Tuesday, April 30, 2013

REMIX: Event Night- "INSTAGRAM Sign Scavenger Hunt"

Almost a year or so ago I posted an idea for a "Photo Scavenger Hunt" posting pictures to Facebook.  A year later and now we have the INSTAGRAM Boom!  Consider taking the orginal idea (below) and giving another new spin using your kid's Instagram accounts.  AND ALSO consider the great new software INSTA-FEED LIVE from  Stuff You Can Use.Org, to make a quick slide show at the end of the night?

Additionally this is a great Event/Activity/Game to go along with the "SIGNS" lesson series, in the lesson section!
 Original Post.... 
A classic is reborn in this updated version of a fun group game for your leaders and students. All the fun, without the risk, issues, and visits from the local authorities!

Admittedly, this is one of those game that you have to spell out the rules CLEARLY for your students and your leaders.  To be quite honestly, this "may or may not" have been a game that originally 18ish years ago might have included a bit of "borrowing".

It is another spin on the old classic youth group scavenger hunts.  Each group will be given the same list of items and instructions with a time limit to complete it.  It is a fun event that will also end up with some classic photos for around the youth area or for Facebook. (*INSTAGRAM) If you are smaller group divided up into cars or teams if you are bigger church make it a small group challenge night. Make sure each group has a at least one camera phone and capabilities to connect to Facebook (*INSTAGRAM)

Here is the list of signs & instructions:
You have one hour to complete this hunt.  You will be finding signs, taking a picture of the sign along with of an assigned task, and posting it the youth group Facebook wall. (*INSTAGRAM w/ your assigned #) The first group to post a picture of each item will get 10 points for your team, 5 points for the second team, 3 points for the 3rd team, and 1 point for all remaining teams. At the end of the hour you need to meet back at the church for viewing party, food, and announcement of winners along with your prize!

- Pedestrian Crossing: 2 people holding hands crossing the street
- Construction Sign: Pretend to be using a jack hammer
- Funeral Home Sign: Pretend to have a funeral
- Kids at Play: Group skipping
- KFC: group doing the chicken dance
- YMCA: 4 people doing the "Y.M.C.A"
- Grocery store: 2 members in a shopping cart
- Wal-mart: Best redneck poses
- Church sign (other than ours): praying (*tebowing)
- Stop Sign: group stopping traffic
- Curve sign: group showing "off their curves"
- Deer Crossing: group doing their best impression of deer
- House for Sale: group making a human pyramid
- Mc Donalds: 4 people making the "arches"
- Starbucks: A person drinking coffee
- Mall Sign: Group making snow angels
- Gas Station Sign: Group member pumping someone's gas
- Speed limit sign: 2 people running as fast at they can past
- Hotel Sign: Group sleeping
- Pool Sign: Group swimming
- Welcome to our Town Sign: Group waving and welcoming a car to our town

Update, Re-uses, or Create your own version for your particular town or group...Just have fun, enjoy and remember the 8th Commandment...NO STEALING!!  

News U Can Use: "National Screen-Free Week"

Screen-Free Week: Is unplugging completely the way to go?

Screen-Free Week: Is unplugging completely the way to go?

By: Shannon Younger (CHICAGO NOW: TWEEN US)

Today is the start of Screen-Free Week, a campaign to get families to turn off the television, tablet, video games, phones and all other devices. The goal is to get you to unplug, or power down for a week, from April 29-May 5. Farewell, Facebook. See you next week, Snapchat. Ta ta, Twitter.
Including multi-tasking, children 8 to 18 spend 7.5 hours per day with screens, including television, video games and computers.

Holy screen time, Batman. That is a bit scary given that time spent with screens is associated with obesity, sleep disturbances, and attention span issues.

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood is sponsoring Screen-Free Week, saying, "On April 29-May 5, people around the country (and world!) will turn OFF TV, video and mobile games, and other screens they use for entertainment, and turn ON the world around them! Think, read, play, daydream, explore nature, enjoy family and friends--do all this and so much more when you spend 7 days unplugged."
Those are certainly admirable goals, I'm not certain just how feasible screen-free week really is in our world.  Okay, it is feasible, but is it practical? No.
The lines between work and school and entertainment have really blurred. Helping tweens to learn what screen time is necessary and what screen time not is tough, and unplugging completely doesn't promote the necessary conversations with our kids about what screen time productive, healthy or even necessary, and what is not.

My tween loves reading on a Kindle. The junior high teachers post all the homework assignments online and they are integrated into a student's individual calendar that is considered their assignment notebook. We may FaceTime on the iPhone with her grandparents in another time zone. These are all okay with me.Instead of completely unplugging for just a week, why not focus on all things in moderation for the long haul?

Some screen time is necessary in this crazy world. Sometimes screen time can be beneficial, and other times it can have negative effects.

When I asked my tween at breakfast this morning what her favorite unplugged activities are, she said jump roping, making an obstacle course, playing board games and reading. These are all things she did this weekend. To me, that underscores the point that limiting screen time and promoting our kids' healthy relationships with the unplugged world as well as with the media is an ongoing conversation and effort.
I think that conversation and effort are more important than just saying no for a week. I wish unplugging for a few days was the answer, but it is not.

For great information on Screen-Free Week, check out this ChicagoNow School Zone blog, Could You Go Screen-Free For a Week?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Top 10: Rappers/ R&B Artists After the Fame Fades??

For an upcoming lesson series about entertainment and media.  I am going to be talking about how quickly celebrity, fame and popularity fades.  Students waste all kinds of time and money on their movies and music, then they are gone? 

To kick off the lesson is my Top 10 things some of today's rappers/ R&B artists might be doing tomorrow to support themselves after their fame fades?

10. Chris Brown-ies

9.  Eminem's M&Ms and Candy

8. 2 Panes Replacement Windows

7. Fl-Usher's Plumbing

6. Nicki Massage

5. Mow Rider Lawn Service

4. Alicia Keys and Locks

3. 50 Scents Candles & Incense

2. Pee Diddy Urinal Cakes

1. Jay ZZZZ Mattress and Sleep Store

* Feel free to use this as part of one of your up coming lessons or just for some ran-dumb fun for your group?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ran-Dumb Youth Ministry Meme # 29

"7 Tips for Teaching JH Students from Andy Stanley"

Below is a great email/article that I read recently that I just really wanted to share, so with Michael's kind permission I am reposting it here.  I have great respect, like most for Andy Stanley and also for Coach Shef and the Middle School/Jr. High ministry at North Point.  This article is absolutely excellent and it spot on to the kind of teacher I want to be and would challenge you to be as well?  
Also not to "sell" anything here, that is not the point of why I am posting this, but connected to this piece is a great FREE training simulcast, that I hosted at your church last year for our network of youth workers in our area.  It helped and challenge me greatly as a speaker.  Check it out for yourself at the end of this piece.
Thanks Micheal for letting me repost this!
Blessings- DAN (The JH Uth Guy)
"Seven Things I Learned from Watching Andy Stanley Teach Junior High Students "
                               By: Michael Lukaszewski of The Rocket Company

My family and I attend North Point Community Church and they recently did a message series calledYou'll Be Glad You Did. The kickoff message was actually recorded by Andy Stanley on the previous Friday evening. It was the opening talk of a middle school weekend retreat. Andy taught the message to a room full of middle school students, knowing it would be shown on Sunday morning in church. 

Andy was teaching junior high school students, knowing the message would be shown at area churches on Sunday. As he walked off the stage Friday, a camera followed him as he addressed the adult service. It was like the Inception of sermons. Communicating to two audiences is a difficult task for any communicator.

I couldn't help but think how many parents appreciated the look inside the message their kids are hearing at NorthPoint. But I also couldn't help but jot down some notes on communication from Andy's message. It was masterful.

Here are seven things I learned from Andy Stanley's sermon to students. 

1. Andy used a ton of humor. The message was all about labels, and how we accept labels from other people, and miss out on the fact that only our maker has the right to label us. Andy told stories from his own time in junior high school. He talked about getting the nickname "Sabertooth Andy" because his teeth were so messed up. (I bet a lot of people could relate to that). He talked about being labeled "not smart" after his teacher just wrote "NO" in red ink on a math test. Andy didn't talk about all his successes in junior high...he made fun of himself. And whether you're teaching junior high kids or senior adults, this is a great way to make a connection.

2. Andy built tension into his talk. I've seen him do this time and time again, but this message was a great illustration. There was a time when he wanted everyone to think about the question he was going to ask. Think about it, not answer it out loud. He spent several minutes baiting the crowd and setting up this moment, so by the time he put the question on the screen, it just hung in the air. Too many times, we assume people are interested in our message. Work on the tension early on and they will lean in. 

3. Andy introduced an idea and then brought it back at the end. I've seen comedians do this throughout the course of a set, and it's a great way to weave a major point through an entire message. In this case, Andy said that manufacturers, owners and purchasers had the right to label something. This came in the first few minutes of his talk and then he moved on. Later, he came back to this idea and said that God - the one who made you, owns you and purchased you - is the only one who has the right to label you. When you tease an idea or set it up early, you can come back to it later. Done right, it can be a great a-ha moment. 

4. The message was short. The message was about 30 minutes. This might be longer than you think middle school students could handle (it's not...you just can't waste their time and you have to be on your game.) 30 minutes seems like the right length for most sermons. It's not a hard and fast rule. In general, I think we need to say what needs to be said and then stop talking.

5. Andy started with them. I believe that while sermon preparation should start with the scripture, the sermon itself should start with the audience. The goal is to teach the Bible, but in order to do that effectively, we have to start with where people are. What are their hopes, dreams, fears, thoughts and desires? What are they thinking in that moment? The first minutes of Andy's talk were not wasted...He was building a connection by starting with where they live and what they deal with on a daily basis.

6. Andy made the audience the hero. Here's a secret....your audience loves to feel smarter than you. When you talk about the things you mess up, people can relate to you. When you make them into the hero, they connect and pay attention. In this message, Andy referenced the room of adults listening (remember...this was an Inception style sermon!), and said, "Right now, there is a room of adults who are saying - I wish someone had told me these things when I was a kid." Andy told the students they could get this right the first time. Without putting down anyone, Andy made a room full of junior high students feel like they could do something better than their parents.

7. Andy taught one passage. Andy got to Romans 12:1-2 and unpacked some meaning from that verse. It was a bite-sized teaching time - he knew it didn't have to be the final word on the topic. He didn't jump all around the Bible and confuse people with a bunch of verses. He taught one passage, and he taught it well. Of course, he used a sticky statement to tie it all together. The bottom line of this message was "The labels people put on you could cause you to miss God's plan for you."

Every Senior Pastor should teach students from time to time. It will keep you on your game and will force you to work on your craft. Adults will often sit through a boring message because they aresupposed to...students usually will not.

As someone who cares so much about helping people communicate God's Word authentically, passionately and effectively, it was great to see how Andy did so in front of junior high students. It was refreshing to see a Senior Pastor willing to communicate to junior high students. And a church willing to show a message in the adult service on the weekend.

I learned a lot from Andy's message. Not just about finding my identity in Christ, but how to connect with students. I don't know if I'm an expert in communication, but I do love serving churches by helping the pastor preach better messages. That's one reason I devote so much of my time to the Preaching Rocket Coaching Program. I don't know of a better way to work ON your calling and your craft.

- Michael


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Free Media 42: "Vintage Sunset" Motion Background Loop

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Game #30: "ANGRY LEADERS" (*An Angry Birds Game)

Just in time for the end of the youth group year.  

Trying to find a special way to say thank you to your leaders for their hard work all year long?   

Why not make them "Angry Leaders"??

- 1 Water Balloon Slingshot
- 3-5 soccerball size nerf balls or softer dodgeballs 
- 10 chair

Set up:
This game can be played indoors in a gym or outdoors on a big area. Place leaders on one end of your playing area standing up on chairs. Spread the chairs out with varying distances from the other end of the playing area.  On the other end mark out a designated launch area.

Using your balls and slingshot have teams alternate and try to hit /or knock down leaders. 
- 1 points for a hit
- 5 for a knock offs
- 10 points deducted if leader catches the ball

Sure to make your leaders ANGRY as as a BIRD!??  For more "Angry Birds" Lesson to go along with your game check out my "Angry Words" lesson.  For more Angry Birds Style games check out my post "Ultimate Birds, Battle Birds, and Water Bird

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

News U Can Use: "Tweens and Instagram"

Tweens and Instagram: How to Do It Right
by: Scott Shamberg

When the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary happened in December, my mom called me and asked, "Are you going to talk to the kids about it?" I knew they would find out about it and I planned to talk to them, but before my wife and I could formulate a plan, I heard my daughter from the back seat of the car: "Dad, what happened in Connecticut?" Radio is off. "Where did you see that, honey?" I asked. "Instagram," she replied.

Every day, I stand up and tell Fortune 100 brands that they aren't in control over their messages. Whatever they say or communicate about their brands is free to be picked apart in social media. Why, therefore, I thought my 9-year old-was any different, I have no idea. A quick Google search of the term "social media and parenting" returns 295 million results with sources from NPR and Forbes to Facebook and WebMD. However, a lot of that content covers Twitter, Facebook and "tween" involvement, not Instagram and not kids younger than 10.

Instagram seems innocent enough and that may be the reason why younger kids are flocking to it -- pictures and memes, fun filters and little hearts to like things.

When my daughter asked to be on Instagram, we saw it as something she could earn (which she did) and, frankly, it was a way to keep her at bay on texting for a while. She wasn't asking about Facebook or Twitter. Facebook isn't cool for kids ("my parents and grandparents are on it") and Twitter doesn't seem as exciting -- yet.

We laid down only a few ground rules in a way she would understand. First, dad was going to follow her, so anything she posts on Instagram, she has to be comfortable saying to my face or sharing with me in person. Second, if I saw something I thought was inappropriate, it would result in a penalty: I get the iTouch for a couple of days and she'd face an Instagram ban. Finally, she had to have a private profile and I could pop quiz her on her followers anytime I wanted. Anyone she accepted but didn't really know got blocked. "Somebody from dance class" was not acceptable.

That was all we did and so far, it has worked very well. This was before the great "iPhone contract" that went viral a little while ago, but it was in the same spirit.

Realistically, as we know, social media isn't always fun and games. What do you do when a 10-year-old writes #f*ckingcool in a post? Do you, as a parent, get involved when a feed you're following through your child looks like a modern day Mean Girls? What will you do the first time you see a Rihanna nip slip picture? Our parents asked themselves the same questions. Should I read her diary? Do I look through his drawers? Instagram is today's digital diary with one big difference -- everyone CAN read it and you can't throw it away.

That last sentence is important, so let's say it again. Everyone can read it and you can't throw it away. The day after Sandy Hook, I was on my daughter's feed and I saw that she had posted a picture of the shooter and that she "hated him." Her heart was in the right place, but we still deemed it inappropriate. We sat her down and talked to her about remembering the victims and ignoring the shooter and the terrible things he had done. She got it and we took the post down, but for anyone who had seen it, kids or parents, it was too late.
The bottom line is that this is new territory for everyone. Don't overthink it, practice common sense:
1. Know the password. Always.
2. Follow them. If you aren't on Instagram and your kid is, that's a problem.
3. Have a sliding scale of severity that guides how you act. #youstink is kids being kids. #sof*ckingcool is not.
4. Don't call another kid out on his/her feed if something they did is inappropriate. If you know the parent, go that route. If not, talk to your kid and see how they react -- do they know it's over the line?
5. Let them see your feed and make sure what you post follows the same rules.
6. Remind them that what they say can't be taken back.
7. Read #6 again.
8. Start to expose them, carefully, to Facebook. They didn't buy Instagram for nothing (actually, they bought it for $1B). They will get more and more alike.

Done right, Instagram is a playful communication tool for tweens too old for LeapFrog. They set goals for their number of followers because they are as self-indulgent as we are. They create fun photo challenges and they mostly write nice things about each other.

Just remember that the digital revolution we are experiencing puts a tremendous amount of power in the hands of our kids. It can make them seem more ready than they really, truly are. As was told to Spiderman: "With great power comes great responsibility." #payattention

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Top 10: Rules For Speaking in Sunday Morning Service.



10. Cover Your Tatoos... Especially that sweet neck ink of your college girl friend

9. Wear Shoes...I know barefoot is more comfortable, but "big people" where shoes when in front of other "big people" (that is what I have heard?)

8.  Don't Say "Sucks"... yes this "sucks", but "suck it up" and don't be a "sucker" or you will end up sucking on a milk shake on at your new job flipping hamburgers and that really will SUCK!!

7.  Stay Behind the Pulpit/Podium... old people get scared easily and you running the stage or walking the aisles might give someone a heart attack.  Also you moving around so much, might keep people awake and some of the members need all the beauty sleep they can get?

6.  Don't Yell...I know the Sr. Pastor does, but he can get away with it.  You will just come off angry, loud, and aggressive, that needs to be saved for the next youth committee meeting?

5. Try Not to Preach on Sex... refer to rule #7, concerning heart attacks.

4.  Wear a Tie...You just bought that super awesome deep v v-neck just for the occasion, but this is adult worship and you are a 30-something year old adult not a 7th grade American Apparel model?

3.  Preach Out of the Bible... Yes, that new "Street Paraphrase" is way cool and hip, but the senior saints just might not get the version of Ps. 23 with "you sit me on a comfy couch and put on my mellow jams. You order me up enough pizza for my crew.."

2.  Do Not Refer to your Spouse as Hot... Just experiencing talking here, just DON'T DO IT, not in front of the adults in any context.

1. Refrain from Riding Anything Onto the Stage... Pogo sticks, motorcycles, skateboards, any live animals, or having your adoring students carry you in on their shoulders because the other pastors finally gave in and to let you speak...

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Be Right Back...

Hello! Welcome Back OR Welcome for the First Time? 

Sorry I am not here right now, but don't worry I will be back soon.  Feel free to click around and see what I have posted in the past.    Due to some great things going on both inside and outside my own JH/MS ministry. I am not posting anything for a week or maybe two. 
God has opened some really amazing doors because of what is going on here in this blog for some outside projects, networking, ministry coaching, writing, and even right now this week some traveling.  When I return from being away I almost immediately jump into an area-wide JH/MS event with my group and a bunch of other MS/JH students from around my local area.  Needless to say, that is why I am taking a short break from posting.

Please check back around the week of 22nd for some new posts and maybe even some reflections from what God was "up to" and taught me while I was away. 

Blessing In Your Ministry to JH/MS Students.  Thank You For What You Do!!
                                                                 -  DAN (the JH Uth Guy)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Ran-Dumb Youth Ministry Meme #28

Seriously, why hasn't somebody invented this yet!! Come on YS or Simply Youth!!  This is what I want for my youth building!! 

Insert money or swipe your parent's credit card out comes a ticket to the next big trip, retreat, or event!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Free Music #18: "Woven"- Esterlyn

It has been a while, but my old friends "Esterlyn" are still rolling with more great music.  They stopped by a couple years and played our concert venue here at our church. The performance and show was outstanding. 

If you have never heard of them, this is your chance.  If have heard of them but haven't heard anything in a while- HERE YOU GO!!

CLICK HERE (to get your jam on)

Free Media #41: "Les Misérables"‏-Video Clips & Study Guide

This Les Misérables study guide explores how Jean Valjean's dramatic life of redemptive suffering is a testament to the transformative power of the human heart. This Free Guide can be used with the clips and trailers

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Game #29: "That's A Bunch of Baloney!" (upfront game)

Another Slightly Disgusting....Quick Simple, Inexpensive Up-Front Challenge, That Your MS/JH Students Will *Love! (*watching others do...)

- 1 big package of bologna (cheapest you can find)

Rules/Set Up/Game:
Have 2 teams of 2 come up.  The teams stand 10-15 feet away from each other.  Hand all 4 players an equal amount of slices of Bologna.

On "Go" players will take turns "Frisbee" throwing a slice of bologna to their team mate who will try to catch it with their face, without using their hands. The game goes back and forth until every one is out of Bologna.  The winning team is the team that has the most bologna on their faces.

The challenge and trick of course after the first couple of "catches" is for players to keep the Bologna on their face and continue to throw. It is hilarious to see people trying to peek out from underneath a slice of slimy gross Bologna trying to throw with any accuracy.

Enjoy, have fun and hope your students like it as much as mine do!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

News U Can Use: "Middle School Dating Linked to Bad Grades?"

"Study shows long-term perils of middle school dating"

By: Matthew Simmons (for: http://www.redandblack.com/)

Studies show that students who enter the dating world at a young age may have to face the consequences down the road.

These results came from a study conducted by five University of Georgia staff members and administrators, which revealed that students who date in middle school are more likely to suffer academically later in life.
The five co-authors published a seven-year study, named the Healthy Teens Longitudinal Study, which looked into the lives of adolescents in middle and high school. The research was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Pamela Orpinas, the main author of the study, professor in the College of Public Health and head of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, said the study’s purpose was to research how adolescents develop and what causes differences in development.

Orpinas and the other researchers followed over 600 students from six school districts in northeast Georgia over a seven-year period, starting with the students’ entry into the sixth grade and their graduation of the 12th grade. Students were asked to fill out surveys based on their social experiences — including dating or even the use of drugs or alcohol — while teachers filled out evaluations of students’ performances in academic areas.

After the research ended, Orpinas and her co-authors discovered that, based on the data they collected, the students that dated in middle school were four times more likely to drop out of school and also had a higher chance of taking part in underage drinking and substance abuse. The teacher evaluations of these students were also significantly worse, Orpinas said.

Orpinas said that she believes there are several explanations for this correlation. One reason she gave was that early dating could be a pattern of high-risk behavior. She also compared dating a classmate to dating a co-worker and said that breaking up and being forced to be in the same class would affect study habits and concentration.

“Kids start dating each other and when they stop they have to see each other everyday and that can lead to depression.” Orpinas said.

In an email to The Red & Black, Patricia M. Reeves, an associate professor in the School of Social Work at UGA and co-author in the study, said Opinas was an internationally recognized expert on this particular subject.

But Orpinas said that this type of studying is actually similar to earlier studies that were previously conducted. These also discovered that earlier dating lead to poorer academic performance in students’ school careers.

Research Professor of Counseling and Human Development and former UGA Dean of Education Arthur Horne, another co-author on the study, said that these types of studies are uncommon due to the amount of time that the researcher must devote. The original goal of the study, Horne said, was to determine what led some students to more violent behaviors in school.

Horne said that this type of study could be beneficial for schools because it alerts people to what other factors lead to success in school. Horne also said that these types of studies could be conducted to examine other adolescent issues, such as obesity.

Orpinas said that not all students that date in middle school will have worse academic careers. But she still urges parents to talk to their children about the subject of dating.

“Dating doesn’t have to be a rite of passage. Every person has their own timing.” Orpinas said.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Top 10: JH/MS Boys (who do we minister to?)

10. Lego Logan- He is your super sweet new 6th graders, that still plays with "toys".  If you ask him, he will show you his pocket full of legos.  You might even catch a couple of his friends discussing their latest creations.  The problem is he has no clue on deeper spiritual things, because his parents have babied him for so long in every way.

9. GI Joe Joe- Joe comes in full camo even on Sunday morning.  He even owns a camo tie.  He is the first one to sign up for paintball and will probably the first one to sign for the army.  He occasionally will give you a "HOHA!' after a correct answer?  You say "Onward Christian Soldiers" he is combat crawling out the door?

8. Ball Boy Billy- He is your sports guy...every sport ever invented.  If it is involves a ball, he is in it to win it. The problem is dad thinks he is going to go pro by 9th grade.  Not sure what sport, but he will be drafted directly out of middle school, so that means he is not at church often.  He is at practice, clinics, games, and traveling teams.  His parent's just took out a second mortgage to pay for all of it, but Billy is really the one paying for it in the end?

7. Corner Connor- Connor comes in find the farthest, darkest corner and sits down.  He is not a problem it is almost like he is not there.  He in some ways really isn't. He sits and soaks in silence.  No one knows who he is, what he is thinking, and what do with him. 

6. Preacher Boy Paul- Born, Bred, and Bible fed y'all.  With his 10 pound study Bible, freshly pressed pants and tie he is ready to go.   First one with the verse, and his hand up with the answer.  He has memorize the book of Lamentations for fun? He knows the answer to the questions, but doesn't know what it means.  He just told you his plans for seminary and he hasn't even completed 7th grade.

5. ADD Alan- Which one will show up tonight.  Alan with drugs or Alan without drugs? He is the kids that actually does chase squirrels..literally!  On drugs he will sit and drool, off drugs he is hanging from the rafter...once again literally.  He is the reason your trustees want to do away with the exposed beam industrial look in the youth building?

4. Rocker Rocky- Please no piercing during youth group!  Your Mohawk must be short enough to fit in the door.  If you are wearing leather pants with studs you can not play the game tonight AND many other rules were made because of Rocky.  May not get it all, but loves to worship and plays a mean electric guitar in the praise band.

3. Christian School Chris- Spends some time on and off with Preacher Boy Paul. Like Paul knows the answers and has the knowledge, but is not as willing to share it.  He has 'heard it all" and "knows it all" but could honestly care less? He comes every other week or so, because even his parents feel he "gets enough God all day at school"

2. Clowning Carl- The life of the party and is absolutely hilarious.  You love him to death...when you are not teaching.  Big personality and Big love for Jesus to, just gets a little lost in being popular, fun, and everyone's friends. 

1. Questioning Quinton?? Always has a questions and wants to know and challenge everything.   He grew up in a good Christian home, but now wants to really know if what he believes is true.  May drive you nuts, but in the end he is willing and open to learn.  On top of everything else he wants to live his faith out and wants others to to.  He is either going to be an outstanding witness in this high school and college years or he will walk away completly from church frustrated.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ran-Dumb Youth Ministry Meme #27

Free Media #40: American Bible Challenge Media Clips

It is back for season #2, the Christian hit game show "American Bible Challenge" with Jeff Foxworthy.  They are offering up a couple Countdowns for FREE that include Bible Trivia. Great to start off your next youth group night, event, or just for some fun!! Might be just a sneak little way to find out how much your students ACTUALLY know and maybe even what you might need to be teaching on??

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They are also offering a set of teach clips called "Faith Moments" having notable Christian leaders share with special moments where their faith in God was enriched.

CLICK HERE (to check those out)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Website of the Month: "CRU Press Green"

This is the digital home of all the ministry resources of Cru’s U.S. Campus Ministry (USCM)—everything intuitively organized, pretty to look at, and free to read, watch, listen, download, or share. Enjoy and be blessed.

Why “Green”?  Two reasons.  By having hundreds of great ministry materials available at your fingertips—on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or Commodore 64—you’re saving a few trees. And, by acquiring these aforementioned resources absolutely free, you’re saving some serious cash.

So feel free to browse around, either by category or topic. Watch a video. Download a Bible Study. Listen to a talk. Read an article. Go nuts. And remember, if you’d rather have the printed version of a particular resource, you can purchase it at the Cru Press store.

CLICK HERE (to check it out)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Youth Ministry Invention #5: Instagram Photo Booth!

Check out this great idea from PhotoMojo and Alexander Morris.

They are sharing their downloadable instructions to make your very own.  

What at great invention to use for your next special event or youth group night! 

(to get the Do It Yourself instructions)

2013 03:30.jpg From: Alexander Morris on Instructables

Monday Moring Inspiration: "Youth Ministry The Hardest Job I Know"