||Jonathan's Resource Ezine
Weekly Resources, Ideas and Articles from The Source for Youth Ministry
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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Featured: We Just Gave Our Website a COMPLETE MAKEOVER With all New Front Page Features. Check This Out!
THE SOURCE fans who have been around for a while
have seen our web site grow and change over the years.
People who remember this web site from the 90's may remember when it had a different
name and looked like this:
Ah... those were the days.
Then we went full time and started THE SOURCE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY. Some of you may remember
that change when it first looked like this:
But then we grew tired of the "Halloween" colors.
In the end of 2003, we ditched the dark colors and came up with this:
This design was far superior. We introduced the "Printer Friendly" button, the "email this
page to a friend" and a ton of new pages and features. This basic design stuck with us
until recently with only mild changes to the left hand side bar.
Well... words cannot describe how cool our new web page is-you can only experience it. Here's
what it looks like:
Aside from the switch from side to top menu access and the ease of navigation, the page
now has some exciting new features which are just a taste of what we have planned in
When you jump on our new front page check out brand new features that will be updated
weekly such as:
And those of you who are a little "techy"... take
advantage of our new RSS Feeds: Our new RSS FEED
page provides feeds for many of our continuously updated pages that other ministries and
individuals might want to feature on their web pages.
- YOUTH CULTURE WINDOW: Each week this section (and new RSS feed) will give
us a glimpse of youth culture today. This week test your knowledge of the songs your
kids are listening to.
- OUTREACH RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: This section (and new RSS feed) will feature
our weekly highlighted "outreach" resource that can be used to reach out to kids and
point them to Jesus. Most of these resources use current topics and/or discussion starters
to springboard conversation about relevant issues today. These conversations always point
toward a relationship with Jesus and often provide an opportunity to share the Gospel.
Many of these resources are new and favorite resources from our
Movie Clip Discussions page, our
Music Discussions page, or
our Curriculum & Jumpstarters page.
- SPIRITUAL GROWTH RESOURCES OF THE WEEK: This section (and new RSS feed) will
feature our weekly highlighted "spiritual growth" resource that can be used to help
believers grow in their faith. Most of these resources use current topics and/or discussion
starters to springboard conversation about relevant issues today. These conversations always
provide teaching about how students can grow in their faith, living out the truth of the
Gospel day to day. Many of these resources are new and favorite resources from our
Movie Clip Discussions page, our
Music Discussions page, or our
Curriculum & Jumpstarters page.
And COMING SOON:
You just keep up the good work hanging out with kids, and we'll keep expanding our web site and adding
even more resources to make your job just a little bit easier!
- JONATHAN'S BLOG: In just a couple of weeks Jonathan will be bringing back his popular
web blog with personal stories as well as insights about youth ministry, youth culture and some
of the other wacky things that enter Jonathan's head!
- TRAINING TOOLS: We are revamping our "I Need to Know How To..." page to be a collection
of training tools that helps you make your leaders better. Each of these tools will be more than just
an article-they will be ready-made resources to equip your leaders and make you look like a
- COMMENTS: In the first quarter of 2008 we will be adding the ability to add comments to many
of our featured articles and resources.
- RATING/VOTING: In the first quarter of 2008 we will be adding the ability to vote how well
you liked an article, resource or idea. This will also give us the ability to post the most popular
resources from a given section, helping you know what is cutting edge and relevant on the front lines.
- OUTREACH EVENT IDEAS: We will be converting our EVENT IDEAS page to a page called FUN EVENTS.
Then we will be adding a brand new page called OUTREACH EVENT IDEAS that will feature events that you
can use to reach out to kids and point them to Jesus.
ALL THIS ON THE NEW
Something You Can Use: Christmas Games, Ideas, Video Clip Discussions...
Looking for some Christmas ideas?
You've come to the right place!
Well, it's that time of year again. Break out the incredibly fashionable sweater
your Aunt Agnus knitted you, pull another candy cane off the tree, and get ready to offer your
students a great Christmas season. We have some great resources to help you make the most of
this special season. We have ideas for fun and ideas to help your group grow. Take a peek:
Jump on our web site www.TheSource4YM.com, scroll your
mouse to the top blue drop down menu where it says FREE RESOURCES & IDEAS, then click where it says
HOLIDAY IDEAS. That page lists a bunch of
the free resources and ideas we provide by topic. Once on that page, look where it says "CHRISTMAS"
and check out some of the ideas linked on our web site. You'll see anything from a "Christmas Light
Project" to games like "Christmas 12 bags of Doom." You'll even see video clip discussion ideas and
full program agendas like "Christmas-Keeping it Real."
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:
Here's one of the new games on that page that we just added last week:
Siamese Gift Wrap
And here's a great event that would fill an entire
In this game, get 4 pairs of students upfront, sitting behind a table FACING THE CROWD with
a package box, scissors, wrapping paper, tape, and a bow in front of them.
When the game leader says GO, each pair will have to gift wrap a present...using only
one arm each! Specifically, one student must use only his left arm, and the other student
must use only her right arm. Have them hold their "unusable" arms behind them while seated
at the table.
The first couple to finish their gift wrapping, wins. If it is a tie, include the quality
of the wrapping job to decide the winners.
NOTE: To ensure that everyone in the audience can see this game, you may want to use a
live video feed.
Christmas Light Project:
And if you're looking for a discussion with scripture
and a wrap up, try any of these great Christmas MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS:
Similar to Video Scavenger Hunt on our Events page, teams go out with a video camera to
capture on video a list of Christmas Decorations. See description below for suggestions.
Sometimes we list the items with descriptive words so they have to figure out what is needed
on the list. This works at night. Have students bring flashlights.
The unique part of the event is that the group must add a dramatic flair to the video, like a
mini movie. Each group must create a documentary movie while getting the items on the list.
The rule is that everyone on team must be captured on the video (in front of the item) to get
"credit" for their team.
We ask everyone with camcorders to bring the necessary equipment so we can watch the videos when
we get back. Have a chaperone judge it, giving extra points for creativity.
- house with all white lights
- a baby doll in a manger
- three wise-men
- Mr. and Mrs. Claus
- wooden nativity
- luminaries (candles, lights)
- group of live Christmas carolers
- Extra points if you get a homeowner in the video with said object, person dressed as Santa, etc.
- Extra points for house with the most different colored lights
Idea by Tara Spradley
FIND A BUNCH MORE IDEAS ON OUR
HOLIDAY IDEAS PAGE
A Peek at the Brand New Podcast: Willow's Scott Rubin joins Jonathan and the gang for a hilarious and informative podcast on middle school ministry, going deep, Soulja Boy's song and dance... and more!
Listen to this brand new episode for free on iTunes now!
Or, if you don't have iTunes already...
jump on Apple's web page for a free
then click on our podcast page.
In this episode Willow Creek's Middle School Ministry
Director, Scott Rubin, joins Jonathan, David and Todd for an informative and funny podcast about youth ministry today.
Scott brings a wealth of experience to the table as a 15 year Willow Creek veteran, managing a fantastic team of paid
staff, a TON of volunteers and running a ministry that puts caring adults alongside middle schoolers, helping them begin
and grow a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ (imagine trying to do this with literally 1,000 kids!). Scott also
teaches at the National Youth Workers Convention each year and is currently authoring the newest upcoming additions to
the YS middle school book series MY FAITH with Mark Oestreicher.
Listen to it for free on iTunes now!
- In the "Youth Culture Window" section, the guys discuss hip hop artist Soulja Boy's hit song "Crank That and
the craze surrounding it as well as its popular "Superman" dance.
- Todd actually brings up the J. Geils Band! (80's reference)
- Scott shares the SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY, wisdom that spills well over into the realm of
high school ministry.
- Jonathan's confesses what he would do to a junior high worker that would put his child in danger!
- They close the episode by answering some great youth ministry questions in the "Help Me" section.
CLICK HERE FOR OUR PODCAST PAGE
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