Friday, August 30, 2013

Free Media #46: "Lightstream Gold" (HD Motion Background)

From the cool, creative people over at Church Motion Graphics. They are offering up a "Freebie" of the month, a HD motion graphic!! Just for you to use!
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Free Resources #52: MS/JH Back to School Help!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Game #35: "Feet Pictionary" (big group/upfront game)



- A large drawing pad or white board
- A Couple markers (dry erase if using white board)
- A Large Bandana

Set Up:
- Divide the whole group into 2 teams, based on sides of the room.  Any size youth group can play.  In the front of the room place drawing pad/white board, somewhere both teams can see it well. You may have to turn it toward the playing team. If you are playing in a large room with a large group, place the drawing board on a stage or elevate area.

- Have the bandana and markers available up front near the drawing area

Game Play/Rules:
- Simple easy game to
 play, it is an easy, challenging, but funny twist on the classic game of "Pictionary".  Each team will take turns sending up an "artist".  The artist instead of drawing with their hands will draw with their feet, by having the marker tied to one of their feet with the bandana.  On "Go" the player will try their best to draw the assigned picture, while the rest of their team tries to guess the picture. 

- Keep the assigned pictures simple, as it will be difficult to even draw the simplest things and make them recognizable-maybe even purchase and use "Junior Pictionary" for suggested words and categories.
- Give each team 30 seconds up to 1 minute to guess, not much longer in order to keep the game moving.
- Save your pictures and hang them somewhere, or snap a couple the great ones and post them to instagram, twitter, and facebook, see if parents or other friends can guess what the are?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

News U Can Use: "Spike Lee Thanks Fans and Jesus?"

He calls it "a historic moment." He calls it "an emotional moment." In Spike Lee's latest YouTube joint, he emphatically thanks Jesus and his financial backers for crowdfunding his next film.

Lee set a goal of $1.25 million on Kickstarter, which was met on Friday with five days remaining in the month-long campaign. The distinguished filmmaker even dropped a few f-bombs out of excitement while thanking fans and Jesus. He later apologized for "those couple of profane words."

The film is a love story thriller about humans who are addicted to blood, according to its description on Kickstarter.

As of Saturday evening, 35 backers contributed $10,000 or more to the project for rewards that include a spot on the film's crew and one of the four existing X American flags from the opening credits of Malcolm X. Lee and the film's star, Denzel Washington, possess two of the others.

Lee even gave away 28 of his wife's court-side New York Knicks tickets to $10,000-level backers.
On the campaign page for the project, Lee addresses questions critics have posed about why an already successful filmmaker would resort to crowdfunding, which is a more common course for young up-and-comers.
I’m an Indie Filmmaker and I will always be an Indie Filmmaker. Indie Filmmakers are always in search of financing because their work, their vision sometimes does not coincide with Studio Pictures. But I do put my own money in my films. I self-financed RED HOOK SUMMER. My fee for MALCOLM X was put back into the budget. The truth is I’ve been doing KICKSTARTER before there was KICKSTARTER, there was no Internet. Social Media was writing letters, making phone calls, beating the bushes. I’m now using TECHNOLOGY with what I’ve been doing.
He also references "a study done that had data to prove we did not hurt the young filmmakers on Kickstarter," though he doesn't link to the research or specify who conducted it.
The campaign closes August 21.

CLICK HERE (to see the video and read more at Mashable)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Top 10: Youth Pastor Ran-Dumb Stereo-Types??



10. Driving a Beat Up Mini-Van (I know it's your swagger just keep telling yourself that?)

9. Wearing Your College Hoodie All the Time.  (if you are in the pool at camp, you are allowed to take it off?)

8. Hanging Out at Starbucks "Reading" and "Studying"?  (really, all the time reading and studying and that is what you came up with this week for a lesson?)

7. Rocking the Sweet Church Staff Polo? (under the hoodie? Yep it is the official church staff polo! Unless your church has a Polo Team....)

6. Cheesy Faux-Hawk to Disguise Baldness? (go full on mohawk or nothing)

5. Shaved Head to Disguise Baldness? (your not fooling anybody)

4. The Awesome Mid-Aged Gotee?  (if you are going to go with facial hair at least go full on Duck Dynasty/Marko!) *PS...If you are a female youth worker, it is really not working?

3.  The Pizza Pooch? (no not your dog, the growing bulge under your one size too small polo...)

2.  Referring to your Seminary Professor at Least Once a Lesson? (unless your church is in Greece, none of your Jr. High girls know Greek or..... care!?)

1. Carrying Your I-Pad with You Everywhere?  (once again if you are at camp and in the pool you can put it down, it okay your Apple I-Speedo proves you are hip and relevant!??)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Youth Ministry Invention #8- "IVY BLOCK"

It is that time of year again, as you get ready to head off to fall retreats and events, this is an amazing product that will help you and your group.  I know I have been bring it with me to camp, retreats, and especially mission trips where landscaping is involved for years. It is a great "Youth Ministry Invention."

Just an additional helpful hint, if you don't see it out on the shelf, ask for it.  I know the Walmarts around our area have it but it behind the counter.  It is a bit pricey ($13-15)  but work every cent. It has personally save me and also my youth group students over and over!!

"IVY BLOCK ® is a safe, effective, non-allergenic over-the-counter lotion that really works, really well. And, it's as simple to use as sunblock. Just rub it on your skin before you go outdoors and you're protected for hours. The secret ingredient? It's Bentoquatam,a patented substance that actually absorbs urushiol-the incredibly irritating oil that's the most common cause of allergic contact dermatitis in America-before it irritates the skin. - From The Ivy Block Site

CLICK HERE (to find out more about this product)
CLICK HERE (to by it on Amazon)

Ran-Dumb Youth Ministry Meme #43

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Free Resource #51: "I-Kids:Childen's Digital Media" (E-Magazine)

Check out our latest issue of iKids Digital!
They have got the lowdown on COPPA 2.0, YouTube's subscription channels and new data on how kids are spending their time with casual games.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Youth Pastor Bag (Quick Hint/Help #5)

It has taken on various forms over the years- Backpack, Messenger Bag, and now the Cinch Sack...but NEVER A FANNY PACK!!

It is the old faithful, that has inspired and grown in the Youth Pastor Box (see previous post).  This is my little side kick for the in-town trips or a quick overnight, maybe even a lock-in??  It is the little supply bag for all the odds and end and emergency things a youth pastor/leader might need. 

Download my list and suggested contents to make your own YOUTH PASTOR BAG!!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

News U Can Use: "Early Puberty and Teen Turmoil?"



Early puberty may not be the root cause of adolescent turmoil, study says

By Dennis Normile

Puberty has always been a time of stress and emotional turmoil for adolescents and their parents. And scientists have long recognized that kids who start puberty before their peers are particularly likely to have trouble getting along with other children and with adults. New research suggests, though, that those difficulties can be traced back to even earlier ages, indicating that early puberty may not be the root cause.

Australian researchers drew on data for 3,491 children, roughly half boys and half girls, who were recruited at age 4 or 5 and then followed until they reached 10 or 11. Every two years, a researcher visited each participant’s home, evaluated the child and interviewed the primary caregiver, who later returned a questionnaire about the child’s behavior. The primary caregiver — in most cases, a parent — was also asked to judge the child’s pubertal status, based on indicators for an early phase of puberty such as breast growth in girls, adult-type body odor and body hair; and growth spurts, deepening voices in boys and menstruation in girls for a later stage.

Girls typically enter puberty at age 10 or 11 and boys at 11 or 12. The researchers found that 16 percent of the girls and 6 percent of the boys in the study had entered puberty early, at age 8 or 9.
Previously, researchers thought that negative behavior associated with early puberty — such as difficulty playing with other kids and participating in normal school activities — showed up only after puberty’s onset. But the new study showed that children who later had early-onset puberty showed evidence of such problems when they were 4 or 5 years old. Boys in this group had also shown other behavior problems, such as being overactive, losing their temper and preferring to play alone from a young age.
“The association between

early-onset puberty and poor mental health appears to result from processes under way well before the onset of puberty,” the researchers conclude in a paper published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Unusually early puberty “is opening up a broader window of vulnerability” for mental health problems among youths, says George Patton, the senior author of the paper and a psychiatric epidemiologist at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He explains that mental capacities for self-control of impulsive behavior do not normally accompany early puberty. This means that early puberty may increase the risk of children’s harming themselves or falling into depression.

The paper challenges previous assumptions that puberty triggers behavior changes, says Jay Giedd, a psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health, who was not involved in the study. But he adds that the study raises new questions about what factors are influencing this behavior and whether early psychosocial and behavioral difficulties might somehow trigger early puberty.

The next stage of the research will try to provide some answers, says the study’s lead author, Fiona Mensah, a social scientist at the Murdoch institute. “We will be looking to see whether we can identify the early life factors that may be influencing children’s development and leading to early puberty,” she says. They also want to understand how premature delivery, the home and community environment might influence mental health.

The ultimate goal is to identify supportive measures to help children develop social and emotional resources before they reach puberty so that they can better navigate the storms of adolescence.

This article was produced by ScienceNOW, the daily online news service of the journal Science.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Top 10: Ways to Frustrate Your Volunteers?

10. Don't be clear about your expectations

9. Don't communicate regularly and consistently

8. Be completely unorganized and do everything spur of the moment

7. Refuse to have regular office hours.

6. Never return their phone calls and emails. 

5. Show up late to meetings, events, and youth group.

4. Don't go to them directly about an issue or problem.

3. Micromanage them and act like you don't trust them

2. Refuse to be flexible.

1. Give Them NO Ownership or Input in the Ministry's Direction?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Free Resouce #50: "HM Magazine: Aug. 2013 Issue"

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Grab some tape and make a Pac-Man board on your floor. Put down coins for the dots.

Have a couple of people throw on sheets to make the ghosts. Have another person try to collect all the coins while the ghosts try to catch them!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

News U Can Use: "Going to Tech-Free Camp"

Camp offers a tech-free weekend at a hefty price

How much would you pay to not use your iPhone? Would you pay the price of a cheap television to avoid seeing one? If so, you aren’t alone. This past June, Digital Detox held its first three-day camp, the purpose of which is offering a technology-free weekend. It costs $350 and sold out.

The camp, called Camp Grounded, boasts that it is “where grown-ups go to unplug, getaway [sic] and be kids again.” Held at Camp Navarro in the Redwoods of Northern California, the camp includes all the activities you’d expect from a camp: sing-alongs, capture the flag, archery, etc. It also includes activities that might benefit from a electronics break, such as writing sessions and creative workshops.Ironically, the camp has an e-newsletter.

Camp Grounded is a branded offering from Digital Detox, a company that organizes “off the grind” retreats, allowing users to escape technology for three-day increments for individual as well as corporate retreats.

We write about an awful lot of wonderful technology here, but there’s no question that it permeates most aspects of our lives. If folks are already willing to pay $350 to escape it for three days, you can only wonder how profitable the escape-tech business will be in ten years.

Camp Grounded, via NPR

Monday, August 12, 2013

Top 10: Reasons You Need To Take a Vacation..



10. Your Spouse Needs IT!  (read into that however you like..)

9.  Your Kids Haven't Seen You In Awhile. (If there is a picture of you on the fridge, just so they won't forget what you look like...)

8. You Need a Tan. (the whole pasty white legs thing is really grossing everyone out, at least stop wearing shorts when you are up front!!!)

7. They Can't Miss You, If You Are Never Gone! (let your church go a week without your brilliance and inspiration,  when you come back maybe they will have a parade...maybe not? but still...)

6. Your Lessons Are Getting Weird? (go rest your brain, I think you just taught the same lesson like 2 weeks ago? And seriously, stop showing the same Soul Surfer clip, she's moved on so should you!)

5. Your Secretary Needs A Vacation, Too! (let the poor lady rest, even if she doesn't get to go anywhere, it will be a vacation just not having you in the office!)

4.  The Custodians Can Finally Clean Your Office. (it will probably take them a week to clean and fumigate whatever is going on up in there--it is like a mix of JH boy sneakers, pizza, and rotten spam)  

3.  So You Can Catch Up on Your "Non-Church" Reading.  (I think Janett Oke and Ted Dekker joined forces to write the first "Christian Amish Romance Supernatural Murder Suspense Novel" you better get on that!!)

2.  Your Body REALLY Needs It. (you can only live on Red Bull. left over lock-in pizza, and that stash of cookies from Christmas for so long, get out of the office and spend a week eating like an adult your age)

1. EVEN JESUS GOT AWAY FROM THE CROWDS SOMETIMES!!! (hate to break it to you, you are awesome and all, but your are no Jesus- he rested, so should you!)

Monday Morning Video: "Its Your Move: Hannah and Kayleigh" (teaching clip)

* Great video, that could be used in so many different ways and for your next lesson or series.  If nothing else share it with your students to get them thinking!!