Sunday, June 23, 2013

CAMP WEEK- Relish this Week, Ketchup Up Next Week!

It is CAMP WEEK!! I am away all this week at beautiful CAMP PATMOS on awesome KELLEY'S ISLAND out on Lake Erie! I am speaking all week to a great group of JH/MS students and when I am not speaking I am going to be hanging with my family.  So if you just happen to be stopping by looking for some new ran-dumbness or some slightly more serious inspiration for your JH/MS Ministry.  I am not here right now, so leave a message after the beep...."BEEP!"

* Come Back Next Monday Morning, July 1st, for a New Top 10, a Quick Hint & Help, A Sweet New Game, A Every So Ran-Dumb Meme of the Week and MORE!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

JH/MS Ministry App #6: "Radio U"

I don't know about your area, but are local Christian radio stations where I have lived over the year have...well...really kind of sucked.  We all remember back in the day listening to "Friends are Friends Forever"(*see Monday's Top 10) on cassette, but really does it STILL deserve to be on the play loop?  

Wherever we have lived around the country we have tuned in via the internet or a couple different ways to a 88.7 out of Columbus, OH of all places, for the one of the best Christian Radio Stations around-RADIO U!! 
NOW (for a while) they have an Apps, so turn of the old FM radio and turn it UP With the FREE Radio U Apps

From the App Store- "Listen live for bands like Skillet, Flyleaf, Relient K, and The Devil Wears Prada. The R!OT with Obadiah and Nikki every morning, RadioU's Ten Most Wanted, and more. App features include RadioU’s live stream, now playing, background play, music news, our social media links, an alarm clock (wake up to RadioU!), and more."

CLICK TO GET IT NOW!! (android)

Also check out the Radio U webpage for great content, merch and more.... and also see their TV Channel!! at 

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STAND TOGETHER: bigger perspective on accountability & mentors


Youth ministry and ministry in general can be a very lonely place. Men and women of God serve the community, while not being truly in community. Standing in front of others and leading others to connect while not really feeling connected. Mentoring and discipling those they are called to serve, while not having anyone they can lean on. Who mentors the mentor? Who disciples the disciple? Who communes with a church community’s leader?

As men and women in ministry leadership roles, especially youth ministry, it is necessary and essential to find connection, relationship, community and to be mentored. In the most traditional sense there is a need for one-on-one discipleship. It a Biblical model and practices. It is a healthy thing to find someone who can walk through life and hold us accountable for spiritual and ministry practices. Much has been written of the who and how of finding traditional one to one, life on life mentors. Let us now add a new layer to the conversation

In an age of numbers and mega-everything the Christian leader has been placed in competition with fellow leaders and put at odds to true Kingdom life. While being individually mentor, the modern leader has missed out on the greater leader community, because of this. There is no loss of conventions, trainings, and conferences on national level but where are the local spaces of gathering? When are the times where Kingdom leaders may lay aside the non-essential differences and join for round table sharing, accountability, and life together. We as the leaders of the church, whether paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time are an order unto ourselves. Our struggles and successes can only be appreciated by those who live within the calling. Due to the pressures to succeed and be seen as successful, today youth leader have become separated to those closest to them in mission and purpose, other youth leaders/workers in their local area

In addition to individual mentoring, consider creating a network of other youth workers, beyond denominational lines. Allow yourself and others in your area to join together to find common ground, purpose, and spiritual strength. Do not come together only to plan and create more programs and events. Come together to openly share and honestly prayer for one another. Instead of thinking of mentoring in singular, begin to think also about mentoring in the plural.  
Youth ministry has placed such a high value on small groups in our ministries where students find connection, support, and private spiritual conversation. Why not the youth leader themselves having the same kind of group? If we plan and preach the value of small discipleship setting, why not practice what we preach?

Consider and pray beyond the walls of our own church and ministry looking to our local areas. Find those who are called like we are to the lives of students and invite them to meet, talk, and create deeper relationships. What we may discover is that while we still have our individual discipleship relationships, we can also add a new depth to our understanding of what it is to be ministered to and not just minister!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Free Game Resource: "Grass Stains: Outdoor Games" (E-Book)

 Tested in the trenches with proven results: download a dynamic resource for easy 20 OUTDOOR youth group games.

GRASS STAIN: OUTDOOR YOUTH MINISTRY GAMES will enhance your ministry and build community.

Get your free ebook today from the team at Activities for every occasion: creative youth group game ideas for you to adapt to your ministry setting.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quick Hints & Help #1- "WALK IT OFF"

Like Your Daddy Always Use to Say...

Bring an old pair of walking shoes to your office. After a long meeting or phone call, especially the more difficult ones-WALK IT OFF, PRAY IT OFF!

Instead of going right back to work, take a 5-10 minutes to take a slow, steady walk once around the building. Take the time to decompress, refocus, while you take a couple quick minutes to pray. It will keep you from getting overwhelmed and will keep your spiritually and physically healthy.

* It may just keep off that "youth pastor pizza gut"!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Top 10: Song I Sang when I WAS In JH Youth Group?

These were that THE Jams, back in the day- every week and every retreat or camp.  These were the songs that we would belt out when I was in 6th-8th grade (and even into the SH years). Yeah, I am old.  As I look at this list, I truly realize it even more.  Either way here you go.

Would love to hear yours faves from back in the day??  

10. Pharaoh, Pharaoh

9.  Lord I Lift Your Name on High

8. Blind Man

7. Lean On Me

6. It Only Takes A Spark

5. Shut the Do'

4. No You Can't Get to Heaven

3. Big House

2. Shine


* I am thinking it is about to go old school this summer at camp, Who's with me!!?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Free Media #44: "Man of Steel" Resources

- Video Clips
- Lesson Outline
- Graphics

CLICK HERE (to get Free Resources!)
CLICK HERE (to get my own 5 week series "The Original Superman")

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lesson Series: "The Original Man Of Steel"

Taking your group to see the new "Man of Steel" Movie this weekend?  Here is  a couple week series to follow it up. I posted this series up a while back and figured I would re-share, re-post it just in time for this summer's new blockbuster! Check back tomorrow for some additional resources for the movie!
A 5-6 Week "Basic of Belief" Series on who was and is Jesus Christ- THE ORIGINAL SUPERMAN!

-Lesson 1: Who Was The Original Superman? (Make the Connection)
-Lesson 2: Welcome to Smallville (Jesus Was a Teen Like You)
-Lesson 3: The Original SUPER-Man(Jesus Was and Is God)
-Lesson 4: The Superman We Were Looking For? (Prophecies)
-Lesson 5: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…? (Super Names & Super Powers)

Outlines Include: Full Lesson Outline, Scripture References, Illustrations, Video Clip Suggestions, Activity Ideas, and Additional Resources/Tips.

CLICK HERE (for Outline and Note in PDF)
CLICK HERE (for Outline and Notes in WORD)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

News U Can Use: "Tween Girls and Mobile Advertising"

Tween Girls Susceptible To Mobile Advertising
by Gavin O'Malley,     
Mobile-GirlWhat’s less surprising? New research showing that female tweens are highly susceptible to mobile advertising, or the source of the finding -- female tween-targeted mobile ad agency MobiGirl Media?

Still, just how positively young girls seem to respond to marketing messages is remarkable.

In fact, 65% of girls surveyed said they are likely to buy products and services straight from mobile ads if there is a means to do so. Of those, a whopping 80% of girls say they would buy a product or service right away, while the remaining 20% said they would wait for a special occasion.

Perhaps most disturbing to parents, 27% of respondents they would make their purchase with a credit card, while 48% said they would ask their parents for the necessary funds.

A full 22% of respondents said they always tap on ads they see in mobile apps -- regardless of whether they’re interested in the featured product or service. (A more modest 56% of girls said they reserve their taps for ads featuring products or services that actually interest them.)

“The results show that most girls in this demographic do like advertising,” said Jennifer Noonan, MobiGirl Media cofounder, regarding the company’s target audience of 6-to-16-year-olds.

Also of note, the majority of female tweens (53%) said they share “cool” products or services with friends. Of those, 58% said they spread the word in person, while 42% share products and services via text and in-ad share buttons.

“For this demographic, if you offer them an ad for something they like, the click through. Share rates are impressive,” according to Noonan.

As for most desired categories, 48% of respondents favored fashion-related ads, followed by makeup products (21%); toys (12%), apps (11%); and books (8%).

MobiGirl also found that deals and promotional offers do impact response rates as 58% of female tweens said they love to get deals and free stuff.

For its research, MobiGirl said it got 775 girls -- ages 6-to-16 years old -- to take part in an in-app survey, earlier this month

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Top 10: Rockstar Ways to End Your Lesson This Week?

Just because your dream of being a rock star didn't work out and you are now a MS/JH Youth Pastor doesn't mean you still can't pull a few rock star moves this week??

Here are 10 ways to end your lesson Rock Star Style...

10. The Rapper Mic Drop?

9.  Kicking Over Your Podium?

8.  A Stage Dive?

7. Spitting a Mouth Full of Water Over the Crowd?

6.  Throwing Your Sweaty Shirt to an Adoring Student?

5. Call Your Wife on Stage and Giving Her a Long Kiss?

4. Biting the Head Off of Something?

3. Slowly Being Lowered Down Through a Trap Door In the Stage?

2. Lighting Your Notes On Fire?

1. An Awesome Usher/Michael Jackson-Style Dance Solo?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Free Resource #49: "The State of Men" (report & research)

Masculinity was more clearly defined when “men were men,” as the phrase goes. Today, as gender conventions blur, men are formulating more nuanced ideas of what it means to be a man. The household in particular is becoming more gender-neutral as men both embrace a more active role and get pushed into it out of necessity.

“The State of Men” examines shifts in male roles, behavior, attitudes and mindsets, focusing on how masculinity is being redefined circa 2013, how men’s role in the home is changing and how men are navigating the new gender order.

The report is the result of quantitative, qualitative and desk research conducted by JWTIntelligence throughout the year. For this report, we surveyed 1,000 adults aged 18-plus in the U.S. and the U.K. from April 29-May 2, 2013, using SONAR™, JWT’s proprietary online tool. The report also includes input from experts and influencers in male trends and JWT’s Planning Foresight group in London, as well as JWT planners around the globe, including Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Australia, Spain, Poland, Japan and Thailand.

CLICK HERE (to get it)

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Free Music #20 : "CMA Addict" (Free Download Library)

"CMA Addict. Com" offers Christian music reviews, news, new releases and interviews. 
They also offer a 50 plus FREE music downloads!! So check them out and find some music for the up coming summer road trips!

CLICK HERE (to go get your download on!)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

News U Can Use: "Teens Still Oversharing" (PEW Report)

"Teens, Social Media, and Privacy"

OVERVIEW: Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data; just 9% say they are “very” concerned

-CLICK HERE (to Read Online) 

-CLICK HERE (to Download PDF of Report)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday Morning Video: "Pastor's Meeting"

Top 10: JH/MS Youthworker Survival Tips

10. Never Fall Asleep During a Lock-In/Overnight Event (do you like your eyebrows?)

9. Have A Regular Date Night (if you are single this still applies)

8. Eat A Healthy Breakfast (skittles and a 24 oz Monster does not count)

7. Have a Daily Devotional Time (NOT the student devotional you give out to your group!)

6. Get Organized, Plan Regular Office Hours, and Shut off Your Phone Sometimes.  (seriously put it down right now if you are reading this on your I-Phone in bed, instead of sleeping!)

5. If You Are On a Mission Trip in an Urban Setting Don't Try to be a Gangster.  (unless of course you are, then roll on player..)

4.  Never Refer to Your Senior Pastor by His Secret Nickname to His Face. (Hey Big Bob!?)

3.  Exercise Regularly and Often.  (walking to the main office once a day to check your mail is not a work out...unless you work at Saddleback, then good job!)

2.  Find a Mentor or An Accountability Partner (not your MOM! Actually it may be time to move out, especially now that you just turned 30 and your married?)

1.  Much Like a Bear Attack, If Attacked by an Angry Parent, curl up in the Fetal Position and Play Dead! (a bear whistle will not work, it will  only make the parent more agitated and aggressive... trust me) ( *see pics below)