social media or through email to your youth pastor friends?

 

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BE SURE TO SUBSCRIBE AT STUMINSIDEKICK.COM FOR A FREE MESSAGE SERIES!!

 

 

Wondering how far in advance you have your message series planned out. If you’re wondering, ours are planned out through May 22, 2013.

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Like the math class I was failing as a 9th grader, a new semester reminds me there’s always a fresh start! There are several relationships I want to renew in the coming year.

  1. Having students in my home
  2. Spending time with adult leaders for lunch
  3. Dating my wife
  4. A day every week just for my family
  5. “Think Day” once a month for myself

What’s important to you relationally this coming year?

 

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Super big thanks to all who have voted! We’ll be glad when it’s over! We’d love to win but we don’t like blowing up Twitter/Facebook/email feeds asking you to vote! So…

Here’s the last chance! Voting ends at 11:59pm Thursday, December 27th. Would you vote for Matt? And maybe send it to a few friends and ask them to vote for Matt too? :) Appreciate ya!

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Stumin Sidekick

STUMIN SIDEKICK is helping change the way youth ministry is resourced. We believe the best stuff comes from those on the ground doing youth ministry every day. And we believe it should be accessible for almost any budget.

Every student ministry leader needs more help, more finances, more resources, more leaders, more budget and they need them NOW. There’s never enough. STUMIN SIDEKICK is just the help you need. It’s the nitty-gritty, highly affordable (and sometimes free for subscribers!) resource depot for everyday youth ministry.

But this is more than just any resource site. These are resources direct from the trenches of highly effective & growing youth ministries across the country. From sermon series to curriculum to retreats to postcards to t-shirt designs to pass out cards to posters to graphics and more, STUMIN SIDEKICK is dynamic resources for heroic leaders.

All resources are rebrandable, reprintable, customizable, and immediately available. Most resources are direct from a youth pastors hard drive to STUMIN SIDEKICK users.

STUMIN SIDEKICK is the partner who will:

  • Make you the hero: Completely customizable to make your own.
  • Save your budget: We will never over price a resource.
  • Give you a break: You give so much. It’s time someone gave back to you. All subscribers will receive free resources every month.
  • Hear your need: Need a resource you can’t find here or anywhere? We’ll call our hero partners and find what you need.
  • Keep you fresh: We feature new content every week and roll out the content that isn’t being taken. This stuff is fresh.

This is one sidekick you can depend on. We’ll deliver what you need fast, cost effectively, and ground tested!

WANT TO BE A CONTRIBUTOR? STUMIN SIDEKICK is not the creation of one or even a few heroic youth pastors. This site is owned by heroes in churches running 20,000 to 20. Size doesn’t matter here. We know that there are youth pastors creating great content everywhere.

If you’d like to contribute to this site, email us and we’ll send you a contributors info pack! We’d love to feature your resources and pay you for them!

LAUNCH DATE: We are scheduled for a soft launch in early January and a full launch on February 4th.

GET ON OUR PRE-LAUNCH LIST NOW! Got a free resource for you coming before Christmas and several opportunities for coupons and discounts before we launch!

In the next two weeks we’ll be posting more info about StuminSidekick.com. Be sure to get on our pre-launch list for updates! Follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Hey friends, someone nominated one of my posts for Youthmin.org‘s Youth Ministry Blog Post of the Year contest. What started out as 70 nominations has now been paired down to 8. I’m honored to be a part of a great group of youth ministry blog writers in this group and would be completely honored if you clicked this link and voted for me. Hey, maybe consider it a Christmas gift?! :)

Voting for Round 4 ends this Friday, December 21st at 11:59pm. We have to finish in the top 4 to move to the final round, which will start on Saturday, December 22nd. Thanks for your support with a vote, tweet, Facebook message, or email to a friend!!

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Christmas at Epicenter | 6:30pm | Dec 19 | The Warehouse

Christmas at Epicenter | 6:30pm | Dec 19 | The Warehouse

But for real…

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You know how vital it is to manage your time well. There’s a lot written on the subject. But what about managing your passion and energy? Managing passion and energy is really about productivity. Some say learning to manage these two are more important than time management and is the key to high performance leadership.

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There are people who zap energy and passion. There are meetings that zap energy and passion. There are tasks that zap energy and passion.

Here are some thoughts I’m personally working through on managing energy/passion:

  • Energy and passion are affected by four areas: mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual
  • A professional athletes performance reminds me that focus is essential
  • Not scheduling meetings on days/hours when I most need energy/passion
  • Using mornings to work on tasks that are most likely to drain energy
  • Delegating tasks (as much as is possible and responsible) that zap passion to others who have more passion for those things
  • Stepping away from the mini-fridge (and caffeine drinks, candy, and other sugars that cause a crash later)
  • Taking a few minutes to pick up the phone/step into the office of someone who lifts enthusiasm/excitement
  • Get hands and feet moving. Throw a tennis ball against the wall, squeeze a stress reliever ball, or just take a walk.

How do you manage passion and energy?

Matt Lawson

 

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