Cracking Your Church's Culture Code
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In this practical book for church leaders, you'll discover how to develop a healthy and sustainable student ministry that includes encouraging your youth pastor, engaging teens, and involving parents. Whether you already have a youth pastor or are just beginning your search, this book will help you set up your student ministry and youth pastor for health and longevity.
It seems like no matter how good the economy is, there's never enough money in the youth budget. That's why The $5 Youth Ministry is packed cover to cover with effective, easy-to-implement ideas—that all cost about $5 or less. You'll get tons of quality ideas for small groups, weekend retreats, worship services, outreach, fundraising, communication strategies and so much more. And most importantly, this book goes beyond just icebreakers and games—every page is written to help build and grow relational youth ministry. You'll get low-cost tools, not gimmicks, that you can put to use at your next meeting to help engage and develop your students. It is possible to “do more with less” and this book will blow your mind with the possibilities.
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Engage, one of the 4-lesson studies in the Edge line of curriculum, challenges your students with a call to impact the world around them in the name of Christ.
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Did you know that over 70% of youth groups are under 15 kids? Even though your youth group is small you have been given an important ministry by being a mentor to these kids. What a legacy you, as a Sunday school teacher, will have as the years go by and the kids you've loved grow into adults. The youth ministry you do will touch hundreds of lives and families even if your Sunday school class has only a few attendees right now.
Be balanced in your approach. You might have great evangelistic gifts but your kids might have other spiritual gifts. Discover what their gifts are and help them develop those gifts. Expose them to all of the fundamentals of Christian service but give them opportunities to serve in a way that energizes them.
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|Me I Want to Be, Teen Edition Curriculum Kit, The: Becoming God's Best Version of You
By John Ortberg / Youth Specialty
There is a God (it isn't you). Your life is a project (it isn't yours). The real you is waiting (it isn't hard).
Ortberg has some intriguing answers to those questions in this book and video-based experience. Follow along as he helps you gauge your spiritual health through interactive video discussions, questions, and group exercises that deal with real issues you face as a teen in today's world.
The Curriculum Kit Contains: 1 softcover book, 1 participant's guide (also available for each group member), 1 DVD with five video sessions (also available for each group).
The 5 sessions include: 1. Discovering the Spirit; 2. Renewing my mind;
3. Redeeming my time; 4. Deepening my relationships;
5. Transforming my experiences
|Me I Want to Be, Teen Edition, The: Becoming God's Best Version of You
By John Ortberg / Youth Specialty
Every aspect of your teens' life is growing and changing---including their faith. But now is the time for them to become God's best version of themselves! Encouraging young adults to personally reflect on their lives, Ortberg teaches them to be thriving Christ-followers by exploring their mind, time, experiences, relationships, and the world today.
Christian kids get picked on at school because they don't participate
in the wrong activities the other kids do. They are not alone:
1Peter 4:4 "They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same
flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you."
|The Youth Worker Book of Hope: True Stories of Brokenness and Healing - eBook
By Edited by Tim Baker / Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Is your youth ministry taking a toll on you physically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, or even financially? Here's help! In this encouraging collection of real-life stories, expert advice from youth ministers from across the country will help you constructively deal with burnout, run-ins with parents, loneliness, and more. Open your heart to God's ever-present encouragement and support!
Youth worker burnout will rear it's ugly head eventually. The underlying cause is usually not paying attention to your own spiritual well being. Too much out, not enough in. You can run full speed for only so long. It might be time to take a spiritual retreat. Take this book along.
It's easy to say yes to too many things. With the perennial budget crisis in every church most leadership boards and pastors just assume the associate pastor or youth ministry leader has extra time on their hands. Visit my Youth Ministry Tips page for additional help combating burnout.
|Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers
By Chap Clark / Baker Academic
Contemporary adolescents seem confident, well-adjusted, and happy. But beneath the surface, they're often lonely, insecure, and empty. What's going on? Claiming that adults have "abandoned" teens just when they most need support, Clark's ethnographic study examines today's changing youth culture from the inside out and suggests five strategies to "turn the tide of systemic abandonment."
Hurt 2.0 features a new chapter on youth at society's margins and new material on social networking and gaming. Each chapter has been thoroughly revised with new research, statistics, quotations, and documentation.
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This website is specifically designed for the Christian Sunday school teacher, youth ministry leaders, and youth pastors. I have posted many of my unique Sunday School Lesson Plans for you to download free Each lesson plan is surrounded by the resources used to create the Sunday school lesson and lead the class.
I update with new posts, FREE Sunday School lessons, and youth group resources often so keep coming back.
Yes, this may be just a home-built website, not as flashy as those professional ones, but it's loaded with great stuff -one of the best collections of resources for junior high and high school youth ministry on the web.
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|Youth Ministry: What's Gone Wrong and How to Get it Right
By David Olshine / Abingdon Press
Reaching young people is still possible.
The Youth Ministry "movement" has become a monument. Youth leaders are doing so much work, and it all seems worthy. It's big, important stuff. But leaders across the nation quietly suspect that the more we do, the less effective we seem to be in reaching young people. All those retreats and camps, books and seminars, conferences and leadership symposiums - what difference do they make in young lives today?
As technology accelerates, spiritual apathy increases. Young people are biblically illiterate, bored, and find the church to be irrelevant. Parents are frustrated. Youth leaders are burned out. And high school and college students - if they ever attended - are leaving the church by the droves.
What on earth has gone wrong?
Youth Ministry shines a revealing light on standard youth ministry practices, and helps the reader to see what needs to change. The book is full of practical ideas that work in real churches, and includes 'voices from the trenches' - perspectives from current youth ministry leaders.
Deep down inside, young people want life to matter. The church has something important to offer, but we have to start getting it right.
The common thought that youth leaders or youth pastors must be youthful is causing Christian churches to overlook or shuffle aside a large group of qualified volunteers for youth ministry. While it is true that it takes a youthful body to keep up with kids on outdoor trips and some physical activities is is not true that older folk have nothing at all to contribute to the discipleship of young Christian kids.
A lot of pastors argue that kids will be drawn too or have closer relationships to younger adults because they have more in common is also not true. Many kids are suffering the loss of a parent through divorce. These kids yearn for a... READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE ON MY BLOG / Parents in youth ministry.
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Other good information on this website:
New page added: Making Your Own Teen Bible Study Lesson
A solid Biblical answer to the question, "What happens when you die?"
Practical tips to help grieving parents What you can do if a child dies in your youth group.
Sunday School Lesson on suicide. Answering the question, "Can a person who commits suicide go to heaven?"
Sunday School Lesson Connection encourages the volunteer Sunday school teacher with sure-fire tips, youth ministry resources and FREE Sunday school lessons. These discussion type youth group lesson plans are easy to follow with minimum preparation. Professional youth pastors will benefit from the experience and resources listed here. Over thirty free teen Sunday school lesson plans for teens to just print and go.
Because attendance at a teen Sunday school or youth group can be sketchy keep several lessons in your bag and pull out the one most applicable to the kids attending youth group that day.