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The fine folks over at YouthMinistry360 have some great freebies for your youth group teaching this Easter.  Visit their Easter Vault to download 3 free lessons and 10 free student devotionals.  It’s a great little treat to stick in your Youth Ministry Easter basket.

Here’s what you get:

Lesson 1: Encounter: Death. Life. Forgiveness.
Purpose: Challenge teens to remember why Jesus did what He did and what was accomplished through His sacrifice, and to formulate a response to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Lesson 2: The Thread of Love
Purpose: Help teens see how God wove a thread of redeeming love through the Bible, culminating with the greatest expression of love, Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Lesson 3: The Big Picture
Purpose: Challenge teens to fully grasp the impact Christ’s resurrection has had on their lives by helping them articulate their response to Christ’s resurrection, and how it has affected them personally.

10 Easter Devotions: Death. Life. Forgiveness
Purpose: Help teens get prepared for Easter by looking at a chronological view of the events surrounding Jesus’ last days on earth. They will help your teens prepare their hearts and minds to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

Thanks YouthMinistry360!

Take Me to the Downloads

This guy is great.  You should try to get your church organist to play this in this weekend’s service.

HT: Sploid

Twitter released a new tool to easily find out what your first tweet was.

Here’s mine:

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(Evidently I wasn’t big into capitalization.)

Check out the your first tweet!

Youth Game Idea:

If you have a lot of students who use twitter, you might be able to make a youth group game out of it.  You could look up student’s or staff’s first tweet before youth group so you know what it is.  Then bring them up on stage and see how good they are at remembering what their first tweet was.  You could even make it multiple choice.  ”Was your first tweet about a) Food, b) Your Parents, or C) Homework.” You might also let the group try to decide what the first tweet was about.  Then put in the user name with the tool up on the screen so everyone can see.  Even better might be to make up some fake ones.  You won’t be able to use the tool live then of course, but it could be lots of fun.

What was your first tweet?  Don’t forget to follow me at @CRD55 or this blog @YMGeek.

GetMacApps.com: Easy Mac Setup

Chris —  March 17, 2014 — 1 Comment

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Have you ever gotten a new Mac or needed to install a new hard drive and was starting from scratch with software installs? I recently heard about this great we site that will make it easier.  GetMacApps.com allows you to select from a list of apps and then it will create a script for the install.  Just pop open terminal and run the script and it will download and install the apps you selected and even delete the install files.  Most of the biggies are on the list (Dropbox, Chrome, Evernote, Google Drive & many more), and maybe you’ll find some great software you didn’t even know about.  So next time you are setting up a Mac, give it a try.

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Try GetMacApps.com

A few weeks back I was visiting my friends at Download Youth Ministry and Doug asked if I would film an episode of 5-Minute Youth Ministry with him about my favorite apps.  I decided to go with the tried and true because I’m constantly surprised how many people still haven’t heard of them.  Enjoy the show:

Links to what we talk about:

What are your favorite apps right now?

Here’s a little happiness for your Friday.  What do you get when you mix the Pharrell Williams song “Happy” with characters from Star Wars?  I’m glad you asked.

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I love that it was actually shot on location where they filmed the Tatoonine scenes.

(HT to Mashable)

I don’t know about you but managing all my social media accounts can be a pain. If you are like me you have personal accounts, ministry accounts, work accounts, and fun accounts that all need to be kept up to date so your followers can know what’s going on.  I’ve tried many ways to keep them all in check, and a few months ago I discovered the easiest and most powerful yet — Buffer.

The first step in getting your Buffer going, is connecting your accounts.  In the free version you can connect 1 Twitter, 1 Facebook, and 1 Google + account which is great for personal use.  If you want to connect more, you can upgrade to their Awesome plan that allows up to 12 accounts, 2 users and unlimited posts for as little as $8.50 a month. This would be great if you wanted to manage your own accounts, plus those of your ministry.

Once you get your accounts connected, you can setup your schedule for posting.  On the free plan they allow up to 4 posting times a day that you can set to be what works best for you.  Once your schedule is set you can start loading your posts and can choose to post immediately or put it in your “buffer” to go out at the next scheduled time.  They also have a ton of pluggins and app hooks that make it easy to share articles and posts that you might be reading on your laptop, phone or tablet.

If you have been looking for a better way to manage your social media, give Buffer a try.

Find out more at BufferApp.com.

 

Great Game Ideas

Chris —  March 4, 2014 — 3 Comments

Who couldn’t use more game ideas for Wednesday Night?  Last week the YS Idea Lab featured the king of youth group games, Les Christie giving some fun ideas.

What’s your favorite youth ministry game?

Need more games ideas, check these out:

Ball and Game Bundle - Physical
Games - Video Edition - Physical
Absurd Holiday Games Vol 1 - Digital

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly adding things from my email into my calendar.  It doesn’t take long but just the cutting and pasting from an email into a calendar appointment can slow me down enough to take me out of the “Zone” when I’m working on a project.  That’s why I was excited to try a new service that called Super.CC and allows you to add an appointment to your calendar with just an email.  You use it just like Tripit, another service I love (you can read more about that HERE).

Here’s how it works:

1. send an email or copy [email protected] on the email with the appointment name in the subject and the details in the body. You can even put @ “meting location” in the body and it will put the location in the appointment so you can pull up the map on your phone.

super.cc email2. In a few minutes you’ll get a confirmation with the details of the appointment you created.

You can learn more about the different feature on their FAQ page.

It’s super easy and works pretty well.  It doesn’t always get the location right, but it seems to be getting better.  The location is still a new feature they are playing with.

It works with a variety of calendars, I’ve been using it with my Google calendar, so I’m not quite sure how well it works with some of the others, but I’m sure it’s great.

The best part it the service is free, so what do you have to lose. It’s lists itself as “Early Access” so I’m not sure if they plan on charging for it in the future.

Check it out at Super.CC

Son of God Movie Resources

Chris —  February 24, 2014 — 3 Comments

The Son of God movie from Mark Burnett opens this week, and I saw this awesome version of the trailer done in LEGOs.  It might be a fun way to introduce your students if you plan on taking a group.  You can also download a ton of FREE resources from the film’s site.

Do you plan on taking a group of students?