Tired of finding yourself the target of all those messy, muddy, mucky games your students thoroughly enjoy? The Challenge allows you to capture the energy of those crowd-pleasing competitions without the nuisance of cleaning up!
Hosted by veteran youth pastor Kurt Johnston, these 20 video-based contests will engage and entertain your students. The concept is simple: Your group will watch the premise and setup for each game and guess the outcome or results—and then watch it all unfold!
Group Magazine Subscription
Group Magazine is packed with practical information and insightful ideas to help you impact teenager's lives. You'll get cutting edge advice and mentoring from today's youth ministry experts to help your ministry thrive.
Each bi-monthly issue of Group Magazine provides:
- Tested Bible studies
- Powerful devotions
- Discussion starters and game ideas
- Strategies that really work with teenagers, leaders, and parents
- One-of-a-kind insights into the forces driving today's youth culture
- Exclusive articles on youth ministry salaries, leadership development, and reaching difficult kids
Change is an inevitable part of life. So why are most of us parents shocked and surprised when our daughters change in unexpected, dramatic, significant ways once they hit the teen years? Girls go through their most dramatic developmental changes during adolescence. And they need parents to be there, just as present and involved as when our little girls were, well, still little girls!
As you read through the pages of A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls, veteran youth workers Brooklyn Lindsey and Mark Oestreicher will help you re-examine some assumptions and misunderstandings about this season of life. Then, from a place of trust in God, you will gain a fresh perspective on who your daughter is and who she's becoming.
This book explores the major changes of adolescence, the influence of parents and friends, the onslaught of feelings and how to respond, and the significance of celebrating milestones in a girl's life.
A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls will offer wisdom, insight, and encouragement to respond well, react wisely, and engage effectively. This book is also an ideal resource to prepare you and your daughter for the impending season of change and transformation, if you aren't there quite yet.
A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Guys
God wants to do amazing things in your son's lifeÑand wants you to play an integral role in that adventure. Raising a son to become a God-honoring man is no easy task. It's complex, it's dynamic, and it requires a lifetime of investment. But authors Brock Morgan and Mark Oestreicher know it can be done—confidence that's rooted in their individual journey of faith and in their experience as longtime youth workers.
A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Guys will help you discover insights on shepherding your son, preparing him to take the reins of his life, and helping him confront the extreme struggles every guy facesÑsuch as loneliness, anger, lust, apathy, and technology. They can pursue a life that challenges the values of our culture and experience a life lived for God.
This book will enlighten, encourage, and equip you as a parent. And if you're a youth worker, you'll want to put this book into the hands of parents of the young men in your ministry as you walk alongside them.
Anything But Ordinary
Few teenagers dream of being ordinary. They seek to be significant, remarkable, memorable. They seek to lead lives that matter.
Fortunately, Jesus set the standard in being anything but ordinary.
In this five-week series, veteran youth workers Brad Tate and Chase Allcott will engage your students in thought-provoking conversations about several unforgettable moments from the life of Jesus—moments that demonstrated how lives changed every time heaven and earth collided.
When do heaven and earth collide in the lives of your teenagers? When Jesus becomes real in their lives and in this world. When they become followers of Jesus, not just fans of Jesus. When they obey Jesus' words about community and surround themselves with other people building God's kingdom. When they fully allow God to define their lives and their hearts. When they minister and serve now, instead of waiting until they're older.
As for Me and My Crazy House
Serving in Christian ministry should be a life-building, life-giving, life-inspiring experience for leaders, spouses, and families. So why isn't that always the case?
In this book, youth pastor Brian Berry pours out his thoughts on why it's so tough to build a healthy life, a healthy marriage, and a healthy family in the midst of ministry craziness. He focuses on the three best gifts you as a youth worker can bestow:
- The best gift you can give your marriage is a healthy self
- The best gift you can give your family is a healthy marriage
- The best gift you can give your community and ministry is a healthy family
99 Thoughts on Jesus-Centered Living
Jesus is unpredictable, amazing, fierce, radical. In other words, Jesus is something of a rebel.
In 99 Thoughts on Jesus-Centered Living, Rick Lawrence draws on his personal journey of faith and his decades of experience as an editor and writer to provide you with insights into the joy of meeting, following, and falling in love with the real Jesus, the rebel Jesus.
As you read the pages of this book, you'll encounter habits for changing the way you relate to Jesus, ideas for pursuing a dependent relationship with him, strategies for moving away from our culture's false ideas of him, and questions to chew on as you realign your life into a Jesus-centered orbit.
When your life truly revolves around Jesus, the people around you will find rescue from pain and worry and hopelessness and emptiness and loneliness and purposelessness. Instead of a boring, predictable exercise, life will become a grand, breathless adventure. And if your orbit comes so close to Jesus that you can see him and taste him and smell him, watch out—your world will change forever.
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