Archive for October, 2008

UYN Newsletter #16
October 23, 2008

Greetings United Youth Network,

Here is our 16thofficial UYN Youth Ministry Resource Newsletter (the UYNYMRN for short…no, I’m kidding).  Enjoy! 

Also, if you ever come across some great youth ministry links, please share the link love with me and I’ll put it in our next newsletter.  Thanks.

-Here’s a fair article descriptively entitled,
“Basic Principles for Adult Leaders.”

-You ever feel like your entire life is youth ministry?  Some may disagree with me at this point, but I say that there’s more to a youth pastor than just his youth ministry.  Here a pretty good article called, “5 Dangers of Always Being ‘On’.”

Mark Devries writes about time management for the ADD youth worker.  Pretty interesting read…

“7 Ways for Your Youth Ministry to Undermine the Family” – Here’s an article about the importance of keeping a youth’s family in mind when you “do” youth ministry.

-Here’s another article related to the significance of “the family” in youth ministry.

“3 Things To Do When You’re Leaving” – Of course, I hope that none of ya’ll are planning on leaving any time soon, but either way the principles in this article apply to every one of us and our respective ministries.

-Here’s a great article for youth worship time.  It’s very practical and its not something that you have to have an awesome “about-to-sign-a-record-deal” praise band to pull off.

Alex and Brett Harris, founders of, and authors of the widely acclaimed book written for “teenagers” by “teenagers,” Do Hard Things, were recently interviewed by Christianity Today.  The interview is titled, “Taking Slackers to Task,” and you can read the full version of it here. 

-Here’s a great Q & A session with Les Christie, youth ministry guru, professor of youth ministries at William Jessup University, and author of several youth ministry books.

A great game to play as a team-building exercise.  Not a lot of setup.  No mess.  Gets your kids working together and building relationships.  Perfect!

A computer-generated depictionof the great flood that God caused during the days of Noah (Thanks to Shyea Courson at Morningside Baptist for the sharing this link with us.)

-A visual journey through a brief clip of a sermonby Paul Washer that speaks about materialism (Again, thanks to Shyea Courson for the link love.)

-As you may already know,
High School Musical 3 is upon us.  If you don’t know anything about this movie or its prequals, ask any of your middle schoolers – I’m sure they’ll be able to tell you all about it.  Kurt Johnston, middle school pastor at Saddleback Church has written a Youth Group Bible Study Guide to go along with the release of the film.  Sign up to download your free copy here. has dozens of free countdowns that you can download for your youth ministry utilization pleasure.  Thanks to Luke B. for the heads-up on this one.

Simply Youth Ministryhas a “weekly” podcast that is always entertaining, usually helpful, and always worth the watch.  Check out their library of over 80 podcasts, all of which are free videos of youth ministry experts fielding questions they’ve received via email.

-Here a great list of recommended resources for youth workers . 

-Here’s a really helpful youth ministry resource site ( that I came across for the very first time this week.  Search around.  There’s bound to be something in there that’s helpful to you.  Also, make sure to check out their blog.  It seems to be just as helpful. 

Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church
Proud Member of the UYN


UYN Newsletter #15
October 20, 2008

Hello UYN’ers,

I know that its been quite some time since our last newsletter, but what can I say?  I’ve just been busy.  That length of time does mean, though, that the links and resources contained in this newsletter are better and more plentiful.  So enjoy.

To start things off here’s a little humor for you:
another funny Christian music video.  Just in case you missed some of the ther hilarious Christian music videos that I’ve linked to in previous newsletters, here they are again:
“Baby Voice for Jesus”
“Bad Christian Music”
“Jesus is My Friend” (this one’s my personal favorite!)

-Very Encouraging video segment from John Piper about faithfulness.

Excellent video of Josh Harris climaxing his sermon about what it means to believe in Jesus Christ

Superbly done video about how we use our tongues to bless God and curse man.

Great email exchange between Kurt Johnston and one of his youth’s parents.  Great example of how to handle conflicts.

“By the Time I’m Done with You” (aka – and article that asks the question, “What do you want your teenagers to look like when they graduate from high  school?”)

-Highly informative newsletter from James Dobson about the differences between the two primary presidential candidates.

Center for Parent-Youth Understanding has recently release a free online e-journal.  It’s worth a click, so head on over and check it out. 

-Great article by Mark Devries on, “Training in the Art of Reading.”

-There’s been a lot of blogging lately about parachurch organizations.  Particular attention has been paid to college campus ministries.  Here are a few of the latest entries:
“Parachurch Ministries for College Students”
“College Students and Parachurch Organizations”
“The Role of Parachurch Organizations in the Lives of College Students”
But of all these recent articles, the clearest and most poignant comes from Russell D. Moore, Dean of the School of Theology at Louisville, KY’s, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  It’s cleverly entitled, “Jesus Didn’t Die for a Campus Ministry: The Spiritual Danger of Unchurched Spirituality.”

“(Not) Making it Happen” – Pretty good article that offers some perspective about what it means to serve faithfully as opposed to simply building a youth pastor-centered ministry empire.

“3 Ways to Get Chips in Your Pocket” – some simple, timeless, overtly practical truths for youth ministry

“3 Ways Youth Ministry Can Support the Church” – Remember, theirs is more to your church than just your youth ministry.

“Family Meals Reduce Risky Teen Sex” – the importance of quality family time.

“4 Skills Your Next Youth Pastor Has to Have” – some great advice; things we perhaps need to work on.

“11 Ways to Reduce Stress in Ministry” – Everyone I know complains that they’re too busy.  If that’s you too, then read this article.

A ton of praise song lyrics already saved in a PowerPoint/ready-to-present form.
52 Links that Youth Workers need to check out from Josh Griffin’s, More Than Dodgeball blog
-Here’s a great list of FREE RESOURCES from (I know what you may be thinking, and yes I am a youth ministry geek, but no this is not from my blog).

-LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENT – Mrs. Tammy Bennett who works with the youth over at
Crossroads Church here in Douglas has invited all of us to a Youth Rally at her church on Sunday, November 2, 2008, at 6pm.  Archie Rish, youth pastor at College Avenue Baptist Church, will be speaking.  There will be music, games, prizes, and pizza.  Again, all are invited to attend. 

-Hopefully, you remember our speakers from the Send the Rain Youth Revival, Walker Moore and Brent Higgins (you can read a short bio on both of these men here).  Both of these guys have written some great books. 
-Walker’s book is entitled, Rite of Passage Parenting: Four Essential Experiences to Equip Your Kids for Life.  There’s also a
workbook you can purchase to go along with the book.
-Brent’s book is entitled, I Would Die for You: One’s Student’s Story of Passion, Service and Faith.  Brent’s publisher,
Revell Books has made available a free Youth Group Guide to go along with the book.

Your partner in youth ministry,
Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church
Proud Member of The United Youth Network