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Ultimate Nerf Wars

Looking for a proven successful youth ministry event idea to kick off your summer?  Try this: Ultimate Nerf Wars. What you need: Tables, anything camouflage, tarps, bandannas in two colors (1 per person), score sheets, pens, Sharpies, glow-in-the-dark bracelets/necklaces, medals or prizes (optional) Bullet buckets to gather up bullets for reloading.  Lots of volunteers. What people need to bring: Any and all ...

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DIG – A Bible Study Technique like None Other

I’ve been meaning to pass this along for a few weeks. You could have reminded me. DIG is a free session that came out of a final assignment from my UMYM Certification class. Well, it is the final assignment. I was halfway holding out for my grade; I didn’t want to give you anything that wasn’t “A” material. Oh well. ...

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Five Lenten Practices Your Youth Need to Experience

If you’re like me, Holy seasons are always a difficult time.  Usually the church is at it’s busiest and I’m not only striving to focus my own spiritual life but also provide new and relevant experiences for my youth. If you haven’t tried these spiritual disciplines below allow me to suggest incorporating them into this Lenten season. Fasting Fasting is ...

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Time For Some Forgiveness

Here’s a fact of life. You’re not going to get through today without hurting those around you. Here’s another fact of life. You’re not going to get through today without being hurt by those around you. That’s why God makes the two sides of forgiveness such a big deal. You need to forgive others when they hurt you. Really forgive ...

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6 Critical Questions Parents & Teens Should Ask Today

As a former teacher-turned-youth director, I can attest to the power of sharing ideas among trusted co-workers. Why re-invent the wheel when you can “steal” great ideas from others and apply them to your own situation?  I had the opportunity to do just that recently when I sought ways to improve communication between my high school youth and their parents, ...

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Soul Fire: Light Your World- Session 6: Get Your Light- Church > Being a Light to the Nations

                This is one of several sessions in the Soul Fire curriculum that has been posted for YouthWorker Movement use.   Supplies: Camper Book, Bible, Pens, a recent newspaper & a recent magazine, poster board, (1) glue stick, scissors   Key Scripture: “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I ...

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Soul Fire: Light Your World- Session 4- Energize Your Light: People & Friends; the Power of Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships

                Session 4: Energize Your Light– People & Friends; the Power of Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships   Supplies: Camper Book, Bible, Pens, index cards (10 per group member), butcher paper, markers, masking tape   Key Scripture: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  No one has ...

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Soul Fire: Light Your World- Session 3- God Light: The Lord’s Prayer

*This camp/retreat curriculum could be easily adapted for weekly Sunday school or Youth Group use.  Make modifications as needed.  The intent is to help Youth experience the Means of Grace (Spiritual Disciplines/Christian Practices).Session 3: God Light– The Lord’s Prayer       Supplies: Camper Book, Bible, Pens, 1 sheet of drawing paper for each camper, crayons.   Key Scripture: ‘Pray ...

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Angry Birds at Your Next Youth Event

Get ready for something awesome – life-size Angry Birds. “I will have to admit that I use to play Angry Birds a little too much.  But now I don’t have to feel bad about spending all that time glued to my iPhone last summer because it was all research and preparation for youth ministry!” -Eric McFarland We wanted to create ...

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Life Of A Disciple In The World 5: Sloth

The Life Of A Disciple In The World The Seven Deadly Sins Session 5: Sloth- “Whatever Dude…….” Core Teaching:            Sloth is a Major Sin that impacts our spiritual life.  It also contributes to prolonged and needless suffering in our world. Session Goals:            This session focuses on the 4th Deadly Sin, Sloth.  Students should be able to identify Sloth in their ...

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