To celebrate the release of The Hobbit this weekend, enjoy the most amazing Hobbit video ever. It even better than getting the Star Trek trailer in front of the movie at theaters.
For all those that have not been thrilled with Apple’s new maps, you can rejoice that Google Maps is now available again. Download the all new version complete with voice turn-by-turn directions. Best of all it’s FREE.
Sunday marked the second week of our All Out War series! I’m gonna keep this post brief because it’s a crazy busy week for me.
Yesterday we played Gimme 5. This is one of our students favorite challenges! We have all the students grouped at tables during our worship services, and this challenge pits tables against one another. Basically the host of our service, a volunteer named Michael Johns, calls out questions like, “Gimme 5 weapons of war,” or “Gimme 5 words that have to word WAR in them”. Students then work with their tables to write down 5 answers. As soon as they have 5 they have someone run that list across the room to me. The first 3 lists to make it to me are read off in order. We have a judge who has a buzzer determining if the answers are legitimate. You can purchase a Gimme 5 book by Les Christie here.
Here is a free graphic I created for Gimme 5. Enjoy.
OK, there’s much excitement in our house about Star Wars Angry Birds in our house. It’s a mashup of two of our favorite things. After playing it for a few days, we are still just as excited. Who doesn’t like an Angry Bird with a light sabre slaying though evil storm trooper piggies.
If you are interested you too can enjoy the fun and games. It’s available on just about every platform out there.
May the Force be with you!
Yesterday we wrapped up our 4 week series “How To Annoy Your Family.” I preached on making good choices from Psalm 1. We showed some hilarious videos, and had a student testimony about how God is teaching their family through adoption.
A Helpful Piece of Software:
A few years ago our youth ministry had a huge budget. In fact we had $20,000 budgeted just to spend on weekend worship services. This meant that we could spend close to $400 a week just on our weekly youth service. Since the fallout of 2008 our church had been weathering the storm pretty well. This past year has been tremendously difficult on our budget. However, the production value of our services has remained high, and our youth ministry is reaching more teens than ever! Since we can’t simply buy a new video to show in a service we have relied on creating our own, and using sites like YouTube. One of the handiest pieces of software out there is Youtube Downloader HD. This software allows us to rip videos that we have used in our services. For instance, each week we have music videos playing pre-service, and for the LEGO series we ripped 4-5 LEGO Stop Motion music videos and had them looping. Being able to rip videos has saved us loads of money. Just make sure you don’t rip videos that people sell as intellectual property.
If you would like a more detailed look at our service I have attached a copy of our cue sheet:
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on student ministry service design/programming. Share your thoughts/ideas with us in the comments below.
There are a ton of software bundles out there, and I haven’t mentioned one in awhile, but this one has some great tools youth workers need in their tool belt. The first is a 15 month premium Evernote account (a $60 value) and the other is PDF Signer that allows you to modify PDF files and save them. I’m sure there are others too, but those 2 definitely make it worth the $29.
A couple weeks ago I purchased my first iOS device with Siri, and she has been making me look much better and more thoughtful in ministry. In case you haven’t begun to leverage her skills for ministry, here’s how I have been using her to make my ministry more successful and organized.
- Lists – Any list you create in reminders can be added to using Siri. For example, I have a staff list to keep up with the things I need to bring up in staff meetings. So, when I remember something for staff meeting while I’m on my way to a soccer game I say “Siri, add ‘egg nogg chug mess’ to my staff list. I have tons of lists: shopping, pastor, staff, study, books, etc. Now that my brain has been uploaded to the cloud, I am getting more done on time.
- Reminders – After someone grabs me in church to tell me about an upcoming job interview on Monday, I often think: I need to call them and ask how that went on Tuesday. Now I duck into an office or empty room and say “Siri, Remind me to call James about his job interview Tuesday at 5pm.” Then, my phone reminds me to be a caring pastor at the right time.
- Not Dying – Why is it that everyone decides to text me when I’m driving. Now, I would never have read and responded while driving in the past, but I know people who do. Now, I ask Siri to read the texts to me and can respond without ever taking my eyes off the road.
What feels great is that these things that I truly wanted to do that were missed are getting done. Mainly because Siri has made the tools I already had easily accessible. How has Siri helped your ministry?
This past Sunday marked week 3 of our series, “How To Annoy Your Family”. It’s a Doug Fields/Simply Youth Ministry series on family relationships.
For the past weeks we have had students on stage for interview style testimonies. We set up black leather club chairs and a coffee table on the side stage and feature the interviews as you would see on a late night tv show (Letterman, Conan). These interviews have been stellar. You can find the slide that we use for these interviews here.
We have students sit at table. We call it “doing church face to face.” At every table is an adult leader who gets a “Table Leader Card.” This card has a Table Talk activity and tips for our leaders. It’s a way to do training without doing training. Here is a sample:
The team who used the worship room before us unplugged our linked hard-drive and no one thought to check everything out before the service started. The song had no lyrics. It was a huge reminder to never assume that everything is where it needs to be in a multi-purpose room.
If you all have any questions about our services/programming I always love chatting it up.
Ok, I am totally ripping off Josh Griffin here! Just about every week Josh offers a weekend review of their youth services on his amazing blog, More Than Dodgeball. I check out his stuff all the time. In fact you will see some of it reproduced frequently if you came to our student services. I figured it might be helpful to show the world what a typical weekend looks like in our youth ministry. We currently see between 200-250 students in a given month at our youth ministry.
Each week I plan on posting the PDF cue sheet that we used in our weekend service. I will share a few comments on what worked and what (as Doug Fields says) sipped, then allow you all to ask questions. The key here is that I want to interact with you all. Let’s get crackin on developing better services together. So enough of this…
Date: October 14, 2012
Sermon Series: How to Annoy Your Family (A Doug Fields/Simply Sermon Series
Cue Sheet: Cue Sheet October 14, 2012
In our services we have student sit around tables, so each week we make sure that each Table Leader (adult volunteer) gives every student in the room a high five. Yesterday we added 6 more tables and had them all staffed. This fall has been a huge volunteer push for us (14 new volunteers so far). Students cheered as we introduced the new leaders. We want to make sure they are known as the heroes of our ministry.
Also, our student testimony for the week came from a young guy named Jorden. Jorden is hilarious (a real ladies man). He spoke of some of the struggles he faces as a single child in a racially diverse family. It was awesome!
An hour before the service our lights on the trussing began to flicker. I had to swap out our DMX board and reprogram in a pinch. We still had some glitches. The bottom line is that you can always count on something screwing up so you had better be as prepared as possible. Had we not worked hard all week and waited til Sunday morning to run cable, setup ProPresenter etc. it would have been a disaster instead of a hiccup.
Let me hear your questions!