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Are you distracted?

December 2, 2011    
Josh Read    

I stumbled on some data today that was both alarming and not surprising at the same time. The quote below comes from an article about the distractions workers face and how a group of researches spent 1000 hours in offices observing workers. This is what they found: When Mark crunched the data, a picture of 21st-century office work emerged that was, she says, “far worse than I could ever have imagined.” Each…    read more 

5 Essentials In Ministry: Faithful Bible Teaching

December 1, 2011    
Jeremy Smith    

Youth ministry has the reputation of being a hangout spot where we do silly and gross games, drink lots of Mountain Dew, and coach high school and middle school sports. This is a far cry from the calling that I received from God to build up the Church through the unheard, underappreciated, and next great generation that will change the world. Are we giving off the wrong image or are people making…    read more 

Great, Cheap way of putting letters on wall

December 1, 2011    
Ben Read    

I posted this unique way of putting phrases on walls, but what about words for signage? I think these letters look awesome to use for words, and they cost about $3 per letter.   We will be repainting our Youth Room in the coming months, and the cafe I inherited could use some work when we do that renovation. I plan on making these letters to spell out Cafe and put in…    read more 

Awesome way to put text on walls

December 1, 2011    
Ben Read    

We just label our Ministries by their age, High School and Middle School. But I know a lot of youth groups have some sweet names, and these are even cooler when they have verses that they are based off of. This seems like it would be a great idea for putting a verse on a wall in a youth room (or for us, possibly our five purposes or something like that).

A Twist on a classic game

December 1, 2011    
Ben Read    

  Saw this on Pinterest the other day and thought it was pretty awesome. You could set up a few “boards” at your next retreat or camp for students to fill some free time, but I also feel like this same sort of idea could be transformed into some other sweet outdoor game. What are some ways you could see using this in Youth Ministry?

Could Siri be pro-life?

December 1, 2011    
Ben Read    

I stumbled on an article that for some reason has been intriguing me since reading it. I won’t try to sum it up, but the most fascinating part, and the main point, is this: Ask the Siri, the new iPhone 4 assistant, where to get an abortion, and, if you happen to be in Washington, D.C., she won’t direct you to the Planned Parenthood on 16th St, NW. Instead, she’ll suggest you pay…    read more 

I need a whiteboard!

November 27, 2011    
Josh Read    

I’ve often thought, “hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have that entire wall covered by whiteboards?” The youth group could draw on it, write messages to each other, we could brainstorm ideas on how to finally develop that time machine to go back and sit at Jesus’ feet! Well, now you can (make a whiteboard, not a time machine)! This IdeaPaint is awesome. It goes on like regular paint but when it…    read more 

iPhone Wallet

November 27, 2011    
Josh Read    

I’m always thankful when it starts to get cold enough outside to wear my coat, not because I’m a romantic and like seeing the leaves change, c’mon. I like it because my coat has enough pockets for all the “shtuff” I have to carry around. I’ve looked for something to help fix the “I need a manbag” problem and this iPhone Wallet is about the closest thing to perfection I’ve found. Supple…    read more 

5 Essentials In Student Ministry: Widespread Prayer

November 27, 2011    
Jeremy Smith    

  The 2011-2012 school year is officially in full swing and so is USAFA Club Beyond with college football games, club programming, small groups, student leadership, and volunteer training. As we step into this new year, we are going to be approaching ministry a little differently and I would love your help. The first of Youth for Christ’s 5 Essentials that we evaluate ministry by is Widespread Prayer. YFC describes it as:…    read more 

Are you challenging your students to make a Commitment?

November 20, 2011    
Ben Read    

I’ve been struggling with this thought since last night, and granted, I was asleep for 8 of those hours, so its not that much time. But something bothered me last night and bothered me again this morning, so I figured it was worth looking into. Our Youth Ministry has more than tripled in the 17 months since I got here. We have seen a lot of students come into our ministry, some…    read more