Youth Specialities: Best of 2012…So Far

I follow a variety of blogs and websites who often have articles or information that might just be useful. One of those is the Youth Specialities (www.youthspecialities.com/blog) who have put together a collection of highlights from 2012:

calendar.pngSince we are half way through 2012 we thought it was good time to look back at the Top 5 most popular Articles and Resouces. If you missed them the first time around, now is a great time to catch up.

Top 5 Articles

Today’s Lazy Youth Pastor
by Jonathan Mckee
“Today’s youth pastors are the laziest bunch of people I’ve ever met.”
Disagree with it if you want. I didn’t say it, and it wasn’t an all-inclusive statement. I know plenty of hardworking and even over-worked youth workers. This comment was said by my friend in a moment of frustration.
But…was there some truth to it?

I am Youth Worker
by Shawn Michael Shoup
I am Youth Worker. I am the 99.
I am underpaid and overworked – working a full time job to pay the bills and doing my best to honor God and my students with the spare time that I have to put together the service each week for youth group.

Youth Ministry BootCamp Video
This is a great example of how NOT to do youth ministry training.

The Perfect Youth Ministry Volunteer
by Chris Dortch
What would the “perfect” youth ministry volunteer look like? I think I have an answer, but first let’s address some of the myths.

How Can I Find a New Church: Sticky Faith Teen Curriculum Free Sample
by Kara Powell and Brad Griffin
Do these percentages mean anything to you?
45%
16%
When it comes to preparing seniors for life after youth group, these are probably the two most important statistics you need to know. Approximately 40-50% of youth group seniors significantly struggle with their faith and with finding a church after graduation.

Top 5 Resources

9780310670308_215_322.jpg Building a Youth Ministry that Builds Disciples
from Duffy Robbins

The most important thing youth workers are doing won’t actually be evident until much later.

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9780310651932_215_323.jpg The Me I Want to Be, Teen Edition Curriculum Kit
from John Ortberg Helping a teen really grow spiritually and understand how to live into the life that God desires for them can be a challenge.

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9780310329329_215_332.jpg Sticky Faith
from Kara Powell & Chap Clark Nearly every Christian parent would give anything to help their kids develop a deep, dynamic faith that ‘sticks’ long term.

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9780310684299_215_322.jpg Real Conversations Participant’s Guide with DVD
from Jonathan McKee For many teenagers, sharing their faith in Jesus to their friends is an overwhelming and scary prospect.

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9780310419822.JPG The Story, Teen Curriculum
from Michael Novelli This rendering of the Bible allows its stories, poems, and teachings to come together in a single, compelling experience.

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