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Over the last decades the students in my ministries have gone through lots of culture shifts. From the Baby Boomers...to Generations X, Y, Z, Millennials, iGen, and Gen Alpha. One of the most common questions I get asked is, "How do you connect with and leave a footprint on the next generation?" That's what this Youth Leader's Coach is all about. I share 5 "Non-Negotiables" for reaching the next generation, whatever they happen to be calling them.
These 5 simple principles have remained consistent as I've reached almost 5 decades of students. So listen in. Together we will raise a generation of young people that will say with confidence, "Jesus, we are yours!"
In this life, whether we admit it or not, we all want to be KNOWN for something. When we're gone one day, what will people remember about us? What will they say about our character, our family life, our walk with Jesus, how we treated people in our ministry...? I had these same thoughts swarming my head many years ago when my family and ministry was just beginning. I sat down and journaled 7 simple things that I wanted to define Jeanne Mayo and I have spent my life doing my best to live them out.
In this Source, I talk about 8 "Unpleasant Observations" I so often see in our youth and young adult culture today. And then I challenged my students to consider the ultimate question in life...NOT, WHAT do you want to DO? But rather, WHO you want to BE? And then, choose their own "7 Words" that will someday define them...because...NOT to decide...is to decide.
Recent data tells us that most of today's youth culture doesn't have anyone they would consider to be a "living hero." How tragic. So this Source, "A Call For Some New Heroes," attempts to call the hero out of some of your students.
It also reminds them that most true heroes have to "make their own mantle" rather than hang around to inherit someone else's. Deceased Christopher Reeves (former Superman) who lived his final years in a wheelchair, said it well: "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." So in case no one has told you recently, thanks for staying in the youth ministry trenches and being a TRUE HERO.
Determined to pay the price for my own mantle,
Some pains and hurts from our past don't keep bothering us. We seek God's forgiveness, then forgive and forget. OTHER MEMORIES keep haunting for a long time with stingers of guilt, regret and resentment. But, by God's grace, total and unconditional forgiveness to YOURSELF and others stand available to every child of God.
Dr. James Dobson says that overcoming guilt, even after repentance, is one of the primary weapons the Enemy uses on today's leadership culture. That's why I wanted to share with you this resource. I call this Youth Leader's Coach, "A Leader’s Guide To Overcoming Guilt." Prayerfully, this will be a resource that will be a game-changer for you!
As leaders, many times we communicate, "We're not into quantity; we're into quality." Often, that's a cop-out. Winning youth ministry leadership teams PLAY TO WIN. Don't you want to be a part of a CHAMPION leadership team?
This Youth Leader's Coach, "Attitudes Of A Winning Youth Leadership Team," will help equip you with all the strategies to not only have a thriving team, but one that WINS souls for the kingdom of God to make you absolutely UNSTOPPABLE! In this resource you will find pragmatics to help you identify the overarching goal of your ministry and how can you instill an unshakable method of accomplishing that goal for both yourself and in your leaders! I'll also talk about being successful from the smallest scale, to the biggest as we address some of the most CRUCIAL practices in continued growth and relevance in today's leadership culture, while at the same time, talking about the pitfalls to avoid as you lead your team into your best winning season!
This Source, "Attitudes Of Christ's Counterculture," is my attempt to focus on some of Christ's attitude standards given in the "Be-Attitudes." Most of us know that our outward ACTIONS are only the "grandchildren" of our earlier ATTITUDES. So to create lasting outward change, inward attitudes have to be aligned and cultivated.
It's been said that "We'll never change the world as long as we are like it." So as we share this message with our students, may we also take a few minutes to examine our own attitudes as leaders in the light of Christ's directives in this passage. This is one of those messages that is powerfully preached...but even more powerfully lived.
Lovingly yours "With Attitude,"
The inner-city is full of obvious pictures of "broke" or poor citizens and families that are in need of a financial "rescue." Then there is the other side of the spectrum where you see people "broken" by bad choices such as drugs, alcohol, gangs, and single parent households. But there is a forgotten remnant of youth in the inner-city. They are the ones who live in between them both. These, many times, become a key bridge between your youth ministry, and truly impacting even the broke and broken youth in the inner-city.
This is a follow-up to Josh McDowell's previous session, "Teaching Truths in Today's Youth Culture." In this session, "The Bible - Fact, Fiction Or Fable," Josh states we must instill in our kids not only what to believe, but also why they need to believe it, or we have failed them. Josh, once an atheist, investigated the Bible to disprove it and in the process, became a firm believer in the truths presented in the Bible. He gives us facts to back-up our faith and tips on how to share our faith with others.
You can also go to www.josh.org and download the PowerPoint with Josh's notes for this message. They're listed under "Resources" and entitled "The Bible Fact Fiction or Fable."
I'm certainly not an MTV watcher; and I hope that most of the students in our youth ministry aren't either (keep hoping, Jeanne), but MTV gives us some great ideas for connecting with today's youth culture. This full-length drama, "Boiling Point," is one of those.
The TV version of this concept is a program that purposefully tries to push people to their boiling point in a certain amount of time. The results are both humorous and painful. So the drama we wrote for this Source builds around this simple, but powerful concept. It's about a young man who slowly reaches his personal boiling point through negative turns in his life. At its conclusion, he attempts to take his own life. (The lights go out and you never know if he succeeds or not.)
The drama was a really powerful night for us, and I'm so thrilled to share it with you. Over 40 teenagers gave their lives to Christ at its conclusion. Best yet, the script is not difficult to pull off.
So enjoy listening and know, that though full-length dramas are obviously extra work, they are always really worth the effort.
Yours for a high "Boiling Point,"
We've all experienced it. You work lots of extra hours to create a night that will be off the charts for the teenagers. You sacrifice personal time and resources because you envision the incredible night that is about to occur. But then it happens. Just hours before you open the doors, the telephone starts to ring from several of your key students, telling you why they won't be able to make it. This wouldn't be so overwhelming were it not for one depressing fact you know all too well: for every one student who calls and says they won't make it, there will be several others who simply won't show up at all.
At that moment, moving to South America looks pretty appealing. But you care about teenagers and really want to make a difference in their lives. Just exactly how do you effectively bridge your youth ministry into the demanding calendars of your already over scheduled kids? Allow me to share a few principles that I repeatedly try to focus on in the middle of attempting ministry in this fast-paced youth culture!
Your "long-distance" cheerleader,
Clint Thomas' ministry, Chaos Theory, is a media-rich, hard-hitting presentation that zeroes in on many of the destructive decisions confronting youth today. His edgy fast-moving MTV style format grabs and keeps the attention of audiences while delving into the issues of sex, violent entertainment, pornography, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse and other high risk behaviors. Dedicated to protecting our young people, Clint educates youth and adults alike not by telling teens what to think, but rather by causing them to think.
Most kids are pretty smart, they just haven't put the pieces of the puzzle together. In this session, Clint helps the pieces fall into place by asking the hard questions and stating the hard facts. How do you reach a generation that's lost in a culture that is selling kids all the wrong things? Teach them to think.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that our students are living in a pleasure-driven youth culture. While pleasure is not all bad, chasing after it in the pursuit of "true" happiness will only leave them (and us) empty.
True happiness comes from living a life with Jesus at its very center, with His passion and purpose flowing out of it.
In this Youth Leader's Coach, I want to challenge you to frequently pause and ask yourself, and help your students ask themselves, the million dollar question, "Will what I'm pursuing result in true happiness or merely temporary pleasure?" For fun, we'll also take a look at ten things science tells us will make us happier people. Interestingly enough, none of them are new thoughts.
Choosing true happiness,
Richard Crisco is the Senior Pastor of Rochester First Church and was the former Youth Pastor during the Brownsville Revival. In this Super Session, Pastor Richard states that "The problem with the American Christian today is that we are more American than we are Christian and one of the important values in the Body of Christ we have lost is learning how to honor." In his message, he teaches the importance of honoring our leaders, our students and each other along with ways we can show that honor.
Over the years, each of my youth groups have been diverse and unique. But each group has also had one thing in common - we sought to create a friendship culture. This topic is so important to me that I've devoted an entire book to it called "Thriving Youth Groups."
I'm giving you the heart of that concept in this Youth Leader's Coach entitled, "Creating A Friendship Culture In Your Youth Ministry." If a youth group fails what I call the "friendliness test," the youth ministry has all but failed. So grab a cup of java and let me share some of the key principles to change the culture in your group.
Lovingly being a friend,
This iVolunteer resource is a COACHING RESOURCE for volunteer youth leaders who want to be the BEST they can be!
Group Magazine did a survey of 10,000 youth and young adults, asking them what the #1 thing was they were looking for in a church. The top answer from an overwhelming majority was "a welcoming, warm environment." The honest truth is, if you "fail the friendliness test in ministry...you've failed." This isn't surprising as we live in a culture of shallow friendships and broken families.
Often our leaders have great intentions, but they don't have a clue where to start. Listen in to this iVolunteer, "Creating A Sense Of Family In Your Ministry," as I share one of my favorite stories that will help your leaders visualize the importance of creating a sense of family. I also give them seven pragmatics to start putting steps behind launching and developing a friendship culture in your youth ministry.
Building A Family,
When fiery prayer burns bright in the heart of the youth pastor, prayer will be alive in the student ministry as well. In this session, we will talk about the opportunity to establish spiritual vitality in students through corporate prayer meetings and practical ways to establish a culture of prayer.>
In his ministry, R5 Productions, Mike Donahue travels the country speaking to students using humor, skits, video and powerful personal stories to captivate students and give them information they need to help make right choices.
Mike is finding one the main issues kids are dealing with today is acting out their emotional pain and many are doing it through cutting. In this session, Mike shares his own story on how he overcame the emotional pain of his father leaving when he was five and an abusive mother. He also gives the step by step methods they use to help kids suffering with deep emotional pain.
Even though statistics show that depression is a huge issue in today's youth culture, I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone talk about it in the church world. Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide in our country and the third leading cause of death among teenagers. In fact, 20% of our kids will experience some level of serious depression before they reach adulthood. Those statistics are alarming to say the least...too alarming not to address the topic in our youth services.
This message, "The Dungeon of Depression," is part of our "Dirty Little Secrets Series" covering topics the church world often find difficult to address. It's jam packed with statistics, solutions, stories and skits that will help illustrate the message for your students in a very real way. So, lean in and listen deeply as I touch on a subject that hits closer to home for more of the teenagers and young adults in your youth ministry than you probably realize.
In the trenches with you,
Have you ever caught yourself asking, "Lord, why didn't you make me better at...?" or "Jesus, why didn't you make me more like...?" It seems like we forever want to be someone else and often sense that we just don't measure up. Trying to conquer our self-esteem issues is a constant battle not only in our own lives, but in the lives of our students as well. Given that the God of the universe holds us in such high esteem that He sent His Son to die for us, you wouldn't think the battle within would be so difficult and costly. But, we know that it is!
The value we place upon ourselves is, perhaps, the single most important or strategic factor in our whole future. Measuring our worth by our appearance, intellect or abilities can be devastating. So, in this Source, "Extreme Makeover: Inside Edition," we challenge students to realize that their external frame is not nearly as important as what lies within. The inside really is the big deal!
What a privilege we have to help an aching youth culture know that they matter and the best is yet to come!