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Your E-update Regarding Youth Ministry Games, Ideas, Links, Lessons, Resources and More!
Edition 9, No. 8- June 17, 2004

In This E-Update

  • "In the Trenches" Interview - Scott Blair

  • A NEW PLEA for YM Exchange Submissions

  • Keep FRESH and REFRESHED - Youthworker Journal

  • Lost Password? ID? Need Help?

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     Greetings Member/Subscriber,

     There is always new information to share about what is happening at It is a joy to be able to share with all of you the exciting things happening and the new resources available to all users. I pray that you will find this information useful and will be blessed by the features and resources at that are intended to help you in your ministry to youth. Please allow me to share with you some news and announcements about the highlights, help, and resources at your disposal.

"In the Trenches" Interview - Scott Blair

Interviews At I believe that NO Youth Worker is an “average” Youth Worker – you all are making an impact for the kingdom of God – and that is HUGE!!!

      Our feature called "In the Trenches" which interviews and highlights Youth Workers from around the world is continuing to moving forward. You can view our eighth interview with Scott Blair, the full-time volunteer to Youth in Oklahoma City, OK by scrolling down a little on the homepage. In addition, the "In the Trenches" Interview Archive is now active on the right-hand side of our homepage. Here you will be able to access both the current interview as well as all prior interviews. I encourage you to take some time to stop by and read these interviews. If you find something that touches your heart I encourage you to either e-mail the individual and share how you have been touched, or send the e-mail to me and I will pass it on to them for you.

     I am very excited to be able to highlight individuals who are "in the trenches" of youth ministry and working every day to impact the lives of students with the Gospel. It is always amazing to see how God is working in our lives and how He is working in different parts of the world - all for the same purpose - so that we may come to know HIM and know His saving Grace and Mercy.

     Are you working in youth ministry (full-time, part-time, volunteer)? Do you want to share what God has been doing in your ministry? If you would be WILLING to be interviewed and have your ministry “highlighted” on, please don’t be shy (or humble) and send me an e-mail at and let me know. Keep an eye out for new Interviews to be posted on a regular basis. We hope to highlight a new interview every 3 weeks or so.

     In addition, all interviews will remain on in the Interview Archives section. Keep an eye out for this as New Interviews get published and highlighted.

A NEW PLEA for YM Exchange Submissions

Plea for Submissions      A NEW PLEA TO ALL PASTOR2YOUTH.COM USERS: PLEASE FIND EVEN JUST ONE RESOURCE THAT YOU HAVE CREATED AND WOULD SUBMIT TO PASTOR2YOUTH.COM'S YM EXCHANGE. Exciting things are happening at now has OVER 8,300 registered members. There are a lot of members who regularly stop by to download lessons, Powerpoint Games, Powerpoint and MediaShout Backgrounds, and to pick up games for their youth group programs, just to mention a few. It is exciting to see so many people making use of, downloading, and utilizing the resources from That is what the site is here for.

     So, now is where I send out a PLEA to all of you to PLEASE take two-minutes to stop by and submit some resources for inclusion on the site: whether it be a lesson, a Powerpoint File, and game you play, or some other miscellaneous file that you utilize in your ministry. If we could get just HALF of all registered members to submit ONE resource this month, we could add an additional 4,150 resources to this constantly growing site. How awesome would that be? Think about the return-rate. You give 1 and get in return 4,150!!! That is quite the return. All resources are able to be submitted directly on the site by clicking on the "add game" or "add resource" link within the proper section of the site.

     There are a few who have continued over the past month to submit resources to the site to help with the continued growth and I would like to express a special thanks to them. I appreciate how you help to continue to grow, and provide fantastic resources for all to use. So to those who have contributed, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

So, please help add to this list of contributors and continue to make a growing and vital resource for youth workers around the world.

     In case you have any problems submitting your files, or if you would simply prefer not to do it yourself, you can e-mail the files to me at and I will upload them for you making sure all ownership, permissions, and credit is given to YOU!!

     I, and thousands of other youth workers around the world, thank you in advance for taking a minute to add a new resource.

Keep FRESH and REFRESHED - Youthworker Journal - Sign up HERE!!!

New Job Bank    Youthworker journal is a bimonthly publication addressing the professional and personal concerns of serious youth workers in church and parachurch settings.

Each issue includes in-depth articles exploring various aspects of that issue's theme (some past themes: Reinforcing Theology, New Horizons, Helping Kids in Pain, Spreading the Word, Student Worship) as well as nonthematic pieces. Article formats include thematic overviews, provocative responses from youth workers to pointed questions, interviews, first-person accounts of life in the youth ministry trenches, and columns focused on junior high ministry, family ministry, parachurch ministry, and volunteers.

Youthworker also includes these regular features:

  • Managing Your Ministry (by Michael Woodruff) explores difficult management issues in youth ministry (staff performance reviews, budgeting, trip planning, etc.).
  • Youth Culture Update is a compilation of selected articles and information about teen-related trends gleaned from a variety of media and presented with little or no editorial comment. Update includes sections such as CyberNews, On Campus, Family, Health, and Entertainment, as well as statistics and eye-opening quotes. Noted culture watcher Steve Rabey writes a longer column for each installment as well.
  • Dangerous Wonder by Mike Yaconelli—owner of Youth Specialties and a popular author and speaker—represents his return to the magazine back pages. Here Mike shares his heart and his insights on the changing state of youth ministry.
  • What's on My Mind features the thoughts and opinions of people of cultural influence. Recent contributors have included Leonard Sweet, Kelly Monroe, Tony Campolo, Roberta Hestenes, and Bob Briner.
  • Tools contains insightful youth ministry resource reviews. Books, curricula, videos, CD-ROMs, music, and more.

Youthworker is written primarily by youth workers for youth workers. It has featured insights by such youth ministry experts as Duffy Robbins, Kenda Creasy Dean, Steve Case, Mark Senter, Laurie Polich, Mike Yaconelli, David Olshine, Kara Eckmann Powell, Wayne Rice, Doug Fields, Helen Musick, Dewey Bertolini, Ginny Olson, Larry Acosta, and many more.

You can get fed, as well as help support by signing up RIGHT HERE!!! Just click on the following graphic which will take you to the subscription page. Make use of this valuable resource!!! I highly recommend it - I personally have been subscribed since 1988.

Youthworker Journal is a bi-monthly publication addressing the professional and personal concerns of youth workers in church and parachurch settings. For over 18 years, Youthworker has been the publication that thousands of youth workers rely on to dig beneath the surface for honest discussion, relevant answers and genuine encouragement.

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     If I can help you out with any of this information, please don't hesitate to let me know.

      Thanks again for all you do to further the kingdom in your ministry! Please be sure to stop by often for all of the recent updates at, and don’t forget to continue sharing your resources so that others may be blessed by you!!! Don’t ever hesitate to contact me either.

     Keep an eye out for more E-Updates to come helping you make the most out of your onlline experience as you search for Youth Ministry material to help you. We are excited about some of the things in store in the near future!!!

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