youth workers, you should know about stuff you can use (stuffyoucanuse.org). it’s a nicely designed and easy to navigate site that’s sole purpose is the free sharing of resources.
i don’t know kenny and elle. and this is not a paid post or anything like that at all. but i particularly like a couple things about what they’re doing:
first, there’s no angle on this. they really are about creating a free clearinghouse, where you can use their stuff, where you can get other peoples’ stuff, and where you can share your own stuff. whatever the quality of the stuff, that’s a good impulse, and i loudly applaud it (in fact, i’m starting a slow clap at this moment, if you’d like to join me).
second, kenny and elle are my people. by that i mean: they lead a middle school ministry. i might not know them, but i get them, and i know they get me.
The Youth Cartel launched two new FREE weekly emails this week. really, i can’t take any credit for them. my brilliant partner, adam mclane, came up with the ideas, design and content for both of them. i’ll throw in with some links and stuff from time to time, i’m sure. but, really, these are the shiznit.
YouTube You Can Use
each monday (if you sign up for this free list), you’ll get an email with a youtube video, and a mini discussion guide (topic, discussion starter, linked scripture verses, discussion questions, and a final ‘wrestle with this’ thought or question. it’s freakin’ youth ministry gold, man, and it’s free.
did i mention it’s free?
no, really, it’s totally free.
here’s where you can go to sign up for this.
oh, and if you missed the first email, click here to see the archived version, on the topic of perfection.
viva la revolucion, baby.
i’d seen some of these online page-turning chapters and catalogs and such recently, and asked our peeps at ys if we were thinking of using that technology. of course, they’re usually a few steps ahead of me, and were planning on beta testing our fall catalog with this app. it’s pretty cool.
we’re still gonna send a paper catalog this time around (it should arrive in the next week or week and a half, if you’re on our mailing list). but we’d love to get to the point where we can save a few trees and only do this online thing, if people want it and use it.
so, check it out; give us your feedback. and be sure to check out all the sweet new (and old) resources from ys.
here’s the little write up:
Hey Everybody —
Marko here. Okay, so summer is over and that’s a bummer. School is starting now and if you’re anything like me, things are crazy busy. Well, our cool people over in the online area have been crazy busy too. They’ve been playing around with some stuff to make things easier and more fun for you when you need to get that back to school shopping done. So check this – yep, that’s our new digital eCatalog — I thought it was pretty wild. Now you can flip through the catalog long before it hits your snail mail.
No more rummaging through your inbox in search of the coffee stained, dog-eared paper version — just add this link to your favorites and you’ll always know where to look. So you say “well the catalog is cool but what’s in it for me?” Besides all our new resources… we’ve got a killer deal. In addition to a 20% discount on all titles, if you place an order of $75 or more by September 8th, you’ll get a free copy of Kara Powell and Chap Clark’s newest book, Deep Justice In A Broken World. Just our way of saying “yeah, we know summer is over.”
So sit back and have fun with this and don’t forget, we love you because you love kids.