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YS Idea Lab - Bob Goff: Ideas On Turning Into Love

By Youth Specialties on February 11 2014 | 0 Comments

Bob Goff has become a dear friend to YS and has become a highlight to us every year at NYWC. In this week's YS Idea Lab, join Bob as he shares stories, experiences, and thoughts about how to turn into love for those around us. How could you turn into love to those around you? Hope on over to our YouTube channel and let us know your thoughts. Visit this video on YouTube and leave your comments.

By Youth Specialties on February 11 2014 | 0 Comments


Trending: Redefining Beauty, Super Bowl Surprises, Duffy Robbins on the DYM Show, and More.

By Youth Specialties on February 05 2014 | 0 Comments

Trending links from around the web:

Redefining Beauty - Selfie - Youth Specialties

Download Youth Ministry Show - Episode 236: The One with Duffy Robbins

Biggest SuperBowl Surprise - Jonathan Mckee

To Stick Around or Jump Ship - YouthMinistry360

By Youth Specialties on February 05 2014 | 0 Comments


Planet Wisdom in a Minute and a Half with Crystal Kirgiss

By Jonathan Matlock on February 03 2014 | 0 Comments

Crystal Kirgiss does a great job of explaining Planet Wisdom in only 90 seconds.

Learn more and register now

By Jonathan Matlock on February 03 2014 | 0 Comments


Super Bowl Resources

By Jonathan Matlock on January 30 2014 | 0 Comments

Deciding if you are rooting for the Broncos or the Seahawks is the easy part of hosting a Superbowl party for your youth ministry.  Coming up with fun and games to entertain everyone when the commericals aren't on is the hard part.  We've found some great resources to help you get ready for hosting an event for the big game.  

Over at YouthWorker Movement, they've posted 6 Easy Prep games you can play during the game.

Pass the Football
Supplies: Football, prizes

Think of a magic word – let’s say “Football” or “Touchdown.”  Whenever the word is said during the game or the commercials, you have to pass the football to the person on your right.  Whoever has the football at the end of a predetermined time (half-time, two-minute warning, the first commercial with a talking animal, first person to lip sync, etc.) wins a prize.

 

Super Bowl Trivia
Supplies: copies of the Trivia game, pens/pencils, prizes

Every youth group will have a mix of football fans and non-football fans.  Here’s a 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII trivia game that will work for both.  This is updated for this year so you don’t have to do the research yourself…how easy is that? (A PDF is in the link but you can send me a quick email if you need a different format.)  Whoever gets the most right answers wins, and you’ll have to have someone pay attention to the game for a few of the answers.

Click HERE for all 6 games ideas.

You can also check out the 2014 Big Game Party plan over at The Source for Youth Ministry. They have links to make sure your showing is legal and a Quiz to keep the fun going the entire game. They also have a great article What Kids Will See at Super Bowl 48 to get you thinking about what's going to be on and how to talk about it with students. 

We hope you have a great party and a great time hanging out with students. 

By Jonathan Matlock on January 30 2014 | 0 Comments


Selfie - Redefining Beauty

By Jonathan Matlock on January 29 2014 | 0 Comments

Dove continues their series of videos aimed at young women talking about beauty.  This one is centered a group of girls and their mom's that have been given the task to take selfies for a photo exhibit. It's a great way to start a conversation around what real beauty is. 

The our friend Jonathan McKee over at the The Source for Youth Ministry even wrote a discussion for it so you could turn it into a lesson.  Click HERE to check it out

By Jonathan Matlock on January 29 2014 | 0 Comments


Trending: the private side of social media, acceptance as a strong positive teen emotion & more ...

By Youth Specialties on January 28 2014 | 0 Comments

This week's links include:  the private side of social media, acceptance as one of a strongest positive teen emotion, the Grammys, & more

Links:

Youth Workers ... Think Like A Parent (Josh Griffin)

The Private Side of Social Media (YPulse)

Strongest positive teen emotions: acceptance (DYM | Download Youth Ministry)

The Grammys. . . We Are Over The Line. . . (Walt Mueller)

Teenagers Are 'Crazy' But Expert Says Behavior Is Vital To Development (NPR)

7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders (Forbes)

By Youth Specialties on January 28 2014 | 0 Comments


YS Idea Lab - Chap Clark: How To Respond To The 3 Stages Of Adolescence

By Jonathan Matlock on January 28 2014 | 1 Comments

What can current research teach us about how we teach, mentor, and guide the students in our ministry? Chap Clark talks about the unique challenges and opportunities we have while working with students in the midst of extended adolescence. He also offers some practical tips and ideas for engaging students at different stages in their adolescence.

Check out our line of resources about adolescent development

The YS Idea Lab is filmed on site at the National Youth Workers Convention

By Jonathan Matlock on January 28 2014 | 1 Comments


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