Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I was just informed of another...They all look pretty useful
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Week one: Played the dating game...yeah, just like the game show. This was what we opened the series with (played two games - one girl player one guy player) and then my wife and I took the couples on a triple date. We brought a guy to video everything and then we played the video in week 2.
Week two: Very funny and yet the message spoke to our student's hearts. We spent our time in 2 Tim 2:22...we date for a ton of reasons but we really must pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace. Here are two of the videos we played in week two.
Week three: The sex talk. If you are ever looking for a guy to bring into your church, camp, retreat, bring me. But if you are looking for another guy bring in Greg Speck. Greg is a well known speaker and author. He has two great books; Living for Jesus Beyond the Spiritual High and Sex: It's Worth Waiting For. I need to thank Greg for allowing God to use him. this series really impacted our group. Here are some links to his books and a video we played showed. Parents, you may want to consider picking up the sex book and do some follow-up.
Click here for the video. Reshape your web browser to a square size and the video will look better.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Pastor2Youth...sign up for a free membership and then click the "YM Exchange" in the top right corner. There are several resources in here (backgrounds, powerpoint games, hundreds or group games, and yes...messages. And if you feel you have some things great to share just submit it)
Chemtastic...Lots of good free stuff here...and message powerpoint
Simply Youth Ministry...also check out their freebies link
24/7...put together by a youth group, never saw it but want to check it out.
Dean Hawk...I have never used these but there were a recommendation from within the group. There were described as creative with good powerpoints. Check them out.
Bluefish...Loads of 4 week DVD curriculum and video series
Youth Resource...$20 for all you can download. I was in this a few years ago, they did not put new stuff up enough and it was $10 back then, but i say if you are looking for some help it is probably wirth $20, download everything you can and do not sign up for a second year...maybe every other year or so.
These two are my favorite:
After searching go through the images, choose advance and see the other options for setting your usage.
Sign up for a free Flickr account and join this group and you will see all the images. i do not understand why but if you are not logged in and not a member of their group you do not see all their pics.
Here are some others...Please add links that you have discovered.
I have not checked these sites but they claim to have lists of free stock photos:
If you are just looking for some solid backgrounds for your media presentations you can't go wrong HERE. The images are solid and the price is good.
Premier Background Images Vol. 1
Premier Background Images Vol. 2
You can find other media related ministry things here:
Here is a bonus link...this seems to be the best font site (mac and pc)
Saturday, February 23, 2008
If anyone wants to do lunch PLEASE leave a voice mail with your contact number here 815-209-9953.
Look forward to lunch and or our evening session.
- Forms (waives, medical cards, registration, etc)
- Pics and videos (from retreats, events and just regular meetings)
- Audio (podcast, sermons, messages) One of many podcast host is Podomatic...it's free. Free audio editor that is solid...Audacity
- Calendar (Add; teaching series, events, retreats, guest speakers, anything to do with your group) A good start if you have a few bucks ($99) is ParentLink, check out the details.
ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE IMPORTANT BUT AFTER A MONTH (OR WEEKS OR EVEN DAYS IN MANY CASES) OF LITTLE VALUE OF YOU DO NOT UPDATE REGULARLY.
- Contact information (email, phone number, address)
- About us (purpose, mission, vision)
- Create devotions for the kids to download
- Read your devotions and let them download the audio file as a link or a podcast
- Video tape your announcements and upload them to youtube and place them on the front page of your site
- Place games on your site
- Secret links
- Parents and volunteer section (maybe this belongs on the first list)
THE MASSIVE LIST
A LIST FOR MAC ONLY
There are a ton of sites like these that are filled with great videos
You can download them (that is a different lesson you and I will have to go through) The quality is not awesome but kids watch these sites so much I do not think it really matters...especially when you preface the video with, "I found this on youtube, take a look." For example take 60 seconds to watch this video I found on youtube, I used it during the dating talk and the students went crazy.
Movie Clip Downloads:
www.wingclips.com (you can pay a subscription fee for better quality...but why, the clips look good to me when they are projected)
www.sermoncinema.com Like wingclips put I have not used it...may not be free
PAY PER DOWNLOAD SITES - you can watch the videos before you pay for them, some are good...most stink, that said it is still worth the look.
http://www.sermonspice.com/ (not movies, just company made spiritual videos)
http://www.bluefishtv.com/ (not movies, just company made spiritual videos)
http://www.sermonvideos.com/ (I use this, $150 for a year and you get the buffet vs pay per download...if you only want a few videos it is cheaper to get what you need)
VIDEO ILLUSTRATION SITE - No actual video, just ideas...this is $35 a year
http://www.ministryandmedia.com/ - current movies talked about but if you cannot find the clip the info can be hard to use...you would start a talk with, "have you seen (MOVIE) in the theaters yet?" Then use their info. That said they have hundreds of illustrations of videos on DVD.
LOOKING FOR PICTURES FOR YOUR POWERPOINTS?
http://www.zoo-m.com/flickr-storm/ - we should talk about how to use this (FREE).
Friday, February 22, 2008
We spent a lot of time talking about MediaShout (MS). You can get a great deal on the full version from Simply Youth. The price is normally $430 but you can get it from them for $379 and it includes about $200 worth of additional media...If you are going to get MS you would be crazy to let this pass you buy. You can learn MS buy buying this training DVD or by walking through the FREE tutorial that comes with your product...the free tutorial is pretty good.
This is not the most current list but here is a comparison chart I found that shows several different presentation software packages available. CLICK HERE.
Somethings not listed is Spice Rack. I do not know much about it but you can read their site..this is FREEWARE (and in betta, meaning still a little buggy). I have not used it because I am pretty dedicated to MS. If you use it let me know what you think. Here is/was a free resource for Mac users..iWorship...again, don't know much about it but check it out. Do your homework and get what is best for your needs...you do not want to switch around every month. This will get annoying with free stuff and costly with the pay stuff. Look for the free trials of the pay stuff, try before you buy.
If you absolutely need to go FREE, go with a proven product like Easislide or Open Song that has been around for a while.
Make your own countdown clocks...$35...CLICK HERE
What to read more...here is an interesting blog post about some of he stuff we are talking about.
Please add your thoughts and even add links by replying to the different posts. I look forward to our interaction.