Friday, March 30, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Neely - You and Me (in concert at Kearney New Life, Nebraska tonight at 7pm!)

2). Leader Profile: Steve Mallery
POSITION: Senior Pastor in Crawford, NE
HISTORY: From Kentucky, Attended Evangel University
FAMILY: Married to Tamara with a baby girl
HOBBIES: Fishing, Traveling, Baseball

3). Ministry of the Day: Open Positions - Check out resumes from youth pastors, and open youth positions across the country

4). Link of the Day: Universal Facts - Check out 11 unusual and crazy things about our universe - all true!

5). Quote of the Day: 'Courage is a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.' - General William T. Sherman

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Pencil Day. It is also the start of our Fine Arts Festival for students in Kearney, NE. It is the birthday of famous painter Vincent Van Gogh from 1853. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that an assassination attempt took place on President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Chris Tomlin - White Flag ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Cale was a student from West Nebraska that came to district events like camp and convention. He graduated and began attending Wyoming University, while joining in with the Chi Alpha group led by our NE missionary Derik Buescher. Last month, a car ran into him as he was walking to a group meeting. The driver was high, and hit him going about 40 MPH. It broke both of his legs and impacted his brain. Immediately I heard from Derik, as well as Cale's old youth pastor, about the accident. We started to pray.
- I heard from Cale recently, and God has begun to heal his body. He had a rod put in his left leg and he will be on crutches soon. He plans to come to camp for a day and testify about what God has done, saving his life from this potential fatal calamity.

3). Ministry of the Day: Teen Challenge - A dynamic program to help young people overcome additions and life controlling issues

4). Link of the Day: You are a Pirate - A fun website looped with an animated pirate song

5). Quote of the Day: 'Do I want to pray or only to think about my human problems? Do I want to pray or simply kneel there contemplating my sorrow? Do I want to direct my prayer toward God or let it direct itself towards me?' - Hubert Van Zeller

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Middle of Consider Christianity Week. It is also the birthday of Tami Redfield (youth pastors wife in Beatrice, NE), a distinction she shares with Kim Baker (Senior Pastors wife in Omaha, NE). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Ireland became the first country to completely ban smoking in all public places, in 2004.

The Dining Center at Camp, during Kids Convention last week

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: TDG and Smiley-D - The Choice is Yours ♫

2). Blog Entry: Outreach
- The mission of Nebraska Youth Ministries is 'Students Reaching Students'. Our goal is to empower young people to do the work God called us to do on this earth, spreading His salvation and love around the world. Our mission begins and ends with students. The action is reaching out. We don't want to just entertain ourselves, we want to reach out to those who still need to know God.
- Outreach should be a regular part of every youth ministry and church in Nebraska. This can happen on three different levels. First, they can encourage their students to bring their friends to the youth group, maybe providing a fun activity or award for incentive. The church can set the example by reaching out to a particular neighborhood/apartment complex and helping transport students to and from the church. Proper followup is important when visitors appear, such as postcards, calls, Facebook invites, etc.
- Second, they can reach out to their city. Groups can 'adopt' playgrounds, arcades, malls, or other youth hangouts to develop relationships and invite people to church. They can pick work projects to help businesses and families in the community. They can volunteer to help at community events and programs to help spread the testimony of God's love.
- Third, they can reach out to the world. Encourage students and leaders to give regularly to Speed the Light, funding our missionaries with vehicles and communication equipment. Use the STL projects to help inspire them in their fund raising, knowing where there funds will go.
Promote the AIM trips sponsored by our District and National offices. Find ways to reach out to the international community in your area.
- One of the best programs we have for help in local outreach is Youth Alive. You can get parents and adults involved as prayer partners. Students sign up to be campus missionaries, reaching out to their friends at school. We empower them to start Bible clubs on campus to help in that endeavor. And we provide 7 Project School Assemblies, where we've seen large percentages of students make commitments to Christ, with your students following up with them. Contact Brian Korell for more info (brian@neag.org)

3). Ministry of the Day: Prayer Zone Partners - Help challenge your parents and adults to support your students in their outreach to other teens by praying for them and the schools in your community.

4). Link of the Day: Best Hikes - Check out the best hiking trails in all of North America.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Language, as well as the faculty of speech, was the immediate gift of God.' - Noah Webster

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Barnum and Bailey Day. It is also the birthday of Brent Graves (pastor in Bassett, NE and TBQ Director), a distinction he shares with Al Force (DYD of Pen Florida), and Dustin Morgan (Trinity Bible College Football Coach). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that President Bush posthumously awarded Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal, in 1990.

The new and improved pool at our Campgrounds, from Kids Convention

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Jason Gray - Good to be Alive ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations once again to KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. He is now up to $20 in prize earnings - way to go! Here's the trivia for this week - This weekend is our annual Fine Arts festival. Mention a person in the Bible who had a talent that could have been showcased at our Fine Arts!

3). Ministry of the Day: Wufoo - Create an account and build three event forms for free, online.

4). Link of the Day: V Travelled - A blog for travelers across the world

5). Quote of the Day: 'You have to assume there's going to be injuries during the year.' - Ben Cherington, Red Sox GM

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Education and Sharing Day. It is also the birthday of Pablo Contreras (Drum judge for Fine Arts), a distinction he shares with King Robert II of France from 972. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that construction began on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in 1975.

Eric Rozean, Children's Pastor from Kearney, with his animal friend at Kids Convention

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Fireflight - He Weeps ♫

2). Blog Entry: Good service
- The other day my wife and I had the chance to go on a date to one of our favorite restaurants in Grand Island. We drove into the parking lot and saw plenty of open spaces. As we entered the restaurant, we saw several tables available, thinking we would enter right in. But the host said that it would be a 10 to 15 minute wait before we could be seated. Surprised, we stepped back and stood near the entrance without a good place to sit and wait. We watched as several people left, and even more tables became available. My wife suggested that it would have been a good idea to let us sit down and wait at one of the open tables, not knowing why we couldn't stay there to eat at that table in the first place.
- Do we ever run our churches and ministries in ways that people are needlessly waiting on us? Are there people in our churches that are thinking of ideas that could help us better serve them and the community? Do we care how they feel?

3). Ministry of the Day: Cory Demmel - Our youth pastor in Bellevue, and member of the statewide youth leadership team, has started his own blog.

4). Link of the Day: Penzu - Your own personal journal and online diary

5). Quote of the Day: 'The source of what I know outweighs the details of what I don't know' - Terry Brown, NE District Secretary/Treasurer

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Make up your own Holiday. It is also the birthday of famous American Poet Robert Frost from 1874. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial was dedicated in Washington DC in 1982.

The worship band from Kids Convention this past weekend

Friday, March 23, 2012

Leader Profile - Jim Gerhold

1). Song of the Day: Jaci Velasquez - The Sound of Your Voice ♫

2). Leader Profile - Jim Gerhold
POSITION: Senior Pastor in Sidney, NE
HISTORY: Former National Children's Leader, developed Character Connex
FAMILY: Married to Kathy
HOBBIES: Video Editing, California Raisins, Fishing

3). Ministry of the Day: TraClub - A portal for leadership resources provided through our National Royal Rangers Ministries

4). Link of the Day: UPlaya - Online website that hosts independent artist, songwriters, and musicians.

5). Quote of the Day: 'My luck was my father not striking oil... we'd have been rich. I'd never have set out for Hollywood with my camera, and I'd have had a lot less interesting life.' - King Vidor

6). Miscellaneous: Today is the first day of our Nebraska Kids Convention. It is also National Puppy Day. It is the birthday of famous Christian Musician Phil Keaggy, from 1951. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Patrick Henry delivered his famous speech, 'Give me liberty, or give me death', in 1775.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: The Afters - Life is Beautiful ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- Here's a report about BGMC from one of our pastors wives in central, NE: So we are doing March Madness in our church and we set a goal that we would try to raise $100 for the month...this morning we were like $10 from that so I told them that Pastor would take a pie in the face if we hit $100 today and that if we hit $150 today I would join him...well they came up $6 short for my pie and what does one lady do? She comes out and tells the people that we were short...I have never seen people scramble for money so fast. We ended up raising $11 extra! The goal for next week is to hit $200 total for the month. If we make it my husband and I, as well as a board member, will take a pie on April 1 at church ... GO GOD!

3). Ministry of the Day: Verse Hero - Help students memorize the word of God in a fun, video game.

4). Link of the Day: Live Mocha - Learn a new language conveniently online

5). Quote of the Day: 'If I win several tournaments in a row, I get so confident I'm in a cloud. A loss gets me eager again.' - Chris Evert Lloyd

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Day of Water. It is also the birthday of Brent Braunberger (pastor in Crete, NE), a distinction he shares with famous American author Louis L'Amour from 1908. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Comet Hale-Bopp had it's closest pass approach to earth in 1997.

Phil Heider, Children's Pastor in Grand Island, holding Baby Warriner

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: David Crowder Band - After All ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
- The last two days the leaders across Nebraska were meeting for annual Presbyter Meetings. We interview ministry credential candidates and conduct business for the Assemblies of God in Nebraska. We were honored to have the leader of Assemblies of God in Tanzania with us, Barnabas Mtokumbali. We also had an African Theological Seminary teacher with us as well, Dr. John Easter. Their discussions centered around being a truly missional church and they were riveting. Here are some key points from parts of their dissertations:
- Our mission has to be God led, God inspired, and God incepted
- The Transfiguration teaches us to know who Jesus is, which in turns helps us know who we will become
- Missional Churches will emphasize diversity, relationship, united purposes, and clarity of mission.
- An apostle is someone who crosses barriers
- The distinctive nature of Pentecostalism was linked with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for the power to do God's Mission
- There will always be a tension when an unbeliever visits church. It is the work of the Holy Spirit, called conviction. No matter how seeker friendly we strive to be, this work is important for salvation
- Mission is the mother of theology. The church of God doesn't have a mission. God's mission has a church

3). Ministry of the Day: Sunday School Administrators - Sign up to stay in touch with other Christian Education leaders from churches across the nation

4). Link of the Day: Seasonal Food Chart - See which foods are ripest and fresh at certain times of the year.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Intercession invokes the presence of God into human affairs.' - Dr. John Easter

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Common Courtesy Day. It is also the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, from 1685. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Martin Luther King Jr. lead a peaceful Civil Rights march in Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

STL Rally in North Platte, December, 2011

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Matt Redman - 10,000 Reasons ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to KEVIN LIBBY for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. He is now up to $15 in prize earnings - way to go! Here's the trivia for this week: Name a chapter in the bible that refers to 'The Transfiguration'

3). Ministry of the Day: National Youth Sunday - April 15th, check out the ideas and resources available online

4). Link of the Day: SlideFinder - Finding the right slides for any presentation on your agenda

5). Quote of the Day: 'Never swap horses crossing a stream.' - American Proverb

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Proposal Day. It is also the birthday of Scott Murrish (Midwest Royal Family Kids Camp Leader), a distinction he shares with Napolean II, from 1811. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Albert Einstein first published his theory of relativity in 1916.

Tim and Aaron, youth pastors in the Siouxland Section of Nebraska

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Elizabeth South - Never Looking Back ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Most of us have heard about the craze of 'Tebowing'. When a famous football player knelt down in prayer on the football field, and now millions of people take pictures of themselves kneeling down in the same position, presumably praying to God like Tim Tebow. This man is having a tremendous impact on millions of people across the world, much in the same way that Daniel did in the Old Testament.
A couple of weeks ago, a young boy named Solomon participated in our District Fun Arts, where students showcase their ministry gifts in a fun environment. He did a short sermon on faith, and in the middle of the message, he gave us an illustration: he 'Tebowed' for all to see. It was a wonderful example of just how far our public demonstration of our faith can go in impacting the world around us. The Tebow had moved from the National Football League stage to a young boy preaching his first message in Nebraska. When you stand up for God, you never know how far the impact will reach.

3). Ministry of the Day: Momentum Magazine - An online journal to benefit leaders and youth pastors

4). Link of the Day: Daily Lit - Minutes a day of great reading in your inbox—100% free!

5). Quote of the Day: 'If we want the farmer to become our customer, we must become his.' - Henry Ford

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Chocolate Caramel Day. It is also the birthday of Mike Amiot (North Central Regional Chi Alpha Director), a distinction he shares with famous missionary David Livingstone from 1813. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the television channel C-SPAN began broadcasting the House of Representatives in 1979.

Brian Korell, Youth Alive Missionary, at the Grand Island Speed the Light Rally, March 7th

Friday, March 16, 2012

Leaders Profile -

1). Song of the Day: Trip Lee - Fallin ♫

2). Leaders Profile: David Scrabek
POSITION: Senior Pastor in St. Paul, NE
HISTORY: From Minnesota, graduate of NCU and Crown College
FAMILY: Married to Alissa with a baby girl and boy
HOBBIES: Shooting Birds, Travelling, Golf

3). Ministry of the Day: National Fine Arts - This year our National Fine Arts Festival will be in Louisville, KY the first week of August

4). Link of the Day: Calories Burned - See how many calories you burn during many different physical activities

5). Quote of the Day: Be blessable before asking God for many blessings - Dr. Gordon Anderson, NCU

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Freedom of Information Day. It is also the beginning of our NE District Women's Retreat, and the registration deadline for Fine Arts. It is the birthday of David Maxwell (Mississippi DYD), a distinction he shares Steve Tripp (DYD of Wisconsin) and with famous game show host Chuck Woolery, from 1941. Finally, it is the wedding anniversary of Amy and Bob Stanley (Children's Pastor in Bellevue).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Point of Grace - A Thousand Little Things ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- A youth pastor contacted me yesterday. His group is trying to increase their personal giving for STL. They are up $40 on average a month in STL offerings!
- Here's a Fine Arts testimony from a student to me on Facebook: Fine arts has really made a difference, and it is reaching the goal you guys have said time and time again. Its not a competition to me. Well, it is. I get excited if I win something, and more excited if I get to go to nationals. But, that's not the point. My main focus when I go to fine arts is to honor God, and learn new things. I get excited when I better myself from the year before. I am finding this year that winning is not important to me, the important thing is to do better, and to honor and worship God in all I do. Thank you for your part in Fine Arts. (Fine Arts Participation Registration Deadline is this weekend! Get your forms here)
- Omaha Glad Tidings has hired a new youth pastor - Bobby Clarke. Welcome to Nebraska Youth Ministries!

3). Ministry of the Day: Kids Convention - Next weekend, March 23,24th - $45 per students, $30 per adult - Theme is EMPOWERED - Go-Carts, Services, Gym, Pool, Rec Center, etc.

4). Link of the Day: Bartleby - Great books online

5). Quote of the Day: 'We find wisdom in the Bible, in creation and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit, in the practices and traditions of the church, and in our service to others.' -David Kinnaman, You Lost Me

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Companies that Care Day. It is also the start of our NYM Final Four Tournament (sign up here before 10am, password NYM). It is the birthday of famous evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, from 1935. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Rolls Royce vehicles started being produced in 1906.

Students excited about their T-shirt prizes at the Omaha STL Rally, December 2011

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Evan Craft - Broken Heart ♫

2). Blog Entry: Inviting Worship
- A common aspect of just about any church and youth group is that of worship, a time of singing songs to God. This is known both in the church and outside of it as well. Getting my haircut yesterday, the stylist even mentioned that though she doesn't attend church, she knows that every church is active in the arts.
- This can be a great way for us to be more attractive to those in the community. But most churches have a reputation for being active in the arts, but only in a traditional way. If people want to pursue more contemporary art styles, they don't think they can look for help in the church. This shouldn't be! Through programs like Fun Arts and Fine Arts, we can help our students explore exciting new methods and means of expressing themselves through the arts in worship of God.
- Worship is not just music, though music is often central to its components. Many groups play CD's or Worship DVD's if musicians aren't available. Even if you have a band, this can still be a good change occasionally for a service, or even just one song. Schools also are active in the arts, so consider talking with your local choir or band director and seeing if there are ways to partner together to train students and give them music opportunities. Don't be afraid to occasionally offer different types of artistic worship including painting, writing, dancing, etc. A pastors message can also reinforce the arts by including artistic illustrations and objects.
- It's important to invest in your worship area. Every year some money should be set aside for improvements and repairs in your sound, lights, videos, etc. Avail your team to worship training opportunities. Take a trip to visit another church or youth ministry (or maybe one of our colleges) and observe their worship experience. Contact some of the worship 'experts' in our district, including Mike King, TJ Cristobal, Jeff Booth, Geri Anderson, and Jody Stamer.

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Fine Arts - A great way to reinforce the exploration of the arts in your teenagers - registration deadline is this Friday!

4). Link of the Day: Nebraska Youth Ministries Final Four Tournament - Students and leaders are welcome to fill out the brackets and see how your predictions match up with the others in our state. Deadline is tomorrow morning! (password is NYM)

5). Quote of the Day: 'Exposure to fast food logos not only made people eat more but also made them engage in more behaviors associated with fast food: impatience, hurry, and a desire for immediate gratification.' - James Geary, I is an Other

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Potato Chip Day. It is also the birthday of Austrian composer Johann Strauss from 1804. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that President John F. Kennedy's body was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in 1967.

Original Artistic House in Ord, NE

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Desperation Band - Wonderful ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Congratulations to REVKEV for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. With his earnings, he is now up to $20 in prize money that can be used towards any NYM event or piece of merchandise. Here's the trivia for today: This week is the beginning of March Madness, the NCAA Final Four Tournament (get in on our NYM brackets here - password NYM). Name a person in the Bible that struggled with 'madness'.

3). Ministry of the Day: CMConnect - a great place for Children's Ministers to connect with peers and find great resources as well.

4). Link of the Day: Preceden - Make a timeline for anything.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Many parents' resolve has crumbled in the face of permissive norms.' -Jem M. Twenge, The Narcissism Epidemic

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Donald Duck Day. It is also the birthday of Dominick Warne (pastor in Chadron, NE) a distinction he shares with the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II from 1741. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Dan Marino retired from the NFL in 2000.

Preparations for a game at Fun Arts, Burwell, February 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: R.M.G. - Somebody to Love ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
- Last week was our annual Spring Break for public school in Grand Island. My kids went with my wife to Bellevue to be with our family while I stayed back in GI to work. My son Ryan wasn't feeling too well, with a cough and a runny nose, but I sent him with some great medicine. One week later, they came back and every one of them had a cough and runny nose. My daughter Abby is even staying home from school today because of it. Wash your hands often during this current sick season. And learn the lesson, things spread fast when you spend quality time together.

3). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Fine Arts - Join us at the end of the month in a great event celebrating the gifts and talents in our young people. Registration deadline is this weekend!

4). Link of the Day: Mem Verse - A great online program for memorizing the word of God

5). Quote of the Day: 'You always pass failure on the way to success.' - Mickey Rooney

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Napping Day. It is also the birthday of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, from 1947. Tomorrow is the deadline to join our Nebraska Youth Ministries March Madness Tournament (password is NYM). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt began his 'fireside chats' on the radio for Americans in 1933.

Students and Leaders at the STL Rally in Valentine, December, 2011

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday - Leaders Profile

1). Song of the Day: Gateway Next - Look Up ♫

2). Leader Profile - Kevin Jacobs


POSITION: Youth Pastor at Omaha Spirit Life, NE Fine Arts Coordinator
FAMILY: Married to Beth with three children
HISTORY: Grew up in Omaha, Graduate of North Central in Minn, MN
HOBBIES: Christian Music, Huskers Football, Milford's Dinosaur

3). Ministry of the Day: BGMC Kids - Website chocked for all games and fun activities to teach kids about missions and encourage them to give

4). Link of the Day: America's Best Adventures - Check out this photo gallery of the best hiking adventures to take in the USA.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Young adults are digital natives immersed in a glossy pop culture that prefers speed over depth, sex over wholeness, and opinion over truth.' - Dave Kinnaman, You Lost Me

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Middle Name Pride Day. It is also the birthday of John Browne, English born Quaker from 1627. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Space Shuttle made its' final landing after 39 flights, in 2011.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Flame - Let Go ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
- A young boy named Lathan was at church for the very first time. A guest missionary named Denny was there speaking. The boy was sitting in the front row, with a great view. Suddenly, the missionary moved forward, forgetting about the steps leading up to the stage, and fell down on his face right in front of the boy. He got up, unharmed, and said to the boy 'well, that's what happens when you get old'. The children's pastor remarked that she felt God wanted it to happen so he would never forget the first time he went to church.
- A former Jr. High student of mine from being a youth pastor in Bellevue wrote to me on Facebook. He is stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia and he's recently had 15 of his friends make a commitment to Christ. It all started when one of his friends saw his Fire Bible on his desk. They all became interested and a small Christian community was born!

3). Ministry of the Day: Student Edition Fire Bible - Here is where you can order your own Fire Bible for students, like the one mentioned in the testimony above.

4). Link of the Day: SolarBeat - See a musical rendition explaining the rotation of the planets around the sun.

5). Quote of the Day: 'To know just what has do be done, then to do it, comprises the whole philosophy of practical life.' - Sir William Osier

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Proof Reading Day. It is also the birthday of Mario Hatcher (pastor in Bellevue, NE), a distinction he shares with Dennis Leitner (pastor in North Platte, NE) and the recently departed Micky Dolenz, of the band the Monkees, from 1945. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Ghana joined the United Nations in 1957.

Brian Korell, leading the way at the STL Rally in North Platte, December, 2011

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wednesday - Leaders Corner

1). Song of the Day: Group 1 Crew - Transcend ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Messages
One of the most important aspects of our ministries are the MESSAGES; the moments where people speak to the group. Our superintendent in NE, Pastor Dwight, often says that pastors can start on a path toward success by doing hospital visitations and preaching good messages. Much time in our Bible colleges is devoted to teaching students how to prepare and deliver quality sermons. Unfortunately, this is an area that is often least attended to by our leaders today.
We must start with planning our preparation time. It's wise to have certain pockets of time assigned weekly to your preparation and planning for speaking. Find a place where it's easy for you to focus and eliminate distractions. Make it a point to include a file system of notes and illustrations, good commentaries, worship, and prayer in the process.
You may want to consider speaking in series, which help with deciding a weekly topic. I used to speak in 12 different series throughout the year, once a month. You can figure that you would personally speak 3 of the 4 times a month, with a guest speaker or special event for the other weekly meeting.
A few other ideas: 1) Sharpen your speaking skills by attending public speaking seminars in your city or online, 2) Visit a partner ministry once or twice a year to gain new ideas from their style, 3) Videotape yourself and go back to it to see how you look and sound from the seats, 4) Empower those with a speaking gift in your ministry to partner with you, and 5) Use several visual illustrations, since it is now considered that well over half of our population learn best from visual stimulation.

3). Ministry of the Day: TheFiftyTwo.com - A website packed full of 4 years of free Youth Ministry materials (Volume III is free, contact Toby to get your free code in Nebraska)

4). Link of the Day: TED - Some great examples of powerful public speaking in a variety of different topics and settings

5). Quote of the Day: 'Image trumps information' - James Geary, I is an Other

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cereal Day, and our final NE STL rally in Grand Island at Northridge Church. It is also the birthday of Mary Beth Haase (Children's Pastors Wife in Lincoln, NE), a distinction she shares with American Televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, from 1942. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone in 1876.

Speaking at the Norfolk STL Rally, November 30th, 2011

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday - Bible Trivia

1). Song of the Day: Steve Cooper - Bigger ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
- Unfortunately, we don't have a correct comment from last weeks trivia, so the question will carryover to this week with a double payout - $10. Who was the first person to die in the Bible?

3). Ministry of the Day: Bible Quiz - Check out this program that focuses on teaching students the Word of God.

4). Link of the Day: Bedtime Help - a useful program designed to aid you in getting better rest by helping you go to bed at a reasonable time.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Bullies need to learn respect for others. They already have too much respect for themselves.' - Jean M. Twenge, The Narcissism Epidemic

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Snow Shoe Day. It is also the birthday of famous artist Michelangelo from 1475. Finally, it is the anniversary of Scott and Nikki Mans (pastors in Bridgeport, NE), a distinction they share with the act of Bayer aspirin being trademarked into production in 1899.

Kids performing at Fun Arts in Burwell, Feb 25th

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday - Life Lessons

1). Song of the Day: Jonathan David Helser - Endless Ocean ♫

2). Blog Entry: Different Culture
- I go a to an 'Express' Gym that is part of the YMCA in Grand Island. It's near my house and has a magnetic card given to its members for easy access. There are no locker rooms or other big amenities, just workout equipment and weights. They have several TV's mounted on the wall across from the aerobic equipment. The other day a man showed up with an entire xbox gaming system. He plugged it into the TV across from his machine and played a game of HALO while jogging on an elliptical. I like to read, but never thought of bringing my entire gaming system to keep playing the game at the gym. We live in a different culture of easy access.

3). Ministry of the Day: Interlinc - A great source for youth ministry, with regular mailings full of music, videos, and more.

4). Link of the Day: Scribd - A collection of writings online, add yours to the archives.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Better the friend we can see than the money we cannot.' - Greek proverb

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Fun Facts about names Day. It is also the annual spring CE committee meeting in Nebraska. It is the birthday of famous American pastor Joel Osteen, from 1963. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that George Washington patented the air brake in 1872.



Friday, March 2, 2012

Leaders Profile - Kevin Roach

1). Song of the Day: Trip Lee - I'm Good ♫

2). Leaders Profile - Kevin Roach

POSITION: Senior Pastor of River Hills Church in South Sioux City, NE
HISTORY: Grew up in Kansas, CBC Graduate
FAMILY: Married to Eunice, with 3 children
HOBBIES: Bowhunting, Road Biking

3). Ministry of the Day: Teen Girls Daily Calendar - Check out an activity and Scripture everyday for Teenage Girls

4). Link of the Day: TED Talks - Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world

5). Quote of the Day: 'Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.' - Pascal

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Employee Appreciation Day and the World Day of Prayer. It is the birthday of famous football player Herschel Walker from 1962. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Olympic Theatre was inaugurated in Vicenza, in 1585.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thursday - Testimonies

1). Song of the Day: Kristian Stanfill - Always ♫

2). Blog Entry: Campus Missionary Reports
- 'I am currently trying to work on making better choices for me and my future. I hope to give back to the community and hope that I can tell more people about Christ. I am enjoying youth group and our talks about purity. Pastor Julie Korrell at Northridge Assemblies of God in Grand Island, Nebraska has been amazing. The youth group has been very moving lately! I love being a child of God.'
- 'I came to school last Monday only to find out that one of my best friends had gone to a dare 2 share retreat that weekend and finally accepted Jesus while there! He came back on fire for God and it's absolutely incredible!!!! I mean when I met him, his first words to me were "I'm Wiccan." Its been a long journey but I've never seen him so happy and it's really stirred up conversations in our circle of friends and we've gotten a chance to share the gospel with our friends! His girlfriend was especially opposed to the whole thing at first but now she's more perplexed than anything. She sees that the change in him is a good one and I can tell she is curious. God is beginning to do awesome amazing incredible things in my group of friends and beyond!'


3). Ministry of the Day: STL Projects - See a listing of the current missionary projects that we are working towards in Nebraska Youth Ministries.

4). Link of the Day: Bicycling to Work - Check to see how much money you could save by riding your bike to work instead of taking your car.

5). Quote of the Day: 'A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.' - Thomas Carlyle

6). Miscellaneous: Today is World Book Day, as well as the first day of the Nebraska Men's Retreat. It is also the birthday of Amy Adams (pastors wife in Lexington) and Jennifer Wilkins (pastors wife in Omaha). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Nebraska became the 37th state in 1867.

Great Photography Entry from Fun Arts, Feb 25th