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Disciple Now January 25, 2012

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New Disciple Now Devotional Added
Lesson 1:  One Heart (The Great Commandment)
Lesson 2:  One Passion (The Least of These)
Lesson 3:  One Focus (The Great Commission)
Lesson 4:  One Church (The Big Picture)

This Study Now Includes A 30 Day Devotional That Follows The 4 Lessons.
Why not allow your students to take what they have learned at your event home with them. This devotional is a great way to get the Word of God into your students hands for 30 days.  One of the ways we are using these devotionals is when a student becomes a Christian we are able to give them 30 days of devos to help the start growing in their faith.

Once you buy this study it is yours and you can use it in you ministry however you need too.

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P.S. We have a new study coming out at the end of this week in fact this is the study
we are using this year for our DNow. It is called "Called To Greatness"

P.S.S  We are about to relaunch our Youth Ministry Toolbox website!   We are adding a ton of new stuff and of course if you want to jump on the price for $9.95 a month you can do that now!  Youth Ministry Resources

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Disciple Now January 9, 2012

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MORE THAN YOUR MISTAKES January 9, 2012

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Some great ideas to start the year off right.

MORE THAN YOUR MISTAKES

The holidays are a time for focusing on others.  We’ve heard it our whole lives, and in our hearts, we’re pretty sure it’s what we’re supposed to do.  Friends, families, and neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers are subject to extra kindness, thoughtfulness, and thankfulness.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?

If that’s true, then why do so many of us start the year actually feeling kind of crummy?  Could it be because, in the midst of showing everyone around you how much  love you have to give, you’re holding yourself back from receiving any in return?

Take a look at that mirror and ask yourself: Was 2011 a year of regret?  Of doubt, fear, guilt, and non-forgiveness?  Has it gone even farther back that that?  If so, then it’s time to look in that mirror again and ask yourself a different question: ”Who would you give a second chance?”

It’s a new year, and with it should come a new start.  Let 2012 be the year you give yourself permission to take that second chance.  Let it be the year you leave behind the hurtful words, the wasted money, the compromised principles, and the bad decisions.  You are so much more than the sum of whatever mistakes you think you’ve made in the past.

You are a person of infinite potential.  You are a person of a fresh start.  You are People of the Second Chance.

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Disciple Now – Making The Sell Part 2 January 6, 2012

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Next you need to sell your event to your leaders. You need to cast a vision for what your expectations are for them and for what your goals are for the event. It cannot be guaranteed everything will happen as you hoped but you increase your chances of this happening if you take the time to sell your leaders on what you hope to see happen throughout the weekend.

Finally you need to sell the event to your church. Disciple Now is a big undertaking and you need a lot of help to pull it off. Therefore you need to get your whole church involved. There is an added benefit here though. Most student ministries are isolated from the rest of the church. While this is usually acceptable for everyone it poses a problem. Your students are isolated from people who can be great role models for them. This event gives you a chance to break that trend and build a bridge between the adults in your church and the students in your ministry.

Being a salesman may be unnatural for many of us, and that actually may be a good thing. But there are times where playing this role is necessary and this event is one of those times. If you want your weekend to be all you hoped it would be and all that God intends for it to be than get out there and sell the weekend to everyone who needs to have it sold to. Those few moments of our time will reap incredible benefits in the long run.
 
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Disciple Now 2012 January 5, 2012

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Disciple Now
Are you looking for a study for your next event? We have six studies to pick from just download and use tonight in your leaders meeting or event. Buy one copy make as many copies as you need. Check out our website Disciple Now

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4 Things That Are Changing in Youth Ministry January 4, 2012

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A great read about how things are changing 

4 Things That Are Changing in Youth Ministry

There has been a lot of talk this year about the changing shape of youth ministry. As we wrap up one of our last articles of 2011, we thought it was a good idea to talk about a few of these changes … and point out a few things that don’t seem to be changing anytime soon. Up today, a few ways youth ministry seems to be evolving.

There are now many, many voices
It wasn’t that long ago that you would go to a youth worker training event or check out the youth ministry books online and see just a handful of resources by a handful of people. Today, youth ministry is rapidly expanding to include scores of voices from all sizes of churches and experiences. Thanks to the world of blogging, podcasts and Twitter, you can access the wisdom and experience of countless of youth workers with the click of a mouse or a push of a button on your cell phone while sitting at a red light (wait, is that even legal anymore?). There is room for your voice, too! The best voices are from the trenches of day-to-day youth ministry – so blog, tweet and podcast away!

Emphasis on parent ministry
Youth ministry is no longer just about students (actually, it has never been just about students, but we are finally waking up to this reality), it is about reaching, equipping and empowering parents to be the primary discipler of their teenager.

Team-based ministry
Youth ministry was never meant to be done alone! One of the radical shifts still gaining steam is the networking and collaboration of youth ministries worldwide. Everyone is beginning to understand the value of sharing resources and pooling our creativity to inspire others and share the timeless message of Christ.

Church together
Youth ministry is no longer an island to itself. Churches and youth ministries are actively seeking out ways to serve together, worship together and learn together. By all means there is still plenty of room for age specific, segregated ministry to happen, but connecting adults and students together in healthy spiritual mentoring relationships is a needed and welcome change.

What else do you see shifting in youth ministry right now?

This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.

Get InSync With Your Files January 4, 2012

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Great ideas for your ministry

Get InSync With Your Files

I love it when I see easy, cheap and practical productivity tools.  These kinds of tools are such an asset to non-profits, ministries and churches.  That is why I have been such a fan of apps such as Dropbox.  But now there is something  new that has come along, very much like Dropbox, but lives within your Google Docs – called Insync.

I am a google apps fanatic and practically live in them, especially Gdocs – so to be able to sync, store and share files within that environment is very compelling to me.  Since it rides along the google app, the fees/costs are structured by Google and therefore even cheaper than Dropbox.  Here is brief overview of this app:

Advertising itself as a cheaper Dropbox alternative with a better feature set, Insync has been in closed beta for the last 15 months. Now, they’re finally ready to launch with a service that tightly integrates into Google Docs. It’s “8x cheaper” than Dropbox, according to their marketing; in fact, the core service is now free, and customers who paid for the service during the beta period will be offered a refund or premium service credit. The only cost for basic membership is the cost of Google storage. 

Insync brings a number of novel features to the table, differentiating it from Dropbox’s current service. For example, you can share individual files with more granularity — not just as public links, but specifying read-write or read-only permissions. You can also revoke a sharing link, which isn’t possible on Dropbox unless you move or delete the shared file.
All your files live inside your Google Docs account, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited to the supported Google file types; any file can be synced over, as long as it’s less than 10GB in size (assuming you have that much room in your storage allocation). 

You can nest sharing privileges so people have access to just part of a folder structure. You can also set re-sharing permissions, specifying whether those you share with can re-share that material or not. Share recipients are not charged against their storage quota. 

Insync supports multiple Google accounts and uses Google’s storage system. Google starts with 1GB free storage, and then moves to 20GB for $5/year up to 16 TB for $4096/year. Dropbox’s pricing rates includes 2GB free storage, and then jump to 50 GB paid storage at $10/month. Dropbox’s 50 GB will cost you $120/year compared to Google’s $20/year for 80 GB. That’s $0.25 per GB per year for Google Docs versus $2 per GB per year for Dropbox.
To use Insync, you sign in with your Google credentials and permit it to gain access to Google Docs. You then download and install the client software on your computer. From there, you launch, link the Google account to your machine, and you’re ready to go. On OS X, all your Google Docs appear in a Finder window. 

In its current incarnation, Insync feels a lot like Dropbox, and if you’re used to Dropbox, then you already know how to use Insync.

I have been using InSync for about a week, and so far I’m loving it.