Tag Archives: resource

The Dilemma of Discussing Death

This is our dilemma. The fear of death is intrinsic to the human condition. In youth ministry, the question of whether you will have to address the issue of death is not a question of “if” but “when”.  Perhaps, the only thing more uncomfortable than articulating a Christian understanding of death with teenagers is the inability to articulate a Christian ...

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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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We planned your fall for free

It’s that time of year.  Time to release your fall calendar, but you have let the planning slip away.  No worry, I’ve done it for you.  And the best part is that everything is free!  The basic schedule involves a lesson for Sunday morning or evening with a small group discussion-based curriculum on Wednesday nights.  Don’t worry.  I made sure ...

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I’ll Pray for You

I live in the Bible belt, so hearing someone say, “I’ll pray for you,” or “bless your heart” is about as common as finding a restaurant with deep fried food.  My husband and I have joked that “I’ll pray for you” has devolved into this modern-day culture’s equivalent of “good luck with that.”  In fact, if you really want to ...

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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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Study the Bible in Three Questions

Studying the Bible can be intimidating. Not only is it by far the largest book most people pick up, but it was originally communicated to people who lived between 2,000 and 7,000 years ago (give or take a grand). Though I love to use outside resources, devotions, and study guides, it’s nice to have a simple tool to help you ...

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Quick No Preparation Lesson/Discussion

Supplies: Bibles, Index Cards, Pens Break your group into 5 sub-groups. Assign each sub-group a chapter from the Christian Testament- Letter of James Each sub-group should read the chapter together and then be prepared to explain the text to the whole group using their own words.  Let each sub-group report. (15 minutes) Then have all Youth write (at least) one ...

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Youth Disciple Bible Study Online this Fall

Something old-something new! The life changing DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY is now available for use with youth totally online. No manuals, no picking a time or place to meet, no transportation obstacles. In fact, youth from neighboring communities or even other countries can join in. If we are going to transform the world, we need our next generation of Christians to ...

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SURGE into Missions 2012 at Lake Junaluska

Let us work for the good of all!                                               SURGE into Missions gives youth groups the opportunity to serve others while experiencing dynamic worship and relevant programming. Our theme this summer is Galatians 6:9-10: “So let us not ...

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Soul Fire: Light Your World- Session 8: Turn On Your Light- Serving, Witness, Mission & Session 9: Turn On Your Light- Faith Without Works & Action List

  Session 8: Turn On Your Light– Serving, Witness, Mission   Supplies: Camper Book, Bible, Pens, Play Dough, soft foam ball               Key Scripture: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with ...

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