UYN Newsletter #13

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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