“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”#CSLewis
It has always been my desire to share what I create with others. Disciple Project Ministries is an equipping ministry. Yes, I am a youth pastor but i do not stop there. There are ideas that God gives me that I think are worth sharing. For three years I have been bless enough to have people sign up for my Get It First newsletter, where I have shared these resources with hundreds of other youth workers. Why? Some have no youth budget. Some want, not only contemporary topics, but contemporary methods for discipling their kids. This is what I try to provide and now I am offering these resources to a wider range of youth workers.
I have just opened the Disciple Project Store. Currently it has over a dozen products, that I have personally written and developed over the years, available and more will be added over time. Let me answer a few questions
1. Why charge?
Simple, a man has to eat, fund other dreams, and maybe go the movies occasionally. God has given me the ability to create. Creating requires time, energy, and sweat. The creation has value and that is why I am assigning a value to the resource. Look at this this way, you get to bless me if I have blessed you.
2. Will there still be a Get It First Newsletter and will the resources still be free?
Yes and yes. If you are signed up for the Get It First Newsletter you will receive your normal freebies I create. These freebies will only be free to those who sign up for the newsletter, with the occasional free stuff I may post so others can see what they are getting. After the freebies go out to the newsletter, they will go up in the store.
Let me assure you, I will not be getting rich anytime soon from this store. You won’t see me sporting new bling or driving an Escalade. The store is about assigning value to what I create and hopefully building trust and relationships with those who choose to purchase them.
How can you get behind and support this new endeavor?
1. Leave a review
If you have received any of these resources through the Get It First newsletter, or purchased a resource, and it has been of vale to you, will you take 5 minutes and leave a blurb, good or bad (preferably good) , about the product and why someone may want to get it for their group.
2. Purchase something
Sure you got the stuff for free, but now you are feeling guilty and were hoping for a way to say thank you. I am here to help alleviate your guilt ridden conscience (tongue firmly in cheek with smirk).
3. Share it
If it was of value to you it may be of value to someone else.
That’s it. Thank you to all my readers for your inspiration. Thank you to my Get It First Newsletter group for allowing me to bless your youth ministry. Stop by the store, kick the tires, and let me know what you think.
Have you heard of Fiverr? Fiverr is a simple service that allows artists and some crazy people who are willing to provide services for $5.00. I think this site is awesome for youth ministry because there are so many little things a youth ministry could use but is often hampered by cost or no one knows anyone who can provide a particular service. Let me offer 10 services every youth ministry can use and get it for only $5.00.
I recently joined a service called Fiverr.com. It’s a place where you can make your services available for a fiverr or five buck per “gig”.
One of the “gigs” I offer is “I will write a Bible Study for you” for $5. I got a hit from a youth worker who, I think, got into a bot of a spot with his kids.
He challenged his kids, “I will teach on any verse of scripture you give me” Well, his student must have done a google search for “most awkward Scriptures to teach on” or ” Lewd Bible verses” because this is what they came up with
Ezekiel 23:20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.
Wow! When that verse popped up, I just pooped my pants with laughter. I thought to myself, “How did this guy get himself into this?” he even said, “I wouldn’t blame you if you turned down this gig.”
Well, did not turn down the gig. The Bible Study is not funny because it’s about God dealing with a rebellious people, but the circumstances for this study are hilarious.
We could ask “What is the most most buzz worthy thing you’ve done in your youth ministry that got the whole town talking?” but News Flash: The landscape has been expanded to the Digital Universe. Anyone in your town, another town, and the rest of the world can know what’s going on in your youth ministry if you want them to.
Which brings up a good question: What do you want your town or area to know about your youth ministry?
How big it is?
How small it is?
How many activities you do?
What makes your youth ministry distinctive?
All are note worthy and possibly buzz-worthy but nothing is more buzz-worthy than a changed life. Look at all the people in scripture who were radically altered by the life giving power of Jesus Christ.
The woman at the well – “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” ” John 4
The leper-“Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.43And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away,and He said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”45But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news around, ” Mark 1
The shepherds – “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,”
A changed life will always be the best buzz for your group, but barring a skin diseased student being healed or the Christ child re-entering your room, that is a little out of your hands. That is not say kids are not healed or saved in our youth ministries, God is always moving. But we must also remember that these dramatic events of scripture took place, and are recorded, over the course of three years. So, what can we do to send a little buzz our way? Let me offer three things you can do:
Do something with your group that is cultural but not sinful. Lately all the buzz has been about these Harlem Shake videos, so we did one with our group and focused it on missions. Make a video that is timely and worth sharing:
Serve Big: Do something in your community that is very public like cleaning up your local park or putting together a Flash Mob. We are doing a Wash In this Sunday. We are partnering with another church that a ton of clothes ruined by some rain. Kids are bringing $5 each to do a load and $1 to dry We are rewashing them at a local laundry mat. The point isn’t to bring glory to our group, but to show Christ active in us.
Talk on a hot topic: Dating, Sex, Homosexuality, Abortion, Atheism, etc, create their own buzz because kids want straight answers. If you go this route, you don’t have to do just another message. Have a panel of “experts” to discuss the subject or show a compelling video with discussion and snacks to follow.
We must always be asking, what is is the most buzz worthy, God glorifying, thing we can do to reach people for Christ? The world is smaller now and who knows, you may just get your whole town to show up to see what God is doing.
What is the most buzz worthy thing you’ve ever done with your group?