Monday, September 30, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Anberlin - City Electric

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Customer Service
     My wife and I were at the Charlotte, NC airport waiting for our flight. We were at a different gate sitting at seats that could look out the window and see the plane. The attendant at the gate gave a last courtesy call for any other ticketed guests. Then she went outside to walk up to the plane to tell the pilot to leave. As she was outside, 2 other customers ran to the gate, expecting to get on the plane. The made gestures to the attendant through the window and pounded on the door several times, but she wouldn't respond. Finally, she came back in with the plane still on the runway. The individuals said that had tickets for the flight, but the attendant said it was too late. As they argued, we could watch the plane leave to head to the runway and fly away. It wouldn't have been hard for the attendant to step out of the door and flag the plane down for a couple minutes to get these guests on, but she wouldn't do it. My wife almost got up and complained as well, because we were so surprised at the lack of grace. May we always do all we can to help those around us that come to us for help as ministers of God.

3). Ministry of the Day: Maximizing Convention - Check out several tips on how to maximize our NE Youth Conventions with your local youth ministry.

4). Link of the Day: Food on the Table - Five preset weekly dinner menus based on your preferences.

5). Quote of the Day: 'You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.' - Johnny Cash

6). Movie of the Day: Tough Reporter

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Blasphemy Day. It is also the birthday of Brian Steinbach (pastor in Holdrege, NE), Kristen Meduna (pastor's wife and youth/kids leader in Burton, NE), Matt Casey (Youth Leader in York, NE), Melanie Warriner (pastor's wife in Grand Island, NE), and Rob Yanike (associate pastor in Omaha, NE), a distinction they share with Johnny Mathis, American singer-songwriter from 1935. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Roberto Clemente recorded the 3,000th and final hit of his career in 1972.

Preaching at the Edge, Lincoln Jr. High Ministry, March 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Casting Crowns - All You've Ever Wanted

2). Leader Profile - Jonathan Hernandez



POSITION: Senior Pastor of Scottsbluff River of Life
HISTORY: NESOM Graduate
FAMILY: Married to Elsa with 3 kids
HOBBIES: Love Classic Cars, the Raiders, Camping

3). Ministry of the Day: Living in the Spirit - Pentecostal Teaching for Kids Ministries

4). Link of the Day: Secure Password? - A website that will show you the strength of your passwords for security purposes.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.' - Martin Luther

6). Movie of the Day: Extreme Mountain Biking

7). Miscellaneous: Today is World Tourism Day. It is also the birthday of Brent Kelderman (youth leader in Omaha, NE), Brad Novosad (District Chi Alpha Missionary), and Jonathan Hernandez (above), a distinction they share with , 1271 – King Wenceslaus II of Bohemia from 1271. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day of ; 2005 – Tom&Jerry's last episode in 2005.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Disciple - The One

2). Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 30,31 - Notes on God's Plan

3). Ministry of the Day: Fine Arts Tips - Check out some National Tips for selecting good content for your Fine Arts Presentations for our event in the spring.

4). Link of the Day: Chrometric - See what it's like to be colorblind

5). Quote of the Day: 'One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.' - William Shakespeare

6). Movie of the Day: Dance on Crutches

7). Miscellaneous: Today is World Maritime Day. It is also the birthday of Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist from 1774. Finally it is the anniversary of when Nolan Ryan set a Major League record by throwing his fifth no-hitter in 1981.

Ocean View from our Resort at the National STL Summit in South Carolina, earlier this week

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Third Culture Worship - Invade

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Vision Leaders
     Here's a list of qualities that a sharp leader of vision will contain, from The Catalyst Leader:
     - Optimistic about the future
     - Focused on the best in people
     - Never satisfied but always content
     - Consumed with making tomorrow better than today
     - Accepting of change
     - Inclusive, not exclusive
     - Personally bought in

3). Ministry of the Day: Youth Ministry Evaluation Form - Check out this online evaluation tool produced for the New York Youth Ministries Network.

4). Link of the Day: Homemade Projector - Make your own projector with this aggressive DIY project.

5). Quote of the Day: 'The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet.' - Bill Cosby

6). Movie of the Day: Alpha Monkey

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Yom Kippur. It is also the birthday of David Stitt (minister in Hastings, NE), a distinction he shares with William Faulkner, American author, from 1897. Finally, it is the anniversary of Kiley and Kerry Callaway (pastors in Gering, NE), a distinction they share with the day that ground was broken for Fenway Park in Boston in 1911.

A friend I met at the National STL Summit this week

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Switchfoot - Fading West

2). Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption



3). Ministry of the Day: See You At the Pole - Tomorrow is the annual SYATP event, where students gather around the flagpole at their local school campus to pray.

4). Link of the Day: Hot Cal - An online calorie and fitness tracker that helps you keep track of your daily meals and exercise goals.

5). Quote of the Day: 'It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.' - Julius Caesar

6). Movie of the Day: The Deer Wakes Up

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Punctuation Day. It is also the birthday of Roger Trennepohl (youth leader in Alliance, NE), a distinction he shares with , 1896 – F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author from 1896. Finally, it is the anniversary of Frank and Stephanie Hernandez (pastors in Bridgeport, NE) and Nate and Drew Krizek (Youth Pastors and Chi Alpha Directors in Kearney, NE), a distinction they share with the day that the Honda Motor Company was founded in 1948.

Monday, September 23, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Skillet - Not Gonna Die

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Never too young to make a difference
     Last week I had a coaching session with a few other pastors in the Nebraska District. It was a great time to connect and grow. One of the pastors talked about his leadership structure, and how they have several teams of leaders working in various areas around the church. As I asked questions, I discovered that his lawncare team was led by a 14 yr. old. The pastor said he was one of his most effective team leaders, keeping track of the lawn service and making it a beautiful look for the church and its members. While some churches might have scoffed at the idea of a teenager being a leader, this pastor embraced it and is enjoying the results. The lesson here - no one is ever too young to make a difference a be a leader in their world.

3). Ministry of the Day: Fire Institute - A student leadership initiative sponsored through our National Youth Ministries network.

4). Link of the Day: IOGraphica - Turn your routine work into modern art

5). Quote of the Day: 'If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.' - Ronald Reagan

6). Movie of the Day: STL Bike Ride - Check out this ride from a father and his son in a wheelchair, from Idaho.

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Restless Legs Awareness Day. It is also the birthday of Cindy Masten (Pastor's Wife from Thedford, NE), a distinction she shares with Augustus, Roman emperor, from 63 BC. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the first commencement exercises occurred at Harvard College in 1642.

NE Youth Committee 2013/2014

Friday, September 20, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Silverline - With the Angels

2). Leader Profile - Kim Harryman



POSITION: Senior Pastor's Wife in McCook, NE
HISTORY: Graduate of Kansas State University
FAMILY: Married to KC
HOBBIES: Art, Photography, Pet Dog

3). Ministry of the Day: On The City - The City helps your church gather up the disconnected pieces of modern life and knit them together into one complete whole.

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

5). Quote of the Day: 'It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.' - Eleanor Roosevelt

6). Movie of the Day: Crazy Russian Dancer

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Trademen Day. It is also the birthday of 1948 – George R. R. Martin, American screenwriter and author, from 1948. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Saladin began the Siege of Jerusalem in 1187.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Everfound - God of the Impossible

2). Bible Commentary: 1 Samuel 27,28 - Notes on God's Plan

3). Ministry of the Day: NYM Calendar - Check out all of the upcoming events, programs and special days for Nebraska Youth Ministries

4). Link of the Day: Solar Beat - A creative musical melody created in rhythm with the rotation of the planets in our solar system.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Time spent with cats is never wasted.' - Sigmund Freud

6). Movie of the Day: Fighting Priests

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Talk like a Pirate Day. It is also the birthday of Joe Morgan, famous American baseball player from 1943. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Jamestown was burned to the ground by the forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon's Rebellion in 1676.

Kids Fun Arts in Kearney, February 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Shine Bright Baby - Made to Glow

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Church Leadership
     A huge task that is often overlooked in leadership circles is that of raising up new leaders. This is something that needs to happen with students, but also with adults. How many adults do you have helping you and who are you mentoring to someday possibly take your place? I've had several leaders that aren't able to miss a service for a special event once in awhile because they don't have anyone that can lead when they are gone - this shouldn't be. We need to provide outlets for people to step up into leadership and ministry. I was meeting with a great NE leader the other day and he mentioned his leadership style. He has 4 tiers of leadership. They have pastors that oversee managers. The managers each oversee a few ministry departments that each have their own director. The directors oversee various teams of people working together in a variety of areas (outreach, ministry placement, finances, facilities, youth, young adults, worship, etc.) They have 51% of their church involved in ministry somewhere within this map. We should all strive to provide easy natural steps for our people to get into ministry and track their development along the way.

3). Ministry of the Day: Background Checks - We use the government system that has monthly, seasonal, and yearly membership rates with smaller fees for more advanced reports.

4). Link of the Day: Sticker Mule - Easy online ordering for custom stickers and other products.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.' - Edgar Allan Poe

6). Movie of the Day: Pizza Bagels

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Respect Day. It is also the birthday of Frankie Avalon, American actor, from 1939. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Christopher Columbus landed at Honduras on his fourth, and final voyage in 1502.

Students from the Sidney 7 Project last week in Western NE

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Colour of London - Shine Out

2). Caption Contest: Click on the pic below to submit a caption



3). Ministry of the Day: High Point - A dynamic Children's Ministry Resource where they travel around the world finding out truths from God.

4). Link of the Day: MemVerse - Learn memory verses for life

5). Quote of the Day: 'Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.' - Winston Churchill

6). Movie of the Day: Panda Faceplant

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Constitution Day. It is also the birthday of our National Youth Director Heath Adamson, a distinction he shares with Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter from 1923. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the city of Boston, Massachusetts was founded in 1630.

Monday, September 16, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Sumerlin - The Fallback

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     This past week we had a 7 Project in Sidney, NE. We had two school assemblies and a night rally where several students responded to receive Christ for the first time. During one of the assemblies, Julie Korell was asking different students to share with her the dream they have for their lives. She is used to hearing students say things like athlete, doctor, teacher, etc. But she went to one girl that was in a wheelchair and the answer suprised her, 'I dream of the day when I can walk.' Sometimes we overlook the obvious, but it's important for us to keep having faith and believing God for the impossible. Teach others to never give up on their dreams.

3). Ministry of the Day: Past National Fine Arts Festivals - Check out some of the great events we've had with our national team over the past several years.

4). Link of the Day: Convert Center - Online unit conversion

5). Quote of the Day: 'Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.' - Michael Jordan

6). Movie of the Day: West Florida STL - Check out this promo video for STL from the new DYD of West Florida.

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Step Family Day. It is also the birthday of B.B. King, American singer-songwriter from 1925. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Mayflower started her voyage to North America in 1620.

Kevin Libby trying his very first Runza

Friday, September 13, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Natalie Villa - Fast Lane

2). Leader Profile - Josh Williams



POSITION: Youth Pastor at Crete Radiant Springs Church
HISTORY: Former youth leader in Ogallala, attended SAGU in Texas
FAMILY: Married to Karen, hopes to have many kids
HOBBIES: Video Editing, Bus Driving, Paintball, Dog Whispering

3). Ministry of the Day: Sidney 7 Project - Check out photos from the Sidney 7 Project School assembly that took place yesterday. We did an assembly for both the High School and Jr. High with about 550 students. About 200 came back to the night rally and several responded with a commitment to receive Jesus at the end of the night!

4). Link of the Day: Scribd - Self publish books within the Scribd online community

5). Quote of the Day: 'Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.' - Willie Nelson

6). Movie of the Day: Earth Timelapse from Space

7). Miscellaneous: Today is International Chocolate Day. It is also the birthday of Russel Kreifels (youth leader in Coleridge, NE), a distinction he shares with John J. Pershing, American general, from 1860. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Michelangelo began working on his statue of David, in 1501.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Cross Legacy - I Bow Down

2). Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 25,26 - Notes on God's Plan

3). Ministry of the Day: Pop Out for BGMC - Give up soda for a month to give the proceeds to missions with BGMC.

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

5). Quote of the Day: 'Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.' - Bruce Lee

6). Movie of the Day: Against the Grain

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Video Game Day. It is also the birthday of Jesse Owens, American sprinter, from 1913. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that U.S. Representative John Fitzgerald Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island from 1953.

School Assemblies yesterday in Sidney, NE

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Ryan Stevenson - Holding Nothing Back

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Contructing a Message
     As leaders, one of the tasks that we must learn to do well is public speaking. Even if it's just for a small group of people, it's very important to do it with excellence and passion. Here are some ideas for constructing a message from Doug Fields in his book, 'Speaking to Teenagers':


1. Develop your Takeaway key phrase
2. Discern  why they need to hear it
3. Decide how to say it
4. Discover how to provoke their interest
5. Determine what needs to be illustrated
6. Deliberate over its connection
7. Delay your final edits
8. Depend on God's power

3). Ministry of the Day: Columbus 14 - Check out our National Fine Arts Festival coming to Columbus, OH next summer.

4). Link of the Day: Bartleby - Great Books Online

5). Quote of the Day: 'Falling in love and having a relationship are two different things.' - Keanu Reeves

6). Movie of the Day: Touring America

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Patriot Day. It is also the birthday of Dan Zitterkopf (Campgrounds Director in Lexington, NE), and Steve Wilson (pastor in Red Cloud, NE), a distinction that they share with Bear Bryant, American football player and coach, from 1913. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first United States Secretary of the Treasury in 1789.

Singing Trio from Holdrege at Fine Arts, April, 2014

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Kingdom - God of Fire

2). Caption Contest - click on the pic below to submit a caption


3). Ministry of the Day: Up in the Air for BGMC - Spend time on a building or a billboard all to raise money for BGMC in your community

4). Link of the Day: Daily Lit - Read books online by daily email and RSS feeds

5). Quote of the Day: 'Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.' - Soren Kierkegaard

6). Movie of the Day: Christ's Place Teaser - Clips from different songs available on the new album coming out this fall.

7). Miscellaneous: Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is also the birthday of Ben Hart (Children's Leader in Minatare, NE), 1929 – Arnold Palmer, American golfer, from 1929. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Nathan Hale volunteered to spy for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War in 1776.

Monday, September 9, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Submission Red - Fight For Me

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - 16,000!
     Last week, I had the chance to go to Southwestern University in Waxahachie, Texas. It was the Spiritual Saturation Week, and my knee injury afforded me the opportunity because I wasn't able to participate in the Missions Bike Ride. We met with the administration and they did a great job utilizing the DYD's as a part of the programming during the week. We were active in services and at the altars, and they gave us a great time with golf and dinners and get togethers as well. In our meeting with administration they mentioned that they are tracking 16,000 recruits for next year. They'll have about 2,000 students next year total, and almost half drive in from the area. They'll only get a smaller portion of the big whole, but the fact that they have a huge number like 16,000 helps them recruit a strong class still. Over-communicating is not a bad thing. What if the same ratio applied with church growth? To grow 100 people we'd need to effectively reach out and ministry to almost 1,000 people in some strategic way. We've got to start thinking bigger in our approach to growing and reaching out.

3). Ministry of the Day: Transitions - A strategy for helping high school graduates make a successful transition as Christians onto their secular college campus.

4). Link of the Day: Slidefinder - Find slides for your public presentations.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.' - Albert Einstein

6). Movie of the Day: Great Basketball Celebration

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Wonderful Weirdo's Day. It is also the birthday of Paul Hinzman (Illinois DYD), a distinction he shares with Leo Tolstoy, Russian author, from 1828. Finally, it is the anniversary of Rich and Sheila Graeff, a distinction they share with the day that Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time in 1956.

Children's Leaders Training from Norfolk in April, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Submission Red - Fight for Me

2). Leader Profile - Ben Hart


POSITION: Children's Leader in Minatare, NE
HISTORY: Grew up in Taylor, NE
FAMILY: Single, Parents still live in the Taylor area
HOBBIES: Bike Riding, Being with Friends, Guitar

3). Ministry of the Day: Campus Missions - Help your students reach other students on their campus by becoming Campus Missionaries.

4). Link of the Day: Seasonal Food Chart - Enjoy what foods are ripe at the best time of the year.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Romance should last a lifetime.' - Billy Graham

6). Movie of the Day: Back to Church Sunday

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the end of National Payroll Week. It is also the birthday of Jeff Foxworthy, American comedian, from 1958. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower to settle in North America in 1620.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: The Afters - Broken Hallelujah

2). Bible Commentary: 1 Samuel 23,24 - Notes on God's Plan

3). Ministry of the Day: SAGU - This week has been great at Spiritual Saturation on campus. Check out this great college in Waxahachie, TX.

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

5). Quote of the Day: 'Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.' - H. G. Wells

6). Movie of the Day: Minecraft Cows

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Be Late For Something Day. It is also the birthday of Johann Christian Bach, German composer, from 1735. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Boxer Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) was awarded the gold medal in the Olympics in 1960.

Michelle, York Youth leader, enjoying the Exhibits at the NE State Fair during Youth Pastor's Retreat

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: JJ Heller - Redemption

2). Leaders Corner - Different ways for leaders to take care of their teams (from Dave Ramsey, in EntreLeadership)


- avoid executive perks and ivory towers - stay on their level
- eat lunch in their lunchroom - get to know them as people and individuals
- get your own coffee sometimes - let them see you work like everyone else
- no reserved parking spots - show them you can walk to the door just like they do
- do the dirty work sometimes - when they see the boss doing it, they'll know every job is important

3). Ministry of the Day: Faith Case - A dynamic Children's Ministry resource where kids can be detectives and solve the case by finding the clues.

4). Link of the Day: Tunehog - A powerful music management and sharing platform.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.' - Martin Luther King, Jr.

6). Movie of the Day: Batman helps with Camp Rules

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Newspaper Carrier Day. It is also the birthday of Tyler Whearty (my nephew) and Adam Erwin (associate pastor in Omaha, NE), a distinction they share with Henry Ford II, American businessman from 1917. Finally, it is the anniversary of Dave and Jen Busch (pastors in Burwell, NE), a distinction they share with the day that Los Angeles, California was founded in 1781.

Inaugural Service for the year at SAGU in Dallas, TX

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: David Crowder - Let Me Feel You Shine

2). Blog Entry: Caption Contest (click on the pic below to submit a caption)


3). Ministry of the Day: Chadron State Chi Alpha - Check out our college ministry on the campus of this college in Northwest Nebraska.

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

5). Quote of the Day: 'If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.' - Andy Rooney

6). Movie of the Day: Buddy YMCA Parody

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the Middle of National Nutrition Week. It is also the birthday of Charlie Sheen, American actor, from 1965. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Richard Cromwell became Lord Protector of England in 1658.

Monday, September 2, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Citizen Way - How Sweet the Sound

2). Blog Entry: Customer Service
     Sometimes it's easier for us to please ourselves rather than pleasing those we serve. My wife and I have seen this a few times when we've gone out to eat. We met for a lunch date last week and entered one of our favorite restaurants just after 1pm. There weren't many people there as the lunch crowd had already funneled back to work. With most of the restaurant open, we were looking forward to a comfortable table by a window in the shade. The hostess, though, led us to a small table in a tight position right next to a booth with four adults. We asked if we could move to one of the other tables and she allowed us but explained that they like to keep the tables closer together for the convenience of their waiter. Though nice for the waiter, we felt like the customer's comfort should be more important. I know, it's easy for us to think that when we are always the customer, but this is something important to consider with our churches and the visitors that arrive. Do we, as leaders, cater to our own desires, or to the desires and needs of those we serve?

3). Ministry of the Day: Take your Ministry Back to School - Help your students reach students - PRAY - CONNECT - TELL

4). Link of the Day: Is It Normal - Curious how others might perceive your situation? Ask your question today and find out what others think...

5). Quote of the Day: 'What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?' - Henry David Thoreau

6). Movie of the Day: Book Domino Chain World Champion

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Bison-ten Yell Day. It is also the birthday of Terry Bradshaw, American football player, from 1948. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Great Fire of London broke out and burned for three days, in 1666.

Hi-Flying act at the State Fair during Youth Pastor's Retreat last month