The note was sent out by Brett Ullman last week through his various social media websites in regards to a fantastic project that I have had the privilege to work on with him. I believe like Brett that this is a much needed book for anyone that is struggling through self-injury, or anyone that knows someone that they love who is struggling and they are walking with them through it.
Brett has been very open about his health over the last months and he needs some help to get his latest project out.
Brett: “As many of you know I have been struggling with my health lately. Presently I have not been able to speak for 6 weeks. I am working through my health issues (slowly) and hope to return to speaking as soon as I can. Presently I have a dilemma which I am hoping some of you might be able to help with.
My new book (with Adam Clarke and Dr. Merry Lin) on Self Injury called Your Story: the wounding embrace is presently finished. It still needs to go to editing, printing and publication. The cost to get the book out is $5000. I think that this is a really important book and would love to get it out to people who are struggling with all forms of self injury asap. If anyone could help with a donation to this project I would really appreciate it.
You can donate online using by going to www.canadahelps.org and entering “worlds apart” into the search box or cheques can be sent to Worlds Apart 68 Ashbury Blvd, Ajax, Ontario, L1Z 1M8
Thanks so much for your prayers and support during this time.”
If you can help out in any way you can click on the Canada Helps link above.
Sam Luce posted his five books that every leader should read and re-read. I would love to hear what five books you would recommend, so that we can make a master leadership book list for any new leader.
I will be posting mine next week!
Another wonderful article from Dan Scott on how to help your small group leaders. Again, this crosses over into any ministry and well worth the read.
Even when you prep leader kits with more than enough supplies, a leader may need more of something. They may be their group’s only leader; they can’t leave their group without supervision. (Well, they can, but you and I know what happens when 12 forth grade boys are left unsupervised around scissors and glue…) Consider having a “runner” in the room whose primary responsibility is just to make sure leaders have their supplies. He or she can walk around the room checking in and helping leaders get what they need. This will demonstrate that you value both creating a safe place for the kids as well as the relationships they are forming in their group.
I have always appreciated Dan Scott’s kidmin blog and many times I feel that he has some great words for anyone working with jr. high students as well. This blog was especially helpful as he tackles the problem of ego and stage hosting.
At that moment, I felt the pull. It was the voice in the back of my head that said, “I could steal the show right now.” Hosts feel this almost every time they get on stage and help with a Bible story. It feels good to be the funny person that gets the crowd excited and laughing, so much so that it can go to our heads and the ego monster can take over.
I liked point 2 as well as he asks the reader to ask the question how will you help the story move forward?
How do you keep your ego in check while you are in the storytelling spotlight?
What questions do you ask yourself mentally as you lead from the front?
Do you ever take the opportunity to lead from the back of the room to help keep a check on any possible ego problems?
The full article can be found below.
A great post for any leader to read. Michael Hyatt hits four truths about leadership that need to be remembered.
As leaders, we don’t need to resist these truths. Instead, we need to be intentional with our words and actions, aware we are constantly modeling what we believe and expect. It’s not unlike parenting. More is caught than taught.
What do you think about this article?
Dr. Mishna says it is a real dilemma, because kids shouldn’t be encouraged to lie. Then again, parents know that Facebook is a good way to stay connected with friends and family.
great infographic that looks at how teens view their social and digital lives.
First off, the creativity in the story clips is very refreshing. The clips are concise, eye-catching, and easy for teens, or pre-teens in my case to refer back to. I have used a few of these story clips so far with different groups of students and have found that starting with The Story video clips and then following up with some questions that ask students to explain what they saw has been very helpful for them. The clips allow the students to see a broader context of multiple chapters,or even books of the Bible in a short period of time which allows them to see God’s larger story playing out.
Michael Novelli has seen that when teens experience a story, as opposed to it being told or shown to them, they absorb and remember it more thoroughly. This DVD offers youth workers a new way to engage teens in the grand narrative of the Bible.
One of the downfalls for me was that some of the clips cover a large portion of scripture, so it makes using these clips outside of the curriculum very difficult. For example, if you were teaching a 3 week series on Nehemiah, or Revelation there is only one clip that covers these works. Also, the miracles and parables of Jesus are also covered in one section. This is only a minor flaw for me because it goes outside of the intended use of the curriculum, but for a small, or none existent budget for some youth groups the re-usable ability of the clips could be very important.
However, what you do get in this curriculum is very impressive.
The DVD Contains:
31 video sessions (including additional Recap and Rewind videos)
Reproducible Teacher’s Guides for 31 weeks including Reading Scripts
Reproducible Student handouts
Subtitles (please use subtitle option and not the CC option on your tv or DVD player)
The handouts are great and they ask the students to interact with the story with all their senses. This is fantastic for all the learning types that can be found within any group of students. They can draw, listen and engage in simple question formats and I have found that the artistic outlets with this curriculum, especially in a camp setting make this a must for any Jr. High group.
The students are asked to engage the story that they have just heard and to timeline the events, but they get to choose the character whose point of view they would like to focus on. I have had students draw out the major points of Nehemiah’s story from Nehemiah’s criticizers point of view. I love the creativity that this curriculum draws out and it is written in a way that allows this to flow naturally.
As a leader you get a scrip of the story that is a paraphrase of the passages that are covered. We have used these to act out stories as well as to read in a large group setting. I have found that reading has not brought out the creativity and if you are teaching from the front of the room knowing the story so that you can tell it without the script allows for greater use of the students imagination.
You also receive a student handout and this is where there is a clear intention to include all learning types. Students are asked on these handouts to engage the story in three ways.
1) See the story.
2) Hear the story.
3) Join the story.
The last written piece that is at your disposal as a leader is the Teacher Guide. The guide is full of scriptural references, context and personal preparation suggestions. It then breaks down how to break down 75 minutes in order to get the most out of the curriculum. It timelines each step of the night as a guideline for you that allows you to place more emphasis on the key areas that you would like to focus on within your group. You can emphasize prayer time, teaching time, engagement, or small groups as this is meant to be a tool not a rule to go by.
Part 1 – Rewind
- Intro and prayer, video of the previous week and brief response
- 5 Min
Part 2 – See the story
- Explanation and handout, session video, create symbols, share symbols with group
- 10 min.
Part 3 – Hear the story
- Story reader scripture reading, student response to scripture, break into small groups.
- 25 min
Part 4 – Join the story (small groups)
- Discuss story, create personal responses, share the response, closing prayer.
- 35 min.
There is an even more detailed breakdown for a typical session in the Teacher Guide that is really helpful. I have found that this helps volunteers manage their small group time and to keep the focus on the scripture. I do think that if small groups are a focus in your ministry there needs to be time built into the schedule that allows for time for personal sharing of the weeks activities for the students.
I would recommend that any youth group that wants to teach on the metanarrative, or even any group that is looking for an affordable curriculum. You can find the DVD curriculum for around 50 dollars in most locations and can be found on The Story website. One perk is that you can teach this curriculum without any of the other Story products as the scriptures are given to you. I would give this curriculum a 8/10.
What would you add for your volunteers?
As a volunteer what would you like to see on the list, or not like to see on the list?
Question: What expectations do you have of your volunteers? Are they clear/concise? If you’re a volunteer, do you feel like you know what is expected of you? What do you like/not like about this tool–how would you make it better
Love this article. Great insight and helpful hints for dealing with attitude issues.
Has a teenager ever copped an attitude with you before? It’s alarming and sometimes unexpected. When caught off guard it’s easy to want to shoot back and go even lower. Or, maybe you just don’t know how to overcome the disappointment and let it slide. No matter what you feel, when a teenager shows you a little attitude you need to respond. But, how do you respond without hurting, rejecting or blowing off the situation?