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Helping your child make wise choices about sex and dating requires more than just one chat. It’s about building bridges of ongoing dialogue throughout the teenage years.

But youth workers Mark Oestreicher and Joel Mayward realize many parents don’t feel comfortable or prepared to have these kinds of conversations. That’s why they wrote A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Sex and Dating to equip you to initiate healthy, honest discussions with your teenager. This book will also help you understand some of the relevant trends and issues in today’s youth culture.

Your role as a parent is to do more than provide your teenager with information about sex and dating. You have the opportunity and the calling to help your child live wisely and honor God in this sometimes tricky, occasionally awkward, and always vital area of life.

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About the Authors:::

 MARK OESTREICHER (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and founding partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training, and coaching for church youth workers. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0, Marko is a sought-after speaker, writer, and consultant. Marko lives in San Diego with his wife, Jeannie, and teenage children, Liesl and Max. Marko’s blog: whyismarko.com.

JOEL MAYWARD is a pastor, writer, husband, and father living in Langley, British Columbia. Joel loves youth ministry, movies, and theology and writes about it all at his blog, joelmayward.blogspot.com.

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Hurry! SYMC is almost SOLD OUT and we want YOU to be there with us!

Click here to check out all the different speakers and artists that will be there to help renew and strengthen you.

Main Stage speakers include:

John Stumbo

Trace Bundy

Margaret Feinberg

Greg Stier

Propaganda

The Skit Guys

Jon Acuff

Jason Ostrander

Rick Lawrence

Click here to REGISTER to ensure your spot at SYMC in Indy!

Hope to see you there,

Stephanie

 



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Looking for creative ways to capture your students’ attention during the  holiday seasons? Your wish is our command: We’re proud to unveil LIVE  Holiday, part of our dynamic LIVE Curriculum line of resources. This  exciting volume features curriculum built around three major themes:
Christmas Series As we read through the amazing, powerful story of Christmas, we  encounter characters that form the essential foundation for this  history-changing event. This six-week series will guide you through  their stories and will help your students learn more about the Christmas  narrative and how it relates to their lives today.

  • Week 1: Mary
  • Week 2: Joseph
  • Week 3: Jesus
  • Week 4: The Angels
  • Week 5: The Wise Men and King Herod
  • Week 6: Simeon and Anna

Easter Series The Easter season is a reflective time that allows us to celebrate and  remember the sacrifice and price Jesus paid for our salvation. Your  students will explore various elements of the Easter season: Jesus’  suffering, his triumphant entry, his death, and his resurrection. The  four lessons can be used together as one series or used separately.

  • Week 1: Ash Wednesday
  • Week 2: Palm Sunday
  • Week 3: Good Friday
  • Week 4: Easter Sunday

Single-Day Holidays This series includes five lessons that cover a variety of holidays  throughout the year. Each lesson can be used in the midst of those  specific holidays or can be used at a different time to cover a specific  theme that coordinates with the holiday.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Earth Day
  • Mother’s Day or Father’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day

Make the holidays a memorable highlight for your students, while helping  them discover how the Bible remains relevant to their lives—every day  of every month, throughout the year!

Get your LIVE Holiday now!

-Stephanie

 

PS. You can also download a FREE LIVE lessons… Download it here!

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Are you registered for SYMC?  You want to pack well for SYMC and be prepared for the best! These are not all tech tips but you will find some good tech tips burred in here. These tips come from years of conference going and some specific to my time at SYMC. I hope these will be super useful!

SYMC2013_sessionSLIDETIP #1 Know what tracks and workshops you want to attend (at least know what is available). Knowing ahead of time will make your life easier. Check out the scheduling tool SYMC has provided conference.youthministry.com/schedule. If you prefer to schedule directly from your smartphone click here http://symc2013.sched.org/mobile.  Check out the details on the scheduling resource here conference.youthministry.com/schedule.

TIP #2 Everyone is invited but if this is your first SYMC I highly recommend you make time for  “How To Get The Most Out Of SYMC.” This community gathering will happen about 4 times Friday afternoon (March 1). Here you will find great information and a Q&A for newbies! This could be your best first step…the only better first step would be to locate the restrooms!

TIP #3 Bring a bag/backpack. You will be carrying your Bible, Participant Journal, Pen, Hotel Key, iPod, Headphones, Cell Phone, Water Bottle, Laptop, Moleskine, Deodorant, Backup Hotel Key, Gum, Chapstick, USB Thumb Drive, (remember when we actually carried a Digital Camera too?)…and on top of all that you will need to leave room for all the stuff you pick up in different areas on the conference hall, workshops, and bookstore while you are at SYMC.

TIP #4 Bring business cards and address stickers. This is a little nerdy and lazy but I do not like filling out my address 100 time over the weekend…I have seen people stick a sticker on those forms…complete with Name, Address, Phone, and Email. The business cards are for networking…you may want to bring something to hold other peoples cards so you don’t lose them (or take a picture of it with your cell phone app that turns business cards into a contact and throw the card out).

TIP #5 Connect with other youth workers! Don’t spend all your time with people you brought, get in a Connect Group, find the National Network of Youth Ministries and ask them to help you meet other youth workers in your area, ask people in your workshops to lunch and kick around what you have been learning…if they say they can’t because they are on a budget offer to buy (buying friends at a conference is ok, plus you are probably going to charge it to a church expense account anyway).

TIP #5.5 Connect with the speakers. There were be so many of the sharpest minds in youth ministry at SYMC. Connect!

TIP #6 Need some love…Soul Care, enough said!

TIP #7 Don’t forget the tag your tweets with #SYMC.  Run a search for #SYMC on twitter to see and be a part of all the buzz!

TIP #8 See someone taking note like crazy? Ask if they are a blogger and if they are posting their notes online!

TIP #9 Bring a spray bottle and squirt the guy who has to answer every question the track speaker asks, just kidding….but seriously, bring a spray bottle.

TIP #10 When you get home write a short letter to your ministry point person on your leadership team telling them how amazing your time in Indy was, sharing a few nuggets of what you learned, and thanking them for making it possible (time away, money, etc…this effort can go a long way with leadership).  If you paid for SYMC yourself write that letter to your spouse, if you are single take yourself out for ice cream and review your notes, if you are lactose intolerant consider taking one of those Lactaid pills or just pray about the risk.

I know there are way more than 10 tips and I am sure that you have some that are even better than these…So please share your best conference tips in the comments below!  Hope to see you are SYMC 2013!!!!!



I’m a student ministry conference junkie. I love attending conferences for student pastors and youth workers. They are always a great place to meet new friends, be challenged spiritually, be refreshed, and get a ton of free stuff! One of my favorite conferences is the Simply Youth Ministry Conference. Sadly I will not be attending this year. After four years of attending I’m taking a break because let’s face it, conferences take money to get to and be a part of. I hope next year I will be back and hit up other conferences in the near future.

Getting the most out of a conference begins before you even get there. You must prepare well. Here are a few thoughts on how to prepare for a student ministry conference.

Prepare yourself spiritually. Even though free resources, new friends, and workshops are important, you need to be ready to hear from your Savior and be ready to be challenged personally in your walk with Him. Take some time to pray and ask God to give you opens ears and an open heart to whatever He wants to do with you at the conference.

Bring your best note-writing device. Your going to hear a ton of information at the conference so have something with you to take good notes with. Whatever is your go to gadget for note taking bring it along. Make sure you take whatever device works best for you. If you still take the best notes with a note pad and pen then bring it! It may be an iPad for others. Whatever is it, bring it and be ready to take good notes. Whatever doesn’t get written down will probably be lost after the conference.

Have the right gear. Bring the right gear. Your going to probably doing a lot of walking and receiving some great resources so wear comfortable shoes and have a decent sized bag to pack full of youth ministry goodies. I usually do a book bag that I have throughout the day and then keep some extra suit case space for received resources. Also, make sure to bring things like chargers for your iPad or laptop and simple stuff like that.

Be ready to communicate to your pastor and volunteers what you have learned. This may not be strictly a “pre-conference” thing, but it needs to happen both before and during the conference. Before you get to the conference remember there is probably a pastor and volunteers that are ready to hear what you will learn at the conference. If anything, take good notes so you can pass the knowledge and ideas along to them.

These are just a few thoughts on preparing well for a conference. Conferences are awesome, but to get the most out of them you need to prepare well. Go, have a blast, and come back ready to point your students to Jesus!

Austin Mccann is the student ministries director at Christ Community Chapel (Stow Campus) in Northeast Ohio. He also blogs about student ministry, leadership, and culture at www.austinmccann.com. He loves his Savior, his wife, and the students God has placed in his community.

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You’ll find the best answer to that question when you follow God’s roadmap—a journey that will lead you toward authentic manhood.

Jeffrey, Mike, and Matty have teamed up to offer some sharp advice on transitioning from the teen years to adulthood. They’ll guide you through eight essential topics, including finances, dating & sex, spiritual growth & disciplines, and identity. You’ll hear about their victories and successes—plus their regrets and mistakes.

These three guys are all dads who want their sons to experience a meaningful life by following and honoring God—and they want that for you, too.

99 Things Every Guy Should Know will help you become a man whose life is filled with honesty, strength, and courage.

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Meet the Authors:

JEFFREY WALLACE has served in local youth ministry for over a decade and brings a fresh and relevant approach to effective and healthy Purpose-Driven urban youth ministry. He is the President & CEO of Front Line Urban Resources, Inc., which focuses on training and mentoring other urban youth pastors and leaders and providing life-changing youth ministry resources. He also serves pastor of youth development at Peace Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia.

MIKE HAMMER is passionate about leadership, ministry, and people growing in who God has called them to be. With over a decade in ministry, he is currently a youth pastor for middle and high school ministries, as well as a writer and occasional speaker. He lives with his wife, Megan, and their sons, Logan and Parker—both named after superheroes. (Seriously, how awesome is that?)

MATTY MCCAGE convinced Joyce to marry him and a church to hire him. Matty has spent nearly 20 years in youth ministry, teaching the proper wedgie technique and regularly pontificating on MinistryRamblings.com. He and Joyce are living happily ever after with their three offspring: Aeden, Warren, and Emmalicious.

 

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-Stephanie



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Ministry is such a rewarding experience, but why does it create so much strain on marriages?
Jake and Melissa Kircher have learned some valuable lessons (often the hard way!) about building a healthy marriage amid the demands of ministry. They aren’t perfect, but they’ve matured individually and as a couple because of each mess, problem, heartache, and obstacle they’ve encountered. They understand your struggles and frustrations, because they’re their struggles and frustrations, too.
99 Thoughts on Marriage & Ministry will help you discover advice, wisdom, and insight in five core areas:

  • Marriage Basics
  • Balancing Marriage and Ministry
  • Finances
  • The Church vs. Your Family
  • The Darker Side of the Church

Marriage can be messy, and marriage while serving in ministry is extra messy. Whether your marriage needs just a little tuneup or a major overhaul, 99 Thoughts on Marriage & Ministry will encourage both you and your spouse, and will empower you to pursue a strong, healthy marriage.

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Meet the Authors: Jake & Melissa have been married for seven years. Their blog (holymessofmarriage.com) explores real-life issues that most marriages and relationships face. Through honesty and humor, they provide encouragement and wisdom to couples, both married and dating. Jake has been a youth pastor for 11 years and also works with We Love Our Youth Worker and REACH Youth New England. Melissa has served as a volunteer youth worker and a mentor for high school girls. She is a freelance artist and writer. They have one foster son who loves to bang on the drums.

 

- Stephanie

Pretty excited to hear that the Simply Youth Ministry team has announced John Stumbo as their final general session for the big conference this March. You probably haven’t heard of him before, but I promise you won’t forget that night. Registration rates go up tomorrow, so sign up today!

JG