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Have you noticed? You can't go anywhere without running into a "24" fan. Jack Bauer has truly stood the test of time and, in many ways, can teach us a thing or two. In this hit TV series, we see him continually live out a simple truth that most Christ-followers don't even get. What truth is that? It's the awareness that our daily decisions can derail, detour or drive us toward our destiny. Both Jack's victories and defeats reveal that he "gets it."
In this issue of the Source, you'll get a glimpse into one of our outreach nights. Because "24" is so popular, we wrapped our entire evening around it and the difference a day can really make. Using every art form imaginable - video clips, drama, human video, a poem and a story - we not only captured the attention of the audience, but challenged and encouraged them to take a hard look at their daily decisions, especially in regard to friendships and failure.
So grab a cup of coffee and listen in on this jam packed night. It was one we'll not soon forget.
It is highly likely that the following week's service will show little evidence of much fruit from a big outreach night. So why continue hosting big events? After all, they are tons of extra work and often, come with a hefty price tag. So, let's answer the question of this month's Youth Leader's Coach, "Are Big Events Really Worth It?"
In this teaching, I'm sharing my thoughts on why "big nights" in the youth service are important, both to you and to your students. Plus, I'm giving some additional steps to help make your events really effective in the weeks that follow it. Grab a notepad and pen and start dreaming about how your next big event can be the best you've ever had!
If you've been called by God to relate to students, you have to get involved with them and relate to them where they are at. Jaroy Carpenter, with Solid Rock Resources, spends much of his time relating to students where they are at...often in public schools. Many people hesitate to speak in the public school system. They have a list of do's and don'ts and if you break one of the rules, you can ruin the chances of being asked backed or other speakers being asked into the school.
In this session, Jaroy gives simple steps to help take the fear out of speaking in a campus setting and lots of creative ideas that will get the kids' attention and won't offend their teachers or principal.
With this edition of the Source, "Christ's Answer To The Fear Factor," we give you a "can't miss" event. This is an outreach-based message that we did for two weeks. While this Source isn't long enough to include the audio from both nights, we've given you both sets of notes to use. We've also loaded up this Source with all the games, tech notes, and more to execute this event flawlessly. So take what you want, adapt it for your gang, and if you only do it for one week or stretch it longer than two, I know this will be a hit with your team!
On a personal note, this message deals with two of the biggest fears that people in our society struggle with: "the fear of rejection" and "the fear of insignificance." Our own students and ourselves, if we're honest, fight these fears daily. As you listen, you'll hear me often speak of my own battle with these fears. Remember, "you will lead people with your strengths, but you will connect to people with your weaknesses."
So sit back, relax, and give me a few minutes to be you "long distance cheerleader."
Lovingly your "Big Sis,"
Every good athlete knows that no matter how well you've trained, if you never make it over the finish line, you'll never be a champion. As communicators, if our audience doesn't know what response we want them to have at the end of our talk, we may have entertained them briefly, but we've failed to truly communicate.
In this Youth Leader's Coach, I share with you some great time-tested pragmatics on how to successfully get the response we are all looking for...leading our youth to Christ and helping to make them strong in their relationship with Him.
Still responding to my own altar calls,
This month's Source, "Ender's Game Live," is a powerful outreach night where we are daring our students to live differently.
Using three students to profile all different walks of life, a texting poll and of course, the movie Ender's Game, this is a complete interactive drama night that your gang will love. The challenge is for our students to push past their insecurities and be bold in their commitment to the Lord. No matter where you students are at personally, this night will connect with all of them.
"This is the story of Ender, but more importantly, this is your story. When you face adversity, ridicule, and criticism, what will you choose to do? When things get tough, will you choose to be different or to look like everybody else?"
I am so excited about this Youth Leader's Coach entitled "Explosive Growth Strategy And Pragmatics Of PROJECT 4:19." It launched of a new and exciting era for us in Oxygen. One of the most commonly asked questions I get about youth ministry is how to grow numerically. And though numbers should not be our focus for the sake of numbers, we also cannot minister to empty seats. I have found this program to be the most proven means of growth over the years in every one of my youth groups. Let me share with you the nuts and bolts of how to make this outreach take off for your own group!
Refusing to let even one slip through,
You should love me after this Source! This is an original full-length outreach drama, entitled "Fade Out Again." It focuses on the pain of splintered families, with an ending that makes a salvation invitation very easy.
Jonathan, a struggling young teenager, finds it difficult to fit in at school or at home. He chronicles his pain in a treasured journal of poetry. A couple of "sub-themes" in the drama that prove to provide powerful prayer points include suicide and self-mutilation.
Yes, outreach dramas like this are a lot of work. But I've cut your efforts in half. So take the time and invest yourself in a night like "Fade Out Again." As you watch the large group of visitors pile in your doors and then later linger during closing prayer time, I'm sure you will think that your efforts were well spent.
The hit series "FlashForward" poses the questions, "If you knew what your future held, what would you do? Even if you could only get a glimpse of it, would you look forward to what was coming...or would you try to stop it?"
The old cliché, "I don't know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future" is only partially accurate. Yes, without a doubt, the Lord holds the future, but the choices found in our daily routines play a significant role in determining what our future will look like as well. Simple choices determine whether our future is bright or whether it will find us waking up one day lying in a bed we never thought we would make for ourselves.
In this Source, "FlashForward," we take a look at "redeeming our time" (Ephesians 5:16) and God's pattern for "matchmaking" with Adam and Eve. Then add simply produced promotional pieces, videos, and drama to create an amazing outreach night that is easy for your students to invite their friends to. Prayerfully, may you find it as rewarding and impacting as we did.
Choosing my future,
The majority of us have seen or channel surfed past "Flip That House" or a show like it. And, whether you're a HGTV/TLC fan or not, most of us in youth ministry have felt a similar need to "Flip That Youth Group." This need for a new and improved look may be in the area of outreach, worship, community, spiritual tenor or something entirely different. Regardless, whether now or later, we know the need for change is inevitable. Navigating that change can either be glorious if done well or catastrophic if not.
In this Youth Leader's Coach, we look at how to create specific change in our youth ministries without demolishing them. So, grab a cup of coffee and join me as we look at four things that will help us accomplish the task at hand one kid at a time.
Tom Elmore is the founding pastor of Thrive Church, in Katy, TX. Tom served as the High School Pastor for Kensington Church in Troy, Michigan. In 2005, he was recruited by Lakewood Church in Houston where he worked with Pastor Joel Osteen and served as the Director of Student Ministry.
Tom has used big events successfully in his youth ministries. In this session, he gives four questions that need to be answered before the event to help make it successful. "Why the big event?" "What's the end game when it comes to the big event?" "What does it take to do a big event?" "What is the last 10%?"
Do the words "youth retreat" ever make you wince? Come learn practical ways to run a life-changing retreat without ripping out your hair. Receive step-by-step how-tos that will guide you all the way from planning to tear down.
Justin Mayo is the Executive Director of Red Eye, Inc. in the greater Los Angeles area. Red Eye, Inc. provides a common ground for young Hollywood peers to develop their talents and help those in need. In this general session, Justin Mayo and Monty Coleman, Director of Business Affairs for Red Eye, give the pragmatics of their ministry and what makes it work. They encourage the youth leaders present to reach out to those outside their church walls. "God is bigger than the box we sometimes create...There's something about taking the focus off yourself, seeing someone else's need and allowing Jesus to walk over that relational bridge into their heart."
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With all the noise, distractions and things clawing for our attention in today's society, it is so easy to "lose our way." For many, however, all it takes is for one person in their life to care enough to correct and redirect. This issue of the Source, "Intervention," is about just that. It is designed as an outreach night based on the popular A&E show that goes by the same title. In a similar way that Antwahn's and Cristine's families hosted interventions for them, we draw the parallel of how the Lord lovingly hosts one for us as well.
Using four "reality checks," the powerful stories of two individuals, a captivating human video to Justin Timberlake's, "Losing My Way," and Naaman's personal intervention recorded in the Bible, we guide students through what hinders people from responding to the Lord's intervention on their behalf. It was a night that drew many to His love for the very first time, and served as a reminder for others of the love they once knew.
Learn practical ways to impact your local campus with proven methods that make a difference. In this session with Aaron Burke, you will learn about the legality of campus evangelism and how to mobilize your teenagers to take ownership of their campus.
Please take a minute to listen to this Youth Leader's Coach, "Jeanne's Core Values In Youth Ministry." It's perhaps one of my favorite times of sharing with you in a long time.
I pray you can absorb part of my heart as I share the core values we have built our youth ministries around. These ten core values have proven to be anchors for me time after time as I have chartered the journey these past years in youth ministry. You certainly don't need to adopt my particular youth ministry core values. But hopefully, this sharing can motivate you to strategically determine a few true youth ministry core values of your own. After all, we all model a set of core values, either on purpose or by accident. It's much more fulfilling to do it "on purpose."
Sincerely grateful to have you at my "Core,"
In 2015 there was an unforgettable epic true story from the nation of Chile where 33 men who were working in an underground mine were trapped when the mine horrifically collapsed on top of them. With more than 2,000 feet of massive rock in their way, the rescue of the 33 miners seemed impossible...unless other people above ground chose to "KEEP DIGGING." When most people were ready to give up, a small group of men refused. They just kept digging despite the odds, despite the set-backs, despite the massive personal sacrifices they themselves had to make. Why? Because love will always be a stronger force than circumstances.
Isn't that a pretty decent picture of people who are trapped in spiritual darkness...without hope...unless one of "us"...the people who genuinely know Jesus...make the costly efforts to reach them? I think so. In this Source, with inspiration from this epic true story, Scripture, short monologues, a memorable story, and some practical steps, I challenge our students not to give up while those around them are trapped without Jesus, but to love them enough to refuse to give up on them!
So, what's the bottom line to having lasting, eternal impact on people? "KEEP DIGGING!"
This Source is one that you are going to want to use to motivate outreach, ownership and numerical growth in your youth ministry. I'm calling it "License To Minister." It is an honor to be a minister of the gospel and the bottom line is we are all called to the ministry. This is a night of ownership; a night when we say that ministry is who you are, not what you do.
So listen in as we cast vision and start phase one of our outreach S.I.P. (System In Place) and say to our students in Oxygen, "Welcome to the Ministry."
Still wanting to take a few more people with me to heaven,
Using his years on the mission field and years in youth ministry, Aaron Burke provides practical ways to launch a global vision for your youth ministry. He talks about supporting mission projects, raising funds, leading a youth team overseas, and safety overseas.
The TV show "Moment Of Truth" has created a buzz in the air. The game seems simple enough, just tell the truth! Often times, however, we don't want to hear the truth. Instead, we'd rather buy into the lies we keep trying to sell ourselves as the truth.
In this Source, using our own version of "Moment Of Truth," we challenge both Christians and non-Christians alike to come face to face with what they truly believe, not just with what they "say" they believe. While this outreach night was both fun and funny, we didn't shy away from the tough questions, like "Do you really care if your friends go to Hell?" "What's your motive for not sinning?" and "Do your really believe in God?" Through these "eternal" moment of truth questions, many students heard for their very first time that the Lord isn't so much interested in their perfection, as much as He's interested in their direction.
It was an amazing night that I'm excited to share with you. So with coffee in hand, listen in and try to visualize this illustrated message. By scripting everything for you, I think you'll find it a relatively easy outreach night to pull off. As with us, may it result in moments of truth that last for all eternity.