Trending Links: Mission Trips, New Fun Games, Cell Phone Productivity, Cheap Church Communication

Youth Specialties
February 26th, 2014


What would you do if you discovered an incredible experience that opened eyes, softened hearts, empowered service and changed lives?

When a youth pastor saw how mission trips had drawn his students to others and toward Jesus, he asked himself that question. His answer was starting YouthWorks, an organization that now invites over 30,000 students and leaders on mission trips each summer.

For over 20 years, we have seen mission trips play a crucial role in the lives of countless teenagers, and we continue to believe every teenager should experience a mission trip….


5 Ways to do Church Communication on the Cheap

“If I had an unlimited communications budget, then I would _______.”

I would make a pretty confident bet that no church has dedicated an unlimited amount of funds to communications. In fact, most of us operate on what we consider a limited budget. This means we have to get creative about communicating with excellence. Here are the five ways that I have been able to make my limited budget go as far as possible…


2 Really Great New Youth Group Games!

This week in our YS Update, we highighted different ways to have fun, ideas for games, and reminded you about all of the great resources available in our Ideas Library. Well, we weren't the only ones with games on our minds – our friends at DYM released two new games this week that your group will love! 

Lamentations of Taylor Swift Lyrics: Volume 2
This is the sequel to what is far and away the most popular game we’ve ever had on Download Youth Ministry. Students have to guess if the statement on the screen is from the Bible or from a Taylor Swift song lyric. Incredible. Incredibly funny.

Biblical King or Prescription Drug
Another insanely funny game where students have to guess if the name shown is either a king from the Bible or a prescription drug. Now that I type that out I guess it is pretty self-explanatory.


Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader

What 10 qualities make a good leader, whether you're in corporate America or the rec room of your church basement? We are reminded about those that really make a difference in the lives of others through an article on Forbes.com. Forbes goes through ten simple qualities that are often found within great leaders, and we think that they are also what can make great pastors too! Take a read and check out their list. What things do you think are missing from the list? What would your top 10 list look like?


Smartphones Make You Tired and Unproductive, Study Says

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Do you find yourself running out of energy by the afternoon and heading to the nearest coffee shop for that mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Wall Street Journal just released the findings of a new study on cell phone usage, and our inability to “turn off” work when we are at home. WSJ says, “Reading and sending work email on a smartphone late into the evening doesn’t just make it harder to get a decent night’s sleep. New research findings show it also exhausts workers by morning and leaves them disengaged by the next afternoon.” What's the solution? Well – simply shut it off. Sure, it's easier said than done, but you'd be doing yourself, your family, and your ministry a big favor by doing so.


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