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CURRICULUM & RESOURCES DISCUSSION TABLE REPORT THE BLAZE CONFERENCE – MONTREAT CONFERENCE CENTER – JANUARY 7, 2014 RESOURCE Core

Realities: Nine Biblical Principles that Mark Healthy Youth Ministries by Mike Yaconelli. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for The Impossible by Steven Furtick Nooma videos by Rob Bell The Story – Teen Version Love Does: Discover A Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, by Rob Goff Way to Live, by Dorothy Bass and Don Richter WEBSITE http://media.zondervan.com/media/samples /pdf/9780310255130_samptxt.pdf COMMENTARY Different ways to look at building Youth Groups

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Inspirational about “circling prayers” … Praying “circles” around something or someone Audacious faith – if something is on your heart, it’s there for a reason; by the senior pastor at Elevation Church

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Good for discussion-starters This is a curriculum that can be cross-generational. From Amazon.com: “Paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it's not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob's love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.” Referenced by Mark Yaconelli in the first night’s worship, the value of this book is that a teen and an adult are paired to write each chapter.

Resource/Teaching Guide http://practicingourfaith.org/pdf/WTLLG_110504.pdf

com/Doing-GirlfriendTheology-God-Talk-Young/dp/082981616X Foreword by Rosemary Radford Ruether http://www. In response to this problem.com/Jesus-MosesBuddha-Mohammed-Crossebook/dp/B007BGQ9OW Video of the author discussing his book: http://www. road-tested programming ideas. too late. His brother offers to move some furniture into his new apartment and decides to play a practical joke. The study is designed to help high school students develop a solid foundation that endures through the faith struggles they will face in college. Good for Story-telling and Building relationships Why Did Jesus. the Buddha. And Sticky Faith Curriculum for Teenagers enables youth leaders to impact to their students with a faith that sticks.pdf http://www. Moses.com: Churches are waking up to the reality that almost half of their high school students struggle deeply with their faith in college. The resulting friendship between the Christian author and the Muslim boy provides an essential life lesson about loving our neighbors and tolerating their differences. . Yet he seems to make the strongest case for fostering tolerance of other religions. they found their answers. This 10-session book and DVD study gives youth workers a theological and philosophical framework alongside realworld.amazon.RESOURCE Stick Faith from the Fuller Youth Institute WEBSITE http://stickyfaith.org/Pdfs/AnnualConferen ce/2013/DoingGirlfriendTheology. while implementing Christian doctrine and maintaining Christian identity. McLaren must enlist the help of a neighbor boy to invite a virtual parade of children into the apartment to carry away the balloons. Offering special high school 'Senior Seminars' or giving seniors a graduation Bible and hoping for the best are too little. the Fuller Youth Institute conducted a national study to answer the question: What can youth workers do to help students develop a lasting faith in God? By following high school seniors into their first three years of college to gain an understanding of the transition from high school to college.ncgs. McLaren From Amazon. by Brian D.amazon. through a single personal story. by Dori Grinenko Baker http://www.youtube. flooding the bathroom with several hundred balloons.org/everyday Doing Girlfriend Theology.com: McLaren uses the metaphor of great religious leaders crossing the road to converse about key matters of faith. and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.com/watch?v=1mdosT cYBnk COMMENTARY From Amazon.

http://www. service and sacrifice. But far from faulting teens. easy to forget. Judaism. aspx?isbn=9780061660184 Echo The Story. PBS Video – Bill Moyers interviewing Smith Huston Smith's masterpiece explores the essential elements and . Sufism. Confucianism. Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton found that American teenagers have embraced a "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism"--a hodgepodge of banal. offering little and demanding less. He convincingly conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination. including Hinduism. self-serving.com/Bill-Moyersteachings of the world's predominant faiths. Wisdom-Faith-Huston/dp/B0056G1AMU Buddhism. creative reflection. and dialogue. . and the native traditions of Australia.RESOURCE Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church By Kenda Creasy Dean WEBSITE http://kendadean. and the Americas. Smith devotes special attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.com/book/index. easy to use. The series seeks to engage the Bible using storytelling. and the teachings of Jesus. by Huston Smith In Soul Searching. Instead of proclaiming a God who calls believers to lives of love. investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about Christianity and at the same time so apathetic about genuine religious practice. Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers-Kenda Creasy Dean's compelling new book. Almost Christian.amazon.org/teens/echothes tory/?domainRedirect=true Emphasizing the inner—rather than the institutional—dimension of these religions.harpercollins. Islam. Christianity. Dean places the blame for this theological watering down squarely on the churches themselves. feel-good beliefs that bears little resemblance to traditional Christianity. The World’s Religions. Oceania. Africa.com/almost-christian/ (includes Study Guides to each chapter) COMMENTARY From the Publisher: Based on the National Study of Youth and Religion--the same invaluable data as its predecessor. Book: http://www. Taoism. a 12-week video series http://wearesparkhouse. churches offer instead a bargain religion.

RESOURCE What We Talk About When We Talk About God.com/parenting/ Traditional.org/aboutbook.com: Tanya Luhrmann leaps into the heart of Talks-Back-Understanding/dp/0307277275 evangelical faith. by T.com/What-JesusFrom Amazon.bsahandbook. sensible people—from college students to accountants to housewives. by Rob Bell WEBSITE http://www.go. http://www. for us. Combined with scientific research that studies the effect that intensely practiced prayer can have on the mind. tried and true to many YM workers Great adaptable idea source for children .com/Store/Youth_Gr From the website: A four-video Bible study for youth groups on oup_Video_Bible_Studies/1976/I_AM_with_ what a real relationship with God looks like. David_Nasser_and_Chris_Tomlin http://groupmagazine. and how understanding this could change the entire course of our lives. and practical skills-practices to construct a life. When God Talks Back examines how normal. and shows how we can reconnect with the God who is pulling us forward into a better future.com/newbook/ COMMENTARY From the publisher: Rob Bell does for the concept of God what he did for heaven and hell in his book Love Wins: He shows how traditional ideas have grown stale and dysfunctional and how to return vitality and vibrancy to lives of faith today.M. by Lee Strobel Bluefish TV Study called “I Am” Group Magazine Family Fun magazine Pastor Rob Bell explains why both culture and the church resist talking about God.com/ http://family. but instead going to the Bible for insights into what Jesus might say to these folks. When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God. with many parallels to YM.h Traditional and time-honored.robbell.amazon. http://www.com/When-GodFrom Amazon. The author isn't putting himself in the place of Jesus. ahead of us. What We Talk About When We Talk About God tackles misconceptions about God and reveals how God is with us.amazon.") has written an engaging book in which he speculates what Jesus might say to some of the most controversial pop icons of our day -. now in its 12th Edition. http://www. Luhrmann The Boy Scout Handbook What Would Jesus Say. all functioning perfectly well within our society—can attest to having the signs and wonders of the supernatural become as quotidian and as ordinary as laundry.com: Lee Strobel (also author of "The Case for Would-Say-Strobel/dp/0310485118 Christ. http://www. this is an tml interesting alternative ministry approach.ranging from Madonna to Bart Simpson to Rush Limbaugh. Bell uses his characteristic evocative storytelling to challenge everything you think you know about God.bluefishtv.

snapchat.RESOURCE Study in the Christian mystics Have your kids or students rewrite “The Ten Commandments” or other key Biblical texts.com/ Re-read key stories and ask for reflections on who the students identified with. Participants: Jonathan Ashworth Karyn Cherry Amy Jackson Marc Mullinax. record videos. From Wikipedia: users can take photos. Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps (as of December 2013. and why. (Convener/Recorder) Al Townsend Meredith Townsend . These sent photographs and videos are known as "Snaps". and send them to a controlled list of recipients. using their own language Who are you in the story? Snapchat. but needs to.” N/A http://www. used by one participant in a “Snapchat Scavenger Hunt” WEBSITE COMMENTARY OTHER SUGGESTIONS N/A N/A This was the personal odyssey by one member because “the church doesn’t do it. after which they will be hidden from the recipient's device and deleted from Snapchat's servers. the range is from 1 to 10 seconds). in the story. an app. add text and drawings.