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The word “urban” seems simple to define but “urban teenager” is anything but simple to understand and explain. Even if you’re a youth worker in rural Kentucky or suburban California, you have urban students in your midst. The days of identifying and labeling our teenagers based on where they live, what they wear, or the color of their skin are gone. Today, everybody’s urban.

—-Own YOUR copy of Everybody’s Urban NOW!—-

More and more teenagers are stuck in survival mode, unable to see beyond today. Their dreams have been stolen, and they’ve given up on ever recapturing them.

But veteran youth pastors Jeffrey Wallace and Leneita Fix know there’s hope.

Everybody’s Urban is infused with their hard-won insights into the urban youth experience, along with dozens of real-world strategies for ministering to today’s teenagers.

About the Authors:

 NEWleneita_fix_bw Leneita Fix recently celebrated her 20th year in ministry. Her passion is multiplying ALL youth workers (full time, paid, unpaid, volunteer, or bivocational) by aiding them to become better trained and equipped. She is honored to be a part of a family that ministers together, with her husband, John, a niece, and three beautiful children.

jeffrey_wallace_bw Jeffrey Wallace is the president and CEO of Front Line Urban Resources, Inc, which focuses on training and mentoring urban youth pastors and leaders, and providing life-changing youth ministry resources. He’s also founder of Simply Urban Ministry. Jeffrey serves as pastor of youth development at Peace Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia.

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I’m excited to announce that Simply Youth Ministry is releasing a new student devotional book this week: 10-Minute Moments the Basics. It is a 30-day student through the book of John that is perfect for foundational spiritual growth or new believers. Here’s a little insight from the product description:

Want to help teenagers build a lasting life of faith? It all begins with a solid foundation! 10-Minute Moments: The Basics will help students in their spiritual journey, whether they’re new followers of Jesus or have been Christ-followers for years. The truths in this book aren’t called “basic” because they’re childish or simplistic; they’re “basic” because they’re foundational and essential to leading a life that honors God.

Teenagers will discover a fresh understanding about God from the Gospel of John, one of the clearest and most-read books of the Bible. They’ll explore the fundamental beliefs and teachings of Jesus, and they’ll encounter a deeper of everything God has done for us. Each day’s reading only takes about 10 minutes—a great step toward building a personal habit of daily time with God.

JG



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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!

Try It Free! Live Curriculum 

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When it comes to ministering to gays and lesbians, far too many churches have chosen silence over service, or a reactive stance over proactive involvement. But congregations must abandon their comfort zone and minister to a group of people who need to experience the love of Jesus like never before.

With truths drawn from his own personal experiences, youth pastor Shawn Harrison seeks to equip youth workers in ministering to gay teenagers, their families, and the gay community at-large. The church must not compromise truth, he says, but it should not withhold grace either. How gay students first encounter God—personally and communally—and how Christians react to them can determine their subsequent steps.

[[Download a FREE sample here]]

Ministering to Gay Teenagers is filled with wisdom and practical advice on how to respond when a student comes out and how to help the teenager’s family through that journey, too. This book will equip you with solid answers to the questions parents ask, and it will challenge you, your youth ministry, and your church to consider how you can practically minister and serve a group of people who seek deep authenticity in love, character, truth, and presence.

Click here to learn more!!

 
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Shawn Harrison is the founder of Six:11 Ministries, an online ministry resource that exists to proclaim God’s identity and wholeness. He specializes in training youth workers and church leaders in ministering to the gay community, and working with gay teens and their families. Shawn is a youth pastor in St. Marys, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and three kids. He blogs at six11.wordpress.com.

 

 

~Stephanie

 



Brand new student devotional book from Doug Fields and Josh Griffin.

Somewhere along the line, an expectation has crept into church youth groups that once you begin to follow Jesus, you just magically turn into a completely mature Christian. Well, that’s just not true!

In Live Large. Be Different. Shine Bright., Doug Fields and Joshua Griffin share about some important character qualities that will help teenagers live large, be different, and shine bright. A lot of what Doug and Joshua write about doesn’t seem to get much sermon time, but these topics are definitely worthy of consideration and experimentation–