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  • What To Wear


    Helping kids fall in love with God and His Word as they study the Bible for themselves.

    What to Wear is your kids’ journey into their truest identity–Jesus Christ!

    The Apostle Paul tells us that our identity is in Christ, and we need to dress the part. All who follow Jesus–kids included–must take off and put on certain things. What to Wear is an eight-part study of these items of “clothing” Paul teaches about in Colossians 3. How do we put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, and love?

    This study shows your kids how Jesus perfectly embodies these virtues and how He enables us to grow in them. Apart from Jesus Christ, our attempts to form these traits in our children will fail. Yet when tied to identity in Christ and our belonging in the church, we see the fruit of these qualities developed in our minds and hearts.

    Kids are encouraged to learn algebra, science, instruments, and athletics. The goal of this study is to help our kids live into their calling to know and love Jesus by studying His Word. In this study, kids will learn the method of observation, interpretation, and application. As kids learn how to read the Bible for themselves, they’ll also grow to delight in God’s Word.

    What to Wear provides the encouragement and guidance needed for your kids journey into looking like Jesus!

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  • Navigating Gospel Truth Teen Bible Study Book (Student/Study Guide)


    The Gospels–Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John–are 4 accounts of 1 extraordinary life. Each book tells the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These book aren’t fairytales, fiction, or legend; they are gospel truth. Our eternal future hinges on whether or not they are trustworthy testimonies of events that actually occurred and on whether Jesus meant what he taught.

    While exploring the terrain of the gospels, you’ll learn to identify and understand the different kinds of writing in these ancient texts, including narrative, poetry, parable, and more. Through this journey, you’ll gain a clearer and more captivating view of the Savior. And along the way you’ll acquire skills that will help you become a better student of all of Scripture.


    *8 small-group sessions; 7 weeks of personal study

    *8 introductory videos featuring author Rebecca McLaughlin

    *Leader Guide in the back of the Bible study book to guide questions and discussion with small groups

    *Biblically rooted and gospel-centered

    *Personal study opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth

    *Free leader resources, including promotional video and social media assets, available for download at


    This book will help teens…

    *Affirm that the accounts of Jesus’s life in the Gospels are reliable and true.?

    *Gain a clearer and more captivating view of Jesus’ ministry and purpose.

    *Cultivate an ability to read, understand, and interpret the different types of genres in the Bible.?

    *Develop a desire to be a diligent and confident student of Scripture.

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  • Kingdom Authority Teen Bible Study Book (Student/Study Guide)


    Earthly Problems. Heavenly Solutions.

    The God of the Bible is the creator and ruler of all that exists. His authority is absolute, and yet He has given us responsibility to take care of the world He made. In Jesus, God has called you to place every aspect of your life under the authority you’ve received from Him, instead of being ruled by circumstances, opinions, and emotions. Self-help and self-improvement are not the answer. In this Bible study, Dr. Tony Evans will show you how to anchor your life in God’s kingdom authority.

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  • Next Gen Faith


    When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? (Luke 18:8)

    Jesus’s question is one that should bother all Christians. Increasing numbers of people don’t go to church. Only 4 percent of those born between 1998 and 2013 have a biblical worldview. The rest don’t believe in the Bible, absolute moral truth, or a loving, all-powerful Creator. They don’t even believe in the concept of sin.

    We have failed. We have not taken to heart the biblical admonishment to pass on our faith from one generation to the next.

    Yet youth pastor Jeff Grenell believes that once American teens and young adults discover that God is even more amazing than Stranger Things, “they will be hooked.”

    He notes, “Our world is familiar with the supernatural, but the church is foreign to it. If this changes in the church today, we may have one of the best apologetic tools to reach this generation because the supernatural is in the DNA of the church and its message. Most American teenagers and youth culture are drawn to the spectacular and the spiritual.”

    Jeff has written Next Gen Faith: 12 Spiritual Practices for Youth in an effort to reverse the godless trend among the next generations. Written in the vein of the classic Christian book The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, Next Gen Faith is designed to provide key steps for spiritual formation for both Christian adults who work with youth as well as teens and young adults themselves.

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  • Ruth Teen Girls Bible Study Book (Student/Study Guide)


    Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy by Kelly Minter is a Bible study for teen girls that traces Ruth’s journey of unbearable loss, redeeming love, and divine legacy. This 6-week study delves into the virtuous character of Ruth, her unique relationship with her mother-in-law, Naomi, and her blossoming love with Boaz. If you’ve ever felt devastated, struggled as a stranger, longed to be loved, or wept along the way, you’ll find a loyal sister in Ruth.

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  • Unbound Teen Bible Study Book


    When Jesus shows up, dead comes to life.

    In the book of John, we read the miraculous story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. As Jesus called to his friend, Lazarus rose from his grave, breathing, moving – fully alive – and yet still bound by the clothes he was buried in. Before stepping into the new life that Jesus called him to, he first had to step out of the old.

    Is it possible that, like Lazarus, we too are still bound? Held back by fear, or pride, or shame. Wrapped up in sin, or hurt, or anger, or unforgiveness. Jesus has so much more in mind for those he calls back to life.

    Are you ready to step out of your grave clothes and into the fullness and freedom that God desires for you?

    In this new 6-session study, author Ryan McDermott invites us to shed the old life that has held us back and fully embrace the newness of life that Christ has made possible. Jesus died, not just so that we could have life, but so that we might be unbound and step into a new identity: holy, loved, chosen, and free.

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  • Think Biblically Teen Bible Study Book


    What does it mean to think biblically?

    It means standing up for real justice-caring about poverty and racism in a way that helps people and reveals a heart of kindness.

    It means living out a Christian worldview on issues dividing the church more than ever, such as politics, abortion, and homosexuality.

    It means shutting out the cultural noise and prayerfully asking, “How would Jesus respond?”

    It means, simply, loving God and keeping His commands.

    Join Sean McDowell in this six-session study as he walks students through a Christian ethic for a new generation. Discover how to discern biblical truth, real justice, and God’s love amid the noise of today’s world. Learn how to listen and engage in healthy dialogue when it comes to issues like race, poverty, homosexuality, immigration, social media, and politics. Most of all, learn how to show God’s love to everyone by speaking truth and pointing others to the ultimate authority, Jesus.

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  • Good News Teen Girls Bible Study Book


    Heard any good news lately?

    Some days we feel like we’re on top of the world. We ace the test, make the team, and get the guy! But other days it feels like the world is spinning out of control. We don’t quite measure up, we fail bigtime, and no one even seems to notice we exist.

    So where’s the good news on those days? It’s in the story of God rescuing a sinful world by sending His Son, Jesus, to live the perfect life no one could live, die a punishing death, and miraculously defeat death by coming back to life! Jesus returned to heaven but sent the Holy Spirit to help everyone that would follow Him, and He promised to return again to finally make everything wonderful forever.

    In this new 8-session study by Better Than Life author Caroline Saunders, girls will learn how to discover the good news of the gospel in every circumstance and in all aspects of their lives. They’ll learn not only the doctrine of salvation, but the experience of salvation. They’ll learn the good news Jesus brings isn’t just good news for eternity; it’s good news for today, too.

    And that’s good news for everyone.

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  • Rescue A Generation


    “I’m proof that God still rescues people.” -Jose Rodriquez , founder and CEO, Rescue a Generation

    No matter where you live or what your student ministry looks like, Jose Rodriquez will inspire you to step outside your comfort zone with real-life stories of how urban youth are being transformed by the gospel, and he’ll equip you with the tools you need to genuinely connect with those hard-to-reach students your ministry is missing.

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  • Formation For Mission


    Helping the next generation live for Christ

    As Christian adolescents develop into adults, they face unique questions and challenges. But this stage of life also provides unique opportunities for all who care about the spiritual flourishing of the next generation. Created in partnership with the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, Formation for Mission empowers those who interact with teenagers and young adults. Gathering wisdom from a diverse variety of veteran teachers and weaving together research–informed social, theological, and practical insights, each chapter examines essential features in the missional development, formation, and contexts of young people. Questions for reflection and discussion move the conversation forward.

    Each generation is commissioned to pass the faith on to the next and help them live for Christ, enter congregational life, and engage in Christian mission. With cultural awareness and sensitivity to the challenges of today, Formation for Mission offers hopeful advice to those who are invested in supporting the spiritual thriving of emerging adults.

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  • Youth Ministry As Mission


    Equipping youth ministers with the tools of a crosscultural missionary

    The parallels between ministry within youth culture and global missions have long been touted by youth ministry experts, yet few resources exist to help youth workers benefit apply the insights of missiologists. In Youth Ministry as Mission, Brian Hull and Patrick Mays fill this gap with an introduction to missiology, missions practice, and missionary witness tailored especially for a youth ministry context.

    Youth ministers will discover missiological language that not only describes realities they face regularly, but also provides practical cross-cultural activities that translate well to youth ministries. Hull and Mays address issues such as these:

    *Avoiding ethical relativism while understanding historical and methodological changes in missions

    *Translating stories and practicing storytelling as preparation for witnessing

    *Training for witness in a multi-religious context

    Youth Ministry as Mission will be a valuable guide for college and seminary students but will also be a breath of fresh air to those already working as youth directors and youth ministers.

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  • Gospel On The Ground Teen Girls Bible Study Book (Student/Study Guide)


    Jesus never traveled outside of a 100-mile radius from where He was born, yet His name is spoken in every corner of the earth. The Gospel on the Ground is the story of how Jesus’ message of hope and reconciliation spread from Jerusalem and how it’s still spreading like wildfire today.

    Taking Jesus’ last words here on earth before He ascended into heaven, “… you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8) seriously, Jesus’ first century church grew despite intense persecution and difficulty.

    Come along with biblical culturalist Kristi McLelland as she unpacks the life of the early church in the Book of Acts and shows us that the kingdom of God is always on the move, always looking outward to bring meaning and joy to a world searching for true fulfillment and hope. We’ll explore the call of Jesus to His disciples then and to us as His disciples today, the way God’s Word can sustain us even in the most difficult of times, and the transformative grace that we experience as children of God in His kingdom of celebration.

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  • Kingdom Men Rising Teen Guys Bible Study Book (Student/Study Guide)


    Kingdom Men Rising Bible Study Book includes printed content for eight sessions, personal study between group sessions, applicable Scripture, “How to Use This Study,” a leader guide, and tips for leading a group.

    Our culture is seeing confusion about what it means to be a man. Even notions of masculinity have, in many corners, become toxic. Kingdom Men Rising has been created to speak truth into a poorly defined and disoriented culture about the purpose and future of masculinity from a biblical perspective. In this Bible study, young men will wrestle honestly with the unique questions and circumstances they face today. It invites them deep into their own stories to reveal the true expression of masculinity-God’s intent.

    This study is designed to exhort young men to exercise the God-given place in the home, community, and culture they were created for through an examination of landmark texts from the Bible and historical biblical figures. This experience will bring greater clarity to a Kingdom understanding, vision, and perspective in crucial areas such as identity and responsibilities. Along the way, Evans shares practical steps on how to become a man who leads his world well.

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  • Experiencing God Teen Bible Study Book Revised (Revised)


    Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Would you believe me if I told you Jesus wants you to experience life to the fullest? God has offered you a standing invitation to an intimate love relationship with Him-a relationship that will enable you to…
    *hear when God is speaking to you,
    *find out where God is working and join Him,
    *discover that God pursues a love relationship with you that is real and personal,
    *face crises of belief as you join God where He’s working, and
    *experience God doing through you what only God can do.

    Join Mike Blackaby and Daniel Blackaby as they walk with you through this timeless 8-week study, and get ready to see God at work in your life.

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  • Stories Jesus Told Teen Bible Study Book


    If you’re human, you love a good story. Whether it’s a novel, a film, or a song, we are products of the narratives that have formed us. We’re made up of stories we’d like to forget, as well. If you’re looking for fresh inspiration, or stuck living under the weight of a story you can’t shake off, the Parables of Jesus can form who we are and reveal more about God than we ever thought possible – and they’ll provide the hope we’re all looking for, speaking above all the other noise we are experiencing.

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  • Encountering God Teen Girls Bible Study Book


    Join Kelly Minter in this seven-session Bible study as she unpacks the biblical foundation for practical and approachable disciplines like prayer, study, worship, rest, simplicity, generosity, celebration, and many more. Teen girls will discover that spiritual disciplines aren’t just one more thing to add to their to-do list, but something that can actually create more margin in their life, resulting in deeper peace, communion, and rest. And perhaps most importantly, cultivating habits of faith will help girls know God more, as they release control to Him, express their need for Him, and walk in glad submission and worship of Him.

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  • No More Excuses Teen Guys Bible Study Book (Student/Study Guide)


    No More Excuses Teen Guys’ Bible Study Book includes printed content for eight sessions, personal study between group sessions, applicable Scripture, “How to Use This Study,” and a leader guide.

    Sometimes circumstances in life make it difficult for young men to be all God wants them to be. But Tony Evans urges guys to stop looking at their circumstances as excuses and instead to see them as challenges and opportunities for success.

    Exploring examples of men of God throughout the Bible, this study will challenge teen guys to lay down their excuses, stop compromising, and fight to be a man of character and commitment. Despite setbacks, failures, and pressures, guys can still find purpose, meaning, and direction in life and become the men God has called them to be.

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  • Philippians Teen Bible Study


    As disciples of Jesus, we have been given the great responsibility of stewarding our influence for the glory of God. We were created to think, dream, and lead at the feet of Jesus. Leadership is, then, cultivated under the overarching purpose of discipleship. This is why leadership doesn’t begin with action, but rather identity – not with what we can accomplish, but rather what Jesus has accomplished for us. In this study we will dive into Paul’s letter to the first church ever planted in Europe. A closer look allows us to glean the transformational ideas that successful leaders have embraced, both past and present.

    In this 7-session Bible study, students will learn from Student Leadership University Vice President, Brent Crowe, as he examines the life and leadership of the apostle Paul, exploring twelve key elements of Christ-honoring leadership. Students will begin to recognize their own leadership potential, understand what it truly means to lead others, and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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  • 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager


    Today’s teenagers are the most anxious, creative, and diverse generation in history–which can make it hard for us to relate. And while every teenager is a walking bundle of questions, three rise above the rest:
    – Who am I?
    – Where do I fit?
    – What difference can I make?

    Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers: they are enough because of Jesus, they belong with God’s people, and they are invited into God’s greater story.

    In this book, which is based on new landmark research from the Fuller Youth Institute and combines in-depth interviews with data from 1,200 diverse teenagers, Kara Powell and Brad M. Griffin offer pastors, youth leaders, mentors, and parents practical and proven conversations and connections that help teenagers answer their three biggest questions and reach their full potential.

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  • Inklings On Philosophy And Worldview


    Teens live in a complicated world. They are constantly bombarded by messages from their friends, parents, teachers, the internet, and their churches, and not all of these messages agree or line up with each other. How do students figure out who to listen to? How do they figure out what is true?

    Inklings on Philosophy and Worldview will show teens practical ways to filter out the wrong messages and focus on what is real. Using teachings from highly respected, loved, and well-known writers, teacher Matthew Dominguez will show teens the power of story as he guides them through a study of world religions, philosophies, and worldview, and gives them a firm foundation to stand on as they prepare to face the world.

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  • Virtues For Catholic Youth


    The Virtues For Catholic Youth is more of a journey than a study. While on this journey you will explore all of the sins that can creep into your life. We will talk about pride, gluttony, greed, envy, doubt, lust, anger, fear, sloth, and despair. Exploring sin can be a dark and scary thing. Also, as you study you will likely be forced to confront all of the places where sin has crept into your life. Places where you are selfish and boastful or giving into gluttony. But here is the good news: God does not leave us alone in our struggles. He is always there, just waiting for an opportunity to wipe out our sin and offer us a better way.

    The Virtues For Catholic Youth was designed to be a 12 week study for youth ranging 3rd-9th grade.

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  • Regroup Group Leader Guide (Teacher’s Guide)


    Youth group leaders long to help every child in their church, but they often don’t have the time, energy, or training to process life with the students who need help the most. The Regroup: Group Leader Guide prepares youth pastors, interns, and volunteers to become trustworthy leaders-ready to launch a 12-week program for kids dealing with addiction, abuse, or past trauma.

    The Regroup: Group Leader Guide is designed to equip leaders to launch a program in their ministry quickly and easily with no prior experience needed. It includes complete two-week volunteer training, along with resources that help leaders identify and support group mentors. Interactive resources include information on counseling referrals, emergency situations, and how to get parents involved. Marketing resources and design assets help youth leaders promote Regroup within their church so they have more time to invest in the kids themselves.

    This comprehensive guide is designed for leaders who are ready to start helping hurting students but feel overwhelmed or under prepared. Relevant for every size church and denomination, Regroup focuses on the needs of the whole person by combining psychological research, group coaching techniques, and an emphasis on forgiveness made possible by Jesus. Simply put, this vital resource has the power to change generations as it comes alongside vital leaders in the church.

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  • Manga Majesty : The Revelation Of The End Times!


    Manga Majesty: The Revelation of the End Times! is a biblically accurate retelling of the book of Revelation presented in authentic Japanese Manga style. This last book in the six-volume series from NEXTmanga combines cutting-edge illustration with fast-paced storytelling to deliver biblical truth to an ever-changing, postmodern culture. More than 10 million books in over 40 different languages have been distributed worldwide in the series. Manga is the visual language of the world’s largest unreached people group: the worldwide youth culture. NEXTmanga brings the story of the Bible into the heart language of young people everywhere using this innovative graphic novel format.

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  • Legacy Of Youth Ministry


    This is a brief, God-centered texbook that sheds light on the Sunday school movement in the church and uncovers strategies about God’s intended program for educating youth spiritually, emotionally, socially and economically.

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  • Because Of Gracia A Film And Faith Leaders Guide (Teacher’s Guide)


    Because of Gracia: A Film and Faith Leader’s Guide equips youth pastors and small group leaders to explore the key themes in this award-winning film through a life-changing discipleship curriculum. The nine-week guide contains three weeks of “Conversations” on three core topics from the film, Practicing Friendship (God’s Design for Relationships), Choosing Life (Teen Pregnancy and the Sanctity of Life), and Voicing Faith (Defending Christianity in Public). The Because of Gracia Leader’s Guide is designed for use with the related Because of Gracia Film and Faith Conversation Guide for students, a unique hybrid experience that offers complementary material for small group sessions, as well as daily reflections for students to use throughout the week in “conversation partner” pairs. The resulting 45-day experience allows young Christians to pursue discipleship with others, while helping them to wrestle with the difficult issues they’re facing today. The Because of Gracia curriculum was created to affirm that with God’s amazing and empowering grace, young people CAN live in a new way.

    Take your students on a spiritual journey alongside Gracia, Chase, and the rest of Eastglenn High as they face life-altering decisions, learning that grace is both the gift of mercy when we fail and our empowerment to live in truth and light.

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  • Because Of Gracia A Film And Faith Conversation Guide (Student/Study Guide)


    The Because of Gracia Film and Faith Conversation Guide is a different kind of resource from most movie discussion guides, and it’s different from most bible studies. It’s a 45-day experience to spark conversations on the challenges students face every day as Christians. Based on the themes of Because of Gracia, each week’s conversation has info on group activities and then follows up with five days of devotional reflections for a student and his or her conversation partner. Topics and conversations include Practicing Friendship (teen dating and relationships), Choosing Life (pro-life values and ministering to those facing teen pregnancy), and Voicing Faith (defense of one’s faith in public). These Because of Gracia conversations will help students know how to handle the life-altering choices they face everyday– friendships and relationships, dating and falling in love, how to choose life and support those facing teen pregnancy, and how to confidently voicing your faith and beliefs in public. So let this film and faith conversation be a part of their faith journey, and get real with these real-life questions on God, friendship, and love.

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  • Jesus Centered Youth Ministry (Revised)


    There’s a surging hunger among teenagers for Jesus. New research shows that they want a clearer understanding of what Jesus really said and did, and how faith in matters in their lives. In fact, that desire is so deep, it’s #1 on their “wish list” for what they’d like to talk about at church.But are we doing that? Even though we assume that everything we do in youth ministry is about Jesus, the evidence is clear:That’s not what our students say they’re experiencing. So what would a youth ministry look like if it shifted toward a passionate, persistent, and permeating focus on drawing students into a closer orbit around Jesus?Inside the pages of Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry, you’ll discover the foundation for a ministry that is Jesus-centered, along with the bricks for building it. You’ll discover that not only is it possible to create this kind of ministry, it’s also essential that you pursue this path.Eight years after his book was first published, introducing the language and structure of a new way of doing youth ministry, author and longtime Group Magazine editor Rick Lawrence has completely rewritten and revised Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry. It’s packed with new insight, new research, and dozens of field-tested ideas for planting and nurturing a ministry environment that is Jesus-magnetic.Help satisfy teenagers’ hunger for Jesus in richly nourishing and sustaining ways by shifting the orbit of your ministry.

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  • Plan To Protect US Edition


    A protection plan for children and youth;
    A protection plan for those who work with them.

    Plan to Protect (TM) is not about what we need to do to run programs and activities, and it is not about placing a hardship on your staff and volunteers. Abuse prevention and protection of children and young people is not something we have to do, but something we have the privilege of doing. It is a privilege to create a safe environment in order to have our communities trust us with their family members.
    As you implement Plan to Protect (TM) your efforts are a ministry in itself to:

    protect children

    protect young people

    demonstrate your care for your staff and volunteers

    demonstrate care to parents and family members

    empower and nurture the healing of victim-survivors

    demonstrate grace, restoration and welcome to the offender that comes into your church

    demonstrate accountability and integrity and

    bring Glory to God

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  • Gods Not Dead 2 Student Study Guide (Student/Study Guide)


    This four-week study guide written specifically for students by author Rice Broocks will help youth answer one of the most important questions featured in the movie God’s Not Dead 2: “Who do you say I am?” Lead your small groups and youth groups to discover what they truly believe in, and give them a foundation to defend their faith even in the midst of opposition. For use with the God’s Not Dead 2 Student DVD-based Study.
    The four weekly topics are:

    Lesson 1: Searching for Answers
    Lesson 2: Understanding the Evidence
    Lesson 3: Passing the Test

    About the film, in theaters nationwide on April 1, 2016:
    From the college classroom of GODS NOT DEAD to the public square in GODS NOT DEAD 2, the name of Jesus is welcomed less and less with each passing day. If Christians don’t take a stand today, will we even have a choice tomorrow?
    When a Christian teacher is asked an honest question about Jesus, her reasoned response lands her in big trouble. As the principal and superintendent join forces with a zealous civil liberties group, an epic court case could expel God from the classroom and the public square once and for all!

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  • 13 Most Important Bible Lessons For Teenagers (Revised)


    Students who’ve experienced the Bible’s great truths, not just read about them, can walk through their lives with a firm foundation under their feet. They know what they believe and why, and they feel a lot more comfortable in situations that are challenging to their faith. This collection of lessons covering the most important truths in the Bible gives you an easy-to-use resource that will plunge your teenagers into the beautiful basics: the reality of God in the world, the truth about who Jesus really is, and why all of us need a “Good Shepherd” to find us and reclaim us…13 powerhouse lessons in all. And because they’re created by the editors of Group/Simply Youth Ministry, every lesson uses the R.E.A.L. learning approach-Relational, Experiential, Applicable, and Learner-based. This approach is not only easy to lead, but also guarantees that your students will engage with these great truths. They’ll learn how to live out their relationship with Jesus in their everyday lives as they wrestle with issues that really matter… – Why bad things happen to good people, and how Jesus brings beauty out of ugly; – What it means to “grow into” Jesus-living and loving others the way he does; and – Learning how to depend upon the Holy Spirit in life. No matter what the life issue, the Bible offers foundational truths that can help your students live more confidently with a deeper ongoing connection to Jesus. And our concise instructions and easy-to-use reproducible handouts make your job easy. Use these lessons as “spice” in between a teaching series, or build a series around them. Also, they’re easily adapted for a confirmation setting, a “new believers” class, a “grow-deep” discipleship group, or even Sunday school.

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  • Best Ever Games For Youth Ministry (Revised)


    This amazing book is filled with classic fun! The Game Guy is geared up and ready to give you tons of great games-including some brand-new ones-that are easy to pull off and field-tested with teenagers in many settings.Here’s what you’ll get: – Classic games with new twists – Indoor and outdoor games – Games that teach – Games that build community in your groupThe book includes ideas on how to: – Lead games – Select games – Save games gone badYou also get: – Supply lists – Tips and bonus ideas – Notes on group sizes Plus, this legendary games expert exposes some of the worst games every played, and shares his philosophy of fun when working with teenagers. You’ll be equipped to lead young people with the best collection of games-ever!

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  • Skinny On Communication


    Everything you do and say sends a message to the people around you. So what message are you sending to the teenagers in your youth group-and to their parents and to other people connected to your ministry? It’s impossible to meet teenagers’ foundational needs without effective communication. And the more effectively you communicate, the better you can give your students exactly what they’re seeking and needing.The Skinny on Communication isn’t about formulas or a five-step plan that will solve your communication problems as a youth worker. But it will guide you through specific principles that can move you closer toward mastering this vital skill. You’ll explore practical ideas for communicating effectively with teenagers, parents, and other partners in your ministry-and you’ll see how all of these practices can be rooted in Christ-like love. Prepare to be challenged, and allow yourself to be surprised. And along the way, re-examine your assumptions and seek a fresh perspective on communicating effectively as a youth worker.

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  • Skinny On Service


    Take a look around at the brokenness in this world and its spiritual poverty. Jesus wants to change all of that, and he’s looking for teenagers who want that change to start in them. Youth worker, that’s where you come in! When your students serve others, they’re serving Jesus. Serving helps teenagers draw closer to Jesus and become more like him. And serving creates opportunities to talk about Jesus and share his amazing good news. Ultimately, every act of genuine Christian service points to Jesus’ act of service on the cross.The Skinny on Service unpacks the powerful reasons why it’s important for you and your students to serve others, but you’ll also get page after page of practical ideas on how to serve. You’ll be equipped to help teenagers discover the joy of serving faithfully “before,” even if they don’t personally get to see the fruit “after.” Teenagers aren’t just looking for a great youth worker-they’re looking for a Christ-follower who is leaving footsteps they can step into. And when you lead the way by serving, that’s exactly what you’re doing.

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  • Skinny On Outreach


    Does the idea of outreach excite you? Does it intimidate you? Does it frustrate you? In the context of youth ministry, outreach is simply looking beyond yourself and equipping teenagers to do the same. It’s about a commitment to encouraging and equipping teenagers to engage in a lifestyle of sharing the world-altering message of Jesus. Jesus commands us to reach out, compassion compels us to reach out, and true discipleship calls us to reach out. The Skinny on Outreach delivers specific, tangible ideas for building a youth ministry where teenagers discover how every area of life offers ongoing opportunities for relational evangelism. This book will fuel your passion for reaching out and sharing the message of Jesus-and for inviting teenagers into this exciting adventure, too. When your teenagers are on a mission with Jesus and telling people about him, they’ll also grow deeply in him. Help your students become life-changing ambassadors for Jesus’ message of grace and hope. And join Jesus in the quest for the unreached teenagers in your community!

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  • Skinny On Parents


    Parents are the biggest influence on the lives of teenagers-a fact that research has proved again and again. Yet interactions with parents can be one of the trickiest areas for a youth worker to navigate well. Great youth ministries are passionate about helping parents-the key influence on teenage faith-succeed in their God-given roles. That’s the foundational message of The Skinny on Parents, which will lead you toward a place where you focus more of your energy on resourcing, equipping, partnering with, and empowering parents. Parents are not the enemy. Ignoring them will diminish the impact of your ministry. Most parents struggle with fears but also want help. And you can come alongside them to partner in helping teenagers fully step into a life of faith. This book is filled with practical ideas that will energize your ministry to parents and families. And if you as a youth worker provide help in a way that allows parents to feel more equipped and confident, then everyone wins: families, teenagers, and your youth ministry!

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  • Skinny On Volunteers


    A youth ministry needs a solid group of volunteers to be truly effective. We youth workers all know this-but how do we make it happen? Many of us don’t do much when it comes to mobilizing volunteers and equipping them for ministry. Our plate is already full, and building a great team sounds like yet another task to add to the list. But what if your efforts to mobilize and equip volunteers actually lightened your schedule? What if this investment of time actually paid back double, quadruple, or even tenfold?The Skinny on Volunteers will help you concentrate on three simple skills that will help you mobilize and equip leaders: recruiting, keeping, and training volunteers. Yes, volunteers take time. But you’ll discover the rewards of investing in a team of people who will love teenagers, connect with them, and disciple them.

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  • Beyond Suffering For The Next Generation Study Guide (Student/Study Guide)


    Beyond Suffering for the Next Generation: A Christian View on Disability Ministry will equip young people to think critically and compassionately about the complex issues that impact people with disabilities and their families, and inspire them to action. Students who embrace this study will gain a sense of confidence in knowing they are part of a growing worldwide movement that God is orchestrating to fulfill his command in Luke 14:21-23: Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame so that my house will be full.

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  • Team Mate Teen Planner Youth Version


    The Right Tool for Implementing Youth TEAM Evangelism. This pocket-sized booklet offers teens a fun and convenient method of praying for and following up on the progress of friends and relatives they wish to see come to Christ. Your teens will enjoy learning the principles of team evangelism, the importance of faithful prayer, and the benefit of keeping a record of those for whom they are praying. This booklet will encourage teens to touch the lives of their prospects by spending time with them and helping meet their practical needs.

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  • Grapple Preteen Sunday School Pak Volume 4 Summer


    Grapple(R) Preteen Sunday School-Help preteens grapple with the real questions in their lives.

    NEW Grapple features:
    NEW lower price
    Now NON-dated-available to order any quarter!

    Help 4th – 6th graders OWN their faith…
    Somewhere between leaving childhood behind and treading wide-eyed into the teenage years lurk a thousand bewildering questions. How can such a big God be a best friend to me? Will the end really come? How many second chances do I give?

    Preteens need the truth. Grapple helps them find it.

    These lessons-based on real questions asked by real 10- to 12-year-olds-grab their attention and don’t let go. Kids will learn how to search the Bible for answers and build a faith foundation that guides wise choices.

    This Grapple Pak gives you:
    12 irresistible Bible studies that encourage kids to explore the truth with their heads and their hearts.
    3 thought-provoking videos to get your preteens thinking and talking. Plus 3 countdown videos, all on one DVD.
    12 reproducible, customizable lessons based on three quarterly themes.
    12 Grapple Dares that challenge kids to apply what they’ve learned.

    Being a preteen may not be easy. But it can be exciting. Discover God’s truth together with kids and turn their awkward years into awesome years.

    Note: Accessing Parent Pages and customizable lessons requires a computer with a DVD reader.

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  • 99 Thoughts For Junior Highers


    Life for a typical junior high is awesome. And hard. And fun. And exciting. And boring. And crazy. Basically, it’s a blur of all those things-and more!

    Junior high truly is a season of ups and downs, of possibilities and confusion, of amazing memories and embarrassing moments. To get through it all, young teenagers sometimes just need a little help-or 99 bite-sized bits of help!

    Mark Oestreicher and Brooklyn Lindsey-veteran youth pastors who’ve worked with middle schoolers for many years-have teamed up to create 99 Thoughts for Junior Highers, an insider’s guide to the wild ride of early adolescence.

    Students will explore nuggets of rich wisdom, including all the changes they’re experiencing, figuring out what they believe, where God and church fit into the picture, how to best interact with family and friends, and deciding what really matters most in life. And they’ll encounter true stories from both authors about their own junior high years!

    Whether you’re a parent or a youth worker, 99 Thoughts for Junior Highers will entertain, engage, and encourage the middle schooler in your life.

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  • Grapple Preteen Pak Volume 3 Spring


    Grapple Preteen Sunday School answers kids’ tough questions with strong answers from the Bible. These non-dated Sunday school lessons last 45 to 90 minutes, are customizable, and focus on helping preteens grapple with Biblical answers to their common questions. The pack includes one DVD and one leader’s guide. The entire set contains four volumes for one full year of curriculum content. Volume 3 is intended for use during the spring quarter. (For students in Grades 4 to 6).

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  • Grapple Preteen Pak Volumr 2 Winter


    Grapple Preteen Sunday School answers kids’ tough questions with strong answers from the Bible. These non-dated Sunday school lessons last 45 to 90 minutes, are customizable, and focus on helping preteens grapple with Biblical answers to their common questions. This pack includes one DVD and one leader’s guide. The entire set contains four volumes for one full year of curriculum content. Volume 2 is intended for use during the winter quarter. (For students in Grades 4 to 6.)


    Best Friends Forever

    *Why Do Some People Have More Friends?
    *Am I Only Supposed to Be Friends With Christians?
    *Do I Have to Like Everybody?
    *Why Are My Friends So Mean Sometimes?
    Bible-Fact or Fiction

    *Did God Really Write the Bible?
    *How Do I Know if the Bible Is True?
    *How Is the Bible Different From Other Books?
    *Why Should the Bible Matter to Me?
    What’s the Point?

    *Why Did God Create Me?
    *How Come I’m Not Perfect?
    *Why Didn’t God Make Us Like Robots?
    *What Does God Want From Me?

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  • Grapple Preteen Pak Volume 1 Fall


    It’s back-to-school time—and your preteens have more questions than ever! This flexible curriculum lets you boldly search God’s Word for answers. These non-dated Sunday school lessons last 45 to 90 minutes, are customizable and focus on questions such as “Why Do My Parents Always Say No?” and “What Would Jesus Play on His iPod?” Grades 4 to 6. Includes DVD and leader’s guide. The entire set contains four volumes for one full year of curriculum content. Volume one is intended for use during the fall quarter.

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  • YOUCAT : Youth Catechism Of The Catholic Church


    YOUCAT is short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, which will be launched on World Youth Day. Developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes Questions-and-Answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints and others in the margins. What’s more, YOUCAT is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so people can go deeper. It explains:
    *What Catholics believe and why (doctrine)
    *How Catholics celebrate the mysteries of the faith (sacraments)
    *How Catholics are to live (moral life)
    *How they should pray (prayer and spirituality)

    The questions are direct and honest, even at times tough; the answers straightforward, relevant, and compelling. YOUCAT will likely become the “go-to” place for young people to learn the truth about the Catholic faith. Illustrated.

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  • 99 Thoughts For Small Group Leaders


    Lives are changed. Decisions are made. Jokes are shared. Lifelong friendships are formed.

    If you’re a small group leader, you probably ask yourself lots of questions. Am I making a difference? Am I wisely investing my time, energy, and resources? How can I maximize my impact in these kids’ lives?

    Find the answers you’re looking for in 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders. Like other books in our 99 Thoughts series, Joshua Griffin’s latest book delivers insights, tips, and veteran advice for small group leaders. When put into play, these bite-size, consumable pieces of wisdom can help leaders “knock it out of the park,” setting them up to win.

    If you’re a small group leader, you’ll come back to this book again and again for encouragement, inspiration, and direction.

    And if you’re a leader of leaders, you’ll want to put this book into the hands of every small group leader-an investment in their lives and the lives of students in your youth ministry.

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  • On The Spot No Prep Games For Youth Ministry


    The phrase on the spot usually has negative connotations. Ever been put on the spot at work? Perhaps you’ve been called upon to offer an impromptu speech in front of a group of unsympathetic peers. Nothing brings on the flop sweat like being put on the spot.

    Well, we’re turning that phrase upside-down. Now on the spot is all about fun, not fear. It’s all about possibility, not panic. Are things dragging in your youth group meeting? You can fix that on the spot. Just choose a game from these pages and liven things up in an instant. Find yourself with a moment between activities, surrounded by a crowd of restless teenagers? Flip to a game in this book and turn that boredom into fun.

    On the Spot games are easy to lead and require no props (except for the occasional chair or items group members already have in their possession). In fact, these are so easy to use, you don’t have to plan ahead at all. (Thus, the whole on the spot theme we’ve been promoting.) The games in this book work well as crowdbreakers or time-eaters or just-for-fun-ers.

    You’ll be cheered as a hero for saving the day. Revered for your ability to “think on your feet.” (Okay, maybe “read on your feet” is more accurate. But it’s still a valuable skill worthy of reverence.) Or maybe you’ll just end up turning a down time into an up one.

    Forget the flop sweat. Have fun with your group instead. Right where you are. Right now.
    On the spot.

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