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Below is an email from a youth speaker who is coming through Kansas.  If you’re interested in having him come to your church, feel free to check out their website.

I wanted you to know I am coming through the state of Kansas on October 11 with a band the just got signed in EMI. It is called the “Get It Right” tour. We are looking for a place to have an event. Might you or someone you know be game? We bring all the sound and lighting with a tech. and evening usually lasts between 1 1/2 – 2 hours and we have seen much fruit from these events. You can find more out about the band and the ministry of Worldview Warriors at http://www.worldviewwarriors.org/bands/. We usually ask for $2,000 but if you are interested, and can book this I will be able to go down to $1,000 + food for the evening and a place to sleep. This is of course negotiable. Please feel free to surf the site and click on the links for more information. Here’s hoping this is in the Lord’s plans.

Source: www.worldviewwarriors.com

Silverline is a rock band from the Heart of Minnesota. We could pretend we are the best looking, most talented, and tallest band on earth…but it’s just not true. We are however your new favorite band.

Tony Jones speaking

Tony Jones speaking

Yesterday I went to a seminar taught by Tony Jones, a key thinker of the emergent movement.  He shared “10 Dispatches of the Emergent Movement.”  I thought it was very thought-provoking, yet quite challenging to listen to.  I’m not convinced everything he said is necessary for the rediretion of the Church universal (and my guess is that he would question that as well… hence the term “movement” attached), but worth listening to or reading about.

For more informaiton, check out his website and books here.

A youthworker I know is thinking about looking at sports and connecting Biblical principles within it.  Here’s his first attempt:

If you like it, subscribe to LifeSportsTV on YouTube.  Click here to do so.

This is probably the third largest drum I would beat for those involved in ministry. (The first is a relationship with Jesus. The second is having a clear vision for ministry.) Please read the article below:

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building youth ministers into youth ministry
andy lawrenson

Whether you are a paid staff or volunteer, there is a dangerous temptation in youth ministry to take on everything by yourself.

In our churches, there are many of us who have had or currently have that same attitude. Even sadder is that we have many youth leaders who are expected by their church to do it all by themselves. Some have to deal with unrealistic expectations put on them by their senior staff, elder board, etc.

When I first jumped into youth ministry, I had the “lone ranger” mentality. I thought I could do it all myself. The danger with this type of approach is that several things can happen. A few of which are:

  • It leads to burnout.
  • Students fall through the cracks.
  • One youth leader can’t affectively minister to all the students in the group or community.
  • You will forget the hot dog buns for the event.

You can’t do it all by yourself, and if you do, you’re not only missing out personally, but you are also withholding a blessing from others as well. Believers want to be equipped to serve as God has shaped them. It’s our responsibility to help them discover how they can serve. As believers we have all been called to be ministers and a youth ministry team is much more effective than the lone ranger approach.

Here are some thoughts on how to share some of the responsibilities of student ministry:

Equip – That’s our job, we are to equip the church to do ministry. Help believers learn how God has shaped them to serve. Equip others in the church to serve in youth ministry (see Ephesians 4:11-13).

Entrust – Give the believers in the church the ministry. Hand it off and then trust them to get it done. Resist the temptation to micro-manage.

Enjoy – Enjoy watching the believers in your church grow closer to God as they serve Jesus Christ and the church with the gifts God has given them. Enjoy watching the church reach its ministry potential. Enjoy the relief and the freedom to be the youth minister and enjoy your team of youth ministers. Enjoy more time to do the ministry God has called you to do.

I love how this article starts out. It goes like this:

“Most youth directors I have met are frustrated…

…frustrated that their churches seem stuck in “the way it’s always been done”
…frustrated that the wheels of the church grind so slowly forward
…frustrated about feeling stuck, powerless to bring about any real change.

But the few youth leaders I’ve met who know how to catalyze and navigate strategic change tend to have one odd quality in common: They are readers.”

Okay, you have my attention; now let’s get down to learning. Click here to read on.

Need info on an upcoming movie? Well, MySpace is becoming the #1 place teens go to get what they’re looking for.

Here’s an article by MediaPost explaining it. Click here.

I read an article that summarizes the first study of the effects of “good kids” experimenting or starting with drugs and alcohol. It’s quite interesting when you compare them statistically with those who don’t experiment.

Short read, fascinating results: Click here for the article.

YouTube can be a goldmine for ministry clips and ideas.  Here’s another idea for your drama team.

 

 

 

 

Personal Focus

To cut through the fog in your thinking today, fill in these two blanks.

At the bottom line …

what Iʼm really trying to do in life is summarized by the phrase …

____________ ING ______________ WHAT / WHO

(e.g. Teaching Children … Strengthening Christian Leaders … Growing Wheat, etc.)

The Barna Group recently came out with spiritual statistics (2008 research). If you’re interested, check it out by clicking the picture below.

American Spirituality Gives Way to Simplicity and the Desire to Make a Difference


 

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