Archive for July, 2008

UYN Newsletter #9
July 31, 2008

Hello UYN peoples,


, don’t forget that FutureNow is coming to Douglas.  In case you’re not familiar with who FutureNow is and what they do, please go back and check the newsletter that I sent out last week.  It’s on the UYN Newsletter Blog.  Anyways, there is a Future Now Vision Meeting TONIGHT at 7pm at the Coffee County Board of Education.  I’ll be there and I hope to see you there as well.

Next, Randall Laroche, Youth Pastor at Reedy Branch Baptist Church, has invited us all to an event he’s putting together for October.  Here’s what he had to say in an email:

Hey everyone,

I hope that all of you are having a wonder summer and are ready for an exciting school year ahead.  We are in the process at Reedy Branch of planning an event featuring “Brock”(The one that does the death crawl) from Facing the Giants and The JJ Weeks Band.  Jason Mcleod is the name of the young man who starred as Brock in Facing the Giants and he is an excellent youth speaker.  He will be speaking the weekend of the open week for football October 17-18.  I would like to invite all of the churches of Coffee County and surrounding areas.  If you know of anyone that may be interested please forward it to them.  The event will be free both nights so just load up the church bus and bring your groups.  As we are in the planning stages please be in prayer for us.  If you have any questions just ask me.  Take care.

Third, we need to get together.  There’s a massive Revival coming soon (The “Send the Rain” Revival – Sept. 29th through Oct. 1st) and there will be youth services held every night of that revival.  Can you guys get together next Wednesday (Aug. 6th) for lunch?  Please email, call, or come by and see me to let me know.  Thanks.

– Where have all of our attention spans gone.  Read these two fascinating articles and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be able to relate really well – both in reference to yourself as well as to your students.  The articles are about attention/distraction/multi-tasking.  The first is called, “Are We Distracting Ourselves To Death?” and the second is, “Stoooopid …. Why the Goodle generation isn’t as smart as it thinks.”  

SEXUAL SIN– Do you or any of your young people struggle with pornography?  Here’s a really great article that seeks to get at the heart of the problem.  It’s written by David Powlison, professional counselor and editor of the academic periodical, Journal of Biblical Counseling.  Another very interesting article on this same subject is by Dr. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  The article is entitled, “The Seduction of Pornography,”and is featured on a great website/online web-magazine called, Boundless.

TESTIMONIES – Here’s a really neat video called, “Cardboard Testimonies.”  It’s a presentation that a church put together that is both very moving as well as re-creatable.  This is something that each of us could definitely do with our groups.  Thanks, Reuben, for the link.

MONEY, MONEY, MONEYGroup magazine has just recently released its biennial Youth Pastor Salary Survey.  Want to know how your salary compares to the national averages.  Click here and see the survey which includes salary breakdowns based on church size, level of education completed, experience, and location.

BLOGS!!! – Every week (nearly every day) I read through some sixty different blogs(3 of which are from friends, 17 of which are theological in nature, 35 of which are youth ministry-related, and 5 of which are dubbed under “Misc.”).  Anyways, the only way its possible for me to read through all of these is with something called a Blog-reader.  Check out this highly informative video that explains all of the in’s and out’s as to how this works.

TEXT-MESSAGINGSimply Youth Ministry is offering a service that will send out text messages for you…to your students.  It’s called SimplyTXT and its available for subscription or for a free 30-day trial period. 

DISCIPLE-NOW – Have you ever put together an entire Disciple Now Weekend?  Lots of work, huh?  Lifeway offers this free D-Now Planning Guide to any who would use it.  Go check it out.  Pretty helpful stuff, especially if you’re not terribly familiar with what goes on during a Disciple Now weekend.

THIRD DAY – In case you didn’t know already, Third Day just released a brand new album entitled, Revelation, on Tuesday, July  29th.  They’ll be in concert at Wild Adventures on Aug, 30th.  You may purchase tickets for that event here.    

“Top Ten Ways a Church Could Tell Students They Love Them” – Ideas
Cool Sports Photos – Fun to look at
Reverse Caption Photo Scavenger Hunt – Ideas
“How to Leave a Youth Group” – Interesting thoughts
“Drive-Thru Church” – Video
Moo Shoes (Vol. 2.0) – free PowerPoint game
“When Small Groups Work Best”– Intersting thoughts
Internet Addiction

Thanks for reading.  Make disciples of your students!
Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church


UYN Youth Ministry Newsletter #8
July 24, 2008

United Youth Network friends,

Here before you now is yet another installment of the United Youth Network Ministry (Resource) Newsletter.  Enjoy.

FutureNow is coming to Douglas.  In case you’re not familiar with who FutureNow is and what they do, please go by and check out their website.    Here’s an itinerary describing what it is that they actually do when they come in to a community.  There are three things you need to know about what they are going to do in our community: 1) They will be hosting assemblies at the high school, the middle school, and the freshmen campus between Aug. 18-20; 2) they will be holding a gospel presentation meeting on the evening of Wed., Aug. 20th at the CHS gym; and 3) they want our help to get this thing rolling.  There will be a vision meeting July 31st (that’s next Thursday night) at 7pm at the Coffee County Board of Education Conference Room.

AHHHH!!!Top 10 Frustrations for Youth Pastors – I don’t know if all 10 of these would make my top ten list regarding this same subject, but I can most definitely relate pretty well to most of them.  And anyways, doesn’t it feel nice just to be able to have someone to relate to with these frustrations that we have?  It does for me.

COOL STUFF – Okay, once again I am linking you to a YouTube video that doesn’t necessarily have anything specifically to do with youth ministry.  It’s just too cool not to pass on.  Here it is.

MINISTRY – Okay, so it might be a little cheesy, but I just couldn’t’t resist.  Here’s a video all about why it is so important that we love our neighbor as our self.

FREE STUFFTim Schmoyer has done it again.  Here’s another Freebie Friday giveaway.  This time it’s a small-group curriculum called, “Love This!”  It’s based out of a book by Andy Braner called, Love This!: Learning to Make It a Way of Life, Not Just a Word.  If you’re interested in using this material, then you’re gonna need the book that it is based out of.  You can purchase that book here.  (Note: I have not read the book.  I just saw that the small group curriculum for it was free so I linked it.  If you do read it and it’s good, let me know.  Thanks.)

WOW! – This is one of the most inspiring videos that I’ve ever seen.  Maybe you’ve already seen it or one similar to it before.  I have too.  Watch it again anyways.  It’s that moving.  It’s about a father-son team called Team Hoyt.  Simply amazing.

COMPETITION B/T YOUTH GROUPS – Here’s a rather interesting article.  Just the title should be enough to peak your interest: “Competing with Other Local Youth Groups.”

“!@#$^!” –  Have you ever overheard one of your students say a cuss-word.  I have!  And I was quick to respond with something along the lines of, “Eh hem…Hey!  No, no, no!  We don’t use that kind of language.”  But what do you say when your students ask why they shouldn’t’t?  What if they respond with that it’s just a word, and that the Bible doesn’t have any list of what sort of words are acceptable and what sort are not?  Well, here’s a pretty good video that explains “What Makes Language Bad” (WARNING: the video contains graphic language as the speaker is trying to make a point.  It is not offensive in its context, but I figured I should tell you anyways so that you’re not surprised when he starts using foul language).  Go check it out.  It’s by a guy named Paul Tripp.  He’s on the preaching staff at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church.

Thanks for reading.  Love your students.
Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church

UYN Youth Ministry Newsletter #7
July 3, 2008

UYN Peoples,

First, I must apologize.  It’s been nearly two weeks since our last newsletter came out.  There are two primary reasons that this is the case: 1) I’ve been really busy getting ready to be out of the office for two weeks (one at the beach with the youth and another in workshops at NOBTS); 2) there really – and I mean really – hasn’ t been too much activity in the youth ministry blogosphere over the last couple of weeks.  Don’t worry, this week has picked up a little.  Last week, though, there was nothing!

Okay, sorry – no more excuses.  Without any further ado, here is your UYN Youth Ministry Newsletter #7.


DISCIPLE NOW!!! In August.  A group of churches from Alma and Baxley are putting together a Disciple Now for the weekend of August 15-16.  And get this, they want all of us Douglas/Coffee County boys to get in on the action.  As for me and my church, we will do the Disciple Now.  They’ve got Shawn McDonald coming to put on a concert and lead worship.  Here is a link to the theme of the event. 

You need to do it too!  I know it’s kind of late, but seriously, it’s not that late.  We’re youth pastors, remember?  That’s what we do.  We do things late!  Anyways, if you’re interested in joining us, we’d love to have you.  Send me an email ( or give me a call (912-389-5689).  I’ll fill you in as best as I can.

Our first link is to a series of surveys on religious issues.  The surveys’ information, which is a lot, is helpful, but the flash animation/graphic artwork behind the surveys is really cool too.   Make sure you go and check this out. 


Next up on the list is a denominational resource (sorry to all you non-Southern Baptists out there).  It’s the SBC Youth Ministry newsletter.  For those of you that may be interested (I realize that many of you are not affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention), here’s a link to the recent Georgia Baptist Convention Youth Ministry Newsletter.  It contains information about all the programs and events that the GBC is offering to youth ministries over the course of the next year or so.  I’m definitely wanting to hit up Conclave ’09 in January!

Third on out list is a link to a really funny video, Mandles, c/o Mr. Reuben Farrey of Alma, GA.  Thanks for the kink, Reuben.  Absolutely hilarious!

Trying to Look Cool at Church – a very funny article that, shamefully so, I found myself being unfortunately able to relate to a little too much. 

Muddy River Media – Free Media!!!  I’m serious, it’s all absolutely free.  There are tons of still images, background video loops, video timer/countdowns that you can use in Mediashout or SongShow.  And did I mention that it’s free.  There’s a one-time account registration sign-up, but no cost is attached and they don’t ask for any credit card information.  Go check it out. 

30 Practical Ways for Pastors to Love Their Wives & Families – an article compiled by several pastors and made availble by IX Marks Ministries out of Washington D. C.  The name of the article is description enough.

So here’s an article that gives ideas about how to raise the funds to go on mission trips and the like.  Fundraising Ideas from Rethinking Youth Ministry. 

Last up on our list of links for the week is a really interesting article that uses a survey-system to link high school student personas (i.e. “the geek,” “the jock,” “the cheerleader,” etc.) with jobs, salaries, and levels of happiness later in life.  In other words, the article takes what people used to be when they were in high school and compares it with what they are now as adults.  It was actually pretty interesting. 


Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church