Thursday, November 21, 2013

Giving Thanks For YS:Nashville!

Heading out with my lovely wife to Youth Specialties National Youth Worker Convention in the Grande Old town of Nashville.  If you happen to be heading down too- would love to meet up and grab a cup of coffee!  I have a couple different people I am meet up with here and there, but would love to find some time with you too!

I have loved YS, over the years.  We try to hit it up every couple years, because it is the original and still the biggest around when it comes to youth ministry.  Every time we go we have been changed and inspired. I know it is a bit pricey and your bugdet may not always allow for you to attend, I know mine doesn't always either.  I would however strongly suggest either way checking out downloading a couple main sessoin and electives if you can from thier website.

As soon as we get back we roll right into the Thanksgiving holiday, so I won't be posting anything until after the holiday.   Check back here Dec. 2nd for some fresh inspiration from the convention in some new posts, ra-dumb thoughts, and just all around JHish Fun!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Free Resource #57: "Church Social Media Guide: Pinterest""

"We want to set you up for success on Pinterest, so we have come up with some great Pinterest ideas for your church to use it well. Note that some of these ideas are perfect for large churches and others setup for small churches."

CLICK HERE (to get this FREE resource from the "Church Tech Today")

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Teaching Clip: "FAITH: A Short Film" (w/ a free lesson series link)

Here is your Monday Morning Video Inspiration AND also a creative, fun teaching clip for an up coming lesson series. 

If you are looking at teaching a series on FAITH, consider my lesson series above in the LESSON SECTION called "JUMP".  You are welcome to use it however it helps you in your ministry.  It has also be been updated and given some great new graphics from my friends over at STUFF YOU CAN
, as well. 

Have a great Monday, and continue to walk by faith and not by sight!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Top 10: Proof That JH/MS Overnight Lock-Ins Are Of the Devil!?

Kids, Leaders and Parent want a Lock-In, but you honestly think they are "OF THE DEVIL"!! You have always thought so, but you have never been able to prove it.  Well here you go the TOP 10 PROOFS THAT JH/MS OVERNIGHTS/LOCK-INS ARE OF THE DEVIL!!

10. The JH/MS Students and the Devil Both Never Sleep!

9. JH Students and the Devil Both Think They Are Smarter Than You and God!

8. "JH Girl Clique" is Actually the Hebrew for "Demons"

7. Prince of Darkness... an Event All Night?

6. Prince and Power of the Air...JH Boys after the Burrito Eating Contest?

5. Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star...all evil demonic names!?

4. Eve was tempted and fell because of an Apple...Girls with Apple I-phones snapchatting

3. The Light as a Feather Game!??

2.  Satan tempted Jesus to jump off the roof of the temple, you don't think he wouldn't try the same temptation out on one of your JH guys?

1.  Have You Not Seen the Custodian's Face When He Walks in the Morning After? (that is pure evil....)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Free Resource #56 : "The Clique Collarboartive Report"

" It’s been said over and over that Millennials are a group-oriented generation, but how does that play out for them day to day? They’re using the tools at their fingertips to create new “cliques” that collaborate together, often through digital means, to create and share information, enact change, and improve one another’s lives. Niche interest, passion-driven groups like fandoms often meet and connect only online, allowing Millennials to form bonds and organize into collaborative cliques with common goals. This generation has not only witnessed but participated in the digital shift that has made collective consumer voices a force to be reckoned with, and are perhaps more aware than any other generation of the power of their online activity."

 See more at:

Ran-Dumb Youth Ministry Meme #48

* Not mine, just found and thought it was absolutely hilarious! 
It might be showing up soon in a lesson about Jacob (Gen. 32)!?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Review "Undaunted"- Christine Caine

A quick review and some thoughts on an awesome book, that I was sent to take a look at, "Undaunted: Student Edition" by Christine Caine.

POWERFUL.... that is the first word that springs to my mind after finishing this book.  If I would have to sum up my whole review in a word, it is just that simple word...Powerful!   Christine Caine, well known for her social justice work and as popular speaker opens up about her own personal life, hurts and struggles in this new student version of our her book "Undaunted".  While the book is part biography, it also is inspiration and direction.   Drawing from her own hurts, pains, and struggles, she throws open the doors the hope, healing and help for the lives of students, in these pages.

Broken down into 4 main parts: "God Knows My Name", "God Know My Pain", "God Knows My Fear" and "God Knows My Destiny", each lead to the final message of hope.   Each part also ends with thought provoking questions and reflections, excellent for personal reading or for 4 counseling sessions with a hurting student in your ministry. 

The strength of this book and what I love most is the fact of who Christine is today.  As she gently speaks life into students, she does it from a place of her own personal calling and what she now does working against human trafficking.  The fact that she has been able to take the hurts and abuse in her past turn it around and work with other how were hurt and abuse, gives here a "right to be heard"!

It may be obvious, but I would give this book a high recommendation for you to read and to use with the students in your ministry!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Game #42:"Piggy Back Polo" (big group)

Here is another wild and fun game that my MS/JH group loves.  It just a quick twist on a classic youth group game, that will be sure to create some memories and laughs!

It is called...PIGGYBACK POLO

- Hockey Sticks- enough for 1 per ever 2 players
- Street Hockey Ball or Any Small Light Ball
- 2 Goals: Street Hockey Goals or 4 Cones

Set up your playing around indoor or outdoors like a normal hockey field (field hockey, street hockey)- 2 goals at either end, etc...
Divide your group up into teams- 2 teams for a smaller group, more teams for a larger group. Once everyone has a team, then have everyone pair up with a friend, preferably with some of the same gender.   Have each pair get one hockey stick for them to use.  One player will be the horse, the other player will be the rider.  The rider will be the one who has the stick.  The rider will be riding piggy back on his partner's back.

Basically you are playing a regular game of hockey, minus the pushing, body checks and fighting...hopefully?   Start the game with both teams at the far end of each side of the playing area, place your ball at the center.  On "go" everyone runs to the ball and begins to play, pass, and shoot their way to a goal.  After each goal have everyone start again at the end lines and switch around so that the rider is now the horse, giving the horse a break.  

- As mentioned above have player partner up with people of the same gender, just to keep everything appropriate.  Maybe even consider a girls vs. boys game?
- Strongly enforce the no pushing, shoving rule as much as you can, to keep everyone safe.
- Instead of use a small ball, consider using a slightly larger light ball, like a dodgeball or even a grocery store playball, to keep things fun and slow down the game a bit.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Four Free Thanksgiving Lessons

- "Expressing Thanks"
- "Changing Thankfulness
- "Thankful in All Things"
- "Thankful in Praise"
* Plus at Bonus Thanksgiving time Game!

All From the People at Youth Ministry 360!

CLICK HERE (to start your giving of Thanks!)

News U Can Use: "Ugly or Pretty: Tween Trend"

 A shocking trend in cyber bullying, it's called "Ugly or Pretty" and it's catching on. It is a way for kids to receive feedback on their physical appearance through youtube.

"Well I've never done it before but if I could I probably would," said one high school student we spoke with.

Tween turn to the commentary section of youtube for feedback. Asking am I attractive.
Nearly half a million girls have uploaded personal videos onto the website seeking validation, asking viewers to comment on their videos, begging to be told the truth.

Equally unsettling is the type of comments and feedback they receive, some disturbing, others sexually explicit, a few offer criticism.

"We're the only state in the country without anti-bullying legislation. I know even the administrators are concerned about bullying that goes on in school and online," said Denise Juneau, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Who are these young women, and why are they subjecting themselves to this type of feedback? Is it bravery, or something else?

"They're tweens, they're teenagers, and teenagers are children still. They need education," said Kathy Olson, Director of School Leadership for Billings Public Schools.
The average age of posters ranges from nine to thirteen.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday Morning Video: "Inter-Generational Ministry" - Mel Walker

One Hour Session - Inter-generational Youth Ministry from Chris Brown on Vimeo.

My personal long time friend, Mel Walker, who will be soon releasing his newest book on the topic shares his thought about "inter-generational" ministry in this one hour youth ministry training session.  Taking the best of all the research and what has been written, this is a great video for yourself as a youth leader, but also to share with your staff or volunteers!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Top 10: Ways to Save Your Marriage and Your Ministry?

10. Faithfulness- Don't be check out other people's...

9. Fun- Enjoy and learn to laugh. Learn to laugh at yourself.

8. Plan- Make plans and stick with them, what you say you will!

7. Relax- Take and find time to relax, catch a breath, and just chill out.

6. Organize- Get and stay organized...A Day Planner & A Calendar!

5. Commitment- Commit to the long haul and stick it out for better or worse....Longevity!

4. Compassion- It is not just love, or even like.. It is both and really honestly caring.

3. Communicate- Don't talk at, talk to...a lot!

2. Scripture- Read it, believe it, make it the owners manual!

1. Prayer- marriage or ministry, this is what is going to keep you going through the rough times.

If you want to hear a bit more indepth thoughts on this check out my recent post for JUNIORHIGHMINISTRY.ORG

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ran-Dumb Youth Ministry Meme #47

Free Media #49: "Gravity" (movie clip and lesson outline)

Even when we feel completely isolated, like we're floating aimlessly through life, prayer is our lifeline to God.

CLIP: PRAYER CHANGES EVERYTHING: "One pivotal scene, when she believes she will not make it out alive, is particularly meaningful in this regard, especially for men and women of faith. "

CLICK HERE (to get FREE clip and lesson outline)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Free Resource #55: "Ignite Bible: Book of Matthew"

Ignite is an interactive Bible that will introduce today's teens to the Word of God in a fresh and unique way with features that introduce parts of the scriptures that are often overlooked or ignored.  Ignite will deepen both understanding and devotion.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November Website of the Month: RISE UP RESOURCES




From Their Website: "Rise Up Resources was born out of a passion for church plants, church planters and graphic design. Church planters often have no clue how to plant a church or where to even start except for the fact that they were called to do so. We seek to provide free as well a cheap resources to help your church grow as well as provide resources for any churches that do not have the ability to do so themselves. RiseUp Resources was created to help support Church Plants but any church is free and welcome to take full advantage of the resources available here!

RiseUp Resources is owned and operated by Josh Jack Carl. Josh currently lives in Indianapolis, IN and has a passion for Church Planting and Graphic Design. If you would be interested in contacting @JoshJack about any frelance design work please visit

CLICK HERE (to go there!)

Game: THE SCRABBLE RUG (Youth Ministry Invention #11)

Lay it on the floor or hanging on the wall of your youth room.  Here is a sweet fun game, decoration and youth ministry invention...

CLICK HERE (to find out more)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Free Lesson: "Thank God" (a thanksgiving lesson)

Here is an awesome Thanksgiving Season  Lesson Series from the super cool people at:
Juniorhighministry.Org...Terry Goodwin and Nick Dilberto. 

The lesson itself is written by pre-teen ministry super hero and hair style guru- Mike Sheely. 

CLICK HERE (to start your download)

CLICK HERE (to visit, check out more great lessons & resources)

News U Can Use: "3 Trends Redefining The Information Age"

" Twitter, Facebook, eBooks, news feeds, mobile apps are all information sources that didn’t exist just a few years ago, and they are changing the way the modern consumer processes information.These digital mediums have introduced to reading and to information a whole new level of scrolling, skimming and synopsizing. All of this has vast implications for the future of content and communication, including the future of books.

 Barna Group’s new study uncovers three of the trends that are redefining the information age..."

Monday, November 4, 2013

Top 10: "REAL Reason Why A Leader Can't Come...."

You know the phone call, email, or text. You get it somewhere around the time you sit down for dinner with your family before leaving for youth group. The "I Can't Come Tonight Call" from a leader.  Here are a couple of the REAL reasons I have heard over the years....

10.  I can't stand my small group of students anymore.

9.  I think my rap career is finally taking off.

8. I forgot it was youth group night?
7. We are going to visit the former youth pastor and see how his new youth group is going.

6. We are trying to get pregnant? ("cough")

5.  We ARE pregnant!

4. "Casablanca" is showing at the movie theater tonight!   

3. The students were making fun of my mullet and it hurt my feelings! 

2. I have to show my alpaca at the fair! (*Mick love you man, I know you are reading this, it just had to make the list!!)

1. My dog has an ear infection!

MMVI & Teaching Clip: "The Power of Words"


Available in the "Lesson Section" above and at "Stuff You Can Use" where they have created some updated graphics!