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Your E-update Regarding Youth Ministry Games, Ideas, Links, Lessons, Resources and More!
Edition 14, No. 5 - April 18, 2009

In This E-Update

  • LIVE Bible
  • New Resources on's YM Exchange

  • NOOMA Pick 6

  • Recommended Resources by Youth Pastors

  • 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.

LIVE Bible

LIVE BibleLIVE Bible

LIVE Bible

LIVE isn't a book your teens will just read...they'll live it.

That's because as teens dive in, they'll come face to face with hundreds of opportunities to do something about what they're reading. To respond. To grow. To roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Sometimes they'll apply what they're learning alone. Other times they'll find someone to help. But always they'll stretch themselves, finding ways to infuse their faith into life at school, at home, and with friends and family.

LIVE delivers easy-to-understand NLT text and hundreds of relevant opportunities to respond to God's Word right on the spot. Illustrations are by teenagers, for teenagers. Brief devotions and challenges peppered through the Bible invite honest, open responses.

This youth Bible takes "interactive" to an entirely new level! Teenagers who use the LIVE Bible will find:

     * Introductions to 16 real-life, remarkable people from around the globe.
     * Room to respond in their Bibles. To question. To think. To express themselves.
     * Jesus sightings. Teens will see the thread that runs throughout the Bible from Genesis straight to Jesus.
     * Straightforward, means-what-it-says NLT text that makes for great devotional reading and solid study. Clear, concise, and accurate.
     * An invitation to join the community. Upload their faith expressions to'll post their photos, poems, sketches, whatever images honestly reflect how God is speaking to them. Think of it as an online gallery showing how God's revealing himself through teens like yours and teens... well...not like yours.

To Purchase LIVE Bible, click on the banner above or the Bible below

LIVE Bible

New Resources on's YM Exchange

ym exchangeTHE YM EXCHANGE


   1) That's most accessed and most popular section of the website is the "YM Exchange" (The Tab to access it is located on the top right-hand corner of the website).

   2) The YM Exchange is filled with files you can download, including (but not limited to): Lessons, Powerpoing Games, Powerpoint Lessons, Powerpoint and Mediashout backgrounds, Articles, Discussion Starters, Object Lessons, Illustrations, Leadership documents... and MORE!

   3) Every file in the YM Exchange is available for you to download for FREE

   4) There are currently 3,824 Files available for download in 29 different categories.

   5) These resources are submitted by other youth workers from around the world.

   6) YOU, too, can submit your resources to share and bless with others. It is as easy as clicking on the "Add Download" link in the top-center column of the YM Exchange. You, too, can bless others by sharing your resources.

   7) If you are wondering why you can't access the YM Exchange - you MUST be a registered member (which is FREE to do), and you must be logged in to do it. Otherwise you will get an error message saying you are not authorized to access that area.

   8) We need YOUR help to keep growing and fresh with new ideas and resources. Please take a minute to see if you have something you could add to the YM Exchange and submit it. If you need help or anything, please email me at:

NOOMA Pick 6

NOOMA Pick 6NOOMA Pick 6

Nooma pick 6

     NOOMA, by Rob Bell, is a revolutionary product that is changing the way people experience spirituality. A series of short films on DVD with an in-depth discussion guide, NOOMAs are appropriate for personal and small group settings, congregational meetings, and much more. Like parables, they use the experiences of our lives to teach about the fullness of life through Jesus, tackling issues like forgiveness, discipleship, and unconditional love. The study materials accompanying each NOOMA encourage meaningful discussion with relevant questions and biblical references.

     With "NOOMA Pick 6" you get to choose ANY 6 NOOMA videos that you would like for only $60. (That is a savings of $17.94)



Recommended Resources by Youth Pastors

Recommended ResourcesRecommended Resources

I recently asked a few youth pastor friends of mine to give me some of their top recommended resources in a few different categories. I found their suggestions to be valuable and wanted to share them. I hope that you will find these to be helpful in your ministry as well.

    1) Recommended Youth Ministry Books
           a. HURT by Chap Clark
           b. YourFirst Two Years in Youth Ministry by Doug Fields
           c. Messy Spiritualityby Mike Yaconneli
           d. The God-Bearing Life by Kenda Creasy Dean
           e. Controlled Chaos – Making Sense of Jr. High Ministry by Kurt Johnston
           f. Better Safe than Sued by Jack Crabtree
           g. Do They Run When They See You Coming? By Jonathon McKee
           h. So That’s Why I Keep Doing This by Glenn Procopio
           i. Would YouRather by Youth Specialties
           j. Dangerous Wonder by Mike Yaconneli
           k. Seven Checkpointsby Andy Stanley and Stuart Hall
           l. Five Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman

   2) Recommended Youth Ministry Websites

   3) Recommended Youth Ministry Blogs (web logs)

   4) Recommended Youth Ministry Podcasts
           a. Simply Youth Ministry Podcast
           b. Simply Junior High Podcast
           c. Marriage and Youth Ministry Podcast by Doug & Kathy Fields
           d. The Skit Guys Podcast
           e. Youth Specialties Podcast
           f. The Source For Youth Ministry Podcast
           g. Who Are These Guys Podcast
           h. A Li’l Bit Podcast
           i. Rob Bell with Mars Hill
           j. Passion Stuff
           k. Matt Chandler with The Village Church
           l. Austin StoneChurch in Austin, TX

   5) Recommended Non-Youth Ministry Resources
           a. 3Story Evangelism by Youth For Christ
           b. Hear Me Out Conversation Cards by Youth For Christ
           c. In The Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen
           d. Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
           e. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
           f. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
           g. Unchristian by David Kennaman
           h. Myspace and Facebook – to enter the lives of teens.  

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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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