I received an email this morning from “life in student ministry” about the free D6 vids this weekend only, and I began to watch them. It was encouraging, and I felt that I needed to share some of this resource with you today.
For this weekend only, the D6 Conference leaders are giving away 4 video sessions and 6 mp3 sessions from last year’s D6 Conference. I have never been to the D6 conference, but after watching a couple of these videos today, I really want to go. I encourage you to check these vids and MP3′s out.
The line-up of free sessions you can watch this weekend include:
- David Platt – The American Dream and the Gospel
- Brian Haynes – What is Family Ministry?
- Richard Ross – Reaching the Heart of the Next Generation
- Garnett Reid – Leaving a Legacy that Matters
- Ed Stetzer – Attitudes and Practices That Lead to Robust Spiritual Formation
- Michelle Anthony – The Transforming Power of Christ for a New Generation
- Rob Reinow – Transforming Youth and Children’s Ministry
- Sean McDowell – Equipping Young People With a Biblical Worldview
- Voddie Baucham – Equipping Parents to Do Their Work
- Beth Guckenberger – Equipping Women to Be Agents of Reconciliation
You can find it all on the D6 Days site from now until this Sunday.
Check out what D6 is doing this weekend over at D6 Days. Hope these free vids encourage you.
The folks over at youthministry360 have just launched another round of free resources, just in time for Easter. They’re giving away three different Easter Bible study lessons, PLUS a set of 10-day Easter devotions for your students. It’s solid stuff that will help your teenagers prepare their hearts and minds for Easter. Easter is such a powerful time for Christ-followers. These tools will help you lead students to both reflect on and celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection.
And if for any reason you need help or have questions, their team is great about helping out.
One of the best books that I have read recently is “Stop asking Jesus into your heart” by Pastor J.D. Greear. This book tackles the difficult doctrine of “assurance of Salvation.” Many Christians struggle with this concept, because we put so much pressure on us and our feelings when the pressure of our Salvation rests on Jesus, and what He has done and been for us. This book challenges each believer to look beyond your feelings, and rest on the promises of God for your Salvation! I believe in the concepts of this book, and believe in its theology! That is why I am giving away this book absolutely free to someone. The giveaway ends by 10:00 am on Thursday morning so let the contest begin.
Here is an excerpt of the book:
“If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for ‘amount of times having prayed the sinner’s prayer,’ I’m pretty sure I’d be a top contender,” says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. “Lack of assurance” is epidemic among evangelical Christians.
In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of present- ing the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or “giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality.
Read my full review of J.D’s book here!
Here is how to enter the giveaway
(The one who does the most has the best shot at winning):
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The winner will be announced by 10:00 am on Thursday morning, February 7th!!! Let the contest begin.
My friend, Tom Shriver blogs regularly about student ministry at tomshriver.com. Tom is giving away the book, “Speaking to Teenagers” by Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins. I encourage you to stop by his blog to enter for your chance to win. The contest ends Tuesday!!
I have personally never read the book, but I have read many books by the two authors, and know that they will not disappoint. Go here to register for the freebie, and while you are there, subscribe to Tom’s blog!
Do you use interns in your student ministry? We do. We try to hire a student ministry intern each and every summer, and it is a huge help. I like it for a number of reasons. You can read a post that I did recently entitled, “Reasons to try to hire interns in your student ministry” by clicking HERE! Today I want to share a free application and expectation form for your interns in your student ministry.
Download the FREEBIE HERE!!
Question: Do you have applications and expectations for your student ministry interns?
My friend, Austin McCann shared a youth group game recently on his blog that seemed really legit. In my experience, coming up with new innovative and fun games during youth group are hard so I try to regularly share new games that I find. So, check this out:
“I’m always looking for quick, easy games that are fun for my students. I want to share with you a game I have done many times that is easy to pull off and is always a hit with students. I want to share with you the media I have used for this game so you can use it with your group. The game is called “Bring Em Up.” You probably have heard or even done this game before, but called it something else. There are tons of names and variations to this game.
You can tweak the game to fit your students, but here is how I have done it. First, split your group into two teams. Then explain that you are going to call out a random thing (can be anything you want, be creative!) and the first team to have someone bring me what I request gets a point. As you will see with this freebie, I usually do about ten rounds so I have ten random things picked out. Keep track of the point for each team throughout the game and always have a tie breaker ready if need be.
It’s a simple, but fun game. If your creative it’s a great way to get your students interacting and burning some energy. This is always a good thing for middle school students! Below is the link for you to media for this game for FREE! It’s a PowerPoint file, but you can always export the slides as image files and import them into whatever program you use for your media.”
About Austin: Austin is the student ministries director at Christ Community Chapel-Stow Campus in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University in Christian Ministries with a student ministries focus. He is currently working on his Master’s with Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, spending time with his wife Crystal, and sharing the Gospel with students and helping them live a Bible centered life. Austin has written material that has been on various student ministry blogs and websites.
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My friends over at YM360 are giving away a free Christmas lesson for youth pastors. It is a great lesson for you to teach a fresh sermon on the Christmas story. I know for me, we have looked at the Christmas story each year, and it is difficult to keep things fresh since our students are so familiar with the story. YM360 can help you with that. Here is a little about the freebie:
Lesson Title: Small Things: A Christmas Story
Lesson Objective: To see who and what God values by looking at the Christmas narrative from a big-picture perspective.
Scripture Focus: Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:1-15
Overview: The Christmas narrative is a familiar story to most of our students. As such, we can sometimes overlook some of the rich truths communicated in the biblical account of Jesus’ birth. This lesson “zooms out,” taking a big-picture look at what the Christmas narrative teaches us about God and His ways. By taking this approach, your students will understand exactly who and what God values. Most importantly, they’ll understand that God’s desire is to work through normal, everyday people (just like them) to accomplish His will.
My friends over at Simply Youth Ministry are doing the 12 days of freebies. For 12 straight days, they will give away a new freebie each day. These are legit, and it is only day 3! You can already download their Christmas trivia game and some Christmas backgrounds on days 1 & 2. Be sure to check their site regularly for the rest of the freebies.
Below is a free lesson that Mark Etheridge is giving away free on his blog. You need to check this out:
One thing I really enjoy about blogging is the fact that I can give away FREE stuff! So, here’s a free resource that I have put together. It is a lesson on justification, one of the most vital parts of our faith as Christians. God’s been teaching me a lot about this subject, and how important it is for me as someone who believes in Jesus. The audience this was originally written for is college students, however, I believe it can be adapted to any age group. This resource contains several different parts that may help you in studying and teaching on this subject:
1. Teaching Script: I have included an entire teaching script based on my personal study of this subject. It is in a Microsoft Word document so please change and tailor in whatever way you see fit. It is broken down verse-by-verse with explanatory comments and it also includes quotes by scholars and illustrations.
2. Visual Presentation: I have made a PowerPoint presentation to go along with this lesson. It includes all of the text verses, scholarly quotes, an illustrative picture, and cross-referenced passages. This presentation also has editing capabilities where you can edit/change to fit your personal presentation. I have also included a JPEG image of the opening slide so you can use it as you please (printing a flyer, making a handout, exc.).
3. Video Interview: I have included a clip of an interview with R.C. Sproul and Mark Driscoll discussing the topic of justification. The leadership blog The Resurgence has produced this video and it gives some insight as to how important biblical justification really is for us today.
I hope this resource is a help to you, and that you will benefit from whatever avenue you choose to use this in, whether it’s for teaching in a college ministry, student ministry, church service, or for your own personal growth. I want to help you and serve you. You can download this FREEBIE below:
YM360 is giving away some great games for Thanksgiving. These games can be used with your Bible lesson, and are really great. They provide all of the work, and you just use it to fit your group. I hope that this quick and fun freebie will be a help to you and your ministry.
ABOUT THIS FREEBIE:
These are four Thanksgiving themed games you can add to any Bible Study lesson or youth ministry gatherings.
What’s Included? 1 PDF with 4 game instructions
Have You Seen The ym360 Thanksgiving Content Vault? check it out
Question: What are you doing with your students for Thanksgiving?