Friday, January 30, 2015

Free Media #67 : "SUPERFAMOUS STUDIOS" (Free Stock Photos)

Superfamous is the Los Angeles-based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter. As an online publisher of large collections of literary and visual content, he is an avid promotor of people's creative contributions. His photography is available under the conditions of a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This means that you can use the work for your own purposes — including commercial use — as long as credit is provided.


CLICK HERE (to see this amazing collection)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hint/Help #15: Superbowl Party Freebie Toolbox

GAMES/ACTIVITIES
- Youth Ministry Superbowl 2015 Quiz  
- 6 Superbowl Party Themes Youth Group Games
- Superbowl of Caring (Service/Outreach)
- Superbowl Party Ideas and Activities
- 7 of the Best Ads of 2015 (from "Tween Us")
- "10 Fascinating Facts": Super Bowl Trivia  

MEDIA:
LIVE STREAMING THE GAME...LEGALLY!
- Football looping motion background 
- Looping Football Backgrounds
- Big Game Party (still background)
- Football Texture (still background)
- Blue Football  (still background)

TEACHING HELP
Ad Filtering Questions for the Superbowl (handout)
- Spiritual Lessons from the Game of Football  (lesson)
- Talking about the Superbowl (lesson helps)
- Super Soul Bowl (lesson) 

Game #70: Dizzy Donut Duel (upfront game)

WHO DOESN'T LOVE POWERED DONUTS AND A NICE BLACK SHIRT ON A SUNDAY MORNING!   ALL DRESSED UP FOR THE MAIN STAGE AND YOU GRAB A QUICK BREAKFAST TREAT ON THE WAY OUT THE DOOR!?? 

THIS IS THE GAME INSPIRED BY THOSE GREAT MOMENTS....




Supplies:

  • String/Yarn
  • Dozen White Powered Donuts
  •  A Couple XL Black T-shirts

Explanation/Game Play:

  • Simple Explanation: Player will be swing a powdered donut on a string at another player trying hit them as many times as possible.
  • Pre-Game Preparation 
    •  Tie a powered donut on the end of a long piece of string
  • Game Play:
    • Ask for 2-4 volunteers
    • Bring the volunteers to the front
    • Have them put on the black t-shirts
    •  Give each player a donut on a string and have them place the "non-donut" end of the string in their teeth
    • On "Go!" player will try to swing their donut and hit the other player(s) as many times as possible in  60 seconds.
    • Points are scored on "hits" only on the black shirt.  Other hits to the head or other parts of the body do not count
    • After 60 seconds count the number of hits to each player the person with the least amount of hits wins
  • Optional:
    • If you would like in a larger space or on a stage you might want to define an area using cones or rope to create a "battle zone"


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

News U Can Use: "Yearbook Photoshopping Sparks Outrage"

" Excessive photoshopping in Hollywood and magazines is frustrating enough, but when an unsuspecting high schooler noticed her new school photo had been warped beyond recognition she decided to take action.One teenage redditor noticed that her school ID photo had been edited without her consent to make her appear skinnier. The same photo would be used in the school yearbook, and, in addition to bringing the issue to her school's attention,.... 

READ MORE AT THE DAILY DOT! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Top 10: Leadership Team Fails? (*seriously)

10. Surround yourself only with people just like you?

9. Creating a team of people who are afraid to disagree with you?

8. Making a team up of only people of one age and one generation?

7. Not having regularly schedule meetings?

6.  Allowing personal preferences to rule over Biblical truth?

5.  Never doing trainings or team development?

4. Never allow others to take the lead chair and control of things? 

3. Allowing personal relationship to hold more weight than what is best for the ministry?

2. Always being about business and never having fun or laughing together

1. Leading the team by yourself with no accountability? 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Free Media #66 : "NEW OLD STOCK" (Free Stock Photos)



New Old Stock is an interesting collection of photos created by Cole Townsend. The idea is to publish vintage photos from the Public Archives that are free of known copyright restrictions.



CLICK HERE (to see the collection)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Featured Activity/Event: "FOOT GOLF"

Looking for something different and new for your youth group to do for your next activity or event night.  Tired of the old bowling and roller skating classics.  Have you done laser tag and scavenger hunts one to many times?  

Here is something new for your next youth group activity--- FOOT GOLF!!


** Come next spring or summer I am already planning an outing for my new group in our new area.  I found a course actually not that far away!! 


About FootGolf (from the official site): 

" FootGolf is a combination of the popular sports of soccer and golf. The game is played with a regulation #5 soccer ball at a golf course facility on shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf. FootGolf as a game is played throughout the world in many different forms, but as a sport, it is regulated by the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG). The American FootGolf League (AFGL) is the exclusive member of the FIFG and governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the United States. The AFGL is organizing tournaments throughout the country working with golf courses to bring FootGolf to their clubs as another avenue for revenue and to develop the game further." 




CLICK HERE (to find a location near you!) 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JH Uth Guy Thought of the Week


News U Can Use: "Middle Schoolers Composing New Music"

JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW MIDDLE YEAR STUDENTS ARE CHANGING OUR WORLD AND CREATING NEW THINGS WAY BEFORE HIGH SCHOOL OR ADULT YEARS!

"When Olentangy students hear the word composer, they too often think of a long-dead European in a powdered wig.

That's the opinion of Aaron Given, a music instructor at Olentangy Hyatts and Liberty middle schools, who hopes a new project will change that.
Given has commissioned a piece for his bands from Scott McAllister, a composer and professor of composition at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. McAllister will answer questions and get ideas from the middle school students during the composition process through online video chats.

Given said he wanted to give his students an inside look at the creative process of a renowned professional.... "

READ MORE AT "THIS WEEK.COM"

Monday, January 19, 2015

Top 10: Senior Pastors Should "Stepping Stone" Into Youth Ministry!!?

So, you have 20 years of experience in the church.  You have 2 degrees and wealth of wisdom and knowledge.  You have worked hard, you know what it takes to grow a ministry.  Your have seen all the behind the scenes so you know all the land mines.   You have the experience to prove that you can do the job!  I think it is time you use that ministry stepping stone you have been waiting to use.  Senior Pastor it is time for you to move UP to the Youth Ministry!!!  Here is why....


10. Suit and Tie? vs. Comfortable Jeans and a T-shirt!

9. Spend your days in an office? vs. Spend your days with your people!

8.  Talking about what happened in the church? vs. Talking about what could happen in the church!

7.  Counseling people about their mistakes? vs. Counseling people how not make those mistakes when they are adults! 

6. Leader meeting discussing politics, complaints and money? vs. Leader meeting discussion life change!

5.  Stage, mic and spotlight where you can't see anyone? vs. Sitting on a stool on the floor looking eye to eye with the people you are teaching! 

4. Time spent looking up ancient words? vs. Time spent talking in today's language over a lunch table! 

3.  Worrying that you might offend somebody? vs. Know you will offend somebody! 

2. Showing up to Funerals? vs. Showing up to Graduations! 

1. Telling your youth pastor to...? vs. Be the youth pastor that....!! 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Youth Ministry Invention #32: Smart Phone Projector

FOR THOSE TRIPS AND EVENTS THAT YOU NEED A PROJECTOR BUT CAN'T BRING ONE ALONG?

FOR THE SMALLER YOUTH MINISTRY WITH LITTLE OR NO BUDGET?

FOR JUST SOMETHING COOL TO HAVE HAND OFF TO YOUR SMALL GROUP OR HOME GROUP LEADERS, WITHOUT HAVING TO GIVE OUT THAT EXPENSIVE PROJECTOR?




From the website..." Pop your smartphone into this handy projector and unleash the potential of your cramped screen by projecting it onto a wall. The retro-styled projector housing of corrugated cardboard is easy to assemble, includes intuitive icons to aid best projection results, and provides natural sound amplification. A sticky silicone pad inside the back compartment accommodates any phone up to 3 x 5.5 inches and keeps it in place. Slide the back compartment in and out to focus the image. The glass lens magnifies your phone's screen image without the need for an additional power source, but the back compartment has two slots to accommodate your phone charger or speakers so you won't run out of juice halfway through..."

CLICK HERE (to get one for $27!!!)

* Note: as always, I am not selling this and I do not get any personal money from this. It is only something that I found that I wanted to share as a resource, help, or something for fun!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Featured Game: "SPIKE BALL" (*Spyderball)

Yes, It has been around for a while and you may already be aware of this super cool game.  I was just recently going through the youth closet at my new church and found a set shoved in the back! 

I had complete forgot about this game!!? I pulled it out last week for my group and they loved it!  We actually need up playing it with way more than 4 players and became a bigger "elimination" type game!? 

So just in case you have never heard of of it or are like me and completely forgot about it.  Here is another quick fun game to add to your collection of 9 square, gaga, ect... hangout time games.  Unlike a gaga pit or 9 square, it quickly comes apart to put away or take with you. 

CLICK HERE (to go to the official website)
And...CLICK HERE to check out the more affordable "unofficial" Target version called spyderball" for 1/2 the price! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

News U Can Use: "Tweens Love YouTube"

"The research report, conducted on behalf of the Chicago-based agency The Marketing Store, found that 93% of tweens say they use YouTube. Plus, 69% of U.S. tweens claim to have an account, despite YouTube’s restrictions against such activity.... "(READ MORE @ CMO TODAY) 


Additional Resources:
- "Cluster Sharing Report"
- "Google Revamping Age Limits"

Friday, January 9, 2015

Free Media #65 : "UNSPLASH" (Free Hi-Res. Stock Photos)



Get 10 New FREE High Resolution Stock Photos Every 10 Days.  Submit Your Own Stock Photos As Well.  A Great Collection of Photos To Use for Publications, Lessons, Worship, or Your Own Editing Collection!!

CLICK HERE (to get started)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Free Resource #69: "Youth Suicide Parent Resource Program"


There is a Silent Epidemic  sweeping through our nation that claims an average of approximately 100+ young lives each week. It knows no social, racial or economic barriers. ThisSilent Epidemic is youth suicide! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2011 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey over ONE out of every THIRTEEN young people in our nation attempted suicide in the previous 12 months.

SUICIDE STATISTICS
  • Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2010 CDC WISQARS)
  • Suicide is the THIRD leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2010 CDC WISQARS)
  • More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
  • Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12.
  • Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs
  • The Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBS) is a survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that includes national, state, and local school-based representative samples of 9th through 12th grade students. The purpose is to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in the United States.
  •  The surveys are conducted every two years to determine the prevalence of these health risk behaviors. Behaviors that contribute to unhealthy lifestyles and those that indicate possible depression and/or suicidal ideation are included. Click here for the full report
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE  JASON FOUNDATION: PARENT RESOURCE PROGRAM (click here)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Youth Ministry Invention? #31: "Snook Ball" (Game)



I so want to find an amazing dad or man in our church that could figure a way to make one of these for our youth area!! 

CLICK HERE (to see the official website from France!) 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January Featured Website: "LEADING AND LOVING IT"

" Leading and Loving It is a ministry dedicated to equipping, connecting, and impacting pastors’ wives and women in ministry. We hope to encourage healthy women and therefore healthy marriages, healthy families, and healthy ministries..." 




Leading and Loving Offers a Couple Different Things to Connect and Network Pastor's Wives:


THE EXCITING NEWS!!
My wife, Melissa is starting one of the the FIRST Youth Pastor's Wives and Youth Ministry Women Groups!!  We are currently ministering the Northern Virginia Area, Near Washington DC, so the first CONNECT LOCAL gathering will be Jan. 26th not far from where we minister.   Soon after she will be also hosting a CONNECT LIVE online gathering as well no matter where you live. 

HERE IS THE INFORMATION FOR THIS UPCOMING "CONNECT LOCAL" IN-PERSON GATHERING!! 

Join Melissa Istvanik and other youth pastors’ wives for a fun evening of fellowship! 


Register Here! (click)








Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday Morning Inspiration: "Showing Kids You Love Them"



The "Grandfather" of Modern Youth Ministry, Mike Yaconelli explaining Youth Ministry at it's UNCHANGING Core!  
Have a Great Week, Keep On Loving Students!! 

Top 10: Youth Ministry New Year's Resolutions?

10.  I Will Not Do A Lock-In This Year? (* no matter what your students say...they are of the devil)

9.  I Will Drink Less Coffee, Monster, and Red Bull? (*your energy will come from the spirit this year...the Holy Spirit, just to clarify! ) 

8. I Will Not Call the Sr. Pastor "Dude", "Dawg", or "Bro"?  (try "Rev", "Grand Pastor" or even "Big Guy" this year?) 

7. I Will Successfully Grow a Hipster Beard? (If you are female youth worker, give it a shot anyway, it is a new year!!? )

6.  I Will Refrain From Burping During My Lessons? (*all bodily functions actually should remain out of lesson times this year?)

5. I Will Buy The Newest "One Direction" Album (*AND Listen to it Once Completely in One Sitting?)

4. I Will Buy One Black Suit/"Professional Outfit" (* Because Black Skinny Jeans and a Black deep V, V-neck is Not the Best Choice of Funerals and Weddings, even if it with a Scarf?) 

3.  I Will Have a Regular Date Night with My Spouse?  (*This is a SERIOUS one!)  (*If you are not married, your resolution can be "to find a spouse"? ) the 

2. I Will Clean and Organize My Desk and Office? (* You will be amazed at what you might find under all those piles...oh look the rest of my paychecks?) 

1. I Will Work Out More? (no comment ...)