Edition 16, No. 10 - October 20, 2011

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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. Photo Contest

Pastor2youth Resource Exchange

WIN BIG!!! HERE'S HOW... Photo Contest:

Starts on Friday, Oct. 21st and Ends on Sunday, Nov. 20th at Midnight (PST).


Winners will receive all prizes in Downloadable format from Simply Youth Ministry!



*      Take a picture in the most unique place possible with a sign (readable) that says “”.

*      Pictures can NOT be photoshopped.  They must be real, genuine pictures you take.

*      The pastor2youth signs must be held in someone’s hand, not placed on the ground or hung up on a wall.

*      When you have posted your picture, send an email to with the links to where the picture is posted.

*      By emailing the links to the photos, you agree to allow those pictures to be used by and on the website for promotional purposes and for display both during and after the contest. (ownership of those photos remains yours, but you are giving permission for to use and display those pictures.)


Bonus Points:

Even “normal” location pictures could win with the following bonus point options:

*      Bonus points for having multiple people holding pastor2youth signs

*      Bonus points for multiple places where you post your picture (Blog, website, facebook, twitter, etc.)  NOTE:  The links for each of these locations must remain active until the end of the contest for it to count.

*      Bonus points for having someone hold the pastor2youth sign(s) when it isn’t necessarily the most convenient time (i.e. The cashier at a grocery check-out stand when you can see that there is a line of people waiting to be checked out.)  However, the lack of convenience must be evident in the picture itself.

*      Bonus Points if you get other people to post your picture on their site (Blog, website, facebook, twitter, etc.)


Grand Prize:

The Grand Prize winner will receive the following Prize Package:

Second Prize:

The Second Prize winner will receive the following Prize Package:

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Games Translated into 5 Languages - Can You Help?

Games Translated into 5 Languages

We are blessed at to have a LOT of visitors from many different countries (146 countries to be exact) who are using the games on this site.  Therefore, it is exciting for me to announce that this week we will begin posting many of the games from this site into FIVE other languages:  Spanish, German, Russian, French, and Chinese.

Click HERE to access the Translated Games...

It is my desire to make even more valuable to people in other countries by making the games available in other languages.  I do not want to use an internet translation program because those often are not accurate and only translate word-for-word - causing errors in grammar and syntax.

Therefore, is looking for more people who can translate the "GAMES" on this site into a different language!!!

As a site that is FREE, we are not able to offer anything for translations other than our heartfelt thanks and encouragement that you will be blessing MANY other people.

If you would be willing to translate some games on pastor2youth into another language, please contact Ryan Nielsen at

God Bless and Thank you!!!!

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"More Than (And Less Than) Dodgeball "

by Nate Stratman

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"I have always liked the title of Josh Griffin's blog: "More than Dodgeball." My guess is that titles like "More Than Dodgeball" are in reaction to a youth ministry approach that has been pretty popular in the past 20 years, featuring a bunch of splashing in the kiddy pool without wading into the deep end. When Kenda Dean, (professor at Princeton Seminary and author of Almost Christian), was asked how she perceived how we in the church have responded to current youth culture she replied, "With too much pizza." Again, Dean and Griffin are barking up the same tree—and a necessary tree at that.

Sometimes in our frantic effort for deeper, more challenging and meaningful ministries we forget that playing dodgeball is important as well. If you'll humor me with the pool analogy for a second, our ability to help teenagers swim back and forth from the shallow end to the deep end of life is healthy. We show them that God is honored in our play and he is also honored when we seek biblical justice for those who have been denied their voices. While youth ministers rarely get accused of not having fun, there is still a stigma that pastors must always have their "A-game" at all times. My friends were as shocked to find out that my pastor dad didn't wear his robe around the house as I was when I went to a pool party at my teacher's house and she actually had on a bathing suit.

A Helpful Little Drawing
On a piece of paper, draw a picture of a pool and label the kiddie pool, wading area, and the deep end. Think about all the things that happen in your ministry and write them in one of the 3 sections. The kiddie pool is not an evil place. I actually contend that the kiddie pool is needed in all pools, so just focus more on which end of the pool you either ignore or put most of your attention on. For example, a crud war with shaving cream is in the kiddy pool, a local service project is in the wading area and cultivating teenagers to make a difference in their schools for Jesus is in the deep end. So, what does your pool look like?

The Need for the Whole Pool
From a holistic approach, I want my students to laugh like crazy, be sore as all get out from serving, and have their hearts broken for the hurt they see in this world. From my seat in the stands I would say that we as the church can get stuck in the middle of the pool, annoyed by the splashing in the kiddie pool and afraid to tread water in the deep end. What would your assessment of youth ministry be?

My prayer is that God would each of us in youth ministry to grasp the depth and width of the ways God meets us and moves us. I confess that I tend to keep my students in the section of the pool that I like the most. It is when I reflect on the past year in ministry I remember the ways in which God has shown up in dodgeball and devotions."

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