Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top 15: Program vs. Ministry

Just a few passing thoughts, as I pray and consider what God has in a new church and youth ministry.  I will be back in a few weeks with regular posts, so please check back in early November.

 I wanted to post this up for now, as it was fresh in my mind and heart...  

15. Program is about Quantity, Ministry is about Quality

14. Program Spends money, Ministry Stewards money

13. Program is about Tradition, Ministry is about Trajectory

12. Program has Shoppers, Ministry has Members 

11. Program Plans, Ministry Prays

10. Program meets a Social Need, Ministry meetings a Spiritual Need

9.Progress seek Success, Ministry Seek Blessing

8.  Program is a Job, Ministry is a Calling

7. Program is another Option in a busy schedule, Ministry is a Priority in a busy schedule

6. Program is Led by a Leader, Ministry is Guided by a Team

5. Program is about what People can Get, Ministry is about what People can Give

4. Program is about Bodies in the Seat, Ministry is about Hearts for Eternity

3. Program Teaches, Ministry Disciples

2. Program is about Entertainment, Ministry is about Relationships

1. Program is about a Student, Ministry is about a Family 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Returning Soon....

Hello Everyone! 
This is just a quick note to say I will be back soon, but I am taking a  break from posting for a while.

As I announced a few months back I have recently taken an amazing new position at Burke Community Church in Burke,VA (just outside of Washington DC) as their 7th & 8th grade pastor. I am absolutely loving it and feel extremely blessed at how God has shown me again He is not done with me yet in youth ministry and specifically in JH/MS ministry!

Also you might have seen around the same time I took on my new position at my new church, I also took on a new role working with an outstanding organization, Parent Ministry. Net.  Once again, I just feel privileged and blessed to be given an additional opportunity to serve students, fellow youth workers and families!

As of November, it will be 20 years I have been doing youth ministry. It is part of the reason I created this space just around 3 years ago just to share whatever I have, I am doing and just a bit of ran-dumb silliness. As I say in the side bar, I don't claim to be an expert or a guru, I am just a guy still in the trenches doing day to day life with students and others in ministry.  In the 3 years of doing this blog, I have been given so many different opportunities to share, write, and coach, which is very humbling.

All that to say:
1.) I am not done, I am just taking a little break so I can give my absolute best to my new church and also to my new ministry partnership.

2.) I will leave everything up, all 900 plus posts for you to use.  Also know while I am not posting "new" stuff I will be going back through the old stuff- reorganizing and reformatting as I have time. Hopefully soon when I do start back up reposting you will also find everything has been overhauled a bit.  Especially the "Lesson" section, it will be hopefully be easier to use and download stuff from.

3.) Even though I am not posting here, it does not mean you can not still email, comment, or message me with your questions, comments, prayer requests, or just plain requests for youth ministry encouragement!!

4.)  Thank You EVERYONE! Thanks for using my stuff, thanks for sharing and reposting, Thanks for sending encouragement, Thanks for allowing me opportunities to write for you, review your books, hang out with you, and become your friends.  Thank you for your close to 130,000 visits here over the last 3 years.

See You All Soon! 
--- DAN (the JH Uth Guy) 
                      Ps. 71:17-18

Friday, September 26, 2014

Youth & Ministry App: "Kurbo Health" (Weight Loss help for 8-18)

"Kurbo Health .... has come up with a weight loss app designed for kids ages eight to 18 that focuses on good food choices and overall activity rather than calorie counting and specific workouts. The idea being that young people shouldn’t be worried about things like tallying calories, and should instead focus on building good eating habits in a broader sense.

Kurbo’s system is based on a traffic light-esque category system where green foods like fresh fruits and vegetables are the best and red foods like high-calorie snacks and candies are to be avoided. This is combined with a personalized coaching program that ranges anywhere from one week (for $20) to three months (for $180), and provides one-on-one guidance.

All things considered, the Kurbo program is simple and straightforward, and according to testimonials—which Kurbo is all about promoting—the app seems to be effective if used as intended. Kurbo reports an 85 percent success rate, where success is defined as a reduction in a child’s BMI and weight loss is maintained...."  (FROM: "Daily Dot"

CLICK HERE (to check it & share with your students)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Free Resource #67: "Your Brain on Porn" (e-book)

From: Covenant Eyes, Internet Filter & Accountability

Download this free e-book, Your Brain on Porn, to learn the 5 proven ways pornography warps your brain, including how porn:decreases sexual satisfaction
lowers one’s view of women desensitizes the viewer to cruelty

You’ll also learn how the gospel, obedience to God’s Word, and quality fellowship renews your mind and moves you toward freedom from porn and sex addiction.

CLICK HERE (to get it FREE!)

Free Media #64: "Generic Series Package" (graphic, motion, countdown)

 A Free set of generic graphics which can be used for a wide array of message series. Included in this bundle are background images with source files, a background video, and a countdown video. Download All Files: PSD, JPEG & MOV

CLICK HERE (to get it)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Game: 3-Way Dodgeball (or "Girl's Revenge Dodgeball")

Simple classics with slight tweak and additional new challenge are always a favorite around our ministry.  Also just like you I am sure you are getting tired of plain old dodge-ball all the time. 

It is a simple very easy "change up".  It is "3 Way Dodgeball".  Nothing to complicated here, instead of having 2 sides have 3 sections.  The middle section of course is throwing out against the 2 ends, and the end sections can choose to either throw at the middle team of the other end team. The middle section of course is "meat grinder" that is why we also sometimes turn it into "Girls Revenge Dodgeball", by dividing up girls in 2 teams on either end area and put all the guys in the center section. First time out don't let the guys know, but tell the girls to throw only at the guys not each other.  The JH/MS girls love it, because it an opportunity to even out the playing field (Literally) for them.  Just a fun simple idea to "freshen it up" to old dodgeball routine! Enjoy!!