Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dare to Serve Together: Inter-generational Missions Trips



But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”- Joshua 24:15


If you are check in for your daily or weekly dose of JH Uth Guy wisdom, resources, or twisted Ran-Dumb humor. I am away from the office. I left yesterday for our second Jr. High "Dare to Serve" project of the summer for our ministry. We actually have 5 trips/projects happening this summer in our ministry- 2 for the JH ministry and 3 for the SH ministry.

This year our MS/JH trip theme is "D2S2", standing for "dare to serve together". A few weeks back was our first ever fully inter-generational project serving in our own community with 16 families and a little over 60 people involved in just a one day project. We had students sign up their full family including parents and siblings. It was an amazing day and the next step in what we are trying to accomplish in connecting what we do in the 6th-8th grade with their home life and the rest of their church life.


I started off the day with the verse above and couple simple thoughts:

- Serving as a family is a Biblical Value

- Serving as a family is a Family Value

- Serving as a family is a Church Value

- Serving as a family can become a Personal, Faith, and Life Value in your Teen


This week we are away for almost the full week, serving with a rescue mission not too far away. Once again our theme and idea is "serving together" and "intergenerational connection". We are taking a few of our leaders, but are also including some parents and other member of our church coming out serving along side our students on and off through out the week.


The idea and core value for our week is that serving and missions is more than an event, but it is an on going process in our ministry, church, home/family and personal life.

- It is Taught

- It is Talked About

- It is Tested and Testified

- It is forming and creating Togetherness


I would challenge you to think beyond "student missions & serving" trips and project. Start considering the whole, connected idea of being together. It in the end it may end up being something that lasts beyond the event of a trip, the couple years of youth group, and translate into a lifestyle of faith that last.

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CHECK BACK HERE AUG. 12th FOR MY RETURN TO POSTING AND JH BLOGGER-IFIC-NESS?!?


(*Once I get back from our serving trip, I will be taking some personal time with family and getting away and refreshing before getting ready for a new youth group/school year)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Game #34: "Kooky Kickball" (big group game)


Similar to "Wacky Wiffleball", this is another quick easy fun twist  on a classic. I tried it out recently with my group and it has absolutely HILARIOUS!!



Instead of playing the usual game of kick-ball replace the kick-ball with a variety of other kinds, styles, shapes and sizes of balls. Consider using a nerf football, a wiffleball, a ping pong ball, large beach ball, super ball style bouncy ball or even a plastic hockey puck will roll.

Keep all the balls hidden in a box or bag until right before pitching them to the kicker, or pull out 2 at a time one in each hand quickly deciding right before you pitch which one you will use. It is fun easy way to change things up.


It also a great "equalizer" between those big 8th grade guys and those tiny little 6th grade girls.  Send a tiny little super ball rolling toward the big 8th grade guy and send along big, easy to kick ball for that little bitty 6th grade girl.

Have Fun, Enjoy...Leave Me a Comment and Let Me Know How it Goes!!? 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Youth Pastor Box (Quick Hint/Help #4)


IT IS WHAT I CALL MY "YOUTH PASTOR BOX".  IT STARTED OFF AS JUST A BAG, OVER THE YEARS OF DOING MINISTRY AND AS MY GROUPS HAVE GROWN, SO HAS MY BOX. 
It is my box that I take along with me for any overnight, out of town events that I take my group on.  It contains all the things that JH/MS students always seem to forget along with other random essentials and supplies that you need as a youth leader.  It has become a mainstay of my ministries and all my kids know if you need something or forgot something just come and ask.  The kids love it and the parents appreciate it.  If you don't have one, you might just consider making one of your own.  Each item of course has a story why it is now permanently part of the box and on the list!! I am sure you can add to the list based on your group or things I haven't included, but you get the idea.  It has be a HUGE help and has been the greatest thing so many times over.  I strongly suggest create one of your own, you won't regret it!

I still have my "YOUTH PASTOR BAG" that I still carry for almost all my major events outside the building.  I will be posting the information and list for that next time.  

Here is the list of what is in my "YOUTH PASTOR BOX"
- List in PDF

* Would Love to Hear What is Your YOUTH PASTOR BOX!!?  Post Yours in the Comments Below or Send Me an Email!!

News U Can Use: "TWEEN TRIBUNE"


Looking for some "News U Can Use" for your next lesson, series, as an illustration or current event tie-in. 
Check out the "TWEEN TRIBUNE"

Find article news based on age (5th/6th or 7th/8th), sort through daily pictures in the "around the world in pictures, or sort through the news by topics!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Top 10: Soul Refreshers for The JH/MS Youth Worker

We all need those moments.  We all love those moments.  The ones were you get a quick boost and a spiritual rush of fresh air to your soul that keep you going!

Here are 10 of my Favorites!!



10. The Ice Cold Bottle of Water on a Hot Missions Project Day!

9. The State Required "Rest Time" at JH Camp Power Nap!

8. Morning Prayer Time and Devotions by "The Lake"!

7.  The Final "Walk Around Check" Under the Stars on Fall Retreat!

6.  End of the Week "Bonfire Testimonies" at Camp!

5.  The Excited Voice of a Student, Whose Friend Just Accepted Christ!

4. The Sights and Sounds of a Group JH/MS Students in All Out Worship!

3. A Giant Group Hug From a Small Group Saying Thank You!

2. Being Back in Your Own Bed After Being Away!

1. Hearing My Own Daughter and Son Pray for Others!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Review: "Have a New Kids by Friday"- Kevin Leman

Have a New Kid by Friday, gives parents a simple, straight forward plan to be a better parent and raise better kids.  Beyond the usual psychology and common sense, underlying the writing of this book is a Godly, Biblical perspective for parenting, as well dealing with children of any age.
Best-selling Christian family psychologist, Dr. Kevin Leman in his book


           The title and even the introduction makes a bold promise in “Have a New Kid by Friday” while it may or may not work exactly in that time period, it will in fact work.   What Dr. Leman offers is excellent step by step instructions and advice to move your family from where it is to where it needs to be? 

The first third of the book is the actual Have a New Kid by Friday book, the second two thirds of the book is an A-Z topical “Ask Dr. Leman” section that is beyond helpful.  It provides a thorough alphabetical resource to address almost any issue the might arise in a family raising children, birth through teen.

            As a youth ministry resource, this book as well is a great resource and read.  Whether you are parent or not the advice in the book is just plain great advice for dealing with the students in any situation or in your ministry.   Dr. Leman could easily make his next book Have a New Youth Group by Friday, with the foundational ideas and psychology already in place in this book.  Of course, this is also is a great book to have to give to parents and have available in your youth office or church library.  
 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Quick Help & Hint #3 : "Color Changers" (teaching idea)

Use a color changing ("color shifter")  Hot Wheels toy car, the kind that change colors or reveal a hidden design when dipped in water for your next devotional or discussion about baptism. 

Use the car as a visual illustration of how baptism is part of a changed life and a revealing of God’s hidden design for our lives.  Consider even using the car during your next baptism celebration as you introduce and explain the time.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

July Website: "WALLS NEED LOVE" (youth room design)

Church Board voted against you painting the youth room a new color?  Bored with the same old battleship grey in the church basement where you have your meetings?  Just plain out want to make your space AWESOME!!?  CHECK OUT "WALLS NEED LOVE"
 
You have seen wall decals floating around at Target, Walmart, and the local craft shops.  Most of which are more cutesy than cool.  "Wall Need Love" offers some of that stuff too, but they also offer a variety of stuff that would be great for youth rooms, small groups spaces, and even your office.   You can even create your own CUSTOM designs based off your youth group pictures.  They also offer removable WALLPAPER  for your boring walls, but also for your doors!! My favorite of course is the chalkboard or dry erase WRITABLES for quotes, Bible verses, and prayer/praises!!
 
 
Here a few helpful videos and ideas from the site...
 




July Featured Blog/Vlog: "THE TUESDAY PANIC"



Every Tuesday Paul Turner is Serving It Up Fresh with His YouTube Video Post Called "The Tuesday Panic".  As a Real Live Youth Pastor In the Trenches He Offers Some Great Advice, Information, News, along with Some Last Minute Ideas for Your Youth Group Night and Answering YOUR Questions!! 

Paul Also Has Site as Well Called "THE DISCIPLESHIP PROJECT", Where Once Again He is Offering Free Advice and Resources.  

Take a Big Breath, Don't Panic, and CLICK HERE!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Top 10: Things You Don't Want to Hear Your Wife Say...

THE JH UTH GAL?  Coming Soon to a Blog Near You!!
In honor of my amazing wife, that completely gets me and my twisted Jr. high youth pastor humor I give you-

 "TOP 10 THINGS YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR YOUR WIFE SAY...



10. Does This Youth Group Shirt Make Me Look Fat?

 9. It's Twins!

 8. YOUR Son Just Bit Someone in Sunday School!

 7. Wake Up You're Suppose to Be on the Stage...

6. Really, Your Wearing THAT?

5. Do You Realize Your Mic Was On the Whole Time During the Worship Set?


4. I Lost the Pastor's Wives Monday Night Poker Game, How Attached Are You to Our Car?

3. We Need to Talk About Your Bacon Obsession and Your Cholesterol?

2. Ummm, I Think I Broke Something Playing Floor Hockey... the Sr. Pastor's Son's Nose?

1. I Just Told One of the Moms What I Really Thought About What Her Daughter Was Wearing??


 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Game: "Star Wars Sound Effect Quiz"

The quirky and beautiful people of BOING BOING.NET  have isolated some distinctive--and not-so-distinctive!--audio snippets from the Star Wars flicks. Think your youth group can identify them all? FIND OUT...

CLICK HERE (to check it out)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Quick Help & Hint #2: "SEAT SWITCHERS" (trip/travel)


LOOKING FOR A WAY TO BOND YOUR GROUP, BREAK UP SOME OF THE CLIQUES, AND MAKE THIS SUMMER'S MISSION TRIP OR TRIP TO CAMP MORE INTERESTING??

MAKE IT A SEAT SWITCHER TRIP!





During your summer trips, as you travel to and from camp, missions trips, and activities. Make it part of the trip, that every time a vehicle pulls over everyone, but the driver must switch seats.

Every rest stop, food stop, or location every person has to sit by at least one new person. Even make intentional stops a couple times, just to make everyone switch. It will allow students to get to know more than just their friends and will quickly build community.


I have done this for years on and off, it  is also especially great for those shuttles back and forth from service project locations on mission trips. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Top 10: Ways to Let Your Church Know You are Quitting?


I HAVE JUST STEPPED DOWN FROM MY CHURCH AFTER SERVING, FOR 9 YEARS IN MY POSITION IN OHIO, TO TAKE A NEW  7th/8th PASTOR POSTION IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA (NEAR WASHINGTON DC)
BELOW IS PURELY FOR HUMOR AND RAN-DUMB FUN.  PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS, GET ALL WORKED UP.

 I HAVE JUST HEARD OF SOME REALLY SHADY WAYS PEOPLE HAVE LEFT THEIR MINISTRIES OVER THE YEARS.  I JUST GOT ME THINK....



10. Instagram? (*quick snapshot in a nice vintage glow, maybe a cool frame)

9.  Sky-Writing It As People are Leaving on Sunday Morning? (*expensive but fun)

8. Hack Into The Media Computer, Project it During Main Service Announcements? (*the lady's tea will be featuring...the youth pastor quitting)

7. Make Your Family T-shirts? ( "I am quitting","My husband is quitting", "My daddy is quitting....)

6. Shave It Into the Side of the Sr. Pastor's Dog? (*his daughter's head not so much)

5. Temporary Chest Tattoo, Revealed During Staff Meeting? (*that is it, it is getting way to hot in here, I am taking off my shirt)

4. Rent a Billboard? (something tasteful, and underdone?)

3. Carve It Into the Bottom of Your Shoes, Dip Them in Ink, Walk Around the Church? (ala the John 3:16 beach flip flops, or the Ryan Lockte Nikes?)

2.  Hire a Local Graffiti Artist, Tag the Church Bus/Van? (resprentin' the West-SIIIDE!)

1.  Make a Top 10 List of all the Reasons Why You are Quitting, Post it On Your Blog?

Monday Morning Video: "Best Practices For Activating Young People...."


Top 10: Reasons I Love JH/MS Summer Camp...










10. Time with My Family (I always take my wife and kids along, and make time to hang with them too)

9. Not Having to Be Completely In Charge (other than speaking times, I can just be a participant and observer)

8. Meeting New JH/MS Students.  (love my own group of kids, but it is fun to interact with other peoples kids too)

7. God's Creation. (seriously a week away to be outdoors a ton, way more than I normally would out of the office!!)

6. New and Exciting Disgusting Fun. (seeing new gross ideas and wacky games I love it!)

5. Listening and Talking to the Next Generation of Youth Workers. (college and young adult counselors and staff, those people are amazing!)

4. THE FOOD. (seriously, were we go, the food is just down right good stuff)

3. Personal Time With God. (it really is a time of Sabbath and rest)  

2. Seeing Young Lives Changes and Broken. (there is just something pure and beautiful about kids praying and giving their life to God)

1. GETTING AWAY! (it really is a break from regular rhythm of life and ministry)

* Much Love to Dave and the Staff at Camp Patmos on Kelley's Island, OH (http://www.camppatmos.com/)