Friday, November 29, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Aaron Shust - No One Higher

2). Leader Profile: Dave Busch



POSITION: Senior Pastor in Burwell, NE
HISTORY: Graduate of Trinity Bible College
FAMILY: Married to Jen with 5 children
HOBBIES: Cycling, Welding, Hunting, Traveling

3). Ministry of the Day: Alive in Christ - Now even promoted at Barnes and Nobles, pick up this great manual for students who recently gave their lives to Christ.

4). Link of the Day: Cenabo - Online meal pre-ordering application for sit down events.

5). Quote of the Day: 'I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.' - Walt Disney

6). Movie of the Day: Great Teamwork Football Play

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Electronic Greetings Day. It is also the birthday of Dave Busch (above), a distinction he shares with C. S. Lewis, Irish author and poet, from 1898. Finally, it is Brian and Julie Korell's Anniversary (YA Director and Youth Pastor in Grand Island, NE) a distinction they share with when Atari announced the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game, in 1972.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Hillsong Young and Free - Sinking Deep

2). Blog Entry: Leader's Corner
     One of the things common to all youth and kids leaders is that they need to prepare messages for their students. Most of the time, this occurs on a weekly basis and some may plan out series or themes months and even years in advance. Here's some great message constructing tips from Doug Fields in the book, 'Speaking to Teenagers':

1. Develop your Takeaway key phrase, something easy to remember
2. Discern why they need to hear it, giving it purpose
3. Decide how to say it the right way
4. Discover how to provoke their interest with the phrase
5. Determine what needs to be illustrated to help drive the point home
6. Deliberate over its connection with both students and leaders
7. Delay your final edits until you've had some time to live with it for a bit.
8. Depend on God's power, the ultimate source of all effectiveness in ministry


3). Ministry of the Day: Radiant Life - Check out the Winter Season of Sunday School materials, 'Learn to Live the Life'.

4). Link of the Day: Knoword - Expand your vocabulary with this game online.

5). Quote of the Day: 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.' - Franklin D. Roosevelt

6). Movie of the Day: How to Thank Your Team

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Day of Listening. It is also the birthday of Jimi Hendrix, American singer-songwriter from 942. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the U.S. Army War College was established in 1901.

Top NYM Photos of 2013: #128 - Exciting Worship at The Edge (Lincoln, March)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Hillsong - Anchor

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



3). Ministry of the Day: Campus Missionary Resources - Check out a big list of tools and resources to help you equip your students to be missionaries on their local school campus.

4). Link of the Day: Thought Boxes - Thoughtboxes makes it easy to get organized, complete tasks, and collaborate.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Leaders flush toilets.' - David Bauschpiess, South Dakota DYD

6). Movie of the Day: High School Scrimmage Flip

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the Middle of National Bible Week. It is also the birthday of John Harvard, English-American minister, from 1607. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Tony Blair became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament in 1998.

Monday, November 25, 2013

NYM Update

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

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     This past week I had surgery on my right knee. It was a scope procedure, so I was an outpatient and have spent the last 5 days recovering at home. This wasn't my first knee surgery, so I knew what to expect but it still caught me off guard. I've had difficulty sleeping through the night because I can't change positions and move my leg. The medicine was so powerful, not only did it take my pain away, but it made me quite nauseous. The doctors said I wasn't eating enough to fight the nausea. After 3 days, I removed my leg wrap and changed my bandages, which gave me some relief from the pressure on my knee. But then later in the day I was feeling very sick and my leg was throbbing. It was the most pain I experienced in the process of recovery and yet the next morning I woke up much better, able to put a little pressure on my leg when walking for the first time. The greatest pain came before the greatest recovery. I had to get through the pain to truly appreciate the restoration of my knee. Sometimes, that's true in life as well.

3). Ministry of the Day: NYM Videos - Check out our youtube channel full of highlight videos, promotions, and other interesting clips from our DYD (District youth Director)

4). Link of the Day: Travel Math -  If you're planning a trip, you can measure things like travel distance and travel time.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.' - Donald Trump

6). Movie of the Day: 67 Yard Field Goal

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Shopping Reminder Day. It is also the birthday of David Cramer (pastor in Beatrice, NE), a distinction he shares with Amy Grant, American singer, from 1960. Finally, it is the anniversary of when President John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in 1963.

Top Photos of 2013: #149 - Brian giving instructions at the beginning of the Missions Bike Ride (Burwell, September)

Friday, November 22, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Jesus Culture - Holding Nothing Back

2). Leader Profile - Jay Warriner



POSITION: Youth Pastor in Grand Island, NE
HISTORY: Grew up in the area, spent time in ministry training in Mexico
FAMILY: Married with 3 kids
HOBBIES: Hunting, Soccer, Commercials, Fantasy Sports

3). Ministry of the Day: Prayer Zone Partners - Get your adults and parents in church involved in praying regularly for your students and schools.

4). Link of the Day: Rizwan Scholars - Help us build our nation by facilitating quality education in young scholars achieving excellence in academics.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.' - Thomas Jefferson

6). Movie of the Day: Endeavor's Final Mission

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Humane Society Anniversary Day. It is also the birthday of Abigail Adams, American wife of John Adams, 2nd First Lady of the United States, from 1744. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany in 2005.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Hillsong Young and Free - Alive

2). Bible Commentary: 1 Samuel 16,17: Notes on Worship

3). Ministry of the Day: Campus Missionaries - Encourage your students to sign up to commit to reach their friends on their local school campus

4). Link of the Day: Event Brite - Online Event Registration

5). Quote of the Day: 'Beware the hobby that eats.' - Benjamin Franklin

6). Movie of the Day: High Bar Base Jumping Fail

7). Miscellaneous: Today is World Hello Day. It is also the birthday of Voltaire, French philosopher, from 1694. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restored the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BC.

Top NYM Photos of 2013: #209 - Unhappy Sound Men on the STL Tour (Gothenburg, January)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Hillsong - Christ is Enough for Me

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     This past Monday I had a coaching session with some other pastors and we discussed what roles would be appropriate to allow pre-Christians to serve in. There are some that might think they shouldn't serve at all, but others believe it as a viable way of helping them get closer to a commitment to Christ. There are many levels on the process of discipleship and once the seed has been planted in someone's heart, they are on that process. It may take months or years, but they are heading toward a commitment, and we can help them get there. Overall, we agreed and felt there are several serving roles that don't necessarily influence leadership over others but provide an important element of the body of Christ. Specifically we mentioned set designs, labor projects, and building maintenance. Here's a list of jobs that Andy Stanley mentions in his book, 'Deep and Wide':

- guest services
- service projects
- audio/visual engineers
- bands
- create and build sets
- edit and produce videos
- acting

3). Ministry of the Day: Hot Topics - Different guides in different areas for teen girls.

4). Link of the Day: Slide Finder - Search engine for PowerPoint Presentations

5). Quote of the Day: 'When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.' - Bernard Meltzer

6). Movie of the Day: 9 Layer Density Tower

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. It is also the birthday of Beth Keller Ralls (Youth Leader in Taylor, NE), Alana Bade (Youth Pastor's Wife in South Sioux City, NE), Norm McCarthy (Children's leader in Grand Island, NE), and Steve Warriner (pastor in Grand Island, NE), a distinction they share with  1925 – Robert F. Kennedy, American politician and 64th United States Attorney General, from 1925. Finally, it is the anniversary of when New Jersey became the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights in 1789.

Top Pics of 2013: #205 - Tired Campers at Youth Camp 2 (Lexington, June)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Jahaziel - They Don't Know

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



3). Ministry of the Day: 7:14 Prayer App - Get the Prayer App sponsored by our National Office in Springfield, MO.

4). Link of the Day: Find the Best - Search engine for the best deals on the web.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Responsibility is the price of freedom.' - Elbert Hubbard

6). Movie of the Day: Babies Testing Lemons

7). Miscellaneous: Today is World Toilet Day. It is also the birthday of Trent Mettenbrink (Missionary to Mexico), a distinction he shares with James A. Garfield, American politician, 20th President of the United States, from 1831. Finally, it is the anniversary of when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the military cemetery ceremony at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863.

Monday, November 18, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Mercy Me - Shake

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     Good communication is essential to good results. This past weekend we had our Western Youth Convention in North Platte, NE. Because it is two weeks after the Eastern Convention, we have to be careful how we handle our pre ordered Tshirts, making sure we have enough for both groups. I told some girls at the Tshirt booth to set aside a certain number to make sure we were ready. They came back to me and told me that we had already run out and wouldn't have enough. It didn't make sense - I was certain I had planned appropriately. Later, we found out that the Tshirts had already been set aside by a different volunteer who had been asked to do it by my assistant, who read my note to get it done! Over-communicating actually bit me back, but I'd rather set aside twice as many shirts than not have enough when needed. We must learn to communicate often and regularly if we want great results.

3). Ministry of the Day: One Month - Along with our My 1 Shirt STL Campaign, challenge your students to take their Bible with them everywhere they go for an entire month.

4). Link of the Day: Wikia - Creat, collaborate, be original - share what you know and love.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.' - Albert Camus

6). Movie of the Day: Waterfall Swing

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Mickey Mouse Day. It is also the birthday of George Gallup, American statistician and pollster, from 1901. Finally, it is beginning of our Top NYM Photos of 2013 countdown, and the anniversary of when the first push-button telephone went into service in 1963.

#223 - Basketball at Youth Camp 1 (Lexington, June)

Friday, November 15, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Ohio Avenue - Close to Me

2). Leader Profile - Eric Rozean


POSITION: Children's Pastor in Kearney, NE
HISTORY: Attended Evangel in Springfield, MO (birthday is Nov 16!)
FAMILY: Married to Shelley with 4 Children
HOBBIES: Loves the KC Chiefs, Construction, Skiing

3). Ministry of the Day: TRaCclub - A ministry of Royal Rangers to help mentor boys into strong men of God.

4). Link of the Day: Red Notebook - A modern day online journal

5). Quote of the Day: 'A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.' - Steve Martin

6). Movie of the Day: Grand Canyon - Blink of Time

7). Miscellaneous: Today is Guinness World Record Day. It it also the birthday of Macho Man Randy Savage, professional wrestler, from 1952. Finally, it is the opening day of our Western Youth Convention, a distinction we have with the day that Georgetown University first started in 1791.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

NYM Update

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

2). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 14,15

3). Ministry of the Day: DYD Days at Trinity - Check out pics from my recent trip to this great Bible College in North Dakota.

4). Link of the Day: Worth Monkey - The online blue book for electronics

5). Quote of the Day: 'I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.' - Albert Einstein

6). Movie of the Day: Tractor Square Dance

7). Miscellaneous: Today is International Girls Day. It is also the birthday of Mark Hoffman (youth pastor in Cozad, NE) and Bethanie Storer (pastor's wife in Mullen, NE), a distinction they shares with Greek composer Yanni from 1954. Finally, it is the anniversary of when many members of the Marshall University Football team tragically died in a plane crash in 1970.

North Central Backpack giveaway at Eastern Convention, Bellevue, November 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Superchick - Sunshine

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     We all should work together in a team. Together is better. Maybe you feel like you are good enough that you don't need others. Even if that is the case, then they need you! One of the challenges is recruiting people to be a part of your team. Some of us are in situations where the team members are a challenge for us because of different circumstances and strong personalities. Here's some rules Aubrey Malphurs gives in his book 'Advanced Strategic Planning' for building a strong team:

1. Cultivate of vulnerability based trust
2. Engage in robust dialogue
3. Lead by consensus
4. Confront members about inappropriate behaviors
5. Make the team's interests the priority

3). Ministry of the Day: Fall Youth Convention - This weekend is our 2nd convention, in Western Nebraska at the Sandhills Convention Center; there's still time to sign up!

4). Link of the Day: Coolendar - Not only calendar or task app: it's a whole new planning experience.

5). Quote of the Day: 'The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.' - Winston Churchill

6). Movie of the Day: Neglected Ducks Get their first taste of Water

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Young Readers Day. It is also the birthday of TV host Jimmy Kimmel from 1967. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the AK-47 gun was first developed by the Soviets in 1947.

Worship Time at Eastern Convention, Bellevue, November 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Chicago Mass Choir - Glory and Honor

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



3). Ministry of the Day: My Healthy Church - Check out the resources provided by our National Office online.

4). Link of the Day: Quora - Your best source for knowledge.

5). Quote of the Day: 'What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

6). Movie of the Day: Human-Powered Free Running Machine

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the Middle of Geography Awareness Week. It is also the birthday of Andy Kaup (Jr. High Director in Bellevue, NE), a distinction he shares with Ryan Gosling, American actor, from 1980. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the naval battle of Guadalcanal began in WWII in 1942.

Monday, November 11, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Jason Gray - For the First Time Again

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Remember
     Yesterday, my family and I went with my mother-in-law to visit the gravesite of my Father-in-Law, Bob Whearty. He went to be with the Lord April 28, earlier this year. It was our first time back at the cemetery and we were able to see the tombstone for the first time as well. It was a bit surreal, and it looked very nice and honorable, but it was hard to feel good about it. I asked my Mother-in-law if she had gone back before and she had, but she was very disturbed because there was no tombstone or marker of any kind. The grass had grown over the area and she couldn't even tell where he was. That caused her much grief, as if she would forget him and not remember. With the tombstone in place, we have a memorial that we can visit and remember our loved one. It's important for us to set up memorials in our lives to remember the great people and the great moments that God used to make us the people we are today, and the people we are becoming day by day.

3). Ministry of the Day: Teen Challenge - Visit this site with information about this life transformational program for people with life controlling addictions.

4). Link of the Day: Ask Metafilter - Ask questions and get answers fast

5). Quote of the Day: 'When the solution is simple, God is answering.' - Albert Einstein

6). Movie of the Day: Michael Phelps Amazing Putt

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Veteran's Day. It is also the birthday of Jim Nielsen (pastor in Plattsmouth, NE), Karen Libby (pastor's wife in West Point, NE), Richard Nakai (High School Youth Director in Bellevue, NE), and Kyle-Lynn Blaise (Youth Pastor's Wife in Kearney, NE), a distinction they share with Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian author from 1821. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Palestine Liberation Organization confirmed the death of Yasser Arafat from unidentified causes in 2004.

Eastern Youth Convention Altar Time, Bellevue, November 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Chris Tomlin - You Lifted Me Out

2). Leader Profile - Cory Danley



POSITION - Youth Pastor in Holdrege
HISTORY - From Newton, IA
FAMILY - Married to Carrie with 3 Kids
HOBBIES - Denver Broncos, Golfing, Scuba Diving

3). Ministry of the Day: Teen Bible Quiz - Come be a part of our Bible Quiz for teenagers throughout 2013/2014

4). Link of the Day: Hunch - Hunch’s “Taste Graph” is a development platform for taste-based applications.

5). Quote of the Day: 'We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. -
Mother Teresa

6). Movie of the Day: Great moments when the game is on the line

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National X-Ray Day. It is also the birthday of Milton Bradley, American businessman from 1836. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray while experimenting with electricity in 1895.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Josh Wilson - Sing

2). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 11,13 - Notes on Worship

3). Ministry of the Day: Sunday School Administrators - Join the list from the National Office and receive support and information on a regular basis.

4). Link of the Day: Milk and Honey Shoes - Design your own shoes online

5). Quote of the Day: 'No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.' - Abraham Lincoln

6). Movie of the Day: Blake Griffin's Long Shot

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day. It is also the birthday of Elsa Hernandez (Pastor's Wife in Scottsbluff, NE), a distinction she shares with Billy Graham, American evangelist, from 1918. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia in 1908.

Akward Family Photos from Eastern Convention, November 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Brandon Heath - Jesus in Disguise

2). Leaders Corner - Substance Abuse Prevention
     Our schools often partner with us in helping parents take care of their children. Here is a list of suggestions local schools give to help prepare parents to guard there kids from drug and alcohol abuse:
     1. Lay down the law - Make sure they know they are prohibited from drinking and drugs
     2. Be a model for conscientious behavior - They will follow your lead
     3. When hosting parties, offer ample amounts of non-alcoholic drinks, food, and games
     4. Dispose of all alcoholic leftovers in the house
     5. Phone ahead to party destinations and make sure there is no alcohol there

3). Ministry of the Day: AG Openings - Check a listing of job openings posted on our National Youth Ministries website.

4). Link of the Day: I Am Second - I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Earlier today, Arnold Schwarzenegger criticized the California school system, calling it disastrous. Arnold says California's schools are so bad that its graduates are willing to vote for me.' - Conan O'Brien

6). Movie of the Day: My Way

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Saxophone Day. It is also the birthday of Zig Ziglar, American author from 1926. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War in 1861.

Playing around at the PK Retreat, Omaha, July 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Flame - All In

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



3). Ministry of the Day: Legal Matters - It's important for all churches to consider protection legally, especially when dealing with youth and kids

4). Link of the Day: Healthy Men - Get preventative tests done at the right time to be a strong man.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

6). Movie of the Day: Nitro Warriors

7). Miscellaneous: Today is the Middle of World Communication Week. It is also the birthday of Liz Korenak (youth/children's pastor in Blair, NE), a distinction she shares with Roy Rogers, American singer from 1911. Finally, it is the anniversary of when Woodrow Wilson was elected to the presidency of the United States in 1912.

Monday, November 4, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Christafari - He is Greater than I

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - This past weekend was our Eastern Youth Convention at Bellevue Christian Center. Our guest speaker, Tom Groot (Ohio DYD) interacted with a student from Bellevue in front of everyone Friday night in a fun illustration. The next day, my family and his went out to lunch together. We realized as we were eating that the host helping us out was actually the girl from the night before, working away. Later in the day, at our last service, we looked over and saw her there again, leaving work early to come finish out convention with everyone. As our speaker was talking about doing everything with excellence - we saw it lived out by this student in front of our eyes. Sometimes the best messages are lived out without ever saying a word.

3). Ministry of the Day: PK Network - A Facebook group for Pastors Kids from all across the nation.

4). Link of the Day: Drive Safely - High Quality Text to Speech App for use when driving

5). Quote of the Day: 'Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.' - William Shakespeare

6). Movie of the Day: Crazy Car Wreck

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Use Your Common Sense Day. It is also the birthday of Will Rogers, American actor from 1879. Finally, it is Greg and Angie Wallace's Anniversary (pastors in Omaha, NE), a distinction they share with the day when the United States government established the National Security Agency in 1952.

Students arriving at Eastern Youth Convention, Bellevue, Nov 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

NYM Update

1). Song of the Day: Esterlyn - Psalm 23

2). Leader Profile - Mark Oberbeck



POSITION: Senior Pastor in Grand Island, NE
HISTORY: Former DYD of Iowa
FAMILY: Married to Paula with 3 grown boys
HOBBIES: Golf, St. Louis Cardinals, Pottery, Woodworking

3). Ministry of the Day: Fall Youth Convention - Tonight begins our Eastern Youth Convention in Nebraska. There's still time to jump in - register at the link above.

4). Link of the Day: Allergy Eats - Locate or rate a restaurant based on its level of "allergy friendliness."

5). Quote of the Day: 'It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.' - Charles Spurgeon

6). Movie of the Day: Beautiful TimeLapse

7). Miscellaneous: Today is National Author's Day. It it also the birthday of Mark Oberbeck (pastor in Grand Island, NE), a distinction he shares with Gary Player, South African golfer, from 1935. Finally, it is the anniversary of when the British crown colony of New York was subdivided into 12 counties in 1683.