Sex, Lies and Social Media – TedX Talk

Craig Gross, The Porn Pastor, got a chance to do a TedX talk. If you are not familiar with Ted, check out www.ted.com. The TedX talks are a bit shorter and the events are smaller events in local cities. Craig’s talk was called  “Sex, Lies, and Social Media” and is a frank look at the increasing sexualization of the social media landscape and the ways this trend is affecting the always-connected touch-screen generation.

Seeing Through the Fog: Book Review

Has your world ever fallen apart? On more than one occasion mine has fallen apart. My wife Heather has journeyed through the last 15 years of her life with leukaemia + a bone marrow transplant. You can read her story here: www.smythfamily.wordpress.com

That’s why I was so intrigued to read Ed Dobson’s new book, Seeing Through the Fog: Hope When Your World Falls Apart.

Ed has written one of his best books about his own eleven year struggle with ALS. He shares his heart, struggle and emotions from the point of his diagnosis + physical deterioration + seeking forgiveness + spiritual journey + thinking of the after life.

We ask for forgiveness. And we forgive other who ask us. In that way, we can experience healing, healing in our souls. – Ed Dobson

Regardless of how your world might be falling apart right now, Ed’s book is MUST READ!

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You can purchase Ed’s book through Amazon below.

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How to Recruit Volunteers

Here is how one church did a recruitment push for their kid ministry during the main Sunday service.

Step 1: Watch Video

Step 2: Executive Pastor gives methodical kid ministry stats and explains in detail the volunteer needs. In this case they were asking for 100 additional volunteers.

Step 3: During the meet and great time ask those who are interested in volunteering to get up and go out to the lobby and meet with the Kids Ministry team to sign up to serve the kids and families in our church.

What have you done that has worked for you in recruitment of volunteers?

What do believe to be the “KEY” recruitment ingredient?

 

Why You(th) Are Addicted to Porn

Pornography is something we know that our youth experience, experiment with but it’s not talked openly in our youth online bondageministries. No I’m not suggesting that you have porn focused youth night (that just sounds weird).

What I am suggesting is that you think critically on these thoughts about pornography.

  • Do you look at porn? If you do then you cannot enter into a healthy discussion with your students on this subject.
  • Are you educated on the effects of porn? Do you understand the scientific and physical implications of what porn can do to the human body? If not, hen you should not talk about porn with your students.
  • Do you understand clearly what the Bible, the word of God, says about porn? Have you or someone you trust researched thoroughly what God says about porn? If not, then you should not be talking to your students about it either.

If you have not dug down deep into the soil on the topic of porn, then all you are left with is your own opinion or the opinion of others as it relates to a topic. Which is extremely dangerous.

Something I have learned from personal experience is that if you are struggling with something and you try to help someone to deal with the same issue, it becomes increasingly more difficult for you to overcome your own struggle.

 

What are some things you have learned about the topic of pornography in youth ministry? What would you add to this list?

 

Here is brief video that explains the scientific effects that porn has on the human body.