This week around the web, we've collected some awesome articles that you should check out. Up first is a new book by Justin Wise on Social Media for the church. Folks have been raving about the book and praise the practical methods on how to get the most out of what you are putting into it. Is your church on social channels, is your youth ministry? Visit http://www.socialchurchbook.com/ to buy the book or to download a free chapter from the book and see what Justin has to say.
StickyFaith: Our Surprising Collaboration – Thoughts from a Participant
You know that we love what the folks at Fuller Youth Institute are doing through their Sticky Faith materials and cohort. Their stuff works, and we continue to have the priviledge to partner with them in helping to equip and empower youth workers across the country. Recently, one of their past co-hort participants wrote in on one of their biggest surprises about the cohort – something you might be surprised about too.
From Distraction to Interaction: Mobile Devices as Ministry Tools
We all are blessed with the gift of technoloy and having so much of it at our fingertips throughour mobile devices. However, our gifts can be a real annoyance sometimes when we can't get our students to pay attention and take their eyes off of their little screens. This post from CYMT (Center for Youth Ministry Training) tries to help us move from distraction to interaction, helping us use mobile devices as tools for our ministry.
The two brain systems that control our attention: The science of gaining focus
If you are anything like a student, or even a youth worker, that we know – we have the tendancy to get distracted. However, there is a way that we can regain our focus. Take a read through how one girl did some research and came up with some ideas on how we can regain our focus again.
A great post by Rachel Blom at DYM about how to help students navigate the strongest teenage emotion: shame. Head on over to DYM and take a read on Rachel's words on how we can best understand the root of this emotion, but also her suggestions on how we can live out the full potential of a youth worker and minister to students through their shame.