Monday, July 25, 2016

Out of Town, See You Soon!


Away this week again traveling, writing, spending time with family and friends. 

Come back soon for new content, format and resources.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Free Media Resource: "Subway Metro Mock Up" (flyer/graphic)

Modern screen mock-up inside subway metro station. This will look perfect with all kinds of posters and advertisements. Simply replace your own design inside the PSD file and you’re good to go in just few seconds!

- Photo realistic
- Fully layered PSD (minimum CS5)
- 3000×2000 pixels size
- Real background
- Help file included

CLICK HERE (to get it FREE!)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Emoji Bible Stories" (New DYM Game)


My Newest Updated Game for "DOWNLOAD YOUTH MINISTRY".



In this screen-based game, there are 10 well-known Bible stories depicted in Emojis, with 1 bonus tiebreaker. Have your students play as individuals or as a team to figure out if they can correctly guess the Bible stories.

What’s included:
    • Complete PowerPoint game file (two resolution versions are included)
    • 11 Q & A game slides (jpeg files)

                    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

                    News U Can Use: "McDonald's & Starbucks Wifi Blocking Adult Sites"

                    " Anti-pornography groups have succeeded in their efforts to get Starbucks and McDonald's to block porn on the chains' Wi-Fi networks.

                    Earlier this year McDonald's (
                    MCD) responded by putting filters in place at most of its U.S. restaurants, a change that was disclosed this week. The company had already had the filtering in place at its U.K. restaurants.


                    "McDonald's is committed to providing a safe environment for our customers," he said. "We had not heard from our customers that this was an issue, but we saw an opportunity that is consistent with our goal of providing an enjoyable experience for families."

                    The anti-porn groups Enough is Enough and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation then appealed to Starbucks to follow McDonald's lead. In response to questions from CNNMoney, Starbucks (
                    SBUX) said Friday it's will do so the same thing at its company-owned stores around the globe as well.... " READ MORE AT CNN MONEY

                    Monday, July 18, 2016

                    Top 10: Things You DO NOT What to Hear Your Custodian Say...

                        Dedicated to our hard working staff of custodians around our churches, that put up with us and our students.  They are the unsung heroes of youth ministry.  
                        I have actually had some our maintenance staff as small group leaders.  A super smart move on a bunch of levels (*free hint!!) 




                    10.  I was thinking about changing a couple policies....

                    9.  I had a conversation with the Sr. Pastor the other day...

                    8. How exactly did that pizza get on the ceiling again?

                    7.  Here's the Plunger!

                    6.  Did you know the baptistery is full of Jello?

                    5.  Umm...that is NOT coming out of the Jones Memorial Carpet!

                    4. I don't know if you realize but there is a strict policy against bonfires...IN THE BUILDING!!

                    3. The children pastor's desk is out by the road next to the church sign, do you know anything about that?

                    2. The fire department called AGAIN about your fog machine  (*True Story)

                    1. THAT IS IT...I QUIT!!

                    Thursday, July 14, 2016

                    "RUNNING TOGETHER" (Reasons Why My Wife is Part of My Ministry)

                    10. Her Talents are not my Talents
                    I am not being sexist, your wife does things better than you do. She is going to have natural abilities and gifts that you don't have, that is why God has brought her into your life. She "completes you" or I hope so?

                    9. She is my BFF. 
                     Ministry is a lonely place sometimes. If you read any of the Lifeway polls or have read Church Next by Gibbs, pastors are lonely people with few close friends. If you are in youth ministry there may be even more of a separation from other adults. An involved wife can be that friend you need to confide in, talk to, and who understands. Hopefully the person you marry/married really is your "BFF" already.

                    8. My On-board GPS. 
                    A wife that is activity involved and is actually present in your ministry is that instant guidance system you need. You are half-way through a lesson and you are not sure if your students are getting it, look out to find your wife and get an instant reading. You are about to say something that begs for a flood of angry phone calls, you can get the "slight don't you dare look". She also can point you to the student or leader that you are missing and that needs your attention.

                    7. Back Up Teacher. 
                    She can grab your notes and Bible and continue your lesson as you run to the bathroom sick (*True Story!!). If she is in the loop on what you are thinking and who your students are she can be a great "other voice" for your students to hear. Her testimony and story is important, if she is involved and known it powerful beyond belief.

                    6. Better Safe than Sorry? 
                    We live in a world of lawsuits and abuse. Having a wife that is there with you in person gives you added protection from accusations, invitation, or even just appearances. A student or even a leader is far less likely to "get the wrong idea" if your wife is near by. She also can be the "voice of reason" for your next set of great game ideas that include projectiles, fire, and chubby bunnies?

                    5. "Those" Issues. 
                     Yep, that is exactly what I am talking about "those female issues". Surprisingly your 6th grade girls don't want to talk to you as a guy (even though I am a dad) about their time of the month that started during your week-long mission trip. Although I have learned to come fully stocked with a variety of items in my "youth pastor bag"(*click to see)  including a full variety of those kind of things, your wife is far better at dealing with those things. Of course, that is not the only female issue that will come up in your ministry and each of those it so helpful to have a wife involved and available for the emotional, social, mental, and spiritual lives of your girls

                    4. My Other Leader. 
                    Whether it be to your students, your volunteers, or moms having a female lead leader is so valuable. For many of the areas, that I have already mentioned, but for so many others having your "other half" there to be your "other half" leaders is beyond priceless. Whether she is "paid to be there" or not, she is looked at as part of the package. If she understands that and owns that, both of you will gain in eyes of your ministry, but also with parents and the rest of the church.

                    3. A Different Perspective. 
                    Somewhat related to the being your on-board GPS, your wife can offer you a different and female perspective on things. Whether it be a passage you are teaching on, a counseling issue, or just plain your ministry vision. She offers to you a second set of eyes and ears on, well.. pretty much everything. There are things you are just going to miss or not get without her.

                    2. The Checking Account. 
                    No, I am not talking about money, although that could be a great bonus #11, I am talking about accountability. You may already had an accountability partner, but your wife is the original true partner and one you are accountable to before God. Who else in your life is going to know you as well as your wife. If your wife is a part of your ministry she can keep your accountable, keep you real, and keep in you in check. She can call you out in the areas you need it. She will also...stop and read slowly...Keep You Humble!

                    1. The Pedestal. 
                     She is already up there as your wife. You should (if you don't) be putting her up on a pedestal in your marriage. Let's be honest, our ministry/church is putting you both up there too. Whether you like it or not, you, your wife, your family, and your marriage are being looked at and examined under a microscope. Biblically that is kind of part of the job description, see I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. MS/JH students coming from broken homes and broken lives are looking to see if you really are the husband, father and person you are teaching about. Your wife and you walking together visibly in ministry gives your students an example of marriage. Your wife involved gives both male and female students an example of a Godly Woman. Choose to embrace the ups and downs of our lives be appropriately honest and real about who we are as individuals and as a couple. Your wife whether or not she shows up to your meetings and events is still an example.

                    "RUNNING TOGETHER" (Reasons Why My Wife is Part of My Ministry)

                    10. Her Talents are not my Talents
                    I am not being sexist, your wife does things better than you do. She is going to have natural abilities and gifts that you don't have, that is why God has brought her into your life. She "completes you" or I hope so?

                    9. She is my BFF. 
                     Ministry is a lonely place sometimes. If you read any of the Lifeway polls or have read Church Next by Gibbs, pastors are lonely people with few close friends. If you are in youth ministry there may be even more of a separation from other adults. An involved wife can be that friend you need to confide in, talk to, and who understands. Hopefully the person you marry/married really is your "BFF" already.

                    8. My On-board GPS. 
                    A wife that is activity involved and is actually present in your ministry is that instant guidance system you need. You are half-way through a lesson and you are not sure if your students are getting it, look out to find your wife and get an instant reading. You are about to say something that begs for a flood of angry phone calls, you can get the "slight don't you dare look". She also can point you to the student or leader that you are missing and that needs your attention.

                    7. Back Up Teacher. 
                    She can grab your notes and Bible and continue your lesson as you run to the bathroom sick (*True Story!!). If she is in the loop on what you are thinking and who your students are she can be a great "other voice" for your students to hear. Her testimony and story is important, if she is involved and known it powerful beyond belief.

                    6. Better Safe than Sorry? 
                    We live in a world of lawsuits and abuse. Having a wife that is there with you in person gives you added protection from accusations, invitation, or even just appearances. A student or even a leader is far less likely to "get the wrong idea" if your wife is near by. She also can be the "voice of reason" for your next set of great game ideas that include projectiles, fire, and chubby bunnies?

                    5. "Those" Issues. 
                     Yep, that is exactly what I am talking about "those female issues". Surprisingly your 6th grade girls don't want to talk to you as a guy (even though I am a dad) about their time of the month that started during your week-long mission trip. Although I have learned to come fully stocked with a variety of items in my "youth pastor bag"(*click to see)  including a full variety of those kind of things, your wife is far better at dealing with those things. Of course, that is not the only female issue that will come up in your ministry and each of those it so helpful to have a wife involved and available for the emotional, social, mental, and spiritual lives of your girls

                    4. My Other Leader. 
                    Whether it be to your students, your volunteers, or moms having a female lead leader is so valuable. For many of the areas, that I have already mentioned, but for so many others having your "other half" there to be your "other half" leaders is beyond priceless. Whether she is "paid to be there" or not, she is looked at as part of the package. If she understands that and owns that, both of you will gain in eyes of your ministry, but also with parents and the rest of the church.

                    3. A Different Perspective. 
                    Somewhat related to the being your on-board GPS, your wife can offer you a different and female perspective on things. Whether it be a passage you are teaching on, a counseling issue, or just plain your ministry vision. She offers to you a second set of eyes and ears on, well.. pretty much everything. There are things you are just going to miss or not get without her.

                    2. The Checking Account. 
                    No, I am not talking about money, although that could be a great bonus #11, I am talking about accountability. You may already had an accountability partner, but your wife is the original true partner and one you are accountable to before God. Who else in your life is going to know you as well as your wife. If your wife is a part of your ministry she can keep your accountable, keep you real, and keep in you in check. She can call you out in the areas you need it. She will also...stop and read slowly...Keep You Humble!

                    1. The Pedestal. 
                     She is already up there as your wife. You should (if you don't) be putting her up on a pedestal in your marriage. Let's be honest, our ministry/church is putting you both up there too. Whether you like it or not, you, your wife, your family, and your marriage are being looked at and examined under a microscope. Biblically that is kind of part of the job description, see I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. MS/JH students coming from broken homes and broken lives are looking to see if you really are the husband, father and person you are teaching about. Your wife and you walking together visibly in ministry gives your students an example of marriage. Your wife involved gives both male and female students an example of a Godly Woman. Choose to embrace the ups and downs of our lives be appropriately honest and real about who we are as individuals and as a couple. Your wife whether or not she shows up to your meetings and events is still an example.

                    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

                    Summer Lesson: "The Summer Slip N Slide"



                    Summer Can Be a Time When Our Students
                    “SLIP” in Their Walk with God And “SLIDE” in Their Spiritual Growth.
                    Here is a single (*"one hit wonder") summer time themed Lesson.
                    Includes:
                    • 2 Full Powerpoint Presentations in 2 Formats
                    • 1 Full Set of JPEG Slides

                    CLICK HERE (to get it)

                    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

                    News U Can Use: "What American Teens Want, Less Racism"

                    "...This past fall, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of “The Teen-Agers,” Newsweek enlisted Harris Poll to conduct an online survey replicating key questions in the original work and to expand on it. We asked 2,057 teens, ages 13 to 17, from diverse backgrounds and geographic areas, about everything from politics and education to parents, sex, mental health and pop culture. The result, “The State of the American Teenager,” offers fascinating and sometimes disturbing insights into a generation of teens who are plugged in, politically aware, and optimistic about their futures yet anxious about their country.

                    Two-thirds of teens (68 percent), for example, believe the United States is on the wrong track, and 59 percent think pop culture keeps the country from talking about the news that really matters. Faith in God or some other divine being dropped from 96 percent in 1966 to 83 percent. Twice as many teens today feel their parents have tried to run their lives too much (24 percent, up from 12 percent in 1966). Fifty years ago, the five most admired famous people were John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Lyndon B. Johnson and Helen Keller, in that order. Today, pop culture rules, as President Barack Obama, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé top the list, with Selena Gomez tying Lincoln for fourth place.... READ MORE AT "NEWSWEEK"

                    Monday, July 11, 2016

                    Top 10: What New Youthworkers Should Learn?










                    10. Learn that "it" will get better...no matter what  "it" is or what is going on...trust me!

                    9. Learn To Laugh..you are going to make mistakes, thing are going to happen sometimes you just have to see the humor in life and ministry!

                    8. Learn to say "No!", it will come in handy in A LOT of situations.

                    7. Learn to Borrow(legally)...from other youth workers.  Nothing is 100% original! (*it is in the Bible, Ecc. 1:9...)

                    6. Learn to Share (see above)...give away what you have and what is working

                    5. Learn to Rest.  The Red Bull/Coffee/Monster addiction will only last so long and then you WILL crash!

                    4. Learn to Cry.   Mourn with those who mourn, don't be macho.  Let God soften your heart, it will change EVERYTHING!

                    3.  Learn Respect.  You just rolled off the Bible college/Seminar assembly line and you know it all, but...  learn to respect those older than you and around you, they might just have something to teach you.

                    2.  Learn to Learn. There is always more to learn.  Leaders are Learners....NEVER STOP!

                    1. Learn that you are not God! Only God is God, only He can save and redeem.  Work hard, do your best, do everything with excellence, but realize not matter how many hours you put in or how much you burn yourself out...God is still on the throne!  It is a hard thing to learn, but well worth learning!

                    Monday, July 4, 2016

                    Happy 4th of July Week!

                    Enjoy a great day and week.  I will be working on some new summer content, updated resources, ministry reflections, and of course a bit of Ran-DUMB Fun! Come back soon!

                    Hope your summer cookouts, camps, and missions trip are going well!

                    - DAN