Friday, August 31, 2012

News U Can Use: "83% of Parents Consider Their Kids Friends" (?)

Consumer Insights: Nickelodeon’s ‘International GPS: Kids’ Influence’

 
Unlike previous generations, decision-making within families today is almost entirely collaborative – and as kids become more influential, they’re impacting purchasing decisions. Whether it’s to teach their kid that his/her opinion matters – or because they feel that their child has a stronger opinion or is more knowledgeable about brands than they are – parents are asking their kids for their opinions and taking them seriously. In “International GPS: Kids’ Influence,” Nickelodeon takes a look at the relationships between parents and kids across 11 countries, today’s increasingly collaborative family dynamics and the power of kids’ influence over purchasing decisions.
Key Findings:
Parents and kids have a very different type of relationship than in past generations. The figures below are skewed particularly high in Brazil, Mexico, Poland and Korea, and less so in Western Europe.
  •  Two-thirds of parents agree that they are closer to their kid than their parents were to them, indicating less of a generation gap today.
  • 61% of parents agree that they were more fearful of disobeying their parents than their kid is of disobeying them.
  • A full 83% of parents consider their child to be one of their best friends – though this is much higher internationally than in the U.S.
Family decision-making has become less hierarchical and more collaborative in general.
There are a variety of approaches to decision-making, the majority of which involve kids’ input.
  • Board of Directors: In the most common approach, 56% of parents ultimately make the final decisions, but seek their kids’ input beforehand.
  • Family Meeting: In 44% of families, parents and kids discuss and decide together.
  • Parent Screen: In just over one-fifth of households, parents provide options and let the child decide.
  • Because I Said So: Only 13% of parents use this approach, making the decisions on their own.
  • Kids Cut Loose: In 9% of families, the child decides on their own.
Parents and kids share a lot of things, from content to music and fashion.
  • 94% share taste in TV shows, 98% watch TV together, 79% share music taste and 67% share clothing and shoes.
A majority of parents seek and consider their kids’ input about purchases: 71% of parents in the U.S. and 94% of parents internationally talk to their kids prior to buying something.
  • In the U.S., parents seek their children’s opinions when buying products for the kids (95%), for the family (69%) or for themselves (28%).
  • Internationally, parents seek their children’s opinions when buying products for the kids (99%), for the family (87%) or for themselves (55%).
Purchasing decisions are also collaborative across product categories. Kids make decisions or decide with parents when it comes to:
  • Clothes/shoes (85%)
  • Fast food (85%)
  • Mobile phones (49%)
  • Vacations (56%)
Parents often bring their kids to the store and kids often ask for things while shopping.
  • 77% of kids accompany parents to clothing stores and 98% ask for things.
  • 78% of kids accompany parents to drug stores and 93% ask for things.
  • 67% of parents online shop with their kids. 
Kids and brand recognition
Kids learn about brands from friends, the Internet and ads on television.
  • 67% of kids learn about brands from friends, a figure that jumps to 71% in Canada and 82% in the UK.
  • 63% of kids learn about brands online, a figure that jumps to 71% in the UK and 82% in Brazil.
  • 57% of kids learn about brands from ads on television, a figure that jumps to 62% in the UK and 66% in Mexico.
TV sparks the most requests from kids for products they’ve seen advertised.
  • 62% of requests come from brands they’ve seen advertised on TV – this figure jumps to 83% in Brazil.
  • 50% of requests come from brands they’ve seen advertised online and 46% come from brands they’ve seen advertised in magazines.
Online, families learn about products through specific searches and brand websites (82% kids, 78% parents), and social media offerings, including those targeted at children (34% kids, 32% parents).
Kids hold economic power like never before
76% of kids globally receive some sort of spending number – this figure is higher in Germany (91%), the UK (88%) and Poland (86%).
For the most part, kids spend their money. The money they save is saved for “nothing in particular.”
  • Across all countries surveyed, kids spend anywhere from 48% (in Belgium) and 66% (in Korea) of their money.
On a global average, 60% discuss finances and savings with their family. Discussions about savings tend to pertain to education, travel, electronics, cars or a home/apartment for the child.
Implications:
  •  Understanding family dynamics when it comes to decision-making is key to unlocking families’ budgets.
  • Given the power of kids’ influence over purchasing decisions, marketers would be remiss to exclude kids from their messaging and branding.
  • When creating messaging and branding, marketers should keep in mind the types of products and stores kids have the most influence over. For example, nearly all kids ask for products at grocery (98%) and clothing stores (98%) – and are frequently granted their wishes.
The methodology:
This study was based on a quantitative online study with 6,900 kids 9-14 and 8,700 parents of 6-14-year-olds, across 11 countries.
Christian Kurz is Vice President of Research, Insight and Reporting at Viacom International Media Networks.

FROM: (http://blog.viacom.com/2012/08/consumer-insights-nickelodeons-international-gps-kids-influence/)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Game: "Back to School" (Powerpoint Game)

 
 (to get your trivia on!!)



From the brilliant youth ministry mind of:
Rob Cullingham
(*he also brought you Olympic trivia)

Free Media #22: Teaching Clips from "Brave" Movie


If you had the chance to change your fate… would you?

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, “Brave” features Princess Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida defies an honored tradition, bringing chaos into her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.






 #1 "The Suitors"
The eldest sons from nearby tribes present themselves before Princess Merida for her hand in marriage. 

(Themes: Dating, Machismo, Chivalry, Boasting, Tradition, Culture, Marriage, Pride, Rite of Passage)
 # 2. "The Kilt"
A farcical advertisement for how a real man wears a kilt. 
 
(Themes: Machismo, Appearances, Identity, Image )
 
 #3. "Summer Games
A series of games set in the film Brave mimic that of the modern Olympic games. 
 
(Themes: Competition, Spectacle, Challenges)
 
#4. My Own Hand
During a competition to determine Princess Merida’s husband, Merida lashes out and shoots her arrows with better precision than her would-be suitors.
 
 (Themes: Machismo, Tradition, Culture, Chivalry, Defiance, Marriage, Challenging Authority, Disobedience, Spectacle) 
 
Inspirational movie clips and sermon illustrations at WingClips.com 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lesson: "The Story: Teen Version"-Series Introduction



 Quite a few churches, like my own, are doing the church-wide teaching campaign using "The Story"  We have been assigned the task of using the teen edition and curriculum. It seems good, but I like many feel the need for a little more than what is provided.  I will be writing some accompanying material as I teach it over the 31 weeks. I will hopefully be posting up my material here for others to use.

Here is the brief overview of my introduction lesson  that I taught to start our 32 week study.



- Introduction Video: “The Story: Teen Edition” Teaser
- Series Introduction: Talk about the idea of stories and the importance of story telling in human culture.
- Play: Powerpoint Game: “Famous First Words" (Simply Youth)
- Group Discussion Questions
            - What was your favorite story growing up?  Why?
            - Why do you think stories and storytelling is so important to humans?
            - What about the story of the Bible? Do you think we can relate to it?
- Transitional Video: “Interesting Facts”
- Transitional Questions:
            - Is the Story in the Bible more than just a story?
            - Is the stories of our life connected to a bigger story of all of humanity
- Explain the idea of an “Upper Story” and a “Lower Story”

Transitional Questions & Lesson Theme:
What are we going to learn in the next 32 Weeks?

Point #1: See the BIG picture of God’s Great STORY
-          Video: “Bible in a Minute”
-          Study: Gen 3:11-15

Point #2: Learn the deep truths about God’s character through the STORY
            - Video: “Adam to Jesus”
-  Study: Peter 2:1-3

Point #3:  Learn to listen for how God gives direction & insights to life in the STORY
-          Video: “The Book”
-          Study: II Tim. 3:14-17


Point #4: See how your story connects to God’s big STORY
-          Study: Jer. 29:10-14

Closing Verse: Rev. 22:1-5

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My Top 10: "You Might Be a JH Worker If..." (*in Group Magazine)

This has been one of my most popular Top 10 Lists.   I posted The Original back in March, and now it has been re-posted and used in Group Magazine, in this current issue! (Sept/Oct.). I love what they have done with it.  Hope you enjoy it again or for the first time!!   

Check back every week for a new Top 10 List and click the above tab "My Top 10 Lists" to make sure you haven't missed any!!?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Top 10: REAL Reasons to be a JH Volunteer?


People ask me, are these Top 10's really REAL...yep!  After doing this for a while you really start collecting some real funny, very real experiences in youth ministry. 

Here is another set- Top 10 REAL reasons people have told me they want to be a volunteer leader in my MS/JH ministry....





10. I have to be with my child.  Even though they are in Jr. High, they still cry when I leave them.

9. I am afraid my daughter will get pregnant. I need to be there so boys won't talk to her.

8. I don't trust you as a youth pastor.

7. Jr. High was when I started doing (insert issue).

6. Jr. High was a bad experience for me, so this my opportunity for a "do over"

5. My spouse is making me.

4.  So my wife won't force to get a job and work evenings.

3. I am not cool enough to work with the Sr. High ministry.

2.  My girlfriend is in the group. 


1. I didn't get your job, so I am here for when you fail.

Video Inspiration: "Spiritual Gifts with Jeff Foxworthy"

Friday, August 24, 2012

News U Can Use: "Teen's First Choice for Listening to Music?"

Teens' first choice for music listening? YouTube

Doug Gross, CNN
Among teens, YouTube is the most popular way to listen to music, according to a Nielsen survey 
(CNN) -- iTunes? Old news. Radio? Ancient history. Buying a new CD? Maybe every now and then.
But the most popular way today's teens discover music is through clicking around on YouTube.
That's the finding of a new study by media research firm Nielsen. Its Music 360 report set out to learn how music is found, purchased and consumed.

Among all adults, radio remains the most popular tool, with 48 percent saying that's how they usually discover their new jams.

But more teens, 64 percent, cited YouTube, the Web's leading video-sharing site, as a place where they listen to music. Followed by radio (56%), iTunes (53% ) and CDs (50%).

The popularity of YouTube is dramatically higher among teens than all adults. Only 7 percent of all respondents said they discover music most frequently through the site.

Strangely, the report doesn't address teens' listening habits on music-streaming sites such as Pandora, Spotify or Grooveshark.

"The accessibility of music has seen tremendous expansion and diversification," said David Bakula, a Nielsen senior vice president. "While younger listeners opt for technologically advanced methods , traditional methods of discovery like radio and word-of-mouth continue to be strong drivers."

The study also shows the changing landscape of music sales. Just over one in three teens (36 percent) said they'd bought a CD in the past year, while more than half (51 percent) said they'd paid to download at least one song.

The report came from an online survey of 3,000 people in the United States.

Among all respondents, finding new music still relies upon a mix of new media and more traditional means.
In addition to the 48 percent who favor radio, 10 percent said they rely on friends or relatives for suggestions. But more than half (54 percent) said those personal recommendations make them more likely to make a purchase.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, claims more than 800 million unique visitors every month. More than 3 billion hours of videos are viewed each month and 72 hours worth of video are uploaded every minute, according to the site.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We are Expecting!? #2 (Student & Parent Expectations)


  
  Every year the Sunday before we kick-off the youth group year, I have a meeting with all the new all the parents of my ministry.  It is especially encouraged for the new 6th grade parents that are moving into our ministry, but all parents are welcome.  
   
    I provide the parents with a packet of information, calendar, teaching scope and sequence and an expectation sheet that includes all the expectation for myself and our leadership (See previous post), so the parents can see what they can expect of me and also my leadership team.  
   
    
     I also provide the "student expectations"/rules the first night of youth group to all the students on the back of handout that provides them with the entire year of major events and activities.  We usually present those using a video or another creative funny way to "soften" the fact that we are hitting them up with the "rules" (See past 2 year's videos in my "Ran-dumb Fun")  
  
As always feel free to steal or use this in anyway that helps you in your ministry! Have a GREAT new year!! 
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STUDENT EXPECTATION (“the rules”):

These will be explained and distributed to all students on “Night #1”
1. Respect: God, leaders, others, property, and schedule
2. Mouth: No Swearing, complaining, putdowns, and inappropriate language
                  * “Zero Drama Policy”
3. No Fighting (verbal or physical)
                  * “No Touch Policy”

4.  “Purple Rules”
  -No PDA (public displays of affection)

  -No Boys and Girls alone
5. No leaving the group without permission  (7:00-8:30pm)
6. Clothing:
  - Modesty: shirts, skirts and shorts
  - Appropriate: logos, slogans, and brands
   * “The 3 B’s– No: Breasts, Butts, or Bellies—No: Bras, Boxers, or Briefs
7: The Obvious
  - NEW: Leave all expensive and valuable items home
  - No alcohol, drugs, tobacco
  - No weapons, fireworks, lighters and matches
8 . Electronics
  - ALL electronics must be turned off and put away at the start of the night (7:00) and should not be   turned back on until the end of the night (8:30)- Cell phones, Mp3 Player/Music/Media  Players, Video Games, etc…
  - All electronics that are still on and/or disrupt will be taken until the end of the night

PARENTS: “HELP US, HELP YOU!” (Parent expectations)
· Be your child’s parent- we are not and will not take your place and God-given role– Prov. 22:6
· Trust us with your child– I Sam. 2, Luke 2:49
· Commit to being faithful and make youth ministry a priority– Heb. 10:25
· Follow up with your child at home about what we are teaching(* scope and sequence and weekly lesson outline & video on Facebook page)– Deut. 11:19
· Communicate with Dan directly and immediately about any concerns or questions– Matt. 18:15, II Cor. 12:20
· Support and join us in our vision and mission of discipleship and outreach, understanding that we exist not just for church kids but also to the un-churched/community students– Act. 1:8
· Sign up for things on time (or even before the deadline?)- Plan ahead for your child to be a part of things- Prov. 21:5
· Help us and support us in our expectations of students (above)- Rom. 13:1
· PRAY, often for us the pastors, small group leaders, support staff--James 5:16


Game: "Caffeine Quiz" (powerpoint game)


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Teaching Video: "I Was Here"- Beyonce (w/discussion & study)

  
LYRICS "I Was Here"

I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time
Know there was something that, meant something that I left behind
When I leave this world, I'll leave no regrets
Leave something to remember, so they won't forget

I was here

I lived, I loved
I was here
I did, I've done everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone will know
I was here

I want to say I lived each day, until I died

And know that I meant something in, somebody's life
The hearts I have touched, will be the proof that I leave
That I made a difference, and this world will see

I was here

I lived, I loved
I was here
I did, I've done everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone will know

I was here

I lived, I loved
I was here
I did, I've done everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone will know
I was here

I just want them to know

That I gave my all, did my best
Brought someone some happiness
Left this world a little better just because

I was here


I was here

I lived, I loved
I was here
I did, I've done everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I wanna leave my mark so everyone will know
I was here
I lived (I lived), I loved
I was here
I did (I did), I've done
I was here
I lived (I lived), I loved (I loved)
I was here (oh)
I did, I've done

I was here
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 Discussion Questions:
-  What do you want to be remembered for when you die?
-  Will your faith and Christ be part of what you are remembered for?
-  Based on how you are living right now, would your faith and your relationship with Christ be what people remember?
-  What is one thing (area, need, issue,...) that you would like to see gone from the planet before you die?
-  What are you willing to do personally to see that it is?
 
Read & Study
Matthew 25:14-30 
- How do these verses fit with what Beyonce is singing? 
- How do these verses not fit with what Beyonce is singing? 
- How do these verses fit your life?  
- Which servant do you feel you are currently?

Read & Study
Matthew 25: 31-46
- How do these verses fit with what Beyonce is singing?
- How do these not fit with what Beyonce is singing?
- What is it that the people are being judge for?
- Do you know what the difference between "Commit" & "Omit"? 
- Are the people in the verses being judge for the sins they Committed or for the things the Omitted? 

Challenge:
- Complete this sentence for yourself: "I was here and I ______________________________".
 
 
 

Free Resource #23 : "Youth Leadership Style" Assessment











It is the time of year again, new and old leaders are returning to our ministries, and we are trying to train them and get them ready for the new year.  One of the trickiest things is to truly figure out who they are as leaders and how we can best lead them.  Not only are we leader of students, but we also are leaders of leaders.  Here is a great resource that will help you assess and also encourage your leaders as they get ready for a new year or start in your ministry.  Click above to get started!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Top 10: Ways To Skin A "Youth Ministry" Cat!

  We have all heard "there is more than one way to skin a cat". The same is true of "Youth Ministry Cats", there is more than one way to approach issues and problems that come up in your ministry...





10. Start with the EYES: What are people looking at and what are they seeing.  Perception is everything!

9. Start with the EARS: What are people hearing?  Ask your secretary, volunteers or trusted parents what they are hearing about an issue or problem

8. Start with the MOUTH: What are people saying?  Somewhat similar to the above, what are people hearing, but you need to find out by going directly to a person that is "talking".  Ask them face to face and hear it from the "cat's mouth".  Some times talk is talk, but it still causes problems. 

7. Start with the PAWS: Where are people going?  Find out who/where are people going to with the problem or issue.  Money talks and "something else" walks.... ;-)

6.  Start with the HEAD: What are people thinking?  Talk to someone outside the issue, but knows you and your ministry and ask them for "right off the top of your head" what do they think advice. Also find out people's thought(s) behind the issue

5.  Start with the STOMACH: What are people hungry for? Problems arise when people aren't being fed or don't feel like they are being fed.  Investigate what the adults want or think they want from your youth ministry spiritually and investigate with your students what they are really "hungry for"?

4.  Start with the CLAWS: What is the "point" of the issue?  What are people really digging in on? Just like a real cat, once they sink their claws into something there is no letting go.  Find out quickly before it is to late!

3.  Start at the HEART: What is the emotions, feelings,and beliefs connected to this issue or problem? Find out what others are feeling and what the belief or sometimes tradition that is related to the problem. 

2. Start with the NOSE: What are you smelling? This may seem a bit weird at first, but after a while you can smell trouble coming.  Keep aware and ahead of things.  The best solutions sometimes is prevention, or use another cliche "Cut it off at the pass'.  Know your group, church, parents, and area well, so you know what might be an issue before it becomes one!

1. Start with the BUTT!: (Insert Butt Joke Here).  The fact is we are the "butt head" and the "butt of the problem" sometimes. We are the stubborn person that wouldn't change and all the above areas apply to us.  We might just need to look in the mirror and start skinning the cat.  

What are we seeing or not seeing?  What are we hearing or not listening to?  Let's be real we get up and talk (A LOT), that is our job, what are we saying?  Where are we digging in, when we should be letting it go? Where is our thought life? Are we feeding our own spiritual hunger first, before we try to feed others?  Are emotionally health and solid in our own beliefs?  Are we an aware and sensitive leader to our students, church, and our area.  

There is more than one way to skin a cat and each of these are great places to start both on a real cat or "youth ministry cat" in the end the best place might just be the butt!!?
 

Free Lesson: "Youth Group Sermon on Social Media"

 Austin McCann a student pastor at Courtney Baptist Church in Yadkinville, NC on his blog (http://austinmccann.com)
provides a great lesson for you to use for FREE!

The links provide all the resources you need to teach this lesson. He has included the teaching manuscript, PowerPoint presentation, and a Keynote presentation for Mac users. Enjoy!



Friday, August 17, 2012

Free Music #13: "Mix Tape Vol. 1"- City of Hope

Recorded by Marielle Valenzuela, presented by Monophonic Entertainment, MixTape Volume 1 is a first glimpse into the heart and soul behind City of Hope, debuting on August 7, 2012.

Includes 5 new, introspective tracks not included on Jordan's debut album,
City of Hope that encourages us to embrace the person Christ made us through raw testimony and story.

CLICK HERE (to get it for FREE!) 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"We are Expecting!?" (Leader Expectations for a NEW Year)


 Here is part of what I hand out to my leaders at the beginning of ever year. We have a big cookout/training/orientation night a few weeks before our new youth group year starts. Each year I tweak a few things and HIGHLIGHT a few things based on the previous year. 

Feel free to cut/paste, steal, borrow and do whatever you like with what I have here. Hopefully it will save you a bit of time and be helpful for your new year!!? I will be posting up a PART 2, next week of what I give out to parents and students as "Expectations" for them!  


If you would like this in a PDF or Word Document, let me know I would be happy to send one to you!  
Because of so may requests---* UPDATE 2/21/13- CLICK HERE (for PDF)
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What You Can Expect From Dan
· Biblical Structure and Leadership
· Pastoral Accountability with Truth and Love
· Spiritual & Emotional Encouragement
· Training and learning opportunities both as a leader and as a believer
· Communication, support and direction (receiving a “weekly email update” from me)
· A clear Vision and Challenge to develop the ministry
· Working hard to ensure that you are successful
   
      * As well as all of the following expectations for youth leaders

Expectations of Youth Leaders
 General
· Strong personal relationship with Christ as Savior
· Strong personal committed Christian lifestyle
· Strong home and family life, that can be an example to students
· Faithful weekly attendance of church, small group and Sunday school is strongly recommended
· Dressing modestly and appropriately, so that no student or adult falls into lust
· If you are unmarried and/or dating you will remain sexual pure and be above reproach in your relationship (s)

Youth Ministry
· Faithful and committed attendance of youth group, as well as activities & programs
    * call DAN before 3pm Weds. if you can not make it on an evening
    * expected of your own children as well
· Attendance of monthly youth leader’s meetings– 2nd Sunday, 5-6:30 of Every Month (Sept-May)
· Overall support, respect , and accountability of ministry, fellow leaders, and Berean Baptist Church
    * will not criticize, be negative or gossip toward ministry, leadership, fellow leaders, students of the church      (*especially in front of or to students)
   * go to the that person directly, if you have an issue or something that needs to be discussed  ( Matt 18)
· Ministry and interaction with all students of the ministry, not only those in your small group
· Wholehearted participation in all activities and games (as physically possible) during a youth group evening
· Active involvement in looking for ways to make the meetings and programs run more smoothly, being willing to address disruptive students, and enforce “student expectations”
· Being on time for youth group and all activities
· Communicate not only with students but also with parents about ministry and activities
    * inform Dan of issues or areas of concern that need to be brought to his attention
· Stay positive even when things go wrong
· Appropriate interaction with students and fellow leaders of the opposite sex, including not being alone in a room, car, or elsewhere.
· Allow a yearly background check
· Transporting students will require seatbelts to be worn, and drive safely and at the speed limit

Responsibilities:
· Small Group Responsibilities
- weekly leadership
   * respect schedule times (lesson, game…)
   * involved in all areas of the Weds. Night Schedule
   * follow and do what is assigned for small group times
   * assist in maintaining focus during large group times (announcement, lesson…)
   * clean up and maintain your small group room
- regular contacting (email, phone, text, facebook…), and follow up
- scheduling personal contact outside of group, through visits, attendance of activities, …
· Paperwork ( folders)
- Weekly attendance sheets
- Weekly small group reports
- Special event forms and money
· Activities, Events, Retreats, and Trips
Attendance, planning & assistance of activities and events, unless otherwise informed (* See Tentative 2010-2011 Calendar)
-  Attendance of FALL ADVANCE(Oct. 19-22)
-  Tentative commitment to Attend: WINTER RETREAT- "Believe" Event (Feb 22-23)
-   Consider a summer missions trip (July 7th, July 22-27th)

What students need from youth leaders
Changing our world, happens one student at a time. Students do not CONNECT to programs, they CONNECT to people who are present in their lives. Our goal is to develop leaders who will minister to students. Our youth group needs leaders who will:
• Love God and Love THEM (unconditionally and sometimes sacrificially)
• Be interested in their lives
• Take initiative to spend time with them
• Pray for them
• Be real
• Say encouraging words
• Believe in them
• Laugh & show true JOY!
• Go to “their world”
• Remember their names and care for them
• Share God’s love through personal experience
• Be consistent in life and ministry
• Be patient
** Be a leader, not a peer. You are the adult!!

Personal Boundaries
Utilize careful judgment at all times in the exercise of personal freedom, particularly when associated with and/or relating to students, either publicly or privately. We recognize that many of us have opinions and practices on certain lifestyle issues that differ from one another. Lifestyle issues are complicated further by the reality that we are in a position of trust and influence in the youth ministry. Therefore, with respect to such issues as the use of language, entertainment, and other behavioral matters that are open to abuse, misuse and misunderstanding, the following Biblical principles must be followed:
The Bible condemns self-indulgence while commanding self-control (Gal. 5:19-25).
The Bible commands respect of one’s body (1 Thes. 4:4; 1 Cor. 6:18-20).
Community interests are to be put ahead of self-interest (Phil. 2:3-5).
Personal liberty is to be set aside:
When its exercise could hinder a student’s spiritual development;
When its exercise could be misunderstood in such a way as to hinder one’s own witness, or that of our student ministry.

Social Media:
The main web-based and media communication tool for our ministry is Facebook (www.facebook.com/surgejh).  You are not required to have a facebook page, but are strongly encouraged to consider having one.  Due to the use of facebook and other social media resources (twitter, 4square, and texting), we have some expectations:
· All communication should be positive, appropriate and is not intended to offend, demean, or criticize. Additionally, gossip and rumors are still a sin even if they are not “spoken” (Eph. 4:31)
· Communication with the students of the opposite sex should be in a open public forum (*wall or comment box)
· Pictures & videos posted or sent should be appropriate, modest, and should not include actions, lifestyle, or practices that would offend (*see above)
· Social media is an opportunity to extend your positive connection, communicate with students and “go to their world”, but it is not your role to “police” or “filter”.