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A Special Note from Jonathan

I'm taking a break from the normal format of our EZINE this week, skipping the bright colors, titles and pictures to just share two things with you... each are worth your next thirty seconds:

1. This is the last week for the Heap Contest. Bottom line: we are giving away some very cool prizes to any youth worker (volunteer or paid) who drives a junky car. This is as simple as it gets. If you haven't seen what we're giving away, take a peek HERE (and check out a few of the entries we've posted so far). The first place prize, a free pass to a Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention, is just a start... there is much more to win. This Friday night is the cut off and, as always, it's completely free to enter.

2. For those of you who don't drive a hideous heap, I wanted to invite you to the youth ministry conference I just mentioned above. Yes, I know that many of you don't have large budgets-that's why you like our web site so much-we supply you with fresh ideas and resources each week for free. But, every once in a while, I point you in the direction of certain resources or training opportunities of value. The Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention is one of those training opportunities that you don't want to miss. It's in four different U.S. locations this year and has more bands, speakers, and training workshops that you can even imagine. I'm training at the Austin convention, doing two workshops:
  • Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers: Do They Run When They See You Coming? Based on Jonathan's hit book, this training will help you get into the mind of the unchurched teen and look at your ministry more objectively so you can see what you need to do to proactively reach students who aren't making it to church.

  • Getting Students to Show Up: Programming Outreach Events for 10 to 10,000. Based on Jonathan's forthcoming book from YS, this training will challenge you to rethink your methodology when it comes to outreach. But more than that, you'll be shown, step-by-step, how to plan and execute a great outreach event whether it's geared for 10 or 10,000 students! If you're hosting a city-wide event or a weekly event for your church or a local campus, you'll receive plenty of tips and tools that will ensure you offer an event that actually reaches out and points people toward Jesus.

For those of you who are considering a training experience for you and your staff, take a few seconds to look at all this convention offers. It's one you don't want to miss: http://www.youthspecialties.com/NYWC/2006/

Thanks for your ministry. Keep up the good work!

God Bless,

Jonathan McKee
The Source for Youth Ministry

Jonathan McKee is president of TheSourceForYouthMinistry.com and author of the new book "Do They Run When They See You Coming? Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers." (CLICK HERE FOR THE BOOK) Jonathan speaks and trains across the country and provides free online resources, training, & ideas for youth workers at www.TheSource4YM.com



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