UYN Youth Ministry Newsletter #4

What’s goin on, my UYN friends,

It is once again time for some good old-fashioned free youth ministry resources.  I hope this stuff is helpful for all of you.  If nothing else, maybe it will serve to get those youth ministry minds churning.  Sometimes, the best thing to motivate me to do something is to read about it.  For example, whenever I read books on prayer, most often they do not contain earth-shattering, innovative prayer techniques, but they do make me think about prayer more.  As a result, I pray more.  Perfect!  It is my prayer that these UYN Youth Ministry Newsletters serve you all in a similar way.

 

Dare 2 Share page on how to share with people of different faiths: http://www.dare2share.org/free (just scroll down a little past the page’s halfway mark or so and you’ll see it. It’s called, “How to Share Your Faith With…”  While you’re there, make sure to notice that the page your own boasts roughly 1,200 free youth ministry resources. 

Thought that you might enjoy some game ideas.  Some of these I’ve tried, some of them I haven’t.  They come with YouTube video demonstrations:
Tennis balls, panty hose, helicpter-head
Balloons, stuffed t-shirts, bodybuilder poses
The classic sports-ball-to-human-head-under-a-box-switch game
Human burrito races
Don’t-touch-the-chair game
Cereal Box Limbo
Blanket Racing (works on grass well too – if you don’t have hardwood surface)
Balloons, tubes, and something
Marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and safety goggles
How to make a sandwich

 If you’re at all like me, then you love to read.  Here are some fantastic articles that will only take up a couple minutes of your time: 1) “When You Have to be the Bad Guy” (on discipline and bad behavior in the youth group); 2) “13 Helpful Tips for Adult Leaders in Student Ministry” (awesome article on what to do as an adult when you’re actually in the youth service); 3) “Graduating from Church: An Honest Look at Transitioning High School Grads” (the absolute best article I’ve ever read on the subject!); and 4) “Don’t Ask Me…I’m Just a Volunteer” (an article about what it feels like to be a volunteer written by an actual youth volunteer.)

I know I probably sound like a broken record when it comes to the book, Do Hard Things.  I’ve made a plug for it on perhaps every UYN Newsletter.  However, it’s new, it’s great, and it keeps getting a lot of attention.  Here is a free study guide to go with the book.  

Chuck Colson has a series of interviews where he deals with teen topics and issues.  Here is an interview he does with Alex and Brett Harris, authors of, Do Hard Things.

Pornography – this summer we’re doing a Wednesday night campaign that pits that guys against the girls in some heavy competition.  Part of that involves splitting them up for the sermons time each week.  The girls are doing a study through the book of Esther. We boys we be doing many things, one of which will include a muti-week study on lust: what it is, what it does, what is doesn’t do, how to get help fighting against it, etc.  Here’s a free eBook that I came across over at “Freebie Fridays” at Tim Schmoyer’s site.  While I’m at it, let me recommend some resources for computer users that will help fight against the temptation to give in to lust and pornography.  x3 Watch is a free acountability software that monitors every website visited by your computer.  It sends emails to accountability partners (that you choose) detailing any sites that are deemed inappropriate.   Covenant Eyes is another option you may want to consider.
 

Also, here’s a video interview with one of my heroes, John Piper, about Bible study and prayer.  Make sure to check it out.  It’s only a few minutes long.  And while we’re talking about Bible study and prayer, here are Mark Dever’s responses in an interview where he was asked about his personal devotional time. 

Ever get asked tough questions?  Ever think of them on your own?  Here’s a list of dozens and dozens of questions that are answered by John Piper in his weekly “Ask Pastor John” sessions.

Thanks for reading along,
Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church

P.S.  Sorry that this newsletter is not as long as some of the others.  To be honest with you, and at least as far as I can tell, there was not a lot going on in the youth ministry blogosphere this past week.  I’m sure its because summer is here and mission trips and camps and vacations have begun.

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