Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Morning Video Inspiration: "Always #LikeAGirl"

Be aware in your youth ministry of how we communicate and respect the girls of our ministries.  Especially of those of us who are male youth workers, we need to be very careful of the words we use and the attitudes we reflect when it comes to our MS/JH girls.  We are often God's voice and vision in their lives. 

Our girls are "fearfully and wonderfully made", "made in the image of God", and when we demean them, even jokingly, we are belittling God's creation and God's image.

Just a quick Monday Morning Video Inspiration and Challenge!

Top 10: Ways NOT To Let Your Church Know You are Leaving?!

Over the years, I have heard of some crazy stories about how Pastors/Youth Pastors have quit or announced they are quitting and leaving their church.   Summer it seems is time of year, where churches and staff are parting ways.  I thought as a help and hint to you as a fellow youth ministry professionals, I would assist you a bit by coming up with some ways NOT to go about letting your church know you are leaving.  I hope they help, as well as save your some embarrassment??

10.  Sky Writing It Above the Parking Lot As People Leave Church on Sunday Morning?

9. Make the Family T-shirts..."I am Quitting", "My Husband is Quitting", "My Daddy Is Quitting"

8. Shaving It Into the Side of Your Sr. Pastor's Dog? Or the Sr. Pastor's daughter's head?  Alright everyone we are playing a game I need a volunteer....

7.  A Large Temporary Chest Tattoo....Revealed 1/2 Way Through Staff Lunch...Wow It Hot in Here, I Think I Will Take Off My Shirt??

6Hack into the Praise and Worship Computer for the Main Stage... How Great is Our God, Sing with Me...the Youth Pastor is Quitting...

5.  Write it in Weed Killer in the Front Yard of the Church? Kind of a slow fade?

4. Instagram ...Something with a nice vintage glow and a cute frame?

3.  Make a YouTube Viral Video? Maybe some dancing cats or get ahold of Carly Rae Jepsen or Psy no one has heard from them in while?  

2.  Make a Silly Top 10 list Post it on Your Blog? 

1. Write a super long letter to the leadership of you church listing all the complaints, problems and things you don't like about everything and everybody. 
*PS- If you are seriously considering leaving your church this summer read these first: Prov. 15:1, Ps. 25:21, Matt. 25:27, Job. 6:24-26....GAL. 6:9!   Also If you honestly need to talk, a place to vent, or even just someone to pray with let me

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Youth Ministry Invention #25: "The Power Pot" (Camping Trip)

Perfect for that guys (or girls) camping trip in the middle of nowhere and you still need to get your phone charged back up! Just in case!?

Buy the The Power Pot at the Photojojo Store!

Teaching Clip #22 : "God's Miraculous Plan" (w/ verse suggestions)

Jeremiah 29:11         
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations"

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Game #59 : "Goatee, Mustache, Beard" (*gorilla, man, gun variation)

Getting Tired of the Old Youth Ministry Classic "Gorilla-Man-Gun".  Here is a Quick Update to Freshen Up This Summer's Camp or Events!

Supplies: None

Set up: Have everyone partner up

Game Play/Explanation:
Simple Explanation: Is you are playing a tweaked version of the old gorilla-man-gun or paper-rock-scissors games.
- Players using their hands and face will choose one of three "facial hair" styles created using their hands.

- Beard: 2 Hands on either side of the face, held to the cheeks.
- Mustache: 2 Fingers pointed together over top of the lip
- Goatee: 2 Hands held together placed on the end of the chin.


- Beard beats Goatee
- Goatee beats Mustache
- Mustache beat Beard

- Loser sits down, Winner stays standing and find another player, plays another round until there is only one person left.

- Prize Suggestion: "Toy Shaving Kit" found in the $1 of your local grocery store?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

News U Can Use: "6th Grader Takes on the World in Pro Golfing"

"Lucy Li is a typical tween in many respects. The sixth grader has braces, wears zebra print tops and polka dot skirts, and rocks a mean high pony tail. She lists her interests as painting, swimming, and dancing.

Her golf skills, however, set her apart from every other tween in the world. On Thursday, Li will tee off on Pinehurst No. 2 in the North Carolina for the 69th United States Women’s Open"....


Another great example of how more and more "Middle Year" young people are taking on BIG roles in society and the 5th-9th grade (10-15 year old) young people in your church might just be "Unlocking The Future"....

Read More of My Thoughts in These Two Posts and Check Back for The Remaining Post SOON!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

MMVI: "8 Year Old Chef Taking on Dyslexia"

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Another Example of Young People are Changing the World Long Before They Hit the Teen Years!  Why I Continue to Believe that Pre-Teens and "Middle Year" Young People HOLD THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM!!?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Top 10: "Other" Things I Have Come to Believe....

10.  If You Can't Say Anything Nice, Don't Say Anything.... At the Church Business Meeting?

9.  You Can Lead a Horse to Water But You Can't...Make Him Get Baptized?

8.  The Fastest Route Between Two Points...Is Not Always in My Lesson Notes?

7.  Be Careful Not to Throw the Baby An Untrained Nursery Worker?

6.  You Are What You a Church Potluck...and For the Next Couple Mornings?

5.  The Early Bird...Gets Stuck Setting Up?

4.  An Ounce of Prevention is Worth...Not Getting a Pounding at The Parent Meeting?

3.  To Make a Long Story Short...Means a Jr. High Girl is Not Telling the Story

2.  People Should Act Their Age...Way too Many 30 Somethings, Act, Dress, and Look Like They Are 50 Somethings?

1. Truth is Stranger Than Fiction...Really!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Be Back in Two Weeks....

Be back around in 2 Weeks.  I have some new and exciting things coming up in my ministry, along with some BIG changes.  I will be back here sharing some of that in the near future. In the mean time, as always feel free to look around and use whatever you like in your own ministry.  Feel free to share it with others as well, that is why it is here.

Thank for being part of this 3 year experiment and being one of the over  100,000 hits to this little space.  I will continue to share what I have and what has worked...and some times not worked.  Leave me a comment and let me know how you have used, tweaked and benefitted from something you found here, I always love hearing how and where my stuff is used.

See you late-June!

DAN, The JH Uth Guy

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hint/Help #12: "Holla Back Young'Un" (*interviewing)

A Quick 60 Second Hint and Help for the Summer Time 'Interviewing Season'!

Interview Your Senior Pastor Back Before Taking a Position.

Prepare a set of questions of your own to ask the senior pastor of the church you are interviewing at. The process can sometimes become way too one sided. Make sure you know as much about the Senior leader, as they know about you before you accept a job. 

Especially in larger churches where the process in going through a human resource person, executive pastor, or youth committee request time to talk to the Senior pastor whether in person or on the phone farther along in the process.

Sample Questions:
- What is your leadership style?
- What is your vision for the church in the next 5 years?
- What do you think this church's great strength is?  weakness?
- What will be our relationship?
- Tell me about your ministry calling?
- What is one thing you would like to see happen in the youth ministry?
- Do you have an "open door" policy?
- How long do you plan on being here?

Teaching Clip #22: "The Thank You Jesus Test" (w/verse suggestions)

Matt. 7:7-8
 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Game #58: "Beach Towel Artist"


- 4 Inexpensive White Bath Towels
- 8 medium size squirt guns
- 2-4 packets of Kool-Aid
- 2-4 Pitchers
- Rope
- Clothes Pins

Game Explanation/Set Up
- Simple Explanation: using squirt guns filled with dark colored Kool-Aid players will be creating fun summer beach towel designs on white (blank) towels
- Mix Kool-aid in pitchers creating 2-4 colors to be used to "paint"
- Pour Kool-aid into squirt guns completely filling them up.
- String the rope across a wall or between to chairs creating a clothesline
- Hang white towels up using clothes pins
- Mark a line that players will stand behind, set out filled squirt guns behind the line

- Ask for 2-4 volunteers to come up and have them stand behind the assigned line facing the hanging towels
- On "Go" player will have until their squirt guns run out to color Kool-Aid to create a design on their assigned towel.
- After players are completely out and have finished have the audience/group decide on which beach towel design is the best.
- Suggested Prize: A real beach towel, something really funny or silly!?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

News U Can Use: "Mike the Ruler, 13 Year Old Online Fashion Star"

"...Not so long ago, Mike was into Legos. Everything changed when, in 2011, he saw the Alexander ­McQueen show at the Met. “These clothes were very overwhelming,” he says. “They were dark. Some were disturbing and beautiful at the same time. And it felt like they were demanding something. It put this thought into my head that clothes were important and they have their own personalities and they tell stories when you wear them....”


* Yet another example of how middle year young people (MS/JH) are influencing culture, creativity, and the world around them.  Why we who have the privilege of work with youth this age are looking at the FUTURE OF THE KINGDOM!?

Monday, June 2, 2014

MMVI: "Look Up" (a film for the online generation)

(*A great video, that does include brief language.)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Top 10: Christian Blockbusters Sequels and Prequels??

With the recent flood of "Christian Movies" in theatres it can only mean one thing...Sequels!!? Here are the top 10 coming soon to a cinema near you...maybe?

10. "Facing the New York Giants"?- successful high school football coach takes his talent to the NFL?

9. "Water-Proof"?- the story of marine biologist and her maritial struggles?

8.  "Too Courageous"?-  a police man patrols the mean streets of Disney World homeschool week!?

7.  "Hell is For Real"?- a young boy travel into the afterlife AGAIN!!?

6. "Noah 2: Ham' s Revenge"- just when you thought the flood was over and everyone is's payback time!?

5. "God is STILL Not Dead"?- a young faith hero graduates from college and heads out into the workforce and works for an Athiest boss?

4. " Internet Soul Surfer"- from the diector of "The Social Network" and "Tron:Legacy" comes the love story of a young women searching "Christian Mingle" for her soul mate?

3. "Blue Like Adult Contemporary"?- the story of Donald Miller turning 40 and facing middle age?

2. "Left Behind Again"?- starring Nicholas Cage, a gripping story about a pilot...Wait a Minute???

1. " The Porpoise Driven Life"?- from the makers of Free Willy, A Dolphin Tale, and Rick Warren?