Two weeks ago I wrote that I was temporarily slowing down my blog postings to prepare for our first baby that’s due very soon and to give some extra attention to this season of transition in my own youth ministry.
I also mentioned that some major changes are coming to Life In Student Ministry. Much of the time I normally spend on generating content I’m using to work on that project instead.
Future vision for this site
Basically, this site will be relaunched on a new domain with a new design that will allow it to reach far more people than it currently does. More new youth workers will be able to connect to the Youth Ministry Mentorships, blessed by resources, content, videos and LIVE YM Talks. MinistryQuestions.com will receive a boost among other things, but perhaps best of all, it will no longer be branded around my name. I will remain the primary voice, but the community of youth workers who have surrounded this site over the past several years will become a bigger emphasis. I’m really excited about the possibilities of growing, learning and being challenged together!
As with most things, there’s a price tag for all of this. Life In Student Ministry has never charged for anything and it rarely asks for donations, but the vision I have in mind will cost about $8,500 (yikes!), which is why I anticipate doing it in stages as funds are available. The first stage costs $2,500 and would work best if it was reached within a week from today.
I have about $900 of personal funds to contribute (instead of buying a TV) and am more than happy to do so in order to bless you and your ministries, but I can’t do it by myself. I know your ministries can’t always get away with just giving away funds — that’s why several organizations have partnered with me to offer their products as thanks-yous for your donation to Life In Student Ministry.
$10 donation – Interlinc “Welcome to youth group” videos
Interlinc creates “drop in” videos of Christian music artists doing little promos like, “Go to camp,” or “Join the worship team.” They’re easy to drop in to PowerPoint announcements, iMovie, or burn to DVD.
For a donation of $10, Interlinc will send you
- 5 “Welcome To Youth Group” drop in videos by Christian music artists
- An article from their Youth Leader Only book titled, “An Old Guy’s Advice for Strategic Ministry”
- A great download Bible Study for a Kutless song
$25 donation – 36 Parables video from Youth Specialties
For a $25 donation, you receive both Interlinc’s gift above, plus a free download of a 36 Parables video, “The Car Lot,” from Youth Specialties.
If you like that video, check out the entire 36 Parables series!
And as an additional bonus for every Life In Student Ministry reader, regardless of if you donate or not, register for the 2009 National Youth Workers Convention, with coupon code LSMN09 to get a free convention t-shirt! The early-bird rate is good until August 14, 2009.
$50 donation – “One Month To Live” from Simply Youth Ministry
For a donation of $50, you receive Interlinc’s gift, Youth Specialties’ gift, and a free download of the 3-week sermon series, “One Month To Live,” from Simply Youth Ministry.
This series helps students identify the values that define them — while also shedding light on parts of their lives that may be holding them back from living for God. It covers topics like determining what matters most, deepening relationships, leaving a legacy.
$100 donation – 3 random ministry books
For a donation of $100 or more, you receive the 3 gifts above, plus I will mail you 3 random books from my ministry library.
(Limited to first 10 doners. 8 left.)
How to donate
Visit my ChipIn page to “chip in” and give securely online via PayPal. I will be in touch via email with links to download your gifts.
Contact me privately if you prefer to donate with a check instead of online.
Any size gift is appreciated, whether it’s $10 or $1,000. Thank you!
Other ways to contribute
If you’re unable to donate or would like to contribute in a different way, consider building a website for your ministry through MinistryWebsites.biz.
UPDATE: This fundraiser is no longer going on. All offers on this page have expired.
Posted on July 20, 2009