UYN Youth Ministry Resource Newsletter #10

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

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