Trending This Week (May 9)

By Jacob Eckeberger on May 08 2014

Every Friday we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week we tackled a difficult discussion on racism, we look at 20 FREE fantastic resource from FYI, list an overview of great #hashtags to review, a new section highlighting some dangerous apps your students might be using, and of course, plenty of fun to fuel your procrastination. 

Blogs From This Week

Fred Oduyoye (@FredOduyoye) interviews James White about the systematic issues that are behind Donald Sterling’s racist remarks in a two-part #YSRealTalk. CLICK TO VIEW

We are celebrating BIG changes to the YS Store this week with a very special gift for every physical purchase. CLICK TO VIEW

Blogs From Other Great Youth Workers This Week

Our friend Brad Griffin (@bgriffinfyi) put together a fantastic list of 20 FREE resources for youth workers. CLICK TO VIEW

Walt Mueller and @CPYU shared an incredible video discussing how a world of social media leaves so many people lonely. CLICK TO VIEW

Terry Linhart (@TerryLinhart) pointed us to this solid article at about examining the current format your using for small groups to see if it has natural limits that could be hindering growth. CLICK TO VIEW

Ben Trueblood (@BenTrueblood) shares a great post about what a long-term approach to discipleship looks like in youth ministry. CLICK TO VIEW

Josh Griffin (@joshuagriffin) shares four practical tips to help keep within those youth ministry event budgets. CLICK TO VIEW


#Hashtags To Review 

Here are a quick list of some of our favorite youth ministry #hashtags from this week. There is a ton of great insight behind each one. We pulled the twitter searches for each hashtag and made them clickable so you can easily view and scroll through all the youth worker wisdom in 140 characters or less. 

#ystt2014 : CLICK TO VIEW - YS Team Training took place this last weekend in Philly. Lot’s of great youth ministry tidbits for you and your volunteer team (

#ymec : CLICK TO VIEW - NNYM’s (@nnym)Youth Ministry Executive Council met this last week and shared some interesting perspectives.

#PBL14 : CLICK TO VIEW - Pepperdine Bible Lectures (@biblelectures) ran through the end of last week and were filled with tons of golden tweet nuggets.

#luminous14 : CLICK TO VIEW - If you’re in need of some creative inspiration, Luminous Project (@LuminousProject) had some incredible conversations at their event this week.

For Your Information

We just want to keep you aware of these two apps being used by teens for some pretty shocking things.

After extreme cases of bullying and two school evacuations from bomb threats made by students this week through Yik Yak, people are becoming more aware of the dark side to this app. “Yik Yak: The Bullying App Tearing Through America’s High Schools.” CLICK TO VIEW

Gaggle is another app that is being used by students to anonymously send everything from nude pictures to messages bullying each other. One school in Katy, TX has banned the app and I wouldn’t be surprised if more follow suite. CLICK TO VIEW

Fun Things To Fuel Procrastinate 

Do you remember that video where a guy gave a homeless man a winning lottery ticket and then the homeless man tried to split the winnings with him? Well, it gets way better when they give him a home. CLICK TO VIEW

Google glass put together a truly amazing mother’s day message. I know that it’s main motivation is to sell me stuff, but I’m still crying. CLICK TO VIEW

Sometimes cats run into glass doors. Some of those moments are caught on camera for a TV episode about a french bakery. It’s only 9 seconds but it’s hilarious. CLICK TO VIEW

A bowl of popcorn that is completely edible. Fantastic. CLICK TO VIEW


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