Simply Youth Ministry is giving away 40 free backgrounds in the midst of their biggest sale of the year. All you have to do is go here and click the 40/40/40 link to take you to the page where you can download free backgrounds. These backgrounds can be used for PowerPoint slides, announcements, worship backgrounds, and flyers. Go, download, and spread the word!
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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
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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!
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:
Have you ever desired for practical training for your youth leaders to take place, but do not have the budget to take them to some mega conference? I know I have. Training is something that is lacking in our youth leaders. We create these teams of really cool leaders who care for students, but many still struggle with creating effective small groups that can see life change. Word of Life has provided a resource that can help you train your leaders inexpensively. Check this out!
I want to share with you a free resource that you are going to love! It is called Transfer Live. Transfer Live is a series of videos that help you more effectively reach students and kids with the Gospel! Transfer Live is a ministry and resource provided by Word of Life!
Here are a few examples of some of the videos that you can find on Transfer Live (Remember, there are many more):
- Using your summer to set up for a killer fall
- Relationships: The foundation of Ministry
- 100 Ways to be More Creative
- Small Group Lesson Application
- Ministry Visits
- Middle School Ministry
- Ministering to Parents
I encourage you to go to Transfer Live, and use this resource in training your small group leaders to be more effective in reaching students with the Gospel, and more intentional in their personal discipleship of their small group students.
One thing that every student ministry wants to do is train leaders! I am learning that as I grow older in my ministry that I am ministering to parents and leaders as much or more than students! It is about partnering with parents, and training your leaders to minister effectively! This area of effectiveness often comes through discipleship. I encourage in every student ministry to have small groups. The small group discipleship process is a tough one, and something that requires leadership training. Below you will find 2 discipleship videos that are produced through Word of Life. Rick Garland is a great communicator, and he gives some practical principles on training your small group leaders.
This can be used in your leadership training:
[Question:] What resources are you using to train your adult leaders?
Today’s freebie friday comes from my friends over at youth ministry media. These guys are constantly producing practical help for youth minister’s as media is becoming such an important part of how we minister to students.
They recently came out with their second e-book entitled, “The Personal Life of a Youth Pastor.” I want to share this great resource with you today. Go get it, and download it. Also, I encourage you to add their feed to your reader and stay up to date with them and what is going on in their ministry.
Our Weekly Friday comes today from LeaderTreks. They recently published a free youth group lesson that fits perfectly with July 4th. The lesson is about freedom, and how America received freedom. Then, it changes gears into discussing our freedom in Christ. I checked out the link, and it is great. It comes with an outline for students.
Go here to download this freebie. Be prepared to put in your name and church information. Do not worry or allow this to turn you away. LeaderTreks is a great resource that you need to build a connection with.
“LeaderTreks is a student leadership development ministry using trips, innovative training, and curriculum to help students identify and develop their personal leadership skills. LeaderTreks is calling the church to make leadership development a core of youth ministry. Much like discipleship and evangelism, we feel leadership development is key to seeing the church grow and the culture change.”
My friend Jonathan Pearson is giving away the book, “Viral” on his blog. You can enter to win this book by just checking out the blog, leaving a comment, liking his facebook page, etc. This book is about social media, and how it relates to ministry. The book shows how social media can help ignite revival. I encourage you to head over to his blog today, and enter for your chance to win, “Viral.”
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