Archive for May, 2008

UYN Newsletter #3
May 29, 2008

Hello again my UYN friends,

Here’s yet another batch of freshly-baked youth ministry goodies!  Please pass these resources on to other youth workers at your church, other youth pastors in our community, and other people anywhere that you can think of that might benefit from them.  I don’t have everyone’s email address, but if we each forward this stuff along, that means that more youth workers are getting more free resources.  And that’s great.

Also, and this is really good, I just launched a new UYN Newsletter blog today.  The purpose of it is to archive all of the UYN newsletters that I send out so you can go there and find any of the links that I’ve put in any of the newsletter emails.  The UYN Newsletter blog address is: www.unitedyouthnetwork.wordpress.com.  Enjoy!

àFirst up, you may have heard of the organization called Youth Specialties.  Their founder, Mike Yaconelli, died in a car accident in October of 2003.  Author of countless articles and books on youth ministry, speaker to untold thousands at youth conferences across the globe, this man truly was remarkable.  Here’s a very inspiring video montage of Mike speaking to youth workers (Make sure your volume is turned up – clicking the link will open a streaming video in your default video player). 

àThis is most definitely one of the more histerical pictures I have seen this entire year!  It’s not really related to youth ministry, but maybe you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.  

àNorman Vincent Peale, Protestant preacher and author, said that, “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.  How true that is!  Let me encourage you to get feedback from your pastor, your church leadership, your students, and perhaps most importantly, from your volunteer youth workers.  A couple of weeks ago I had a youth worker meeting and gave the following youth workers’ survey to my youth workers.  The response was incredibly helpful, though not all of it was easy to swallow.  Chances are, you as a youth worker are not doing everything that you should be doing.  On top of that, you’re probably doing some things that you shouldn’t be doing.  And get this, the things that you are doing that you should be doing could probably be done better.  Feedback surveys like the one linked above can go a really long way in helping us to be better youth pastors leading better youth groups raising up better disciples of Christ.

àWith graduation having just passed us by, the thoughts of graduated students leaving our youth groups behind and heading off to college are very much in our minds.  Here’s a website that seeks to help transition youth-group-oriented high school students to young disciples of Christ that are ready to face the secular worldviews prominent on nearly every college campus.  Here’s a couple of books that may prove helpful in this area too: 1) How to Stay Christian in College, by J. Budziszewski; 2) University of Destruction, by David Wheaton; Ask Me Anything, also by J. Budziszewski; and Basic Christianity, by John Stott.

àWhoa!  DO NOT MISS THIS!!!  Simply Youth Ministry is currently putting on their once-a-year FreeForAll.  If you’re willing to click around and search hard enough, you’ll find all sorts of freebies that are filed in six different categories: 1) Junior High; 2) Media; 3) Training; 4) Discipleship; 5) Sermons; and 6) Small Group.  Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to get free stuff.

àJosh Griffin is the High School Pastor at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA.  Here he offers three tips for how to talk about sex with your youth group.  And please remember, he’s a HIGH SCHOOL pastor.  The things he talks about in the video were shared with high schoolers, not middle schoolers.  There’s a huge difference you know. 

àI may have already plugged this book, but even if I have its worth another nod.  Alex and Brett Harris have written a book called, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion against Low Expectations.  The book is absolutely fantastic and I could not recommend to you highly enough.  Check out this interview that NPR did with Alex and Brett.  It’s titled, “Teens: Don’t Be Lazy.”  (Once you follow the link to the interview, make sure to click the “Listen Now” link that is towards the top of the page.  The audio interview will open up in a NPR media player.)

Thanks for reading, friends.  And don’t forget to check our newsletter out on the web at www.unitedyouthnetwork.wordpress.com!!!

Your fellow laborer in youth ministry,
Deek Dubberly
Mark 8:35-36
www.eastsideofdouglas.com/ebcyg
www.deekdubberly.wordpress.com
www.unitedyouthnetwork.com
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UYN Newsletter #2
May 29, 2008

UYN folks,

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.

Here a youth ministry guru for you: Tim Schmoyer.  He has been kind enough to offer all of us a free “Tips on Youth Ministry” ebook.

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.

Ooh, and check this out.  Youth Specialties offers a free article titled, “Youth Ministry Tips, Timesaver and Tricks 1-100.” 

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. 

In Christ,
Deek Dubberly
Ps. 119:89
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church
www.deekdubberly.wordpress.com
www.eastsideofdouglas.com/ebcyg   

P.S.  Make sure to do your devotions!!!  They are without a doubt the most important and necessary part of what you do and who you are as a youth leader.

UYN Newsletter #1
May 29, 2008

Hello United Youth Network friends and family,

I’ve felt compelled for the last couple of weeks to put together something of a UYN Newsletter.  This email will serve as the first attempt at fulfilling that desire. 

As of late I have become addicted to blogs.  I am subscribed to roughly thirty-something different blogs.  I read them pretty much everyday.  They are really great for helping keep me up to date with what’s going on in the worlds of youth ministry, theology, and other unrelated stuff.  I would like to share with you some of the helpful things that I’ve been finding lately.  In fact, everything that I will share with you in this newsletter will be the result of my blog-browsing activities from this week alone.  As you’ll see, there’s a tremendous wealth of information and free resources available to help us youth leaders out.

Here’s some of the stuff that I found helpful:

1. SEX – Recently my group and I have been doing a several week long series of sermons called, “Student Struggles.”  We have had sermons on purity, identity, acceptance, and…DATING.  Out of all the things that we’ve talked about, Dating has definitely been the most popular.  Last night (Wednesday night), I wrapped up a three-week sermon on dating by answering thirteen questions that my students submitted a few weeks ago.  And then today I read this article:

 

http://www.boundless.org/1999/regulars/office_hours/a0000150.html.  Man, I wish I had read that article before I spent three weeks speaking on dating.  Teenagers usually don’t have any problems understanding that the Bible says “No-sex-before-marriage,” but do they understand why it says that?  The article contained at the link above does one of the better jobs of explaining the “why” question that I’ve ever come across.

 

2. MODESTY – A topic closely related to dating and sex is the subject of modesty.  Pastor and author C. J. Mahaney put together a seven-entry series of blogs that dealt with this very subject.  His ministry has compiled these seven entries into one and included a study guide.  You may view that document here: http://www.sovereigngraceministries.com/Blog/file.axd?file=Worldliness-CJMahaney-Modesty.pdf.  Also, Alex and Brett Harris, authors of the blog, www.therebelution.com, and of the new book, Do Hard Things (which is absolutely fantastic), have also done some work on the subject of modesty.  You may view the results and findings of a monstrous survey concerning teenagers and modesty that they put together at: http://www.therebelution.com/modestysurvey/.

3. SERMONS ON YOUTH MINISTRY – John Piper, esteemed author and Pastor for Vision and Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, has preached two of the better sermons on youth ministry that I’ve ever heard.  You may listen to them online, download them and burn them to a CD, or print out their written manuscripts for free.  The first is called, “Imparting a Passion: A Challenge to Youth Workers.”  You may listen to it at: http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/MediaPlayer/2648/Audio/.  (You’ll need a Quicktime player for this.  If you don’t already have Quicktime player, you can download a free one at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/.)  Another great sermon by him on youth ministry is entitled, “Let No One Despise You For Your Youth.”  He just preached this one a few weeks ago at his church in Minnesota.  You may listen to it at: http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/MediaPlayer/2726/Audio/.

4. GRADUATION – This may come a little bit too late, but with graduation quickly approaching, there may still be a little time left to handle some related youth ministry business.  A lot of churches give gifts to their graduates.  They give a Bible, or a generic book with wise, proverbial statements about life and success, etc.  I’ve even heard of churches giving out $20 to every graduate.  Here are two great gift ideas just for your graduating students.  The first is a grad pack from Interlinc, a ministry to youth ministries.  You can view, read about, and buy it at: http://www.interlinc-online.com/resources/customer/product.php?productid=93&cat=0&page=.  The second is something somewhat similar that has been put together by the folks at Desiring God Ministries.  It has been themed around John Piper’s book, Don’t Waste Your Life.  You can view, read about, and purchase it here: http://www.desiringgod.org/Store/NewReleases/746_DWYL_Grad_Pack/.  A couple of more opportunities that this time of year presents to us youth pastors involves the seniors that are leaving us and the new students that will be promoted up with the new school year.  First, make sure to get those older, wiser, more experienced up in front of your group to share about what God has done in their lives.  Here’s and interesting article that focuses in on how older youth’s testimonies can be a great encouragement to younger students: http://youthministryideas.net/2008/05/08/senior-testimonies-encourage-younger-youth/.  Next, here’s an article that contains ideas for how to make the transition of your new and youngest students as smooth as possible: http://www.interlinc-online.com/news/article_124.html?PHPSESSID=5852187ec921.

Well, that’s all for now.  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.  Let’s all help each other do youth ministry better!

Thanks, and in Christ,
Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church

Hello world!
May 29, 2008

The UYN Newsletter emails have now been upgraded to a blog.  I will store each week’s Thursday-released Newsletter here at the blog.  Don’t worry, though, the newsletters will still be emailed to you as well.  Thanks for stopping by.

-deek