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Something Free You Can Use Now: Survivor "Exile Island" discussion starter with small group questions, scripture and a wrap up

Let's face it, reality TV shows are abundant and they still draw huge audiences. One of the first reality shows to hit the screen was Survivor. The show is still a hit and it gives us a peek at human nature.

The following piece of curriculum uses a piece of dialogue from a recent Survivor "Exile Island" episode. Unfortunately this episode is so current, it's not on DVD or video yet. Some of us who are computer savvy might be able to download clips from the web site or show it live. But we've provided the dialogue for those who don't have the resources to use the media. (Note: please don't email us and ask us for the video- we provide the link- that is all we have.)

Greed Eating Me Up Inside

Main Point: Don't cross the fine line between integrity and material satisfaction.

Opening Statement:
How many students watched Survivor 12 this season? The reality television show was based in Panama on what has been known as Exile Island. The rules changed a bit this season. Exile Island is a place where a contestant would spend the night apart from the rest of the group. This proved to be a dreaded experience according to Exile Island residents. While on Exile Island the goal for each contestant is to find the hidden immunity idol. With the immunity idol comes leverage which will enable the contestant to advance in the game. Even though this one rule changed, there was still the million dollar prize like every other season for the contestants to try to earn.

Austin Carty is a young man who came up with a brilliant plan, according to him. He won the very first immunity challenge and received an amulet. As he was on Exile Island with Danielle, he took the amulet that he won previously and wrapped it around a bamboo type rock. He put it in his bag and kept guarding the bag as to say he had the idol. As he began to execute the plan, he realized that what he was doing was wrong. He didn't bend the truth or stretch it out a little, he lied about it. That began to eat at him and he wasn't able to successfully execute the mission. Have you ever been in a situation like this? You had a good plan, a good scheme but at the same time, you knew that going through with it would put your character in jeopardy? Today, we will examine the fine line between integrity and material satisfaction.

Opener: If you are technologically savvy, you can go to this site and watch the clip.

Idolatry in Exile Click On Video (Watch Now) A Video Player will Pop Up (Click on "Survivors" in the red box, Click on Austin and then down to Idolatry in Exile.) NOTE: doesn't have any other links for this particular clip and doesn't have any tips on how to download the clip or show it to your group.

If you are not technologically savvy, here is what you could say: (You've already explained the situation with the "Opening Statement" above.) Here are Austin's own words as I read them from the show's transcript:
    "Coming over here, my original intention with the Idol was to make a forgery to look like I had found the Idol. I happened to have the amulet that I won the very first reward challenge in my bag, and all I did was take this scepter-ish looking bamboo rock and wrap the amulet I had around it to make it look like a hidden immunity idol.

    I wanted Danielle to see, so that way she would believe I had the hidden immunity idol. I think that my scheme is brilliant, but it's eating me up inside, and I believe I've reached the point where I found out what I'm not willing to do for a million dollars, so I'm not going through with it."
Intro Statement: I would dare to say that none of us have ever been posed the question, "What would you do for a million dollars?" Although the question may have been asked, 9 times out of ten, the financial funds were unavailable. Unfortunately, there are many crazy and disappointing things people would do for a million dollars hoping that they would find fulfillment in life.

Break Up Into Small Groups


New Free Resources: Check out some great new resources on our LOGISTICAL CRUD page: Sample Youth Ministry Model, Youth Ministry Job Description, Sample Job Interview Guide...

Have you ever needed some logistical resources like volunteer interview guides, student leadership applications, safety & accident policies and procedures, or even Gospel presentation cards? We provide a bunch of these kinds of resources on our page that we just call the "Logistical Crud" page.

And we just added three new resources to this page that are especially helpful for churches looking to fill a youth ministry position. Check out these three new resources:
  • Sample Youth Ministry Model

  • Sample Youth Ministry Job Description

  • Sample Job Interview Guide

All these and more on the LOGISTICAL CRUD page (CLICK HERE)

Here's the sample job description we provide on our Logistical Crud page.

Director of Student Ministries
Job Description

Job Title: Director of Student Ministries

Reports to: Senior Pastor

Measurable Criteria:
  • Agreement with our church's vision, goals and statement of faith
  • At least a Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university (some Bible college or Seminary desired)
  • At least three years youth ministry experience in a growing youth ministry
  • Experience managing others
Observable Qualifications:
  • A strong walk with God through a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Teachable, with a desire to grow in their faith and abilities
  • A self starter-highly motivated
  • Has a passion for youth ministry
  • Understands youth culture today
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • A good role model
  • Team player with effective relational skills (works well with others)
Job Description:
  1. Set the vision for the youth ministry with a plan to carry it out
    • Create a Biblical purpose statement for the youth group including at least these three elements: evangelism, spiritual growth (which includes fellowship, worship and Biblical teaching), and student leadership
    • Teach the vision and purpose statement to all volunteers, staff, and student leaders
  2. Develop and lead programs according to the vision and purpose of the youth ministry
    • Create outreach programs, activities and events (evangelism)
    • Plan spiritual growth programs, activities and events that include opportunities for kids to worship, fellowship with each other, learn Biblical truths and apply them to their lives (spiritual growth)
    • Plan programs, activities or events, developing students who want to reach out and serve others, impacting them with the love of Christ (student leadership)
  3. Recruit and train volunteer leaders to help you with your purpose
    • Every student should know an adult who is praying, caring and investing in their lives
    • Meet regularly with your volunteers and staff
    • Build into your team with consistent training and equipping
    • Provide annual training events or conferences for your team
  4. Build and maintain relationships with kids both churched and unchurched
    • Meet regularly with kids from the youth group
    • Befriend several unchurched kids with no strings attached
    • Seek out opportunities to "hang out" with kids on campus, at sports events, or in the community
  5. Build and maintain quality relationships with parents
    • Clearly share your vision with parents so they understand the purpose of the youth ministry
    • Create avenues of consistent contact with parents (regular e-newsletters, annual parent meetings, etc.)
    • Become aware of the needs of the parents
  6. Network with other youth workers in the community
    • Initiate contact with other youth workers to pray for the community
    • Meet regularly with other youth workers, encouraging each other, sharing ideas and experiences
    • Program or attend area events with other youth ministries annually
  7. Set and oversee the youth ministry budget
    • Set a budget that reflects the values in your vision and purpose
    • Be prudent with finances, sticking with the budget you set
  8. Involve students in the ministry of the church as a whole, supporting and participating in the church's vision, worship services, and activities
  9. Attend weekly church staff meeting
  10. Provide a weekly report to the senior pastor of your goals, accomplishments, prayers and praises

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