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Learned from Twitter: week ending September 5, 2009

I took last week off from posting these updates, but this week’s edition is jam packed with great information and resources. Enjoy 🙂

1. snavenel (Len Evans) shared a link that youth ministers need to read – the newest Youth Leader Only from Interlinc.

Savy Youth Ministry: Work Smarter Not Harder by @interlinc

2. Psych_USA (Psych) shared a great picture from an upcoming episode. Looks hilarious.

RT @psychwrites: -From L to R: Jaleel White, Kenan Thompson, Dule Hill, Demord Dann. THIS EPISODE IS AMAZING.

3. gavoweb (Gavin Richardson) shared a link to an article on how to turn your blog ramblings into a published book. And one about putting your youth newsletter on Twitter.

Blog to Book-12 Keys to Posting for Publishing

How to make a Twitter Youth Group Newsletter

4. saraeden (Sara Eden Williams) reminds us that some chances are worth taking in youth ministry. (Especially if you really want to go to the amusement park) 🙂

70% chance of rain but we’re still going to the amusement park. If I were I mom I’d probably say no. But I’m a youthworker and we’re crazy.

5. Writepop (Writepop) thinks we all should know these great opening lines from great novels. I must not pay attention to the first line, because I did not know many of them.

Great list! 100 of the best first lines from novels #writing #books

And he wants to inform us that laptops have been “around” for a long time, since 1937?

Is this the first appearance of a laptop in fiction, all the way back in 1937? – #scifi #comics

6. SYMConference (Simply Youth Ministry Conference) is getting relationally ready for the upcoming conference in Chicago. If you haven’t heard of this conference yet, you need to check it out.

lots of reconnection this week with a whole bunch of #symc volunteers who’ve become like family to us…I seriously love these people!

7. radarradio (Under the Radar) let us know about Amazon’s free download. It only lasts until tomorrow, so hurry!

Here’s link to the FREE DOWNLOAD (1 song your choice) on Amazon:

What did you learn from Twitter this week?


Learned from Twitter: week ending August 22, 2009

Gained a few more twitter gems this week. Just had to share these ones with you. Enjoy.

1. snavenel (Len Evans) shared a great link that churches need to look at.

We Love Our Youth Worker http://www.weloveouryouthwo… 7 promises churches make to ensure they properly care for their youth worker

2. pattigibbons (Patti Gibbons) will bring a smile to your face (if you’re a youth worker) with this quote from VBS.

Comment from VBS ldr after lesson on sin: “What’s not fun about a room full of pre-K & K kids and a pooping snake?”

3. giveawaylist (Big List of Giveaways) posted a giveaway that could be very useful (if you won) for some great foll0w-up material for your ministry.

New giveaway listed – check it out! : 250 5X7″ Custom Greeting Cards

4. snavenel (Len Evans) suggests all youth workers (especially those who teach) read this free e-book.

Josh Hunt is giving way a free e-book Good Questions Have Groups Talking… great tool 4 Youth & SS teachers!

5. FlowerInTheRain (Janelle Painter) offers a great piece of advice. Read and take to heart.

Slow down. From what we know, Jesus never said, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you. I need to be in Jerusalem by sundown.” Pace your life.

6. AdamLehman (Adam Lehman) shared a great moment from his ministry – a “thank you” from a student. These are the things that keep a youth worker going for months.

Got my first “thank-you-for-what-youre-doing” text from a student: “Thanks for getting people together to play xbox. It was lots of fun.”

What did you learn from Twitter this week?

Learned from Twitter: week ending July 25, 2009

Today is a special day for me – its my little girl’s 1st birthday! So, to help you celebrate my little girl’s birthday, I thought I’d share some highlights from Twitter this past week. Oh, who am I kidding, I was going to share them anyway. 🙂

1. YS_Scoop (Youth Specialties) shared the link to Tic Long’s new blog. If you have not checked it out, you need to. Tic is a great advocate of the youth worker and have great thoughts – plus he’s just a good guy.

“Keep up with Tic and what is next in his life at

2. snavenel (Len Evans) shared some news about a new stage of his life. Check out his blog to find out more about Len and see how you can be praying for him in this transition.

“Shared today, that I’m no longer the youth pastor at the church. Have applied to work with the Gathering prayer supporters

3. timschmoyer (Tim Schmoyer) shared two links for resources youth workers might be able to take advantage of in their ministries. Check out these links and see how they can benefit your ministry.

“FREE City cars time lapse video download in HD. Might be good as a title background for a YG video:

“RT @slickdeals: 20 5×7 Photo Prints $0.99 // Perfect for all your camp and missions trip pictures!

4. StudentMinistry (John from Lifeway Student Ministry) linked to an article on helping your students after you get back from camp. If you took kids to camp, or know some who went, you’ll want to read the article.

“Help Your Students Keep Their Camp Committments” now on –

5. MikeFoster (Mike Foster) shared this little bit of wisdom (and truth). I agree wholeheartedly with his statement.

“true leaders take ownership of their contribution to a bad event.”

6. rainnwilson (Rainn Wilson: aka Dwight) offered a little bit of hope for those Office fans who are tired of watching “summer television.” The Office is back to work!

“Office table read today. Like first day of school. What to wear!? Make sure to ask for spoilers cause I will def. be revealing all!(um, no)

7. theofficenbc (The Office on NBC) provided a little bit more information for Office fans – the first episode is entitled “Gossip” (oh, the possibilities).

“Scoop! Season 6 of “The Office” officially begins today, with a table read of Episode 1, entitled “Gossip.” Welcome back everyone!”

What did you learn from Twitter this week?

Learned from Twitter: week ending July 11, 2009

What a fun week its been, on and off Twitter. Here are a few of the nuggets of wisdom and wonder I learned on Twitter this week.

1. saraeden (Sara Eden) was blessed by some generous people at her church. These are the people who both bless & humble us as we serve God and students.

“the grandparents of 2 students just offered to write a check for my @nywc registration. Humbled by this church family over and over.”

2. riddlegroup (Mark Riddle) shared a great opening line for your next message.

“A great intro to a sermon/talk: “Your job is to take notes, my job is to make that impossible.” – Peter Rollins”

3. MarkMatlock (Mark Matlock) asked a great question for anyone with kids to answer. So, what is your answer?

“Sit-down meals with family ‘keep youths out of trouble”. How often does your family eat together?

4. (Anonymous twitterer) shared one of the reasons youth ministers do what we do.

“Had a great meeting with a young man considering going into full time ministry.”

shawnmichael (Shawn Michael Shoup) quoted me for the first time of anyone on Twitter (that I know of). Thanks Shawn. (I just thought I’d share with you, blog readers, because I thought it was cool that he actually quoted me.)

“You need 2 B involved in a youth worker network & more importantly, U need 2 strive 2 help make it the best network anywhere.”(via @lilkup)

6. saraeden (Sara Eden) shared a great moment she had with a senior and freshman. Sometimes, high schoolers are just amazing, aren’t they?

“Just heard a senior say ‘woo hoo! You’re officially a high schooler!’ and high five a new freshmen. Love it!

What did you learn from Twitter this week?

Learned from Twitter: week ending May 23, 2009

This week, my Twitter feed brought some laughs and great youth ministry reminders. Here are a few of the highlights…

1. MatthewMcNutt (Matthew McNutt) shared a great moment in mass text messaging. A reminder to the rest of us to always set your cell phone to silent or turn it off while in church.
“Blasted a text message out to 90+ people today with SimplyTXT. The problem? Middle of the worship service. Phones buzzing everywhere! FAIL.”

2. youthministry ( reminded us that middle schoolers are awesome. Or they just have a lot of energy (one of the two).
“the jr highers I work with would be all over this. Mt Dew Nite Thanks Chad Shiffer for sharing!”

3. YMTV (Youth Ministry TV) inspired me with this quote. (Stick around Twitter during any given conference and you’ll see a bunch of these quotes show up in your Twitter feed)
“[generic leadership comment that is really smart and I want to implement] – [conference speaker] (via @stephenwebb)”

4. justayouthguy (Jon McIver) knows that youth ministers do not need rule sheets when we play games. We either know the game or we just make the rules up as we go – that is the way youth workers operate. 🙂
“Watching a teacher explain Red Rover to a group of 4th graders. She keeps looking at a rule sheet. A rule sheet? Really?”

5. rockinyp (Tim Schmoyer) thinks there is a different way to grow a youth group than cool events.
“Seriously? This is how you grow a youth group, with cool events and marketing? I like my way better

What did you learn from Twitter this week?

Church Signs: money related

Recently, I have seen a couple church signs that are financially oriented. I thought I would share them with you.

“The IRS can’t tax treasures stored in heaven.”

“Tithe if you love Jesus, anyone can honk.”

Do you have any favorite money-related church signs?

Learned from Twitter: week ending April 11, 2009

Here are some of the things I learned from Twitter, this Holy Week…

1. theuprisinglive (Chad Swanzy) offered up an idea for a “free” night of fun with your youth group.
“free slurpees for your small groups and very low budget road trip idea…

2. EvanCourtney (Evan Courtney) provides a code to get some free videos from
“10 free downloads from Bluefish TV. Use code GoGreenRev

3. ICEHOTEL_Sweden (Ice Hotel) is close to saying goodbye until next winter.
“Only two weeks left of ICEHOTEL – We are getting closer and closer to spring, when the Midnightsun takes over…

4. FlowerInTheRain (Janelle Painter) proves she is one proud “parent.” 🙂
“It’s Bring Your Child to Work Day. I brought my macbook. the end.”

5. YMX (Youth Ministry Exchange) offers up a free lesson on John 9.
“Thought about a lesson for next week? Hit the link & get freebie for April 9: See Believe Live Inductive Study on John 9

6. theofficenbc (The Office) provides a link to the new opening credits.
“Notice the new opening credits? Watch the “Michael Scott Paper Company” version again @

7. kentshaffer (Kent Shaffer) offers up some free fonts.
“30 free fonts for professional designs –

What did you learn from Twitter this week?

Learned from Twitter: week ending April 4, 2009

This week I learned a lot from twitter. Maybe it was a rather informative week, maybe I just paid more attention, or maybe it had to do with April Fool’s Day. Whatever the reason, I’m dumping it all here for you to enjoy/learn from.

1. pastorjohnbyrne (John Byrne) shared some thoughts on evaluating your ministry. They are worth a look.
“How to Evaluate Your Ministry:

2. marklee3d (Mark Lee) goes goes “Star Wars” on us.
“Watch Mac stab me with a light sabre mid-song

3. nikomas (Nikomas) thinks you’ll laugh as you watch this.
“a good read: Try not to laugh while you watch

4. YMTV (Youth Ministry TV) offered two links to free book downloads of “the Fine Line” (as of 4/4/09 it still worked) and “Get a Grip on the Basics”
“download The Fine Line audio book for free (limited time):…

“RT @bethjonesFREE download of entire “Get a Grip on the Basics” book to establish new believers, www.gettingagriponthebasics…

5. hulu (Hulu) told us that you can now watch Charles in Charge online – awesome.
“Another walk down memory lane: Hulu’s now streaming Season 1 of Charles in Charge.…

6. Some April Fool’s Day tweets:

lilkup (Me) posed this question:
“If Jesus was born on April 1st, do you think everyone would have thought it was a April Fool’s Joke?

bigsmooth433430(Matt Couch) responded with this statement:
“@lilkup Maybe even more interesting to ponder is…If Jesus had died or risen on April 1st, would people have thought it was a joke?

crowderband “It’s time for a new look. Hair and goatee are gone.”
YS_Scoop “BREAKING NEWS! Stop the presses. RT @crowderband It’s time for a new look. Hair and goatee are gone. <– wow!
StudentMinistry “BREAKING NEWS! Stop the presses. RT @crowderband It’s time for a new look. Hair and goatee are gone. <– wow! (via @YS_Scoop)

foecuspastor “RT @human3rror: North Point Ministries launch NEW WEBSITE…! MUST SEE! // LOL!

ymgeek “I think this was my favorite Tech April Fools prank. They spent quite a bit of time on it. It’s even been twittering.”

7. thirdday (Third Day) wants us all to know about a sale on iTunes.
“FYI – Revelation is on sale at iTunes for $7.99 as of today. The sale will run through 4/13.

8. ymgeek (Youth Ministry Geek) was one of a few people to let us know about the possibility of Google acquiring Twitter.
“google in talks to aquire twitter? Interesting…

What did you learn this week from Twitter?

5 Things that would have been great April Fool’s Day jokes

While thinking about April Fool’s Day jokes, I starting pondering a few things that would have made a great joke. Unfortunately these things are not jokes, they are real.

5 things that would have made a great April Fool’s Day joke… if they were not real:

  1. Hulk: the movie (2003)
  2. Sanjaya on American Idol
  3. Crystal Pepsi (check out these commercials)
  4. the Seinfeld finale
  5. the day I learned that WWF wasn’t real wrestling

Honorable Mention:

  1. The Cubs not being champions for 100 years
  2. Furby

What would you add to this list?

Learned from Twitter: week ending March 28, 2009

This week, I learned a few things on Twitter that I wanted to share with you.

1. gavoweb (Gavin Richardson) shared a link to a free video.
“the folks at ‘the work of the people’ are giving away this cool video as free download. i really like their work

2. arpierson (Allen Pierson) challenged anyone to try this science experiment. I haven’t tried it yet, but plan on doing it.
“I cracked open an egg into boiling water out of sheer curiosity and it was pretty much the coolest thing ever. You should try it sometime.

3. WorshipRising (Kevin Richardson) wanted to introduce everyone involved with worship ministry to Dan Wilt. Go ahead, check him out.
“Seriously, worship pastors, if you aren’t aware of Dan Wilt, you should be. Start here (.pdf article):

4. UstreamTV (Ustream) shared a link to the tour for Mercy Me and Hawk Nelson. Check it out.
“The Road Show, with @MercyMe @HawkNelson, and others, streaming their whole tour!

What did you learn on Twitter this week?