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UYN Youth Ministry Newsletter #5
June 12, 2008

Hey friends,

Here are some hilarious videos that were put together for Group’s National Youth Ministry Conference.  Perhaps you can relate to the things that they joke about.  I know that I could.  To view the other videos (there’s 10 in all), just click on any of the thumbnail images that are on the right side of the screen.

Here’s 40 Free Backgrounds that you can use on a powerpoint or Mediashout program.  Enjoy.

Enjoy these free QT eJournals based out of the Gospel of John.  It’s a daily devotional guide that I put together for my youth to do this summer.  Each day there’s a Scripture reading and a space a few lines for journaling.  It’s a fantastically unalarming intro introduction for young people to some of the spirtual disciplines.  

Youth Group Quality Control.  Here’s a great survey that Cloverdale Youth Ministries gives out each spring to its youth leaders, paid and volunteer.  The youth pastor collects the surveys and sits and meets with each leader one-on-one to discuss their answers.  It’s a greaet article.  You can read it here.

Haha, here’s a funny and sarcastic article about youth ministers trying to sound cool by speaking the teen lingo of the day.  (Unfortunately, yes I do fit into that category from time-to-time.  The article comes from a blogger who refers to himseld as “Prodigal John.”  His blog is definitely one of my favorites.

Oh, and this is a wonderful article on how “good” God is helping us through the Scriptures – more specifically, on how the trials in our lives really emphasize and get us to understand the truths that we find in Scripture.

Also, you may want to check out the Prodigal Son Complex (otherwise known as the indoor skate park here in Douglas).  It’s over here by me on the Eastside of town.  These guys are putting on a “Summer Bash” on Saturday, June 21st, from 12:00pm – until.  The activities they are advertising for the day include: a giant water slide, live music, greased pigs, skate park, bounce house, mud football, a super slip’n slide, and volleyball.  The cost for admission is $15.  For more information check them out at www.prodigalsoncomplex.com or call 912-384-6592. 

And also, perhaps some of you have already worked on a seminary degree.  If not, maybe you’ve at least thought about it.  Here’s a great article called, “To Seminary, or Not to Seminary,” by Dan Phillips over at the Pyromaniacs blog. 

That’s all for now.  Again, just as with last week’s newsletter, I’m sorry that there’s not more (or more relevant) resources out there this week.  This is all that I could find.  My suspicions are that because its summer, all the youth-ministry-guru-blogger-guys are too busy to post more.  Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy the content.

As always, yours in youth ministry,

Deek Dubberly

UYN Youth Ministry Newsletter #4
June 5, 2008

What’s goin on, my UYN friends,

It is once again time for some good old-fashioned free youth ministry resources.  I hope this stuff is helpful for all of you.  If nothing else, maybe it will serve to get those youth ministry minds churning.  Sometimes, the best thing to motivate me to do something is to read about it.  For example, whenever I read books on prayer, most often they do not contain earth-shattering, innovative prayer techniques, but they do make me think about prayer more.  As a result, I pray more.  Perfect!  It is my prayer that these UYN Youth Ministry Newsletters serve you all in a similar way.

 

Dare 2 Share page on how to share with people of different faiths: http://www.dare2share.org/free (just scroll down a little past the page’s halfway mark or so and you’ll see it. It’s called, “How to Share Your Faith With…”  While you’re there, make sure to notice that the page your own boasts roughly 1,200 free youth ministry resources. 

Thought that you might enjoy some game ideas.  Some of these I’ve tried, some of them I haven’t.  They come with YouTube video demonstrations:
Tennis balls, panty hose, helicpter-head
Balloons, stuffed t-shirts, bodybuilder poses
The classic sports-ball-to-human-head-under-a-box-switch game
Human burrito races
Don’t-touch-the-chair game
Cereal Box Limbo
Blanket Racing (works on grass well too – if you don’t have hardwood surface)
Balloons, tubes, and something
Marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and safety goggles
How to make a sandwich

 If you’re at all like me, then you love to read.  Here are some fantastic articles that will only take up a couple minutes of your time: 1) “When You Have to be the Bad Guy” (on discipline and bad behavior in the youth group); 2) “13 Helpful Tips for Adult Leaders in Student Ministry” (awesome article on what to do as an adult when you’re actually in the youth service); 3) “Graduating from Church: An Honest Look at Transitioning High School Grads” (the absolute best article I’ve ever read on the subject!); and 4) “Don’t Ask Me…I’m Just a Volunteer” (an article about what it feels like to be a volunteer written by an actual youth volunteer.)

I know I probably sound like a broken record when it comes to the book, Do Hard Things.  I’ve made a plug for it on perhaps every UYN Newsletter.  However, it’s new, it’s great, and it keeps getting a lot of attention.  Here is a free study guide to go with the book.  

Chuck Colson has a series of interviews where he deals with teen topics and issues.  Here is an interview he does with Alex and Brett Harris, authors of, Do Hard Things.

Pornography – this summer we’re doing a Wednesday night campaign that pits that guys against the girls in some heavy competition.  Part of that involves splitting them up for the sermons time each week.  The girls are doing a study through the book of Esther. We boys we be doing many things, one of which will include a muti-week study on lust: what it is, what it does, what is doesn’t do, how to get help fighting against it, etc.  Here’s a free eBook that I came across over at “Freebie Fridays” at Tim Schmoyer’s site.  While I’m at it, let me recommend some resources for computer users that will help fight against the temptation to give in to lust and pornography.  x3 Watch is a free acountability software that monitors every website visited by your computer.  It sends emails to accountability partners (that you choose) detailing any sites that are deemed inappropriate.   Covenant Eyes is another option you may want to consider.
 

Also, here’s a video interview with one of my heroes, John Piper, about Bible study and prayer.  Make sure to check it out.  It’s only a few minutes long.  And while we’re talking about Bible study and prayer, here are Mark Dever’s responses in an interview where he was asked about his personal devotional time. 

Ever get asked tough questions?  Ever think of them on your own?  Here’s a list of dozens and dozens of questions that are answered by John Piper in his weekly “Ask Pastor John” sessions.

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

P.S.  Sorry that this newsletter is not as long as some of the others.  To be honest with you, and at least as far as I can tell, there was not a lot going on in the youth ministry blogosphere this past week.  I’m sure its because summer is here and mission trips and camps and vacations have begun.