I have given graduation gift to graduating classes for years. It has usually been in the form of a Bible or a gift card to a local Christian book store so they could get an item they might want before they leave for college. I have come to the conclusion that they already have a Bible, if the first Bible they get is their senior year I probably have not done a great job communicating the need for a Bible the past 4 to 6 years, and forget the gift card…I want them to have something I think they NEED. This year we are moving towards getting our graduating seniors a few books that will encourage and grow them beyond our walls. These two bundles below each have 3 great resources…$25 worth of books for under $15, you got to like that! What do you gifting your graduates this year?
Words of encouragement do not come easy to me. I like a lot of people, it is just hard at times to articulate why I like you. This is not a post to help you brown nose your senior pastor, it is pretty easy to tell between genuine encouragement and when someone wants something form you. This is a post to encourage you to articulate your appreciation for their leadership, your job, and the partnership you have together. Try doing something from this list and let us know how it was received.
- Digital gift cards
Chances are your church gives your senior pastor a book budget, so an Amazon gift card or digital gift code could be lame. But if you feel like giving your senior pastor a “I like you this many dollars worth” gift, maybe a Starbucks gift card will hit the spot. If you have the genuine Starbucks app you can email a gift of $5, $10 or $20…something that’ll say “this drink’s on me.”
- Good old-fashion email
Write your senior pastor a thank you note for something that he’s done for you or something he taught you. We are always trying to catch our students doing something good why not apply that to your senior pastor?
- Text message
If your senior pastor allows you to have his cell phone number (I am sure there are some super private people out there) send a message highlighting something they said, personally or in a sermon. “Thanks for your message today I really liked when you said….”
- Tweet At or about your senior pastor
Similar to the text message, just tweet the phrase that you liked and quote/credit their words. If they have a twitter account make sure to tag them.
- Sheer goofy flattery
Grab your Senior pastor’s picture from your church website or their Facebook page, uploaded to one of these choice JibJab videos and sent the link to their email. #Winning
What techie things have you done for your senior pastor that says you appreciate and support them?
Looking for a great video to show at a Mother’s Day Program…Here it is!
One of our readers sent over a clever spoof on the Dove commercial the we posted last week. Funny, check it out!
The idea behind the “TED” is pretty cool. TED Talks are given by an expert at a specific thing (whatever that thing or idea is). The presenter has a maximum of 20 minutes to share their ideas in the most innovative way they can.
This talk is nothing ground shaking, but that is exactly why David Pogue (tech writer from the New York Times)is sharing. Here are 10 tech tips you thought everyone knew but actually does not. Enjoy!
Dove (skin care) made a commercial a few years ago that went viral…it was a great illustration of real beauty or our duplicity. Click here if you have not seen it, once you watch it you will probably be urged to tuck it away and earmark it for a future message you teach.
Dove has done it again! This is a great video illustration for youth ministry. Teaching on self image? This would be an amazing clip. Teaching on how others view you? This is a great video illustration. Watch this clip and earmark it for a future message.
If you have not heard of the Youth Alpha course you might want to check it out, if you were at SYMC 2013 you may have seen their booth. Learn about Youth Alpha here.
This week we played a youth ministry classic…BACK TO BACK.
It is pretty simple:
- Get students in pairs
- Sit on the floor “back to back”
- Using only their legs as leverage, stand up
- Have the pairs that were able to do it grab another pair
- Now in groups or 4 try again.
- If your group is large enough have the winning groups of 4 find another group of 4
- Or just keep adding students to the circle and see how many can accomplish this back to back mission
Things to know:
- This game is not skirt/dress friendly
- Have music in the back ground, this always feels better
- Find a prize. If you think you are going to have a bunch of winners buy a bag of sun size snickers so you have a lot of cheap prizes
- Why is this tech? Grab the graphic for free. Put it up on your screens while your playing!