Monday, August 31, 2015

Top 10: REAL Reasons For Being Late for Pick Up?

There Has Always Been That One Standing Joke and Similarity At Every Youth Ministry No Matter Where I Have Served....  

There is Always One Student That is Waiting at the End of the Night, Event, Activity, Trip, or Lock In Waiting For Their Parents to Pick Them Up.  Often it is a half hour to an hour or sometimes even more! 

Here are 10 Absolutely REAL Reasons I Have Heard from
Parents for Being Late to Pick Up....

10. "Sorry, I Forgot How Many Children I Had?" 

9.  "I Just Remembered Where I Left Them?"  

8. "I Decided to Take a Nap and Overslept" 

7. "I Forgot That it Was Youth Group Night?" (*but you dropped them off?)

6.  "My Wife and I Were On a Date (cough) And Lost Track of Time" (seriously..look me in the eye and cough?)

5.  "I Was Really Into What I Was Watching On TV"

4. "Just Thought Eventually You Would Get Tired of Waiting and Drive Them Home"

3.  "My Husband and I Play the Kid's Video Games When They Are Not Home and I was Winning!" 

2. "They Needed A Little Extra "God Time" with You Tonight, So I Waited" 

1.  "I Thought I Had Already Picked Them Up?"

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Vacation Time! See You Soon!

After a rather busy and long year #1 at my new church, along with some cool opportunities to write and provide resources.  I am shutting down the factory for a week or so, to head out on a family vacation.  Our first "away" vacation in 2 years!! (*yikes!) 

See you soon.

Check back after August 24 for some refresh Bloggy Goodness and Ran-Dumb 5th to 8th Grade Resource Fun!

Blessings- DAN

"TWELVE Pop Songs And The Book of Psalms" (Lesson Ideas)

For something different and fun I am spending the summer teaching on the book of Psalms for my 7th & 8th Grade group BUT instead of doing the usual stuff I am instead using "clean" current/recent popular pop song from the radio to match up with the Psalm I am teaching on!  

It has been fun and my students have really been engaging each week with the titles, tie-ins, comparisons and so forth here are 12 of my lessons to give you a bit of inspiration just get a kick out of? 

As always feel free to copy, steal or rip-off any of my ideas... 

12. "The Story of My Life" by One Direction AND Psalms 105 (Story of God's People)

11. "Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay AND Psalms 8 (Looking Above to See God's Love)

10. "Happy!" by Pharrell AND Psalms 122 (Happy When They Said Let's Go to Church)

9. "Shut Up and Dance With Me" by Walk the Moon AND Psalms 149, 150 (Dance & Praise Before the Lord) 

8. "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten AND Psalms 3, 35 (David's Fight Songs)

7.  "See You Again" by Whiz Khalifa AND Psalms 13 (God Looking Again At Us)

6. "Royals" by Lorde AND Psalms 24 (Christ the Real Royal King, Not Us!)

5.  "Say Something" by A Great Big World AND Psalms 28  (Calling Out and Being Heard) 

4.   "Burn" by Elle Goulding AND Psalms 67 (God Making Himself Shine On and In Us!) 

3.  "Wake Me Up" by Avicii AND Psalms 57 (Waking Up and Giving God Praise) 

2. "All of Me" by John Legend AND Psalms 31 (Loving God with All of Who We Are) 

1. "Shake It Off" By Taylor Swift AND Psalms 52 (A "Swift" Approach to Haters?) 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Game #80: Youth Group Road Trip Bingo Games (3 FREE Versions)

Heading Off to a Long Trip in the Vans or Buses and Trying to Find Something to Keep Your MS/JH Students Amused for a Bit

Here is a quick little helpful resource that might just help you kill a bit of time as you travel? 

CLICK HERE (to get all 3 for FREE!) 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

News U Can Use: "Tween Parenting Not in the Moment, But for the Long Haul"

" Walking through the woods with a friend on a recent spring afternoon, I lamented the lack of progress my son has made on the organizational front. Like many tweens, his frontal lobe is barely half-baked, and his ability to master the demands of middle school lags behind his teachers’ expectations. Despite strategy sessions and elaborately-laid plans, his backpack and locker continue to function as, in his words, “a Tardis gone wrong” for all things essential and time-sensitive.

My friend listened, made some supportive, empathetic noises, and then reminded me of how far he has come over the span of years rather than days. Her lovely point flitted past, well over my head, as I trudged through the muck and mire of my self-pity.

Later on that day, when I was done feeling sorry for myself, I realized that, of course, she was right. He has made progress; maybe not as compared with yesterday, or the week before, but in the long view.

Parents tend to ignore the long view as we race along in our listicle-driven lives, fueled by the promise of “Five Steps to Tantrum-Free” and “Thirty Days to a Happy Kid.”

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Teaching Clip #42: "A Thousand Words About...A Theology of Justice"


Hint/Help #17: 20 "More" Serious Youth Group Movie Night Movies

Yep, it is that night again you want to have a movie night either at the church or in your home with a group of students.   This time around you want something more serious and not a comedy?  

It there anything out there that is going to not complete get your in trouble with your church and parents?? 

Like my previous list ("20 Funny Youth Group Night Movies") I tried to rack my brain and look at my DVD rack of movies  that are not the normal things you group may have seen??  Besides the  Classic/Usual "Non-Christian" Youth Group Movie Night All-Nighter Collections, all that are great but have already been watched and re-watched... 
- Star Wars Collection
- Lord of the Rings Collection
- Hobbit Collection
- Indiana Jones Collection
- Narnia Collections

Here are 20 "non-Christian that are a little more serious movies that surprisingly your students may not have seen, that might make for a great non-cheesy but appropriate movie night!?
20. "Super 8"
19. "Rudy"
18. "Karate Kid" (New One)
17. "National Treasure" (1 & 2)
16. "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time"
15. "Hoosiers" 
14. "The Rocketeer" 
13. "October Sky" 
12. "Pay It Forward" 
11. "The Emperor's Club" 
10. "Always"  
9. "The Rookie" 
8. "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
7. "McFarland" 
6. "The Village" 
5. "Tron: Legacy" 
4.  "Oz: The Great and Powerful"
3. "The Truman Show" 
2. "Dead Poet Society"
1. "ET:Extra Terrestrial" 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Game #79: "Van Twister" (travel game)

Here is a quick little "TWIST" on the classic game while traveling in your super cool swagger wagon 15 passenger church van to your next youth group shin-ding!? 

It is "twisted" youth pastor fun to watch and to get pictures of!! 


Set up/Prep:

Game Explanation/Play:
Simple explanation: Students will be playing the classic game of "Twister using what is reachable while seated in a 12 or 15 passenger van.

Game Play: 
- Have everyone seated in the van
- Announce either "right" or "left" and either "hand" or "foot"
- Then announce something that has be touched
- Continue to play until players can not "twist" to touch the assigned item and say "out"/

Suggested List of Announcements ("right"..."left"..."hand..."foot"_________"
- ____  _____ ceiling
- ____  _____ window
- ____  _____ seat in front of you
- ____  _____ person to your left/right
- ____  _____ person behind you/in front of you
- ____  _____ light
- ____  _____ vent
- ____  _____ floor

Advanced Play: 
- For a Round 2/Challenge Round change it from the usual "hand" & "foot" and do "elbow", "knee", "forehead", "nose" or whatever your twisted youth leader mind desires.
- Also for Round 2/Challenge Round you could also include other people as suggested APPROPRIATE "touches" (person next to you's ear, nose, eyeball, knee, back....) 

Be safe have fun. Do not get pulled over while playing, you might have some explaining to try to do!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

News U Can Use: "Staples Uses Tweens as Designers"

When it’s time for school supply shopping this fall, a few middle schoolers will be able to purchase backpacks, folders and pencil cases that they dreamed up themselves through Staples’ Designed by Students initiative.

Together with design education experts aruliden, the office supplies giant partnered with middle school students at Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia and M.S. 88 in Brooklyn to teach them about the product design process and create marketable ideas.

As students learned about the work that goes behind taking a problem to prototype, Staples’ designers guided each group of three through the process of conceiving, researching and presenting their ideas for new school supplies... READ MORE AT "PSFK"  

Monday, August 3, 2015

Top 10: Youth Ministry 101 Mistakes...

10. Only Talking to Students on Sunday Mornings.

9. Only Using College Age & Single Young Adults As Leaders.

8. Preparing Your Lesson The Day Before.

7.  Trying to Dress, Act and Talk Like the Students.

6.  Showing Up Late to or Forgetting Meetings.

5. Not Keeping Senior Leadership Informed and "In the Loop" about Your Ministry

4. Not Keeping Parents Informed and "In the Loop" about Your Ministry 

3.  Not Having Clear Expectation and Rules. 

2. Not Having Your Spouse "On Board" with What and How You Do Ministry. 

1. Never Taking A Day Off.