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Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork. You don’t have time to create it, so copy and paste it! Here’s the entire volunteer application packet we give to all our prospective youth volunteers. This is accompanied by a background check form as well. Let me know how you use it!

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All forms are in pdf, Word doc, and Apple pages format.

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Too good to be true? Hardly. Here’s how. WordPress is what this blog is written on and it’s free. Go Daddy (if you can get past their awful ad campain) registers domain names for $10 a year (and that includes “domain forwarding with masking…I’ll explain later).  So, start to finish, here’s the steps to get your ministry or organizational or personal website up and looking crazy awesome in 5 easy steps.

5 Steps to A Great Website for 10 Bucks:

1) First, you need a domain name (i.e. http://www.yourchurchsite.com) and you get it through Go Daddy for $10.
2) You go to WordPress.com and sign up for a free blog. Try to give it a similar name as your .com domain.
3) Here comes the fun part. While on WordPress, navigate to your “dashboard”, the “behind the scenes” section, and under the “appearance” menu (left column) click on “themes” and pick out a theme for your site.  Then, make some “pages” with various content, leave a few posts, and play around with “widgets”.  The more you play around with this interface, the more familiar you’ll become with it and the more you’ll discover just how simple having a website really is.
4) Once you’ve designed your site, put in your content, and are happy with it…it’s time to show it off. Go back to Go Daddy.com and on the their upper menu click the tab “log in” and…well…log in.  In the center of the window you’ll see your new domain name.  Click on it and it launches “dashboard” (wow, the same name as wordpress…it’s a conspiracy of simplicity). Click on “forwarding” and input your WordPress site address (i.e. yourchurch.wordpress.com) and click “advanced options”. Choose “forward with masking” and enter the info that you want people to see when they navigate to your site. Click “ok” and you’re done.
5) You’ve done all the hard work…now tell people about it. Anyone can now type in your domain http://www.yourchurch.com and it will “forward” them straight to your wordpress site! Enjoy. You just got an awesome site with YOUR NAME for $10 a year!

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FOLLOW THIS LINK
This link will only last 1 week, but after that you can sign up for a weekly free download from http://www.footagefirm.com and you’ll get the same free content delivered every week. These backgrounds come in SD and HD and they’re not bad…for free! Let me know how you use them!

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Simply TXT

Email is dead. Youth communicate primarily through text, so why are you still trying to communicate your announcements through email, snail mail, and (God forbid) fliers!

With mass text messaging you can communicate instantly to your entire youth group or congregation! Simply Youth Ministry has come up with a ministry focused program with a 30 day free trial and per month fees as low as $10.

How we have used it:
1) Youth group announcements
2) Sign-ups. Example: We need volunteers for VBS, text me back if you want more information.
3) On our church bulletin we have a tear off section: “Sign-up for Text Message Announcements”
4) On our Uturn website students can sign up to receive these announcements
5) Reminder announcements about events and weekly info about what’s going on at Uturn
6) Bible Verse reading for the day

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Vacation Bible School is rad. Every year we have hundreds of little kiddos who come, play, sing, and learn about Jesus. It’s our church’s biggest outreach of the year and we, like you, put a lot of time and effort into making VBS fun and memorable.  Here are all the admin forms and workflow we use. Start with the form tilted, “VBS Volunteer Meeting”. Every other form will make sense after reading it. Post your comments or thoughts on how you organize VBS.

CLICK HERE FOR FORMS
(All forms are doc, pdf, and apple pages formats)

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How many times have I sat around thinking, what should I speak to these people about? What do they need to hear? Even praying the prayer, God what do your people need right now (and that’s not a bad prayer), what are they struggling with?  One could argue, immerse yourself in the culture, read-read-read, and even ask them!

However, even when asking people straight out, you don’t always get the kind of deep, heartfelt answers you’d receive if you ask anonymously. So, survey them. We survey our students every year and ask various questions to help us improve our ministry. Here’s an example for you to fill out: Click here to take survey

We get some pretty varied feedback, but you must ask the hard questions!
Here’s the latest survey we had our students fill out: UTURN SURVEY
I had to face the fact that some kids thought my messages were horrible and  what I thought was a strength, our small groups, had a really big weakness…they never ended on time! This information would never have been openly shared in person, thank you Survey Monkey! Survey monkey is a free service, take advantage of it!

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