Top Posts from 2016

foko4dpxamq-eric-rothermelAt the end of every year I like to share the top posts here on my site. These are posts that I wrote during the year that had the highest views. Below are my top four posts from 2016.

What I Teach My Students About Alcohol. It’s not a surprise this was my most read post from this year. In this post I share three points I make when I teach students about alcohol from God’s Word. Included in this post is a message I shared this year on Noah and him getting drunk after the flood.

Biblical Principles For Teen Dating. Earlier this year I shared a message with my highs school students on dating. Since dating is never mentioned in the Bible (it didn’t even exist back then) I shared principles from the Bible that should be applied to dating. This post is basically that message condescend into a shorter post.

Freebie: Acts Teaching Series. I enjoy sharing things I have done with our students here on my site. A few years back I did a eight week teaching series on the book of Acts. I decided to share that entire series for free here on my site. It was great hearing how other people took it and used it in their ministries. I hope more people continue to come across it and use it themselves.

Book Review: Can I Smoke Pot? This was one of the best books I read this past year. It’s a very short book on how Christians should approach the topic of marijuana. I would encourage every Christian to take the time and read this book. It will help you understand what the Bible says in regards to this issue and how we should respond.

It has been a great year of posts. Looking forward to posting more this coming year!

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Top Posts from 2014

2014_updated_health_reform_timelineEvery December I like to share my top posts from that year. These are posts that I wrote during the year and had the highest views. Below are my top four posts from this year.

What Bruno Mars is Teaching Teens. Bruno Mars had a good year in music. He had some hits come out this year and also performed at the Super Bowl. In this post I talk about what one of popular songs Locked Out of Heaven teaches teens. It’s a catchy song but packs a distorted message of sex.

Using Instagram in Student Ministry. Because students are surrounded by and use social media constantly it is a wise thing for student pastors and youth workers to use social media in their ministries. In this post I share a few ways to use Instagram in a student ministry context.

Sobrr – What Parents Need to Know. Sobrr was an app that came out this year that gained some popularity. It’s far from competing with other social media app but it’s still an app parents need to be aware of. In this post I explain how Sobrr works and what parents need to be aware of.

What “Hot or Not” is Teaching Teens. Hot or Not is a pretty popular app among teens. However the whole idea of the app teaches teens that their worth and value is determined by what others think of them, especially their looks when it comes to this app. I explain more of that in this post.

I’ve enjoyed writing these posts this past year. I look forward to writing more posts this coming year.

Top Posts from 2013

2013Every December I like to post my top posts from that year. I look at the posts I have posted that year and see which ones have the most views. Below are my top five posts from 2013.

Negative Impact of Social Media on Teens. I posted this following a parent seminar I did at CCC called Social Media 101. In that seminar I shared a few negative ways social media has impacted teens. I shared those same thoughts in this post.

Bang With Friends-An App Parents Need to Know About. Yearly this year a Facebook app called Bang With Friends was released. The title says it all. This is something within Facebook parents can’t afford to overlook.

What Does Macklemore’s “Same Love” Teach Christians. I believe every Christian must engage the culture around them in order to reach people in that culture with the Gospel. That means Christians must not shy away from examining things in their culture. One of the musical artist that blew up this year was Macklemore. He released a song called “Same Love” which supports homosexuality and religious pluralism. I share more about that in this post and what I believe Christians need to learn about culture from this song.

What Miley Cyrus is Promoting to Your Teens. Miley Cyrus was making headlines every few days it seems like this past year. Not always for the best of reasons though. Cyrus went from a seemlessly innocent Disney star to an adult who is promoting everything from drugs and twerking. In this post I share what she is promoting to our teens, especially our young women.

Social Media Slang Parents Need to Know About. Teens have their own language when it comes to social media and texting. Parents are many times totally clueless to some of the things their teens are saying with their social media slang. I shared a list of social media slang terms Youth Leader Stash provided.

I hope you enjoyed these post from 2013 and learned a little more about our current culture and how we minister to teenagers that are within that culture.

So You Want to Guest Post On My Blog?

guest-posts.pngOne of the things I love to do here on my blog is open up the opportunity for others to write a guest post. I don’t want my voice to be the only voice heard on this blog. I want the voices of other people on my blog offering up fresh insight into student ministry, leadership, and culture. If your interested in being one of those voices than here are a few things I ask of everyone who writes a guest post for me.

Write a post related to student ministry, leadership, or culture. These are the three major areas I focus on here on my blog. About 90% of all my stuff is written to student pastors and student ministry workers. I’d ask that you either write about something pertaining to student ministry or the other two areas I focus on here on my blog being leadership and culture.

Keep the post between 500-700 words. I don’t like my posts to go over 700 words and I don’t like them any shorter than 500 words. If you write a post for me keep the wording in that frame.

Include a two or three sentence bio. Include a short bio that highlights what you do, where your from, and something random about you like why you do what you do. I will place the bio at the bottom of your guest post. Also, if you have your own blog or website please include a link to it within your bio. I am also ok with linking to your Twitter or Facebook if you allow.

Email it to me in a Word doc. Once you write the post, email it to me at austingmccann@gmail.com in a Word doc. format.

Feel free to contact me if your interested in in writing a guest post here on my blog. You can email me or contact me via Twitter or Facebook. Looking forward to having your voice here on my blog!

Top 5 Blog Posts From 2012

top-5I’m a few days late in posting this, but I wanted to share the top five blog posts that I wrote last year. These posts where all written last year and received the most views here on my blog. I’d encourage you to check a few of them out.

My Favorite iPhone Apps for Student Ministry. I use my iPhone for almost everything and when it comes to student ministry I use it a ton! In this post I share some of the apps I have on my iPhone that I use almost everyday when it comes to student ministry.

3 Leadership Lessons from Jeremiah. I love talking leadership and one of my favorite things to do is talk about leadership principles that come from Scripture. In this post I share three leadership principles I believe we can apply to our own leadership from the life of the prophet Jeremiah.

Teens, Movies, and SexThis was one of my favorite posts to write last year. I wrote this post in response to a news article I ran across online that said that research found that teens that are exposed to sex in movies are more likely to engage in sexual activity in their teen years. I shared my thoughts on that statement and gave some guiding principles for parents.

Tips for Preaching From an iPadWhen I preach, I preach from my iPad. This is becoming more and more popular among church leaders who teach and preach. In this post I share a few practical tips for preaching from an iPad.

3 Things Student Pastors MUST NOT Do. This post was kind of part two of a post I wrote a few months before it called 3 Things Every Student Pastors MUST Do. As the title suggests, I share three things I believe students pastors should not every do.

It’s a new year and there are many posts to be written, but I hope people still find these posts from last year helpful. Many of these posts come out of my passion for student ministry and leadership.