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Adolescent Development

Three Tips for Youth Workers who are Parents

by Kara Powell and Brad Griffi Posted in Adolescent Development

Three Tips for Youth Workers who are Parents

“I am better with other people’s kids than I am my own.” We’ll never forget the first time we heard this honest, gut-wrenching confession from a successful youth pastor. This sharp, thoughtful leader was honestly sharing his own struggles with being a parent in ministry. When he articulated the words above, you could hear a collective resonance in the room as leaders from around the country agreed: Yes, this is an issue for us too.


How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

by Youth Specialtie Posted in Adolescent Development

How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

Many of the statistics you read about teenagers and faith can be alarming. Recent studies show that 40-50 percent of kids who are connected to a youth group throughout their senior year will fail to stick with their faith in college. As youth workers are pouring their time and energy into the students in their ministries, they are often left wondering if they've done enough to equip their students to carry their faith into adulthood.


Advice

The Art of Shutting Up

by Jonathan McKee Posted in Advice

The Art of Shutting Up

I’ve got a big mouth. Always have. When I was young, I actually had people ask me, “Do you ever shut up?” You’ve most likely encountered people like this. If they never learned to be quiet and listen to others, chances are they aren’t very fun to be around. No one likes to be around someone who used the word “I” in every sentence. Too often, youth workers err on the side of talking instead of listening, and, like me, they need to learn the delicate art of “shutting…Read More


The 3 Foundations to Small Groups You Must Know

by Laurie Polic Posted in Advice

The 3 Foundations to Small Groups You Must Know

Small groups are not the end of ministry; they are the beginning. Many youth workers believe that if they can get kids into small groups, their job is done. But the real job has just begun. Ministry is about life change, and for this to happen, there needs to be an intentional ap- proach to HOW small groups will nurture and shape students’ lives.   Exerpt from "Small Group Strategies" by Laurie Polich


Free Resources

Three New Years Resolution Ideas

by Youth Specialtie Posted in Free Resources

Three New Years Resolution Ideas

Three New Year's resoultion ideas you can use in your youth ministry meetings. 


Free NYWC Video - Mark Yaconelli

by Mark Yaconell Posted in Free Resources

Free NYWC Video - Mark Yaconelli

In this free video, Mark Yaconelli reminds us of the gift we bring to young people and calls us to remember the God we’ve met. It’s a perfect reminder; it’s not your job to save your church or chase the shiny, new and spectacular.  We are so excited that Mark will be joining us again at NYWC in both San Diego and Nashville.  We hope you consider joining us too.  To learn more, visit NYWC.com.


High School

Connecting with Students

by Jonathan McKee Posted in High School

Connecting with Students

Last month a student from the high school just down the street from me excused himself from class about 10:15 a.m., walked into a restroom, and shot himself. It was his 17th birthday.  


How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

by Youth Specialtie Posted in High School

How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

Many of the statistics you read about teenagers and faith can be alarming. Recent studies show that 40-50 percent of kids who are connected to a youth group throughout their senior year will fail to stick with their faith in college. As youth workers are pouring their time and energy into the students in their ministries, they are often left wondering if they've done enough to equip their students to carry their faith into adulthood.


Middle School

How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

by Youth Specialtie Posted in Middle School

How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

Many of the statistics you read about teenagers and faith can be alarming. Recent studies show that 40-50 percent of kids who are connected to a youth group throughout their senior year will fail to stick with their faith in college. As youth workers are pouring their time and energy into the students in their ministries, they are often left wondering if they've done enough to equip their students to carry their faith into adulthood.


The 3 Foundations to Small Groups You Must Know

by Laurie Polic Posted in Middle School

The 3 Foundations to Small Groups You Must Know

Small groups are not the end of ministry; they are the beginning. Many youth workers believe that if they can get kids into small groups, their job is done. But the real job has just begun. Ministry is about life change, and for this to happen, there needs to be an intentional ap- proach to HOW small groups will nurture and shape students’ lives.   Exerpt from "Small Group Strategies" by Laurie Polich


Movie Study Guides

Waking Up From The American Dream

by Jonathan McKee Posted in Movie Study Guides

Waking Up From The American Dream

It was over a decade ago. The kids were young. Ashley was still in diapers. We attended a wealthy church where most of our friends had loads of spending money in their pockets. We didn’t.


Review: Source Code

by Joel Mayward Posted in Movie Study Guides

Review: Source Code

I love movies about dimensions. Whether it's traveling through time or jumping through some portal into another world, the idea that there is more than one possible reality fascinates me. These are the kinds of movies that stretch the imagination to its limit, forcing us to wonder if what we're seeing is even possible in the real world outside of the movie screen. They cause us to question whether that "real" world is as real as we once believed. Source Code is one of these movies, with a refreshing new take…Read More


Music Reviews and Interviews

Thoughts on The Other Guys and a Theology of Humor

by Joel Mayward Posted in Music Reviews and Interviews

Thoughts on The Other Guys and a Theology of Humor

The Other Guys (2010): If I've learned anything from having an infant son, it is that laughter doesn't need to be taught. Laughing comes naturally, spontaneously, in fits and spurts, but always with an innate sense of joy. That we can somehow find a moment of respite in our chaotic world through chortles and chuckles is, I believe, clear evidence of God's presence in our lives. Humor is grace. That being said, not all humor is created equal. The grace of laughter, if distorted by sin, can result in finding…Read More


Review: The Flame In All Of Us By Thousand Foot Krutch

Posted in Music Reviews and Interviews

The much-anticipated fourth release from the Toronto-based Thousand Foot Krutch, The Flame In All of Usdelivers powerful spiritual messages with a driving, hardcore sound. Flame continues to build off of Thousand Foot Krutch’s previous release (The Art of Breaking), drifting into a much more rock driven style instead of the rapcore sound of the earlier albums.


Parents

Three Tips for Youth Workers who are Parents

by Kara Powell and Brad Griffi Posted in Parents

Three Tips for Youth Workers who are Parents

“I am better with other people’s kids than I am my own.” We’ll never forget the first time we heard this honest, gut-wrenching confession from a successful youth pastor. This sharp, thoughtful leader was honestly sharing his own struggles with being a parent in ministry. When he articulated the words above, you could hear a collective resonance in the room as leaders from around the country agreed: Yes, this is an issue for us too.


How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

by Youth Specialtie Posted in Parents

How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

Many of the statistics you read about teenagers and faith can be alarming. Recent studies show that 40-50 percent of kids who are connected to a youth group throughout their senior year will fail to stick with their faith in college. As youth workers are pouring their time and energy into the students in their ministries, they are often left wondering if they've done enough to equip their students to carry their faith into adulthood.


Programming

Connecting with Students

by Jonathan McKee Posted in Programming

Connecting with Students

Last month a student from the high school just down the street from me excused himself from class about 10:15 a.m., walked into a restroom, and shot himself. It was his 17th birthday.  


How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

by Youth Specialtie Posted in Programming

How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

Many of the statistics you read about teenagers and faith can be alarming. Recent studies show that 40-50 percent of kids who are connected to a youth group throughout their senior year will fail to stick with their faith in college. As youth workers are pouring their time and energy into the students in their ministries, they are often left wondering if they've done enough to equip their students to carry their faith into adulthood.


Resource and Book Reviews

The 3 Foundations to Small Groups You Must Know

by Laurie Polic Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

The 3 Foundations to Small Groups You Must Know

Small groups are not the end of ministry; they are the beginning. Many youth workers believe that if they can get kids into small groups, their job is done. But the real job has just begun. Ministry is about life change, and for this to happen, there needs to be an intentional ap- proach to HOW small groups will nurture and shape students’ lives.   Exerpt from "Small Group Strategies" by Laurie Polich


Waking Up From The American Dream

by Jonathan McKee Posted in Resource and Book Reviews

Waking Up From The American Dream

It was over a decade ago. The kids were young. Ashley was still in diapers. We attended a wealthy church where most of our friends had loads of spending money in their pockets. We didn’t.


Training

Free NYWC Video - Mark Yaconelli

by Mark Yaconell Posted in Training

Free NYWC Video - Mark Yaconelli

In this free video, Mark Yaconelli reminds us of the gift we bring to young people and calls us to remember the God we’ve met. It’s a perfect reminder; it’s not your job to save your church or chase the shiny, new and spectacular.  We are so excited that Mark will be joining us again at NYWC in both San Diego and Nashville.  We hope you consider joining us too.  To learn more, visit NYWC.com.


YS Unconference Wrap-up

by Mark Matlock Posted in Training

YS Unconference Wrap-up

13 cities, hundreds of youth workers, 30 denominations, 13 days of conversations all in about five weeks time. That was my YS UnConference experience.


Youth Worker Development

The Art of Shutting Up

by Jonathan McKee Posted in Youth Worker Development

The Art of Shutting Up

I’ve got a big mouth. Always have. When I was young, I actually had people ask me, “Do you ever shut up?” You’ve most likely encountered people like this. If they never learned to be quiet and listen to others, chances are they aren’t very fun to be around. No one likes to be around someone who used the word “I” in every sentence. Too often, youth workers err on the side of talking instead of listening, and, like me, they need to learn the delicate art of “shutting…Read More


Free NYWC Video - Mark Yaconelli

by Mark Yaconell Posted in Youth Worker Development

Free NYWC Video - Mark Yaconelli

In this free video, Mark Yaconelli reminds us of the gift we bring to young people and calls us to remember the God we’ve met. It’s a perfect reminder; it’s not your job to save your church or chase the shiny, new and spectacular.  We are so excited that Mark will be joining us again at NYWC in both San Diego and Nashville.  We hope you consider joining us too.  To learn more, visit NYWC.com.


Recent Articles

Three New Years Resolution Ideas

by Youth Specialtie Posted in Free Resources

Three New Year's resoultion ideas you can use in your youth ministry meetings. 


Teens Leaving Church But Going To The Theater

by Youth Specialtie Posted in Articles

You’ve read the stats – according to Barna, 40 percent of people aged 19-30 have walked away from faith.  Youth workers are looking for ways to connect with students – and it’s no secret that sometimes the best place is on their turf.  That’s the thinking behind the upcoming event SURGE, in theaters October 9 and October 16.


#YSchat - changing the way we connect

by Youth Specialtie Posted in Featured Article

Youth Specialties is excited to announce a new collaboration effort for our followers and youth workers. September 26 at 1PM PST, we are inviting you to join the #YSchat as we gather youth workers, industry leaders, and voices from around the globe to discuss relevant topics in youth ministry via Twitter.


The Art of Shutting Up

by Jonathan McKee Posted in ArticlesAdviceYouth Worker Development

I’ve got a big mouth. Always have. When I was young, I actually had people ask me, “Do you ever shut up?” You’ve most likely encountered people like this. If they never learned to be quiet and listen to others, chances are they aren’t very fun to be around. No…Read More


Free NYWC Video - Mark Yaconelli

by Mark Yaconell Posted in Free ResourcesTrainingYouth Worker Development

In this free video, Mark Yaconelli reminds us of the gift we bring to young people and calls us to remember the God we’ve met. It’s a perfect reminder; it’s not your job to save your church or chase the shiny, new and spectacular.  We are so excited that Mark will be joining us again at NYWC in both San Diego and Nashville.  We hope you consider joining us too.  To learn more, visit NYWC.com.


YS Unconference Wrap-up

by Mark Matlock Posted in TrainingYouth Worker Development

13 cities, hundreds of youth workers, 30 denominations, 13 days of conversations all in about five weeks time. That was my YS UnConference experience.


Three Tips for Youth Workers who are Parents

by Kara Powell and Brad Griffi Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentParentsTrainingYouth Worker Development

“I am better with other people’s kids than I am my own.” We’ll never forget the first time we heard this honest, gut-wrenching confession from a successful youth pastor. This sharp, thoughtful leader was honestly sharing his own struggles with being a parent in ministry. When he articulated the words above, you could hear a collective resonance in the room as leaders from around the country agreed: Yes, this is an issue for us too.


Connecting with Students

by Jonathan McKee Posted in ArticlesFeatured ArticleHigh SchoolProgrammingTrainingYouth Worker Development

Last month a student from the high school just down the street from me excused himself from class about 10:15 a.m., walked into a restroom, and shot himself. It was his 17th birthday.  


How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

by Youth Specialtie Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentArticlesFree ResourcesHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolParentsProgramming

Many of the statistics you read about teenagers and faith can be alarming. Recent studies show that 40-50 percent of kids who are connected to a youth group throughout their senior year will fail to stick with their faith in college. As youth workers are pouring their time and energy into the students in their ministries, they are often left wondering if they've done enough to equip their students to carry their faith into adulthood.


The 3 Foundations to Small Groups You Must Know

by Laurie Polic Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentArticlesAdviceFeatured ArticleFeatured ReviewHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolParentsProgrammingResource and Book ReviewsTrainingYouth Worker Development

Small groups are not the end of ministry; they are the beginning. Many youth workers believe that if they can get kids into small groups, their job is done. But the real job has just begun. Ministry is about life change, and for this to happen, there needs to be an intentional ap- proach to HOW small groups will nurture and shape students’ lives.   Exerpt from "Small Group Strategies" by Laurie Polich


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