Here’s your piping hot, steaming-with-freshness UYN Youth Ministry Newsletter #2. To start things off, I figured we all could use a little laugh. Check out this hilarious YouTube video. Make sure your volume is turned up enough to hear the music.
Also, here’s an article, perhaps the best illustration about forgiveness that I’ve ever seen, by Josh Harris. You may recognize this author’s name. He’s a great author for us to be getting out into the hands of our youth to read. He’s authored books such as I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Boy Meets Girl, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is), Not Even a Hint and Stop Dating the Church.
Next, if you’re like me, then you love to play games with your students. Of course, let’s hope that these games don’t come at the expense of devotional time or sermon time. But assuming that they don’t, playing group games can be an awesome opportunity to get your students and leaders working together and getting to know each other better. Here’s a free online book filled with ice-breaker game ideas à free ebook on ice breakers.
Don’t you just love free stuff? Here’s another something free from Tim Schmoyer. He gives us what he calls, “Freebie Fridays.” It’s a pretty large collection of free youth ministry resources. He gives away something new and different every Friday. Make sure to notice that at the bottom of his “Freebie Friday” page there’s a link called “Previous Entries.” This will take you to more pages of free stuff.
Check this out. You’ve heard of Jeff Foxworthys’s, “You might be a redneck if…” jokes. Well, take a look at these, “You might be a youth worker if…” posts. Notice that there are dozens and dozens of comments at the bottom of the page. These are hilarious…and there’s a ton of them. I definitely can relate to many, if not most, of these comments.
Any of you guys ever felt like quitting before? Many of us have. Here’s an article that may help. Also, I found something called, “Ten Commandments for Surviving Youth Ministry.” You may find that helpful as well.
Food Planning Chart can be tremendously helpful when I’ve got a bunch of students to feed. I mean, sure, we all may know how to cook up a few dishes, but when you’re cooking for 50 or a hundred, things can get a little stressful.
And hey, how about this: an article about what to do when most of your volunteers stand around and do nothing. This one is particularly significant for me, but not because I have bad volunteer youth workers. As it turns out, I have absolutely wonderful volunteers. The problem I’m having is that I haven’t communicated what their roles are very well. We’re working on that.
IMPORTANT LOCAL NEWS!!!
I sat down with a couple of youth pastors from Alma earlier this week. They want all of Coffee County boys (and Irwin and Atco. too) to join them for a huge DiscipleNow in Aug. All of the offifical information has not been announced yet, but here is the theme, here is the musician they have booked to come and lead worship, and the large group meetings will take place on Friday and Saturday nights (Aug. 15th and 16th) at Cross Ties in Baxley, GA.
Well that’s about all for now. Thanks for reading and I hope that you all are gleaning some helpful information from the links provided.