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In Luke 10, we read where Jesus sent out His first groups of "volunteers." And when they returned, Jesus gave them their first leadership lesson. He said, "I need to talk to you about JOY."

There are a lot of leaders out of ministry because leaders tend to mismanage their joy. That's probably why this was His first leadership lesson to His volunteers. "The joy of the Lord is our STRENGTH." Thus, you've misplaced your strength if you've misplaced your joy.

In this month's Youth Leader's Coach, "Christ's First Leadership Lesson To His Volunteers," I'm sharing leader to leader on a topic that Christ thought was important enough that He taught it to His volunteers before anything else...JOY. Regardless of what the season looks like for any of us, we must choose to manage our joy as we do this ministry thing. So, listen in because it's a BIG DEAL!

Lovingly,


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In this Youth Leader's Coach I get to deal with one of my favorite topics, "Cultivating A Healthy Marriage While Doing Youth Ministry." Not a glamorous title, but unfortunately a topic so strategic that it's taken a whole lot of great people out of ministry.

Success for me is that "Those who know me best, love me most," and at the top of the list is my amazing husband and sons. But so often the relationships in your life that are the most precious, with the passing of time, become the most familiar. So in this Youth Leader's Coach I share 10 things that I have learned to keep my marriage a healthy and fulfilling one while in the youth ministry trenches. Even if you're not married, listening to this will help you understand the priorities of your leaders who are and help to prepare you for the day that you too may share your life and ministry with a spouse.

Lovingly,


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A message prepared in the MIND reaches the MIND. But a message prepared in the LIFE reaches a LIFE. This resource? It was prepared in my life.

In this month's Source, "Don't Come Off The Ice," I'm talking about faithfulness. I think it's one of the most important principles we could ever talk about, but I don't hear people talk about it often. There are a lot of GREAT STARTERS in the Kingdom, but not a lot of GREAT FINISHERS. Remember that endurance is often your greatest revenge on Hell.

So that's my challenge in this message. Just stick it out. Stay faithful. Endure. Then, one day, we will stand before the Lord and hear, "Well done my good and faithful servant."

Lovingly,


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C. S. Lewis once said, "The only place to be free from the dangers of love is in hell." How true that statement is, especially as relates to today's youth culture in its painful search for love and belonging.

This Source, "Falling in Love Without Losing Your Mind," tries to give some pragmatic specifics in this challenging arena. I tried to "de-mystify" love and make it a matter of CHOICE rather than HORMONES.

The theme Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13 reminds us that "love does not seek its own way." So as we share these principles with the kids in our youth ministries, let's remind ourselves that the same principles work for youth pastors and youth leaders when it comes to building Christ-like love for the teenagers in our lives. These same principles over the years have helped me to "Fall in Love with YOUTH MINISTRY without Losing MY MIND!"

Lovingly yours,


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"Perhaps the Lord will help us..." were the words of Jonathan as he and his armor bearer, out-manned, ascended the cliff toward the Philistine outpost. Meanwhile down below, the Israelites, without sword or spear, were clueless the two had even left.

That scene alone has the makings of a box office hit - outnumbered, nearly weaponless and, with the help of a well-timed earthquake, ridiculously victorious. You weigh that kind of faith and courage against the apathy and fear many of us have today simply inviting people to church and it doesn't add up. Especially taking into consideration that a high percentage of the people who have never attended church say it's simply because they've never been invited.

Drawing from the dramatic scene of Jonathan and his armor bearer, a hilarious video clip and a heart-felt story of an art collector, in this Source we challenge our students to an adventurous, breath-taking and evangelistic faith. Without it, they run the risk of buying into the false notion that Christianity can be boring...when lived out well, it is anything but!

Remembering "whoever gets the Son, gets it all,"


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Life isn't always a party! During the rough times, people give cheap answers. But HOW do you live victoriously when the "tough times" come into your life? That's the question we are answering in this month's Source, "Hang Tough."

Looking at Luke 29, we'll see how Jesus made it through the toughest challenge anyone has ever experienced...that of being brutally hung on a cross for the sins of the universe. I'm sharing four takeaways that we can apply to our own tough life situations. We're asking Jesus to make us "HANG TOUGH" people.

Hanging in there,


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The summer months are so pivotal in a student's spiritual growth and we simply can't take our voice of influence in their lives half-heartedly.  We especially can't begin to punt on our communication, because if we're honest, the longer we do it or the more common it becomes to us, the easier it is to do.  That's why we're sharing, "Making Creativity Come Alive In Your Youth Service," in this Alliance.

The truth of the matter is that creativity really isn't an option anymore if you want your students to remember much of what you are saying.  We live in a pretty A.D.D. generation where it's hard to focus on much of anything.  That's why it's so vital that we that we add some elements to our services that really catch their attention.  For some of us, creativity is a little more difficult, and never has carried a lot of weight in our youth ministries.  I hear over and over, "I'm just not a creative person," but experience has taught me that with a little extra time and energy, we all have the ability to get our creative juices flowing.  So, listen in to this Alliance as I cover some of the reasons that we often don't put much energy toward creativity in our services and give ten practical ideas to add some new life to our weekly routines.


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This Youth Leader's Coach deals with one of your most crucial roles in youth ministry, but probably one we haven't given a great deal of thought to. I've entitled it, "Questions To Ask Before They Buy The Ring." It's my way to help you avoid a high percentage of engagement disasters.

In all honesty, most people put more reasoned thought into the choice of a car or a home than they do into their choice of a lifelong mate. So I share with you, ten simple questions that you can ask your seriously dating single adults before they "pop the big question." Feel free to make several copies of this Youth Leader's Coach and hand them out to students early in the game when serious relationships are beginning to emerge. These simple ten questions will give invaluable specifics to help cut through the fantasy world of a "Cinderella romance."

Happy listening! This Youth Leader's Coach may someday save one of your students from a tragic mistake. So please take it seriously.

Remembering that "Puppy love...leads to a dog's life!"


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All the statistics affirm that the majority of leaders say they do not even have ONE significant friendship. I'm sure this topic is more "center-stage" for me because of my wonderful husband's stroke and his inability to communicate with me now in the manner we've enjoyed for the past 46 wonderful years of our marriage. But I am ever so grateful that I've cultivated a few significant female friendships who were super important in my life before my husband's stroke...now, even more.

In this month's Youth Leader's Coach, "What Ever Happened To Real Adult Friendship?," I'm navigating the concept of covenant friendship as illustrated in the Old Testament through the story of David and Jonathan. What a pivotal lesson in a lonely leadership world!

Lovingly,

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