Social Video for Ministry on ChurchMag

I recently started writing. A lot.

In fact, I’ve written almost every weekday on for the last month. It’s been fun.

Earlier today, I published my first guest post on ChurchMag, one of my favorite blogs that talks about church and technology.

It was about “Social Video for Ministry.” If you’re interested in that kind of stuff, check it out. I look forward to writing more for them in the future.

A Key to Success: Keep On

A long time ago I wrote a post over on about how to start off in youth ministry. It has been viewed almost 2,000 times in the last year. I’d like to believe that it has impacted over 1,500 youth leaders who are looking for ways to start out in youth ministry. I’m not sure.

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Graduation 2012

Last Saturday was graduation at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary. We had 9 students graduate from the Certificate in Youth Ministry program (a one year degree) and 2 students graduate from the Bachelor’s in Youth Ministry program (4 years).

Graduation is always bittersweet. In the case of Kareny and Josue, we have been with them for 4 years, and we have seen them grow into incredible youth pastors. It is like watching our own children grow up and move out of the house. They will be heading to Monterrey in a month, and we will miss them.

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Lessons from the desert

Last week I took a trip to Torreon, Mexico, to teach a class on “Ministering to Troubled Youth.” But the experiences I took away from the trip taught me more than I think I shared in class.

Torreon is a city with the slogan, “The City that Defeated the Desert.” Well, to begin with, it was 104 degrees each day, and the desert heat is exhausting. It’s a good idea to avoid Torreon in June.

Recently, the area known as “La Laguna” has been hit hard by violence. The people who live there are accustomed to hearing about different things that happen around town. But this Mexico City boy is not used to hearing such things.

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Virtual Youth Ministry Hangout

Last night was a first for me. I decided to try to use the Hangout feature on Google+ to get together to talk youth ministry with some youth leaders from around Latin America. I called it a “Virtual Youth Ministry Course.”

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Review of “Platform”

I just finished reading “Platform” by Michael Hyatt. It’s a book about “getting noticed in a noisy world”, and it mostly includes tips about how to improve a blog, work on social media outlets, and other things.

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Little Things Count

The other day I read an article about the drug use of Mexican young people, and I shared it on my Spanish twitter account. I didn’t know it was going to have the impact that it did. I simply wrote, “Mexican teenagers lead the way in the use of drugs.” I also included the link to an article supporting that headline.

A few minutes later, Mike, a youth pastor in Monterrey responded, “Impressive and alarming. Can we do something?”

I responded that we have to do something, and I left it at that. But Mike started working on an idea.

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