Training

Sneak Peek into the YS Family Room

I have a confession:  I love to lead youth through team building games and small group discussions, but when it’s my turn, I really hate being forced into it.  Am I alone here?  Games make me uncomfortable and I’m reluctant to open up to others.  I am a natural emoter (that’s just a nice way to say I cry easily) ...

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there’s no hung-out-to-dry in “team”

“Do you think you can walk 2.6 miles in less than half an hour?” “Probably.” “I think you’re underestimating it.” “I don’t mean that I’d feel great afterward. I just mean I think if I had to that I could do it once, even if I hated myself for a few days afterward.” “Maybe.” This conversation took place between myself ...

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Talk Tips: Know it in a Sentence

The typical youth worker spends a great deal of his or her time in front of a group talking.  This article is part of a series of tips to improve your public speaking skills. One of my favorite professors of all time (Dr. Julie Gorman at Fuller) said something that I will never forget:  If you don’t know what you ...

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Talk Tips: Avoid Overplayed Illustrations

  The typical youth worker spends a great deal of his or her time in front of a group talking.  This article is part of a series of tips to improve your public speaking skills. If I have to hear about that kid that sits by themselves in the lunchroom one more time, I am going to vomit!  Seriously!  We ...

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Talk Tips: What to do?

This is one in an ongoing series of posts to help you hone your skills as a speaker either in an up-front setting or a small group. Sometimes lessons can have a great point, an excellent concept, but be meaningless as far as being able to be lived out in the lives of the students.  That is because in the ...

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“Pudding” It Into Practice

FELLOWSHIP FEAST NIGHT Here’s an easy and fun activity to illustrate Biblical community or to train your leadership that works with any age or size of group. What You’ll Need: Large round table Table Decorations (optional) Enough chairs for all participants Enough Dessert and Drink for all participants Cups, Plates, and Napkins Towels for cleanup Foot long pieces of rope, ...

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Kickoff Your Fall with Youth Disciple Online

Do you have youth in your group that are ready for digging deeper into Scripture? Is it a challenge to plan a Bible study that fits into your already-full youth ministry calendar? Do you have members of your youth ministry that would participate if only they had a transportation available? Or would you like to connect with another youth ministry ...

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Youth Ministry 101 – October 22 – November 2, 2012 – $45.00

Created through the partnership between The YouthWorker Movement and the Institute for Discipleship, we are excited to tell you about a great online course offering, Youth Ministry 101. Youth Ministry 101 offers the basics of youth ministry covering topics such as: the role of the youth minister, youth culture, administration, Christian education with youth, volunteers, games, and more. The instructor Todd Vick brings ...

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Youth Praise Band: Working with What You’ve Got

I received some positive feedback from my previous post about the songs we sing and music we use in youth worship times, so this post will continue in that vein. Today I’m thinking back on when I first started leading music for a youth ministry.  I was a high school student learning the guitar and how to sing and play at ...

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3 Smart Reasons to Offer Youth Disciple Online

Beginning August 1, Youth Disciple Bible Study Online  (YDO) will be launched as part of a partnership between the Institute for Discipleship and The YouthWorker Movement.  This is a 32 week online course of the in-depth and popular Disciple Bible study tailored for youth ministry.  Ideal for student ministry, YDO has a flexible schedule that can be tweaked and worked ...

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