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09/25/2017 01:30 PM
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09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Pure Praise for Youth
During this six-week Bible study, youth will be challenged to "go extreme" in their worship of God. But it's not their body they'll push to the max. Instead, they'll stretch their soul. If they accept this challenge, they'll condition their heart and mind in ways they might never have thought possible. As a result, they'll have the privilege of knowing the God of the Universe and worshipping him more intimately and powerfully than they ever imagined!

This relational resource will help youth and youth leaders move past the idea of worship as just "singing and praying" and actually connect with God by using practical, daily exercises in praise that encourage readers to apply what they're learning about worship. It also instructs youth in the biblical standards of why and how they should praise God.

Anyone who loved Pure Praise will find Pure Praise for Youth just as transforming for the youth in their church!


Dwayne Moore is the author of Pure Praise (and, at the same time this releases, Heaven's Praise). Dwayne has led worship for 30 years and has invested over 1,000 hours in researching and studying the concept and practice of worship.


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Flipped
Jesus had this incredible way of taking something that everyone seemed to accept as "normal" or "right" and flipping it on its head. Power doesn't matter, Jesus said; if you have any influence, use it to help others. Your possessions don't matter, Jesus said; become obsessed with storing riches in heaven instead. Don't focus on your outwardly religious behavior, Jesus said; focus on your relationship with God.

This series by Kurt Johnston features three engaging sermon topics for your ministry:
  • Power
  • Stuff
  • Acting Religious

Use the series as a launching pad for hands-on ministry opportunities in your community or as a catalyst for deeper discussion in small groups on ways to put these biblical truths into action.

These messages will challenge your students to examine their priorities in all three areas, will spur them toward a clearer understanding of how God's values differ from our culture's values, and will help them live truly "flipped" lives!


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Thrive
Teenagers face numerous challenges as they make the transition from high school into adulthood, including the challenge of maintaining a vibrant faith. The spiritual topics of childhood and adolescence morph into new questions that often require deeper belief and understanding.

Ben Hardman, lead pastor of The Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky, offers insights and inspiration in the 30-day devotional book Thrive: Do More Than Survive Your Faith. As a veteran of both youth ministry and young adult/college ministry, Hardman has worked alongside teenagers as they make this transition to adulthood and grapple with big issues and a new awareness of what it means to follow Christ.

Thrive will help teenagers explore some essential big-picture themes:
  • Decisions made now affect their future
  • What idolatry is and how it still exists in our world
  • Developing spiritual disciplines
  • Journeying with God
  • Understanding and living out the gospel

Students will be challenged to embark on the adventure of exploring Scripture with fresh eyes, wrestling with the impact of their choices and their tremendous need for wisdom, and putting their faith into action. They'll learn more about the origins of Scripture, how mature Christians incorporate biblical truth into every area of their lives, and how students can maintain a fresh faith even as they assume greater responsibilities as young adults.

Help the teenagers in your life discover the excitement and joy of a deeper relationship with Jesus. They don't have to just survive-they can thrive!


Ben has over 15 years ministry experience and is a graduate of Anderson University in Indiana. He started as the youth minister at Madison Park Church of God in Anderson, Indiana where he served for 7 years before moving to Louisville, Kentucky and Southeast Christian Church. Ben spent 4 years leading Southeast's student ministry department before taking over their college and young adult ministry, The Post. Ben just recently became the lead pastor at a new church plant adjacent to the University of Louisville called The Avenue (avechurch.com) Ben is married to his best friend Sarah and they have two boys, Cole and Caden, and a little girl, Claire!


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Ball and Game Bundle
Best-Ever Games
The Game Guy is geared up and ready to give you great games that are easy to pull off-and field-tested with teens in many settings.

You get:
  • classic games with new twists
  • indoor and outdoor games
  • games that teach
  • games that build community in your group!

Chat or Challenge Ball
Try as an ice-breaker, game, message point, friendship-builder, or lesson-launcher. We don't care how. Just try it.

Some of the questions include...
  • If you had to move to another state, which state would you choose? Why?
  • If you could try anything and knew you wouldn't fail, what would you try?
  • Think of somebody you really respect, and share with the group two things that stand out about that person.
  • Your parents give you a choice: They will pay for any car you want when you turn 16, or they will pay for your college tuition. Which would you choose? Why?

Throw & Tell Storytellers Ball
Try as an ice-breaker, game, message point, friendship-builder, or lesson-launcher. We don't care how. Just try it.

Some of the questions include...
  • What have you done that's so weird your family will never let you live it down?
  • Quickly... describe your most embarrassing moment.
  • Tell a story about your biggest hero.
  • Describe step-by-step the last time you did something for the first time.



09/25/2017 01:30 PM
KidUnique
BE AN ADULT WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A KID.

Maybe it's your own son or daughter. Perhaps it's a kid in your classroom. It might even be a teenager in the youth ministry where you serve. What if you could make a truly life-changing investment in this kid's life?

Kids have an innate need for adults who will cheer for them, pray for them, see the best in them, and support them through both words and deeds. Youth ministry veteran Dan Webster wrote KidUnique with the goal of preparing you to fulfill that essential role in the life of a child or teenager.

Drawing on his own experience as a youth pastor and as a father of three sons, Webster wants to help equip you to become a "KidUnique adult" who helps kids:
  • feel loved and know they matter because someone paid attention to them.
  • have a boost in self-esteem as they're reminded that they are a miracle, not just a mess.
  • have an increased belief in self and respect for others.
  • discover their talents and strengths by trying new things.
  • learn to both appreciate and live into their true selves.
  • grow by pursuing new adventures and opportunities.
  • hear words identifying "what's right" instead of only "what's wrong."

This task may sound intimidating, but Webster skillfully guides you from a passive position into an active role in a kid's life through the "four-window model" of observation, exploration, affirmation, and revelation. At the end of the book, you have the chance to put his ideas into practice through a 31-Day Experience with your child or teenager.

As you read and apply the truths, principles, and practices of KidUnique, you'll nurture a kid through encouragement to grow, develop, thrive, and be successful-an investment that will last a lifetime.


Dan Webster is an author, teacher, communicator, mentor, and founder of Authentic Leadership, Inc. (authenticleadershipinc.com). For more than thirty years he has worked with and developed leaders ranging from youth pastors to company presidents. He has worked in education, probation, and on the staff of two of the largest and most influential churches in America. Since 1995 he has worked with all ages, training and equipping in leadership development.


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
KidUnique Video Workshop
TODAY'S KIDS ARE CRYING OUT FOR YOUR ATTENTION. ARE YOU LISTENING?

Explore the truths, principles, and practices that youth ministry veteran Dan Webster has shared with parents and leaders across the country through the KidUnique Video Workshop, an engaging DVD training resource.

This resource will equip adults to powerfully impact kids by clarifying the four windows through which we see them-observation, exploration, affirmation, and revelation-and present a simple system for collecting insights that a kid will carry into the future. Webster will lead you through 11 teaching sessions, each lasting between 10 and 15 minutes. The training includes hands-on, experiential activities that will reinforce the teaching you just heard.

If you're a mom or dad, gather with other parents to walk through this training together. If you're an educator, use these videos to gain more insight into the kids sitting in your classroom each day. And if you're a youth worker, these sessions offer invaluable training for your team of staff and volunteers on effectively ministering to teenagers.

If you've been entrusted with the development of a child or teenager, the KidUnique Video Workshop will teach you how to combat much of the negativity, frustration, and hopelessness that our kids feel. You'll become empowered to build a life-giving relationship with a kid-the kind of relationship that sets that kid on a path toward leading a life filled with purpose, meaning, and impact.

Sessions Include:
  • Getting On a Kid's Team [14:34]
  • The Vision for KidUnique [16:01]
  • How Are Kids Doing Today? [9:10]
  • The Fully Engaged KidUnique Adult [12:13]
  • The 4-Window Model [13:02]
  • Observation [11:02]
  • Exploration [17:11]
  • Affirmation [11:58]
  • Revelation [12:00]
  • Removing Resentment [6:32]
  • Applying KidUnique [3:30]



Dan Webster is an author, teacher, communicator, mentor, and founder of Authentic Leadership, Inc. (authenticleadershipinc.com). For more than thirty years he has worked with and developed leaders ranging from youth pastors to company presidents. He has worked in education, probation, and on the staff of two of the largest and most influential churches in America. Since 1995 he has worked with all ages, training and equipping in leadership development.

09/25/2017 01:30 PM
The Disconnect
Every time you walk out of your senior pastor's office, you leave with a sense of bewilderment and confusion. "Did I just waste the last hour? Did he really hear what's going on with our students? Is youth ministry really a priority for this guy?"

Unfortunately, you aren't alone. When it works, the relationship between a youth pastor and senior pastor opens the door to dynamic ministry in the local church. But when that relationship is weak, damaged, or broken, it can create an environment that breeds frustration, dissension, and burnout.

And in far too many churches, that relationship is weak, damaged, or broken. Trust, respect, and sacrifice don't happen when we aren't on the same page. Doug writes directly to you as a youth pastor, offering his encouragement and wisdom.

Doug Franklin and the team at LeaderTreks tackle the challenge of restoring that relationship in The Disconnect, a unique resource that brings together youth pastors and senior pastors for honest dialogue on the tough task of working together.

In this book, you'll discover:
  • How to more effectively communicate with your senior pastor
  • How core values can lead to greater respect
  • Why ministry and money can't be separated
  • How to align your expectations
  • Why a shared mission is essential

If you're on the verge of a breakdown or ready to quit because you just can't take it anymore, you'll want to read this book. Your working relationship might still be restorable. And if it isn't, you can absorb and apply these truths in future ministry settings.

If you and your senior pastor already communicate and work together well, this book will help you solidify that relationship. You can take something good and make it great.


Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. He and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago. Doug grew up in Illinois and is a graduate of Wheaton College. His passion is using experiential learning to help students and adults grow as leaders. Doug writes about leadership on his blog at dougfranklinonline.com.

09/25/2017 01:30 PM
The Way I'm Wired DVD Curriculum
Every teenager's life is loaded with undeniable evidence of God's incredible plans for them, but who helps them unpack all those details to discover why they were born? This curriculum prepares you for the privilege of doing just that. It equips you to teach stu dents that God has three distinct calls on their life: the primary call of being transformed into Christ-likeness; the secondary call of thriving in their seasonal roles; and the "This I Must Do" call to be part o f something that is larger than themselves.

The Way I'm Wired is a 6-week, biblically based DVD curriculum, which is written for a variety of youth settings: small groups, Sunday schools, retreats, camps, homeschooling, and personal coaching/mentoring sessions.

The curriculum features Josh Griffin, high school pastor at Saddleback Church, and was developed by bestselling author and Life Purpose Coach Registered Trademark, Dr. Katie Brazelton. This series will help your teenagers discover how they are wired and how they can cooperate with God to live the life they were meant to live. Thought-provoking lessons guide teenagers through relevant content, prior to students engaging with one another as conversation partners to explore God's heart-pounding purpose for their lives.

Topics include:
  • Understanding Your Spiritual Gifts, Best Qualities, and Finest Values [12:45]
  • Rethinking Your Motives, Relationships, and Use of Time [10:06]
  • Knowing Your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats [10:56]
  • Praying for Courage, Perseverance, and Miracles [9:49]
  • Writing Your Lifetime Dream Statement [9:11]
  • Surrendering All to Jesus [9:48]

Launch your students into the adventure of uncovering God's best for their lives. You'll never be the same (if you, too, take our challenge of doing the exercises!), nor will they.


Katie Brazelton, PhD, MDiv, MA, is a bestselling author, Rockbridge Seminary professor, and founder of Life Purpose Coaching Centers International Registered Trademark. Having written seven books, she is a popular radio/tv guest and speaker for the American Association of Christian Counselors. Katie served previously as a licensed minister at the purpose driven Saddleback Church. She is a proud mom and grandmother.

Joshua Griffin is the high school pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. While he's given up on his dreams of winning American Idol and running seven marathons in seven days, he remains committed to the dream of seeing teenagers passionately live out their faith.



09/25/2017 01:30 PM
The Way I'm Wired Devotional
You are not an accident, and the path you're traveling isn't random.

God has an intricately designed plan for you, that includes the hopes, dreams, and deepest longings given to you before you were even born. But you don't have to aimlessly wander as you search for God's plan; you can embark on a miraculous adventure toward purpose.

Drawing on her own experience as a ministry leader, Bible teacher, and life coach, Dr. Katie Brazelton has written The Way I'm Wired to help you put together the puzzle of God's plan for your life and teach you that God never intended for your life purpose to be a big mystery.

This book is packed with scriptural truths that will fuel your hunger for pursuing God's distinct plan for your life. You'll explore God's purpose for men and women throughout the Bible, discovering how God uniquely used them to impact families, communities, and entire nations.

Each devotion also features questions for reflection and Life Purpose Applications to help you connect the biblical accounts and truths to your own life in the 21st century.

Discover who God made you to be as you explore the Bible. Examine the life experiences of people who've already traveled this journey ahead of you. Pursue God's unique path for you that leads to a life of significance.


Katie Brazelton is an author, teacher, and founder of Life Purpose Coaching Centers International Registered Trademark. As a proud mom and grandmother, Katie experiences incredible joy when she sees people discover God's remarkable purpose for their lives.


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
How Your Teenager is Wired
"This book will change your relationship with your teenager and help prepare them for a most meaningful life. Katie Brazelton is not only an expert in the field, but a wonderful mother and now grandmother with incredible ideas. I love this book."

-Jim Burns, PhD
President HomeWord
Author of Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Confident Parenting



Having conversations with teenagers is a challenge. Having meaningful conversations with teenagers can feel impossible at times!

Drawing on her experience as a mom, ministry founder, and Life Purpose Coach Registered Trademark, Dr. Katie Brazelton offers insights and wisdom in How Your Teenager is Wired on understanding how teenagers are wonderfully and uniquely created-and how to transform that understanding into dynamic conversations about who they are, how God wired them, and where their lives are headed.

In How Your Teenager is Wired, you'll discover the three calls on the life of each Christian and how you can explore these calls with your teenager: the primary call of being transformed into Christ-likeness; the secondary call of thriving in seasonal roles; and the "This I Must Do" call to be part of something that is larger than yourself, unfeasible to do on your own, and impossible to ignore. You'll learn how to have the best possible parent-teenager relationship, why teenagers genuinely do want to understand their life purpose, how to amaze your teenagers with your conversational skills, and how to launch them into answering God's call on their life.

Katie also provides engaging scripts and exercises to equip you to talk with your teenager about such important topics as:
  • Understanding spiritual gifts, best qualities, and finest values
  • Rethinking motives, relationships, and use of time
  • Knowing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
  • Praying for courage, perseverance, and miracles
  • Writing a Lifetime Dream Statement
  • Surrendering all to Jesus



Katie Brazelton, PhD, MDiv, MA, is a bestselling author, Rockbridge Seminary professor, and founder of Life Purpose Coaching Centers International Registered Trademark. Having written seven books, she is a popular radio/tv guest and speaker for the American Association of Christian Counselors. Katie served previously as a licensed minister at the purpose driven Saddleback Church. She is a proud mom and Grandmother.


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
99 Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers
If you're the parent of a teenager, you need all the help you can get. How do you help your children make wise choices? How do you give your teenagers freedom to make their own choices while still providing a guiding hand? How do you invest your time and energy in ways that make an eternal difference in your children's lives?

Walt Mueller delivers the goods in 99 Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers, a no-holds-barred look at the good, bad, and ugly aspects of parenting teenagers. Drawing on his experience as a parent of four children who have passed through their teenage years, Walt shares wisdom, thoughts, insights, and suggestions for making the teenage years count.

If you're a parent, you'll want to read, devour, and absorb the dynamic truths in this book. And if you're a youth worker, you'll want to get this book into the hands of parents in your ministry to guide them, encourage them, and give them insights on fulfilling God's great call to raise children who pursue a Jesus-centered life.


Dr. Walt Mueller is the founder and president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. His organization is always looking for new ways to be salt and light in the culture-atlarge. Walt �s the author of eight books and is a sought-after authority on youth culture and family issues.


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
The Indispensable Youth Pastor
Youth ministry is one of the most rewarding professions in the world. But it also can be exhausting, overwhelming, captivating, tedious, energizing, demanding, draining, and stressful. Are you prepared?

Veteran youth workers and consultants Mark DeVries and Jeff Dunn-Rankin want you to succeed-whether you're trying to land your first youth ministry role, wishing you had more love for the job you already hold, or seeking strategies to lock in your dream job.

That's why they've written The Indispensable Youth Pastor-to peel back the curtain and reveal the truths about youth ministry. They want you to understand and prepare for the unique challenges that accompany this calling. Otherwise, you're likely to be blindsided and overwhelmed by situations that a well-prepared youth worker will handle with ease.

This book provides tools that will help you stay in the game of youth ministry for as long as God has called you and insights that can literally transform the way you approach your next (or current) role.

Don't become a statistic-another person who leaves youth ministry prematurely, burned out from ministry and the church altogether. Make yourself indispensable by following the path toward landing, loving, and locking in your dream youth ministry job.

Chapter topics include:
  • Developing a search timeline that works
  • Where to hunt for youth ministry openings
  • Why acquaintances aid your search more than friends
  • Why the Jones Memorial Carpet matters
  • Initiating change without killing your ministry
  • Helping people embrace the ministry's vision
  • Living a life that has balance and priorities
  • Learning to love the parts of your job you dislike



Mark DeVries is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects (ymarchitects.com), a consulting team specializing in working with youth ministries in transition. Mark is the author of Sustainable Youth Ministry and Family-Based Youth Ministry, and, since 1986, he has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jeff Dunn-Rankin is Vice President of Consulting for Youth Ministry Architects. Since the late 90s, he has also been the Director of Youth at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida. Other writing projects include his GROUP Magazine column and co-writing Before You Hire a Youth Pastor with Mark DeVries.



09/25/2017 01:30 PM
The Volunteer's Field Guide to Youth Ministry
Congratulations! You've agreed to serve as a volunteer-perhaps the most underrated, underappreciated, misunderstood role in youth ministry!

But your role is also one of the most essential. Seriously-the healthiest, most effective youth ministries are built on a solid foundation of dedicated, talented, committed volunteers.

The Volunteer's Field Guide to Youth Ministry will help you chart a course of growth as a follower of Christ and as a leader in your congregation. You can read it from front to back, or you can treat it like a reference tool-scan for topics that are relevant today, and save the rest for later.

Chapter topics include:
  • Discovering your unique personality and the way God has wired you
  • Preparing for the adventure of youth ministry volunteer work
  • Understanding the teenagers you work with
  • Supporting parents as they raise their teenagers
  • Working with other volunteers on your team
  • Following leaders in your ministry and congregation

You have a family. You have a full-time job. You have other commitments and responsibilities. Yet you understand the rewards and blessings of serving as a youth ministry volunteer. The Volunteer's Field Guide to Youth Ministry will become one of your favorite tools as you serve teenagers and help lead them toward a Jesus-centered life.


Len Kageler teaches youth ministry at Nyack College (Nyack, New York) and is a volunteer in the middle school ministry of his local church. Author of many books for youth workers, he loves not only working with teenagers but encouraging and trainging those who do youth work. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology and his interests include winter backpacking, Subaru Outbacks, home remodle, and the very odd hobby of Roman history in Britain.


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
99 Thoughts for Smaller Church Youth Workers
Serving as a youth worker in a smaller church can be one of the most difficult assignments-but the rewards are undeniably satisfying.

You don't have as many resources-but you know every student's name. Your attendance drops every time that one family takes a vacation-but your smaller size gives you the flexibility to quickly and creatively adapt. You have a smaller pool of people for recruiting volunteers-but the entire church can fully adopt the youth group as its own and engage in life-shaping ministry with your teenagers.

Veteran youth worker Stephanie Caro, who understands both the challenges and blessings of working in a smaller youth ministry, cleverly unpacks her insights and ideas in 99 Thoughts for Smaller Church Youth Workers. Your heart for teenagers will grow as you read Stephanie's wisdom on vibrantly ministering in a smaller church.

Major themes in the book include:
  • Appreciating the advantages of serving in a smaller youth ministry
  • Finding, training, and keeping quality volunteers
  • Making parents your partners in ministry
  • Handling the your congregation's unique challenges
  • Coping with the oddities of a smaller youth group
  • Doing more ministry with less money

Stephanie also delivers practical suggestions and resources for youth ministry programming, affirming your students and leaders, and tapping into creative, beneficial resources.

Celebrate the wonderful journey of ministry in the smaller congregation with 99 Thoughts for Smaller Church Youth Workers, and become a more passionate youth worker who's deeply committed to helping guide teenagers toward a Jesus-centered life!


Stephanie Caro has been working with children, youth, and adults for over 28 years in all aspects of church ministry. Stephanie's humorous, yet straightforward style has made her a popular speaker at youth gatherings, camps, conferences, training events, retreats, women's ministries, and more. She's also a frequent contributor to GROUP Magazine plus several ministry resource books. Stephanie leads the SYMC Inside Track Team.


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Before You Hire a Youth Pastor
Don't gamble on finding the right youth pastor for your church. Invest the time and energy in a deliberate, intentional plan for conducting the best search possible!

Finding the right youth pastor for your congregation can be a daunting task. Where do you find the best applicants? How should you structure the search process? Which people from your church should interview the candidates?

You'll find answers to those questions in Before You Hire a Youth Pastor, along with insights and strategies from Mark DeVries and Jeff Dunn-Rankin. These veteran youth workers and consultants know that the healthiest congregations take responsibility for their student ministries and hire youth pastors who can steward those ministries effectively.

Avoid a "normal" search that produces predictable, average results-a youth worker who isn't aligned to the church's vision, a youth pastor who doesn't stay around long, or any number of other outcomes that limit the vitality of your youth ministry. Instead, use this book as a guide for conducting an "abnormal" search that leads you to the right person for your congregation.

This book is the ideal resource for senior pastors and church leaders responsible for hiring a new youth pastor. Before You Hire a Youth Pastor delivers advice and strategies on such topics as:
  • Preparing for an exceptional search
  • Building and structuring your search team
  • Screening and researching candidates
  • Conducting effective interviews
  • Setting up your new youth pastor to succeed
  • Communicating proactively

Before You Hire a Youth Pastor offers a field-tested, step-by-step alternative to rolling the dice. You don't have to settle.


Mark DeVries is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects (ymarchitects.com), a consulting team specializing in working with youth ministries in transition. Mark is the author of Sustainable Youth Ministry and Family-Based Youth Ministry, and, since 1986, he has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jeff Dunn-Rankin is Vice President of Consulting for Youth Ministry Architects. Since the late 90s, he has also been the Director of Youth at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida. Other writing projects include his GROUP Magazine column and co-writing The Indispensable Youth Pastor with Mark DeVries.



09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Before You Hire a Youth Pastor Resource Pack
***This item will ship from our warehouse starting March 18, 2011.***

Don't gamble on finding the right youth pastor for your church. Invest the time and energy in a deliberate, intentional plan for conducting the best search possible!

If you're looking for a shortcut to hiring your next youth pastor, this isn't the right resource. But if you're looking for a resource filled with proven tools and resources to guide you toward the best candidates, you've found it!

This CD-ROM is stuffed with documents, forms, letters, checklists, and spreadsheets that will help you conduct an effective, fruitful search for your congregation's next youth worker. They've been compiled by veteran youth workers and consultants Mark DeVries and Jeff Dunn-Rankin, who wrote the companion book Before You Hire a Youth Pastor.

Avoid a "normal" search that produces predictable, normal results-a youth worker who isn't aligned to the church's vision, a youth pastor who doesn't stay around long, or any number of other outcomes that limit the vitality of your youth ministry. Instead, use these tools to conduct an "abnormal" search that leads you to the right person for your congregation.

Here's a sampling of the items we've included on this CD-ROM:
  • Job description for your search team
  • Sample job descriptions for full-time and part-time youth workers
  • Recommended sites to post your job opening
  • Survey for examining your staff structure
  • On-site and videoconference interview questions
  • Reference phone calling guide
  • Template for search timeline
  • Candidate tracking spreadsheet
  • First month on the job checklist
  • Sample e-mails to candidates
  • (Our tech team also may have slipped in a map to buried treasure, but no guarantees!)

Before You Hire a Youth Pastor offers a field-tested, step-by-step alternative to rolling the dice. You don't have to settle.


Mark DeVries is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects (ymarchitects.com), a consulting team specializing in working with youth ministries in transition. Mark is the author of Sustainable Youth Ministry and Family-Based Youth Ministry, and, since 1986, he has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jeff Dunn-Rankin is Vice President of Consulting for Youth Ministry Architects. Since the late 90s, he has also been the Director of Youth at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida. Other writing projects include his GROUP Magazine column and co-writing The Indispensable Youth Pastor with Mark DeVries.



09/25/2017 01:30 PM
The Messiah
Looking for a fresh way to introduce your students to Jesus? The Messiah will engage your students through creative presentations and hands-on opportunities to examine big truths revealed in the Gospel of John.

Teenagers will get a firsthand view of what it was like to walk with Jesus, and they'll dive into the words written by this disciple who heard what The Messiah said and witnessed what he did.

Video segments for each lesson feature visual works created by artist and speaker Eric Samuel Timm, along with presentations from worship artist Hettie Marie and youth ministry veteran Johnny Scott. Each artistic image reveals one of The Messiah's attributes or traits.

Topics in this six-week, DVD-based small group curriculum include:
  • The Messiah [7:38]
  • Light of the World [8:24]
  • Sacred Heart [8:22]
  • Messiah Sees More [8:20]
  • Crown of Thorns [9:09]
  • The Messiah is Calling You to More [6:15]
Along with the video lessons, you'll get discussion questions, promotional materials, and more-tools that will help you invite and engage students in this innovative series.


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Journey to Awareness
A five week experiential curriculum created by students to help students understand and experience poverty.

The Journey to Awareness has the power to transform your students! Help your students come face to face with poverty, not because it sounds like a good thing to do, but because it has the power to transform your students. In Journey to Awareness your students will walk the road of poverty, identifying with the least of these. After all, the poor are pretty close to Christ's heart. Throughout this journey your students will be broken by living the everyday pain of poverty; encouraged by God's answer of hope; and challenged to love the least of these the way Christ did.

What is Journey to Awareness?
It's more than just a poverty simulation. It's a 5-week experience loaded with sermons, small group studies, video clips, student journals, an 8-day poverty simulation, and more.

What's Included:
  • Data DVD
    5 Sermons and 5 Small Group Studies
    • Rich
    • Face of Poverty-God Identifies with Poverty
    • Life of Sacrifice
    • God's Glory

    Promo Material
    • Posters, e-cards, postcards, backgrounds, & more

    Reproducible DVD
    • Make copies of the videos to use in multiple small groups at the same time
  • Video DVD
    Sermon Videos
    Videos hosted by Kim Hensley, the student who originally conceived JTA, go before each sermon to help your students understand JTA more fully.

    Small Group Videos
    These short interview style videos help students go deeper with the small group studies

    For Youth Workers
    An intro. to JTA hosted by LeaderTreks President Doug Franklin

    After the Journey
    Hear from youth worker Steve Frissell, where the Journey began

  • 5 Student Journals
    These student journals, given to every student at the end of week 2, walk students through an 8 day poverty simulation, asking them to give up a different "luxury" from their life every day.

    Introduction
    A page describing the student's experience for the day and how that relates to global poverty.

    Read
    Scripture and questions relating to the day's topic.

    Reflect
    Challenging questions to help students reflect on their day.

    Respond
    Questions and ministry opportunities to help students consider how they can become more involved in fighting poverty.


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Journey to Awareness Journal
These student journals, given to every student at the end of week 2 of the Journey to Awareness, walk students through an 8 day poverty simulation, asking them to give up a different "luxury" from their life everyday. Such examples include: sleeping on the floor one night, eating only rice for a day, and giving up media.

Introduction
A page describing the student's experience for the day and how that relates to global poverty.

Read
Scripture and questions relating to the day's topic.

Reflect
Challenging questions to help students reflect on their day.

Respond
Questions and ministry opportunities to help students consider how they can become more involved in fighting poverty.



09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Inner Armor: Jr High Leadership Training
Overall Topic: Helping junior high students realize the potential God sees in them.

Inner Armor teaches through the story of David and Goliath. David, rather than using the king's armor, fought and defeated Goliath single handedly because he knew he was God's man. This training inspires students to use their inner armor to defeat the giants in their own lives.

Number of Sessions: 3

Session Topics:
  • Inner Armor Comes From Knowing Your Identity
  • Inner Armor is Made of Character
  • Inner Armor Empowers Your Life

Distinctive Element: Inner Armor provides all the resources you need to lay a strong foundation of leadership for your students. Every session will teach principles while also including team building initiatives to help solidify the principles. LeaderTreks has discovered that by engaging students in the process of learning they are better able to apply leadership to their lives.

Each session includes
  • Introduction - Summarizes the goals for the session
  • Going Public - An intriguing question to kick off your study that requires students to "go public" with their own personal experience with a certain truth
  • Getting Focused - Probing the topic
  • Growing Deeper - Scriptural study
  • Growing Together - Team-building initiative
  • Going Forward - Applying the principle to life
  • Summary - Recap of the session

We love this retreat. Our staff has been running it for the last 4 years at churches around the country with great reviews. If you're looking for a fun and interactive way to teach your students leadership in a retreat setting this is it.


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Urban Ministry from Start to Finish
In Urban Ministry From Start to Finish, Jeff Wallace has leveraged his years of practical, hands-on experience in developing both people and systems to provide you with the tools you will need to create an irresistible youth ministry for this generation.

-Anthony Flynn
Urban Youth Workers Institute
Chief Operating Officer



Building a dynamic, healthy youth ministry is never easy. Pursuing that goal in an urban setting presents its own unique blend of challenges and opportunities.

Jeffrey Wallace understands those challenges and opportunities. He's been the youth pastor at an urban church in Decatur, Georgia, for more than a decade, and he's discovered that urban youth ministry isn't a sprint-it's a marathon. Success usually doesn't happen overnight; it happens over time.

Urban Ministry From Start to Finish is stuffed with ideas, insights, and innovations that will add structure, excitement, and flavor to your ministry and keep your students coming back week after week. This resource is divided into two parts:

Part 1: The Strategy
This section guides you through the "big picture" questions vital to building a vibrant urban ministry. How do you construct a solid foundation? What's the vision for your ministry? Who's in your target audience? How do you build a healthy team of adult volunteers and student leaders?

Part 2: Practical Tools and Resources
This section delivers all the forms, applications, sample job descriptions, creative examples, and other material that will save you tons of time. Use them as-is or customize them for your ministry. They're all yours.

Urban Ministry From Start to Finish will help you assemble the right structure to fit the culture of your community and church, and it will empower the right leaders to fulfill your mission and to do the work of the ministry.


Jeffrey has served in local youth ministry for over a decade and brings a fresh and relevant approach to effective and healthy purpose-driven urban youth ministry. He is the President & CEO of Front Line Urban Resources, Inc, which focuses on training and mentoring other urban youth pastors and leaders and providing life-changing youth ministry resources, and founder of Simply Urban Ministry. He also serves as Pastor of Youth Development at Peace Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia.


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Leadership 365 Urban Remix
Overall Topic: An all inclusive manual for planning, designing and growing your urban student leadership team

Number of Lessons: 16 total, divided into 2 semesters with 8 lessons each

Focus of Semester 1: Who Leaders Are

Focus of Semester 2: What Leaders Do


In addition, Leadership 365 Urban Remix includes a comprehensive section on strategies to develop a high-performance student leadership program and insightful articles on the best practices in student leadership development.

The complete Table of Contents is available in the free download.

Distinctive Element: Jeffrey Wallace and LeaderTreks are calling the church to make leadership development a core of youth ministry. We feel leadership development is the key to seeing the church grow and culture change. Leadership 365 Urban Remix was developed to be a comprehensive, year-long curriculum to assist you in developing a student leadership team. Everything you need is included from thought-provoking strategy questions to sample forms to ideas for integrating leadership teams into your ministry to how often to meet and how to structure the meetings. And that's just to get you started!

Each lesson includes:
  • An introduction
  • Objectives
  • An intriguing question that requires students to share from their own experience
  • An illustration or quote related to the topic
  • Bible passage and discussion questions
  • Activity
  • Lesson summary

In two semesters, your team will learn the essentials of what leaders do and who leaders are. We isolate a different facet of leadership in each lesson and package it with illustrations and learning activities that communicate truth in a student-friendly way. Invest in your student leaders and the results will be powerful!


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
99 Thoughts for Small Groups Leaders
A small group is a powerful place!

Lives are changed. Important decisions are made. Spiritual growth is enhanced. Jokes are shared. Lifelong friendships are formed. Cliques disappear when a small group becomes a loving community. The result? Spiritually mature teenagers, empowered leaders, and a healthy youth ministry.

Good small groups requires leaders-and that's where you come in. If you're a small group leader, you may have lots of questions: Am I making a difference? Am I wisely investing my time, energy, and resources? Can I really do this? If so, how can I maximize my impact in teenagers' lives?

Find the answers you're looking for in 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders. This book delivers insights, tips, and veteran advice for anyone leading a small group (from young to old). When these bite-size, consumable pieces of wisdom are put into play, leaders will be better equipped and more confident. This book is all about setting them up to win.

If you're a small group leader, you'll come back to this book again and again for encouragement, inspiration, and direction. And if you're a leader of leaders, you'll want to every small group leader reading it as it will become an investment for them as well as your youth ministry.

Table of Contents
  • Foreword by Katie Edwards
  • ‌Introduction
  • Where to Start: Thoughts 1-29
  • The Big Picture: Thoughts 30-68
  • Getting Into Students' Lives: Thoughts 69-97
  • Practical Tips for a Successful Small Group: Thoughts 98-116
  • Random Reminders: Thoughts 117-149
  • Finishing Well: Thoughts 150-162



Josh Griffin is the high school pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. While he's given up on his dreams of winning American Idol and running seven marathons in seven days, he remains committed to the dream of seeing teenagers passionately live out their faith. He also shares his daily youth ministry journey at www.morethandodgeball.com.

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and a mentor to youth workers for over 30 years. He's the author of more than 50 youth ministry books and begged Josh to let him have his name on just one more. Beyond youth ministry, Doug is a weak mountain bike rider and very average golfer (see photos on www.dougfields.com).


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Chat or Challenge Ball
Try as an ice-breaker, game, message point, friendship-builder, or lesson-launcher. We don't care how. Just try it.

Here's how you use it:
  1. Inflate the ball
  2. Toss it around
  3. Call STOP and have the student answer the questions under their right thumb
  4. Repeat starting at #2
Some of the questions include...
  • If you had to move to another state, which state would you choose? Why?
  • If you could try anything and knew you wouldn't fail, what would you try?
  • Think of somebody you really respect, and share with the group two things that stand out about that person.
  • Your parents give you a choice: They will pay for any car you want when you turn 16, or they will pay for your college tuition. Which would you choose? Why?



09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Bible Stuff 3 - Hearing God's Call
God may not be speaking to your teenagers through a burning bush like Moses experienced, but he is still calling to them. Are they listening? Do they know how to listen for God's calling?

In Bible Stuff 3: Hearing God's Call, veteran youth workers Johnny Scott and Heather Flies will creatively teach your students what it means to sense God's direction and leading in our lives, and they'll present practical ways to help young people recognize and follow God's call.

Topics in this five-week, DVD-based small group curriculum include:
  • God Is Calling You! [4:57]
  • God Has Some Things To Say To All of Us [8:59]
  • Finding Out God's Call For You [6:42]
  • Hearing Without Following Is Worthless [10:01]
  • Now What? [7:11]

Along with the video lessons, you'll get discussion questions, promotional materials, and more-everything you need to save you time while teaching five incredible lessons.

Bible Stuff 3: Hearing God's Call will help your teenagers take their next big step on the adventure of following God's plan for their lives!


09/25/2017 01:30 PM
99 Thoughts on Hearing God's Call
Teenagers don't strive to be ordinary. They're passionate about making a difference and leading lives that matter.

But discerning how to follow God's plan in this whole process can be daunting. How do they recognize God's call? How do they know if they're following God's path or their own path?

99 Thoughts on Hearing God's Call will help your teenagers on this adventure. Drawing on his own experience as a youth pastor and a staff member at the Christ In Youth ministry, author Johnny Scott will help your students discover how to recognize God's leading and how to pursue God's specific call on their lives.

They'll gain some truths from men and women in the Bible who were heroes because of their willingness to trust and obey God and follow his call on their lives. And Johnny passes along wisdom and advice on knowing when God is leading in a specific direction and staying focused on what matters most.

Help your teenagers lead extraordinary lives of significance as they recognize, hear, and follow God's call. God has amazing plans for their lives!


Johnny Scott is the Program Director of Christ In Youth's Believe Tour. When not on the road at a Believe conference or playing with the worship band Foundation Red, Johnny can be found at home playing Scrabble with his wife Jennifer, or wrestling with his three boys, Riley, Aiden, and Finnley. Johnny and his family live in Joplin, Missouri.












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