Wednesday Is Here Again!

We just got back from our staff retreat.

It was a great time away to help us refocus and refresh. We spent a
lot of time in prayer and worship to help us all work together as a
team.

But you know what?

Wednesday night is here again! :-)

Even though we spent the past three days focusing on the Word and
ministry, our responsibilities remain. It going to be a great night
tonight at church.

Regardless of how class goes, it’s always a success when the Word
is shared, God is exalted and people are loved.

Have an AWESOME night tonight at your church! Give the teens your
best!

“I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”-
Psalm 40:8

Blessings!
Paul & Al
www.teenlifeministries.com/thezone

Delegating the Load

Ex. 18:21 But select capable men from all the people–men who fear
God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain–and appoint them as
officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them
serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring
every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide
themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will
share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will
be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home
satisfied.”

How do we continue when the load seems too heavy? We choose wisely.

You are capable, fear God, trustworthy, hate dishonest gain and
sharing the load.

That’s the starting point. How “hard” or strenuous, tense,
drama-filled ministry is actually begins with you. It begins with
me. The type of people we are can predetermine the outcome.

Second, sharing the load as needed takes away the burden. However,
no one can help you if they do not know about the problem or issue.
Let’s be open to share challenges without complaining or whining.
Let’s encourage, build up and be positive as we help each other do
our best.

Finally, “all these people will go home satisfied.” I believe when
we work together we all get to go home satisfied. Sure the day may
have been tough. The situation difficult. But as a team we stay
strong. We realize that working together more is accomplished, and
in a better way.

There’s never a reason to do youth ministry alone!

Your Partners in Youth Ministry!
Paul and Al

5 Simple Techniques to Get Teens Talking

Use object lessons.

Teens love object lessons. There is nothing like seeing a helium balloon flying out of the top of a building while explaining that the sky is the limit when you are full of the Spirit.
Be creative and the sky is the limit.

Use role plays.
Check this one out. It is called person and place. Get two paper bags and fill on slips of paper with different people written on them. It may be a cowboy or a bank teller.They could be hairdressers or mechanics. The places could be in an airport or on the highway. The places could also be in the mall or a Sunday school class.Pair your group up and let them draw one slip from each bag. You might have a mechanic as the person and the mall as the place. The pair will come up with a skit where the mechanic is telling the other person about Jesus in the mall.You get the picture.

Use the old out of the hat technique.
Make up a list of subjects that teens need to address or like to talk about. Each person will draw a subject out of the hat and talk about that subject to his/partner. All the pairs will be talking a one time so they are not intimidated by talking in front of the whole group.

Back to back.
This is a fun activity that allows teens to talk but nothave to face each other while doing so. They sit in chairs back to back. Aftersitting back to back they pick subjects out of the bag similar to the techniqueabove.

Knap sack stuff.
Fill a knap sack full of things to talk about. You might have flashlight batteries, duck tape, sunglasses or a remote control. You reach in the bag and pull out an item and ask the teens how this item promotes spiritual growth. You will get answers like duck tape holds us together so we can serve as one. Use your imagination.

Devotional on Respect

Respect
We beseech you, brethren, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.
I Thessalonians 5:12-13

Purpose:
The purpose of this lesson is to teach students the concept of respect and to apply it.

Passage:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in everyway. I Timothy 2:1-2
I Corinthians 8:13; Romans 12:10; I Timothy 5:3; Leviticus 19:32; I Timothy 5:17; James 2:1; I Corinthians 12:22-23; I Peter 3:7; I Peter 2:17; Romans 13:1; I Thessalonians 5:12-13; Philippians 2:3; Ephesians 6:2-3.

Props:
You will need paper, pens and envelops for each student.

Plan:
Ask:
What does it mean to really respect someone?
What would cause you not to respect someone?
Who is someone in this class that you really respect and why?
Read and discuss each of the passages under the passage section.
Ask the students to comment on the passage.
Give each student a pen, paper and envelope. Each student should write a letter to someone in your church whom they totally respect. Take up the letters and mail them.

Performance:
Challenge your students to memorize Ephesians 6:2-3.
Challenge your students to pray about being a respectful person.

Jesus’ Pattern

Luke 6: 12One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to
pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13When morning came, he
called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also
designated apostles:

Mark 1: 35Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus
got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he
prayed. 36Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37and when
they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
38Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else–to the nearby
villages–so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

Jesus’ Pattern…

Prayer… Purpose… Pursuit

First, he prayed. Through the night. Early in the morning.

Second, the prayer revealed his purpose. His direction. What he was
to DO.

Third, he DID it. He pursued what he knew the Father wanted.
Choosing the twelve. Which town to go to next.

What we have always loved about ministry is that we get to ask God
what HE wants. It’s not about us being smart enough or talented
enough. It’s about being surrendered enough! :-) Which isn’t always
easy.

Spend some time praying today.

As we all prepare for Sunday, let’s follow Jesus’ pattern.

BLESSINGS!
Paul & Al

www.teenlifeministries.com/thezone

Youth Leader Retreats

Al and I are spending the next 2.5 days on a church staff retreat. About once a year we get away as a team to refocus and refresh.

We ALL need that.

Our youth groups need retreats.

Our leadership teams need retreats.

Our families need retreats.

Even Jesus needed retreats. (Matthew 14:13; Mark 6:32; Luke 4:42)

Pulling away from the hustle of life helps us get back on track. It helps us see more clearly. It helps us remove distractions and refocus on what really counts.

Take some time this week to get away.

Just go to a park with the word and a prayerful spirit. Enjoy time
alone with the Savior.

Your Partners in Youth Ministry,
Paul & Al

P.S. Teen Life Members : Login to your account and go to
http://tinyurl.com/onedayretreats There are 25 personal retreats
waiting for you there. Even if you do not have time for a full day
right now, block out a couple of hours. Take one of the guides and
use it to refresh your spirit.

www.teenlifeministries.com/thezone

Thanking Youth Ministry Volunteers

It is often hard to come up with ways to show appreciation to those who lay-it-on-the-line for you each week.  I hope the following helps get you started.  Be creative and add to this list and pass it on to your friends.

  1. Take one or two volunteers to lunch as often as possible.
  2. Help your youth group mow their lawn.
  3. Let the youth group chip in for a gift certificate.
  4. Make them a personalized prayer journal.
  5. Give them movie tickets.
  6. Invite them to your home for dinner.
  7. Wash their vehicle.
  8. Get a couple of teens together to clean their house.
  9. Have a banquet in their honor.
  10. Write thank you notes to each volunteer each quarter.