Super big thanks to all who have voted! We’ll be glad when it’s over! We’d love to win but we don’t like blowing up Twitter/Facebook/email feeds asking you to vote! So…

Here’s the last chance! Voting ends at 11:59pm Thursday, December 27th. Would you vote for Matt? And maybe send it to a few friends and ask them to vote for Matt too? :) Appreciate ya!

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Stumin Sidekick

STUMIN SIDEKICK is helping change the way youth ministry is resourced. We believe the best stuff comes from those on the ground doing youth ministry every day. And we believe it should be accessible for almost any budget.

Every student ministry leader needs more help, more finances, more resources, more leaders, more budget and they need them NOW. There’s never enough. STUMIN SIDEKICK is just the help you need. It’s the nitty-gritty, highly affordable (and sometimes free for subscribers!) resource depot for everyday youth ministry.

But this is more than just any resource site. These are resources direct from the trenches of highly effective & growing youth ministries across the country. From sermon series to curriculum to retreats to postcards to t-shirt designs to pass out cards to posters to graphics and more, STUMIN SIDEKICK is dynamic resources for heroic leaders.

All resources are rebrandable, reprintable, customizable, and immediately available. Most resources are direct from a youth pastors hard drive to STUMIN SIDEKICK users.

STUMIN SIDEKICK is the partner who will:

  • Make you the hero: Completely customizable to make your own.
  • Save your budget: We will never over price a resource.
  • Give you a break: You give so much. It’s time someone gave back to you. All subscribers will receive free resources every month.
  • Hear your need: Need a resource you can’t find here or anywhere? We’ll call our hero partners and find what you need.
  • Keep you fresh: We feature new content every week and roll out the content that isn’t being taken. This stuff is fresh.

This is one sidekick you can depend on. We’ll deliver what you need fast, cost effectively, and ground tested!

WANT TO BE A CONTRIBUTOR? STUMIN SIDEKICK is not the creation of one or even a few heroic youth pastors. This site is owned by heroes in churches running 20,000 to 20. Size doesn’t matter here. We know that there are youth pastors creating great content everywhere.

If you’d like to contribute to this site, email us and we’ll send you a contributors info pack! We’d love to feature your resources and pay you for them!

LAUNCH DATE: We are scheduled for a soft launch in early January and a full launch on February 4th.

GET ON OUR PRE-LAUNCH LIST NOW! Got a free resource for you coming before Christmas and several opportunities for coupons and discounts before we launch!

In the next two weeks we’ll be posting more info about StuminSidekick.com. Be sure to get on our pre-launch list for updates! Follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Hey friends, someone nominated one of my posts for Youthmin.org‘s Youth Ministry Blog Post of the Year contest. What started out as 70 nominations has now been paired down to 8. I’m honored to be a part of a great group of youth ministry blog writers in this group and would be completely honored if you clicked this link and voted for me. Hey, maybe consider it a Christmas gift?! :)

Voting for Round 4 ends this Friday, December 21st at 11:59pm. We have to finish in the top 4 to move to the final round, which will start on Saturday, December 22nd. Thanks for your support with a vote, tweet, Facebook message, or email to a friend!!

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Christmas at Epicenter | 6:30pm | Dec 19 | The Warehouse

Christmas at Epicenter | 6:30pm | Dec 19 | The Warehouse

But for real…

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You know how vital it is to manage your time well. There’s a lot written on the subject. But what about managing your passion and energy? Managing passion and energy is really about productivity. Some say learning to manage these two are more important than time management and is the key to high performance leadership.

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There are people who zap energy and passion. There are meetings that zap energy and passion. There are tasks that zap energy and passion.

Here are some thoughts I’m personally working through on managing energy/passion:

  • Energy and passion are affected by four areas: mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual
  • A professional athletes performance reminds me that focus is essential
  • Not scheduling meetings on days/hours when I most need energy/passion
  • Using mornings to work on tasks that are most likely to drain energy
  • Delegating tasks (as much as is possible and responsible) that zap passion to others who have more passion for those things
  • Stepping away from the mini-fridge (and caffeine drinks, candy, and other sugars that cause a crash later)
  • Taking a few minutes to pick up the phone/step into the office of someone who lifts enthusiasm/excitement
  • Get hands and feet moving. Throw a tennis ball against the wall, squeeze a stress reliever ball, or just take a walk.

How do you manage passion and energy?

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REEL TRUTH FOR CHRISTMAS was a message series we hosted at EPICENTER in December 2011. We’ve never taken movies and developed a message series before. For this series though, we wanted to mix it up for a couple weeks and draw some truths out of 4-5 movie scenes each week.

Week 1, we used the movie ELF. Week 2, we used the movie A Christmas Story. Feel free to take any of the ideas, notes, etc and use them for your group

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RTFC Week 2 notes – CHRISTMAS STORY
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Week 2 powerpoint notes
RTFC Game Week 2 - CHRISTMAS STORY Trivia
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Depression TrainingIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, yet so many students deal with difficult issues of depression and hopelessness during this season. While the holidays are enjoyable for many, it’s also a dreaded time for those who are dealing with hurt and pain.

The following video was filmed during a leadership meeting with our student ministry leaders this year. The lead trainers are licensed professional counselors specializing in depression, self injury, and suicide.

Hope you’ll find this resource helpful as you lead and/or parent students during the Christmas season!

If you watch this video, it will help you:

  • Identify the signs and symptons of depression
  • Know the reasons why a student may experience depression
  • See how depression in teens differs from adults
  • Understand how you can know if a student is just going through a difficult time or is experiencing depression
  • Recognize the events that increase the risk of depression in teens
  • Know five things you can do to help a teen dealing with depression
  • Know things you should say and the things you should avoid saying
  • Understand why people self injure (most common form is cutting)
  • Realize the warning signs and progression of self injury
  • Understand how to help those dealing with self injury
  • Understand the warning signs for potential suicide
  • Know the four things you can do to help a teen dealing with suicide

If you would like the powerpoint that accompanies this video, all you have to do is subscribe (it’s free!) to this blog. You’ll be sent a link to download the powerpoint. Click here to watch the training.

If you need the help of a licensed professional counselor, feel free to call Paraclete Counseling Center.

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Revolution Rising Weekend

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You probably haven’t heard much of Revolution Rising Weekend. It’s no surprise to us either as we haven’t talked much about it. In fact, we’ve only tossed out one tweet and this four sentence post a little over a year ago since we launched the idea. Gratefully, even with low-key promotion, we will complete at least 10 weekend events in the last year and a half by the end of this spring.

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We’re excited for several new partnerships this year, including Jake Holman and the Epicenter band leading worship as well as our curriculum partner, Redline Student Events and Gene DeVaughn.

The retreat vision is somewhat different from a typical DNOW or retreat setting in that we are intentional to allow ordinary students who’ve been used in extraordinary ways tell their story throughout the weekend. We’re thrilled to still hear stories from events this past spring of students who placed their yes on the table and have moved forward in their faith.

There are four remaining weekend dates for this coming spring to host Matt and the team. Other dates may be available with other speakers. If you’re interested in Revolution Rising for a summer camp or fall 2013 weekend, feel free to contact us as well.

The weekend allows flexibility to bring in the entire team or just a speaker. We provide everything needed to complete the weekend.

AVAILABLE DATES SPRING 2013
March 22-23
March 29-30
May 3-4
May 10-11

We would be honored to partner with you in leading students from apathy to revolution. Check out the Revolution Rising website for more info or contact us today about booking.

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Global Year

Student Pastor Friends,

There’s been a great burden stirring in my heart for over 10 years in the area of students and missions.  I believe this is the generation that could exceed the Student Volunteer Movement of the late 1800s – early 1900s and can change the shape of Christianity.  I want to spend my life working towards that compelling vision.

God in His Providence landed me in what I believe to be one of the greatest missions sending churches in the world with a Pastor who leads that vision.  Over the last ten years, Woodstock has launched over 100 students to an intentionally focused year of discipleship and evangelism after high school graduation.  I’m thrilled that our seniors will be headed to Ireland, Costa Rica, East Asia, El Salvador, South Africa, and Italy.  I believe next year’s class will be one of the largest we have ever launched around the globe for Global Year with many from the class of 2013 responding to that opportunity.

All that to say…I want to introduce you to the vehicle through which we are currently sending these students. Johnny Condrey is a friend who has given over 30 years of his life to the trenches of Youth Ministry. He leads Global Year, and I would encourage you to explore this possibility. The proof is in the pudding for Johnny. He and his wife have sent four of their own for a year overseas after graduation. One is currently a missionary on furlough in Southeast Asia.

Below is a letter from Johnny. Call or email me with questions. I want to join with you in fulfilling Matthew 24!

NOTE FROM JOHNNY

Johnny CondreyI would love to take a few minutes to share with you how I can help you and your church address the massive exit of the young people from our churches today and mobilizing our church to the nations. If you are interested in sending your students to the nations for His glory, let me help you! You can reach me on my cell phone at 404-276-0207 or email johnny.condrey@gmail.com.

If I can help you in any way launch students to a Global Year, don’t hesitate to contact me as well.

UNTIL #EVERYSTUDENT HEARS,

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