Hey everyone from NYWC 2011!

Thanks for making our youth ministry workshop so fun this weekend — I enjoyed meeting many of you and here are the links from Every 7 Minutes: Keeping Students Engaged During Your Talk workshops I promised you today:

JG

Vote in this week’s youth ministry poll – how often do you teach about purity/sex in youth group? I’m considering kicking off the school year with a sex series next month, which we’ve never done before. Pastor Rick changed up our fall campaign so I’ve got a few weeks and thinking of starting it off with a bang. Vote now!

JG



We just started a new summer series this past weekend in HSM – a 4-week study of the book of Philippians called LiveSTRONG. Here’s a quick overview of the arc for the teaching series:

WK 1: To live strong is to serve Christ. To die is gain. Philippians 1:19-26

WK 2: To live strong is to do right and stand firm in a wicked world. Philippians 2:14,15

WK 3: To live strong is focusing on the future and running the race. Philippians 3:12-16

WK 4: To live strong is being content, depending on God’s power. Philippians 4:11-13

JG

Was talking to a youth worker this week and he shared about how his youth group topics and small group time line up. I’ve never been able to use that idea in a setting I’ve worked in, but I love it. Talk about it at church, expand on it in small groups. Right now, our teaching topics are completely independent. How about you? Vote in today’s poll!

JG



An epic series video from HSM to open up our 11 vs. the World series on the disciples. Probably my favorite one so far!

JG

We’re starting a new series in HSM this coming weekend – I’m teaching both weeks of it to help get to know the freshman and since I’ll be gone a lot this summer (Summer Camp, vacation, mission trip to Costa Rica, preview trip to St. Kitts, time off) so I want to make sure I teach up front I can. Here’s the idea behind the 2 weeks of 11 vs. The World:

11 vs. The World
The series idea came from the USA Women’s World Cup team tagline. I loved it, and when I heard of it I immediately thought about the disciples and how they fought against impossible odds to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the known world. Boom, a series was born.

Week 1 – What Was Your Name Again?
Who were the 12 disciples? We’ll go through each of them by name and look at how God used a motley crew of ordinary people to do something extraordinary. How God is calling each of us to be the light of the world.

Week 2 – Against All Odds
How was it possible that 11 people could change the world? The message of Christ spread to the corners of the known world in an extremely short amount of time – find out how persecution unlocked the passion of the disciples to spread the message of Christ. Find out your place in God’s story as a modern-day disciple and be challenged to continue this epic calling.

JG



This weekend to kickoff our How to Raise Your Parents series, we had one of the HSM Staff demonstrate the proper technique a parent should talk to a kid when they messed up. Funny and super cute.

JG

This fall we had students write letters to themselves that we’ll mail to them at the end of the year. It was part of our future series asking them about where they would be when they grow up. We gave out paper and envelopes and will stamp and mail them at the end of the school year. While I love the tactile side of this, I just heard about FutureMe.org – a site that lets you digitally do the same thing. Might be a good experiential piece for a program or something cool to do with your small group. Check it out!

JG