Archive for August, 2008

UYN Newsletter #13
August 28, 2008

Hello United Youth Network,

It’s that time again – time for yet another dispatch of the good ol’ UYN Resource Newsletter.  I truly hope that you benefit from these weekly posts.  I know that I am as a sort through all the various links and resources in order to decide which ones will make it to the Newsletter.

Up first is a link to a sermon by Paul Washer, director of the Heart Cry Missionary Society.  This video was brought to my attention by Mark and Shyea, a couple of guys who, along with Michelle, work with the youth at Morningside Baptist Church here in Douglas.  Go check out this video.  It’s a rather powerful message.

Up next is a topic that’s super, super, non-negotionably important – personal devotions.  Parsonage.com is an online ministry to pastors and their families.  It is maintained by Focus on the Family’s Pastoral Ministries.  Listen here as H. B. London, Jr. interviews Henry Blackaby, Jerry Bridges, and Chuck Swindoll about the significance and practice of personal devotions in the life of a pastor.  Listen to it in Quicktime format here; or download it to your computer here.

Here is some more helps for our personal lives.  Watch this insightful video from Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and author of The Reason for God, about the dire need for ministers to stay close to God and to have a strong family.  Similarly, here is advice from John Piper to ministers about staying close to your family.

Here are a couple of resources that are not free but I must say are defintely worth the price.  Group Magazine is awesome – period.  When I receive one it’s not uncommon for me to read every word on every page within 24 hours of having received it in the mail.  Another fantastic youth ministry magazine is Youthworker Journal.  I can honestly say that I am a very supportive subscriber of both of these magazines.  Youth ministry is hard.  It’s so easy to get off track and forget what your priorities are.  Reading magazines like these two not just supremely practical because they give you incredible ideas for ministry, but also because they can really help keep you pointed in the right direction (i.e. towards God and towards student and volunteer workers).

Miscellaneous but very possibly helpful links to youth-ministry related stuff:
16 weeks worth of youth group service ideas and activities.
Neat visual trick of a cat running (Okay, okay – so this is not related to youth ministry.  Whatever.  I just though it was cool and wanted to share it with someone.)
“When Ministry and Seminary Collide” (Don’t let the title fool you – this article is for you, no matter whether you’re in seminary or not.  The article is basically about how when life gets busy, your family is the one that usually ends up paying for it.)
Top 5 Summer youth events that cost under $5
Neat idea for a youth “choir”
-Intertube
game
Toilet paper game
Game idea for your next youth group meeting (JK!)

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

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UYN Newsletter #12
August 20, 2008

UYN friends,

Here’s the freshest stuff of the week.  Enjoy.  And I hope to see many of you in roughly an hour or so at our UYN meeting!

This week I came across a series of articles called, “The Death of Youth Ministry.”  Interesting title, fascinating reading!  Check the series out here: Part One; Part Two; Part Three.  And make sure to listen to this related sermon by Voddie Baucham called, “The Centrality of the Home.”  This sermon is absolutely fantastic!  Seriously.  Go and listen to it.  Or download it here.

Here’s a guy you may have heard of before, J. Budziszewski (a.k.a. “Professor Theophilus”).  He’s got a Ph.D. from Yale and is professor of Government and Philosophy at the University of Texas in Austin.  Anyways, he’s also a Christian writer.  Here is a three-part dialogue that he put together about students who claim that there are a bunch of errors in the Bible.  It’s a pretty good read.  And I’m guessing it may be of some help to us in youth ministry.  Go give it a glance here: Part 1Part 2Part 3.

Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get all the things done that you need to get done?  Well here’s some help.   SeminarySurvivalGuide.com has posted a series of articles about things that waste our time.  I was surprised at how relevant and concise these articles were.  There only about a page long each.  Go and read them.  It will take a few minutes to read each one, but it could help save you a lot of time in the long run.  Here they are:
Time Waster #1 – Procrastination
Time Waster #2 – The Internet Sucked My Life Away
Time Waster #3 – Be Unavailable.  Like Jesus.
Time Waster #4 – Bash Your Television into a Million Pieces
Time Waster #5 – Disorganization
Time Waster #6 – Saying “Yes” to Every Request
Extra #1 – Can’t Say No?  Try the Qualified “Yes”
Extra #2 – You’re a Victim of Triage     

Any of ya’ll ever have an outside speaker come in and share with your students?  Maybe on a retreat or at camp or for a Disciple Now?  Well, here are some tips that Josh Griffin, High School Pastor at Saddleback Church, has to share with you.

I don’t know how many of you guys would consider yourselves to be commentary buffs, but whenever I study a passage of Scripture, usually somewhere in that process I consult with a few biblical commentaries.  Needless to say, over the last couple of years I have compiled several recommended commentary lists.  Here’s a website I just found that is dedicated entirely to finding and recommending good commentaries.

Various Youth Ministry-Related Posts:
“A.C.E. You Follow-Up Event”
-An obituary that is awfully sad.  Could probably be used in a lesson about selfishness and what kind of legacy we leave behind us.
“Knowing God: Relationship, not Ritual”
Phil Wickham has a CD that he’s giving away for free.  Download it here.
David Crowder’s got a free song he’s trying to give away.  Go and get it here.
“Moving Parents off the Bench”
Youth Specialties Podcast here (Aug. 18th, 2008).  Some great pointers.

Thanks for reading,
Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church

UYN Resource Newsletter #11
August 15, 2008

Dearest UYN friends and family,

Here is the 11th UYN newsletter!  It’s full of free youth ministry and/or youth ministry-related goodies.  Enjoy!

There’s a new study Bible coming out this October.  It looks to be one of the best and most comprehensive study Bibles ever produced.  It’s called the ESV Study Bible.  You may pre-order one here (scroll down), or visit their website here, or watch a video about it here.

Mark Driscoll has a new book coming out entitled, Death by Love.  You may order it here, watch a video about it here, and read a free chapter from it here.

Oh, and by the way, did anyone hear about Michael Phelps’ diet?  Check out was he reported he usually ate on any given day.

Sermons on being a good father and operating a godly household.

Bible reading plans!  The following are plans or guides for reading through the Bible.  These can be very helpful in helping us and our students to have a consistent daily Bible-reading plan.  Check out the following links.  There are several different Bible reading plans to choose from:
Bethlehem Baptist Church
-Zondervan offers several reading plans
NavPress
Heartlight
BibleGateway.com
And while I’m at it, here’s another handy write-up about Quiet Time’s.  It’s basically a “how to” article about QT’s.

On a related note, here’s a really good one-page article that we all need to read and have available when our students come to us saying that their spiritual life is dull or dry.  It’s entitled, “Ten Questions to Ask When Your Spiritual Life Is Dull and Dry.”

Here’s an encouraging article about being faithful wherever God has placed you.  It was helpful for me.  Maybe it will be for you as well.

Here’s a really helpful website that Reuben, our friend from Alma, pointed out to me.  It’s called, The Resurgence Greek Project.  The sites creator, Zach Hubert, writes that the site’s purpose is to “assist your study of the Bible in the original languages no matter what your current background in Greek and Hebrew, and that through your study, your knowledge of the Bible and the languages would both grow!”  The site offers a great deal of helpful tools, but can be a bit overwhelming to the new user.  That’s why Zach offers the following tutorial page.  Go and check it out.  And thanks to Reuben for the link.

Youth Ministry-Related Articles:
“What To Do When Less Than 5 Kids Show Up At Youth Group”

 
That’s all for now.  Stay tuned next for more youth ministry resources.  Thanks!

In Christ,
Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church

UYN Youth Ministry Resource Newsletter #10
August 8, 2008

Hello United Youth Network friends,     

Before I post any youth ministry goodies, let me announce that there will be a UYN meeting on Aug. 20th, at 12:00pm at Hungry Howie’s here in Douglas.  Please make every effort to attend as this meeting will serve to finalize (hopefully) some details about our See You at the Pole plans for Sept. 23-24 as well as for our plans for the Send the Rain Youth Revival which is set for Sept. 28 – Oct. 1.

Here’s you freshly baked batch of youth ministry resource goodies!  Enjoy.

First up, a video that has absolutely nothing to do with youth ministry.  I only link to it here because it was so enjoyable to watch.  The title of this montage should be plenty enough to grab your attention: “10 Completely Insane Activities Probably Not Covered by Insurance

Next up is a rather moving promotional video for the 2008 Canadian Youth Workers Conference(CYWC).   You need to watch this video.  It’s really good.

Oh, and here’s some more information on utilizing text-messaging for ministry purposes.

This next link may seem a bit odd, but I found it to be incredibly insightful and poignant.  It’s written by John Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College.  He writes about serving as a children’s ministry Bible lesson evaluator for his church.  He outlines five interpretation-related mistakes that children’s Bible lessons often make.  These types of mistakes are unfortunately a common problem found in youth ministry as well.  You can read about five things to avoid when preparing and delivering sermons/messages/talks/messages to your students here.

Up next is a guy named Francis Chan.  You may have heard of him before through his involvement with the college ministry Passion conferences, which are led by Louie Giglio; or through a film that he helped put together called, Just Stop and Think.    Anyways, Francis Chan has a new book out that looks to be really good.  It’s called, God’s Crazy Love.  Make sure to go and check it out.

Next up for discussion is something referred to as, “nature-deficit disorder.”  Chances are, you’ve got several students in your church who struggle with this.  Read about it in the following two articles by Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  The first article is entitled, “Nature-Deficit Disorder—Have Children Forgotten How to Play Outdoors?”  The second is, “Aliens in Creation – A Generation of Nature Know-Nothings.”

OTHER Decent Youth Ministry Articles:
“Being a Youth Ministry Professional”
“Evaluation Time: My Marriage and Family”
“Protecting Your Family in Ministry”
“The Busy Season”
”Visualizing the End “Product”

Well, that’s all for this week.  Thanks for checkin’ us out.  I hope that you are helped in your journey through youth ministry by these resources.

In Christ,
Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church