Thursday, March 31, 2016

Teaching Clip #56: "I'll Wait For You" by Moriah Peters (Dating/Relationship)

I am just wrapping up a series called "JBF" with my 7th/8th grade students about "Waiting to Date" until after the middle school year...and maybe even longer.  It has been a fun series, that I have rewritten.  As we wrap up the series, my wife and I are sharing our "Couple Story" but also I was looking for a good wrap up video.  This is was a great one!

If you are doing a series or lesson on dating, relationship or even purity, this might be a great one for you to use as well!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

News U Can Use: "Navigating the Highs and Lows of Teenage Girls" (video)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ten Things That Are Personally Keeping Your Ministry Back?

What is keeping your ministry back?  What are things that might be keep you and your ministry from God's best and blessing?  Here are 10 Things That Are Personally Holding Your Ministry Back.... 

10. Your Personal Pride (Prov. 16:18)

9. Your Personal Insecurities (Phil. 4:6-9)

8. Your Personal Purity (Titus 1:15)

7. Your Personal Preferences (John 3:30)

6.  Your Personal Past (Is. 43:18-19)

5.  Your Personal Ambitions  (Matt. 6:33)

4.  Your Personal Relationship with Your Family (Titus 1:5-6)

3. Your Personal Relationship with Your Spouse (Eph. 5:25)

2. Your Personal Ministry Experiences (Rom. 5:1-5)

1. Your Personal Spiritual Life (Acts 20:28) 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Lesson Freebie: "Everyone Hates Gideon" (Judges #3)

From the Super Awesome People at "PRE-TEEN BIBLE PROJECT" 

This is Lesson Three in a six week series on Judges .This story is overlooked a lot! It teaches us how Gideon quickly became the most hated person in town, and how the same actions that made him unpopular eventually earned him the devotion of thousands of soldiers.​

The Verses
Judges 6, Joshua 1:7-9, Matthew 5:11-12​

The Gist
When Gideon destroyed his town's idols, everyone wanted him dead. But soon after this, thousands of soldiers were ready and willing to follow him into battle​​.

The Point
Taking a stand is never popular, but true leaders are those who have the courage to stand up for what is right.


  • Video message - click here to see a low resolution, sample clip of a message from this series 
  • Video review game - click here to see a low resolution, sample clip of a review game from this series
  • Animated title loop
  • Opening Assignment - an activity that your students can do while other students are arriving
  • Intro Activity - an activity that leads into the message by introducing concepts which are relevant to the topic; file format will vary
  • Discussion Guide - we call it the Live it Out handout; it can be used in small groups, pairs, or students can it home to do as a devotional
  • Lesson specific information - a one page guide that tells you everything you need to know for each lesson
  • Series Introduction and Overview - provides overarching themes to the series as well as a lesson schedule
  • Quick & Easy Implementation Guide - for those of you who like the, "less is more" approach to instructions
  • Fully Loaded Implementation Guide - for those of you who like the "more is better" approach to instructions
CLICK HERE (to get it)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

News U Can Use: "Everything You Need to Know about Minecraft..EVER"

"If your kid has been swept up in the Minecraft craze, you've probably come to realize that resistance is futile. It isn't only the game itself that kids obsess over. There are Minecraft YouTube videos, a whole Minecraft language, Minecraft-like games, and more.

Get the know-how you need to engage with your kid on one of the coolest games out there.Minecraft Games Age GuideOne of the best-selling, independently developed and published video games, Minecraft immerses kids in creative thinking, geometry, and even a little geology as they build imaginative block structures. Here's the scoop on the games that make up Minecraft's offerings.... 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Top 10: "Remember When..." (Youth Ministry Edition)

10. ...You could play an upfront game using peanut butter and no one died?

9.  ... You could serve soda and chips as a snack instead of celery sticks, saltines and water?

8.  .... You played dodgeball with over-inflated playground balls or under-inflated volleyballs?

7.  .... Taking a couple of your students out for ice cream after church didn't require 2 versions of the medical release form, picture ID, and a note from MY mother?

6. ....  Asking students to skip a single sports game to attend a weekend retreat, was not seen as the end of a scholarship deal, a promising career and fame in the minor leagues of professional...badminton?

5.  ...  everyone brought their Bible and could look up a verse without using the table of contents...or a phone.

4. ... a swimsuit cover, pajama pants, or yoga pants were not considered your "Sunday Best"?

3. ... Christian music was fun, upbeat and included lyrics about "Captain Crunch", "Sadie Hawkins Dances" and hanging out in a "Big House" with lots of food and football"?

2. ... FaceTime meant you were going to meet with a student in person over a milkshake.

1. didn't "need" a screen the size of a 15 passenger van, smoke, and lights... all you had was a Bible and a couple old smelly couches!? 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

News U Can Use: "Female YouTube Stars More Influential Among Teen Girls"

"They're called influencers for a reason. YouTube stars, especially the female ones, carry a lot of clout with their audiences -- even more than their traditional Hollywood counterparts.

Female YouTube stars scored seven times higher than female mainstream celebrities when it comes to female empowerment, according to a study conducted by Jeetendr Sehdev, professor of marketing at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism...."

Monday, March 14, 2016

Top 10: Honest Church Staff Titles?

We all have those fancy and yet sort of confusing titles at our church.  Those things they put under everyone's name on the "organizational chart", on our card, and on our door.  People hear them and then we still have to explain what we do.

What would happen if the titles were a little more honest and real?  Maybe something like these??

10. Receptionist... "Chief Transferer of Your Call to Someone Else"

9.  Office Manager... "Scapegoat of Coffee Shortages"

8. Graphic Designer.... "Lead Interpreter of Contradictory Suggestions"

7. Media & Tech Director... "Director of Turning Things Off and Then On Again"

6. Music Pastor... "Facilitator of Main Service Simon Says?" (*"Sit Down, Stand Up, Raise Your Hands, Give a Shout, Give Him a Clap..." ) 

5. "Head of Building and Grounds" .... "Guardian of the Jones Memorial Carpet" 

4. Early Childhood Director... "The Resident Diaper Genie & Binky Finder" 

3. Director of Operations.... "Executive Officer of Signing For That" 

2. Financial Director.... "Official Pizza Party Bill Payer" 

1. Jr. High Youth Pastor... "pre-adolescent branding and lingo expert, specializing in gross games, youtube videos and dodgeball that somehow always tie-ins to a Biblical truth" 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hint/Help #24 : Girl's Night PG Movies

Due to the popularity of my previous "Movie Night" Posts
- "20 Funny Youth Group Movie Night Movies"
- "20 More Serious Youth Group Movie Night Movies"
- "15 Appropriate Halloween/Fall Time Movies"
And some recent requests, here are 20 suggestions for PG Girl's Night Movies. 
As always you know your church and group.  Take a careful look at the "Plugged In" reviews or other's thoughts before showing any movie. 

Hope these help you and save you a couple minutes, especially if you are looking for an ideas last minute! 

20. A Cinderella Story 
19. Raise Your Voice
18. Leap Year 
17. Monte Carlo 
16. The Cutting Edge 
15. The Prince and Me 
14. The Princess Bride (of course, somewhere on the list) 
13. Marly & Me 
12. Nancy Drew 
11. Confession of a Teenage Drama Queen 
10. Confessions of a Shopaholic 
9. My Girl 
8. The Parent Trap (New One) 
7. The Princess Diaries (1 &2) 
6. Freaky Friday   (old or new) 
5. You Again
4. High School Musicals 
3. Ever After 
2. Enchanted 
1. Annie (New One)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Teaching Clip #52: "Our Deepest Fear"- Akeelah and the Bee

A teaching clip that I recently used during a recent 5th/6th grade teaching series called "Wired" how God has given us talents, passion and gifts.    It really resonated with my students and we had a great reaction to it. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Top 10: Youth Ministry Inventions!?

10. SPAM...great for games, object lesson, or family dinner (*all you can afford?)

9. WATER BALLOONS... fill them with anything but water, because these are the Bomb!

8. TOILET PAPER...wrap something, somebody, or someplace?

7. RED BULL... the nectar of God poured out just for you for Lock-ins, Retreats, Committee meetings...

6. else would anybody know what we have been doing? Hey what is going on the youth ministry? Glad you ask! Please refer to my t-shirt from last weekend's "Boy's Gone Wild Spiritual Retreat"

5. MARSHMALLOWS...come on if you look in the original languages "manna" translated "what is this stuff?" and was described as white stuff falling from heaven...HELLO!! Roast, Fling, Dodge, Shoot, but never say Bunny... they are THE modern manna from heaven!?

4. DODGE BALLS... whatever form they take, it is our own special modern day version of public stoning and tons of fun for the whole group.

3. DUCT TAPE... youth ministry or not, it had to make the list. Besides how else would we get that tiny little 6th grade girl to stick to the wall for 30 minutes as an object lesson?

2. DEODORANT...MS/JH Boys, enough said. (*note: not Axe...the inventor of that should be sprayed down and lit on fire!)

1. MILK SHAKES... how lives have been changed by the phrase "Hey, let's go grab a shake after and talk, I heard about...."

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hints/Help: Easter Holiday Freebie Toolbox (media, games, lesson..) *UPDATE 2016!



- Media Links
- Game Links
- Teaching Links
- Music Links 





Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Youth Ministry Game: "Birdie Toss" (indoor/outdoor)



From Franklin's Website- "Birdie Toss Game Set is something the your group can enjoy. Easy to set up and easier to play, Franklin's Flying Birdie Toss Game Set tests your accuracy in a fun way. The target consists of three scoring zones each with a defined point value. Keep the target in one spot throughout the game or move it around your yard to increase difficulty or keep your opponents on their toes" 


BONUS IDEA: Consider using as a quick upfront challenge game!?
Using the the target square and already badminton birdies providers, simply add on badminton rackets to have students try to hit instead of through the birdies, scoring points.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

News U Can Use: "Tween & Teen Meeting Friends Through Technology"

More Than Half of Teens Have Made at Least One Friend Online

"For American teens, making friends isn’t just confined to the school yard, playing field or neighborhood. More than half (57%) of teens say they have made new friends online: 6% have made just one friend, 22% have made between two and five new friends, and 29% have made more than five new friends online. Relatively few of these digital friendships yield in-person friendships; only 20% of teens who have made an online friend have met that friend in person.

Boys are more likely to make friends online than girls: 61% of boys and 52% of girls say they have made at least one friend online. Perhaps because they have spent more time online and have become more familiar with digital platforms, older teens are more likely than younger teens to have made friends online: 60% of those ages 15 to 17 vs. 51% of those ages 13 to 14. Older boys are especially likely to have made friends online (67% have done so). Hispanic teens (64%) are more likely than whites (53%) to have made friends online. Among black teens, 57% have connected in this way...." READ MORE AT "PEW RESEARCH"