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JG

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Couldn’t be more excited to see that 4 resources of mine made it into the best-seller list from Simply Youth Ministry this year. I think I’m most proud of 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders with Doug Fields, and The Way I’m Wired with Katie Brazelton. If you’ve used any resources we created this year – thank you so much – I hope they’ve been helpful!

JG



Thanks to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway for The Way I’m Wired small group DVD curriculum! I had 3 copies to giveaway – the first was an instant winner – whoever was the first to comment took home the prize. Congrats to Tim!

Tim Desilets at 9:07pm March 15
I think I might be first. Was about to order this this week!

And here are the other 2 winners, picked at random from the rest of the entries:

George at 7:52am March 16
We are a small youth group and this would be excellent for our teens.

Jason at 11:31am March 16
Being a part time youth pastor, I love what the group curriculum has to offer. It saves me time of having to write lessons from scratch and spend more time building relationships with the youth

Thanks to everyone who entered! And if you are interested in picking up The Way I’m Wired, or want to check it out – head over to Simply Youth Ministry (and take 10% off if you click through this link and order).

JG

I enjoyed reading Katie Brazelton’s article this week about helping students discover the way the way they are wired for God’s purpose. She and I did a small group DVD curriculum on the subject (you can read about it here) and here’s a clip of the piece she wrote to get you thinking about the subject:

But, how can you help students discover their unique purpose in life? Glorify God by fulfilling your “This I Must Do” Dream!

This unique, individual, significant purpose is the “One Big Thing” God commissioned students–individually–to do to help build the kingdom. It directs teenagers to pursue their God-designed life mission and to deliver their God-inspired life message to those they are called to serve. Check out what Jesus had to say about doing such work:

“In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world” (John 17:18 The Message).Our “This I Must Do” purpose is God’s personalized gift to each of us, and it’s a dream that reflects our passionate ache, our Divine Urge, our heart’s desire, and the fascination that was planted in our soul before we were even born. It’s what drives our life–what we feel we must do. It’s what we’recalled to do–what we feel we can’t not do! With your help, teenagers can ask God to reveal their life purpose, and then, they can make an informed decision about whether they’ll actually accept the huge assignment.

The Bible certainly is loaded with examples of this type of “Must Do” calling. Here are just a few:



I’m excited to give away a couple of copies of the new small group DVD curriculum that Katie Brazelton and I just finished called The Way I’m Wired.

Here’s a little bit about the project:

Every teenager’s life is loaded with undeniable evidence of God’s incredible plans for them, but who helps them unpack all those details to discover why they were born? This curriculum prepares you for the privilege of doing just that. It equips you to teach stu dents that God has three distinct calls on their life: the primary call of being transformed into Christ-likeness; the secondary call of thriving in their seasonal roles; and the “This I Must Do” call to be part o f something that is larger than themselves.

The Way I’m Wired is a 6-week, biblically based DVD curriculum, which is written for a variety of youth settings: small groups, Sunday schools, retreats, camps, homeschooling, and personal coaching/mentoring sessions.

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post:

  • The very FIRST COMMENT wins a free copy
  • I’ll select TWO MORE at random next Monday from all of the rest of the comments

Enter now!

JG

I’m so excited that you can now order The Way I’m Wired small group DVD curriculum from Simply Youth Ministry. Here’s a little from the back of the product. So excited to work with Katie Brazelton on this project:

Every teenager’s life is loaded with undeniable evidence of God’s incredible plans for them, but who helps them unpack all those details to discover why they were born? This curriculum prepares you for the privilege of doing just that. It equips you to teach stu dents that God has three distinct calls on their life: the primary call of being transformed into Christ-likeness; the secondary call of thriving in their seasonal roles; and the “This I Must Do” call to be part o f something that is larger than themselves.

The Way I’m Wired is a 6-week, biblically based DVD curriculum, which is written for a variety of youth settings: small groups, Sunday schools, retreats, camps, homeschooling, and personal coaching/mentoring sessions.

The curriculum features Josh Griffin, high school pastor at Saddleback Church, and was developed by bestselling author and Life Purpose Coach®, Dr. Katie Brazelton. This series will help your teenagers discover how they are wired and how they can cooperate with God to live the life they were meant to live. Thought-provoking lessons guide teenagers through relevant content, prior to students engaging with one another as conversation partners to explore God’s heart-pounding purpose for their lives.

JG



I’m excited to announce a new resource from Simply Youth Ministry that will be available starting at the SYM Conference this March. It is a 6-week DVD curriculum from Katie Brazelton (and myself) on helping students find purpose in life and fulfilling it during their lifetime. I’m beyond excited to have worked with her on this resource, I think it is going to be something special for students and young adults. Here’s the first look at the cover artwork!

JG

Today we had a blast up in The Refinery shooting a new student ministry small group curriculum called “The Way I’m Wired” – a 6-week series from Group Publishing/Simply Youth Ministry to help students find their life’s purpose. It was a total blast!

The material is primarily a product of the hard work of Katie Brazelton, author of Pathway to Purpose and other fantastic adult studies. It was so cool to shoot today (I got to use a teleprompter for the first time!), Jake Rutenbar and I did some student and leader trainings then we spent the rest of the day shooting the actual lessons. It comes out this March!

JG