CSM Opportunities

Post a Comment » Written on March 19th, 2014     
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indexCSM blends a passion for the inner-city with a heart for the youth and families who come to serve. It’s mission and service at its best.” - Dann Spader, President of Sonlife Ministries

The Center for Student Missions (CSM) is a short-term, urban mission organization located in ten urban centers throughout the United States. With full-time staff at each site, CSM provides service and learning opportunities throughout the entire year.

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Top 10 Books of 2013

Post a Comment » Written on March 17th, 2014     
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Never too early to turn the minds of young adult pastors toward preparing the high school students at their church for college, or whatever may be next:

BestBooksI haven’t always been a reader. My high school self would probably raise his eyebrows and chuckle a bit at the thought of his “mid-30s-self” offering a list of the 10 best books of the year. I don’t think I had read 10 books (maybe 5? maybe!) until my senior year of high school. (You can read the rest of that story here: “How to Fall in Love… One Book at a Time.”) But now I do read regularly and enjoy talking about books.This year I was able to have an extended conversation about books with my good friend Byron Borger, owner of Hearts & Minds Bookstore. I conducted a webinar with Byron on the theme “Summer Reading: The Best Books for Pastors, Parents and Youth Workers.” It was a lot of fun and reminded me of how seriously we take reading here are CPYU. In fact, CPYU president, Walt Mueller, has already listed his “top 5” books read in 2013: “Five Books I Read Last Year. . . That You Should Read in 2014!

My list will be limited to the books I read this year that were published in 2013 (listed alphabetically by author). And, for the most part, they are books that are at the heart of the mission of the College Transition Initiative: to be a resource for those preparing students for life after high school. Enjoy!

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Discipleship and Mission

Post a Comment » Written on March 12th, 2014     
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Want to get equipped for discipleship and mission?

Bring the Verge 2014 Webcast to your home, group or church – for FREE!

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Can I Ask That?

Post a Comment » Written on March 10th, 2014     
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Because it’s not doubt that’s toxic to faith. It’s silence.


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The Challenge

Post a Comment » Written on March 5th, 2014     
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Tired of finding yourself the target of all those messy, muddy, mucky games your students thoroughly enjoy? The Challenge allows you to capture the energy of those crowd-pleasing competitions without the nuisance of cleaning up!

Hosted by veteran youth pastor Kurt Johnston, these 20 video-based contests will engage and entertain your students. The concept is simple: Your group will watch the premise and setup for each game and guess the outcome or results—and then watch it all unfold!

Each video features a contestant competing in a wide range of imaginatively wild and zany pool challenges, outdoor challenges, and gym challenges, such as:

  • How many frozen fish can the contestant get out of the pool in two minutes—using only his mouth?
  • How far can the contestant slide on a chocolate-covered sheet of plastic?
  • What’s the total distance the contestant can hit five objects that are tossed his way?
  • How long will it take the contestant to go around cones three times—once in a burlap sack, once on a skateboard, and once on a pogo stick?

You’re intrigued, aren’t you? You can’t wait to watch these for yourself, can you? If the government issued an Addictive Fun seal of approval, The Challenge would be the first item on the list! Let it fuel the embers of enthusiasm and competition in your youth ministry!

Each video consists of an Apple QuickTime or Windows Media Player file to drop into your visual media player for easy integration into your program. Check it out!

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Archived Webinars

Did you miss CYMS webinars in 2013? If so, I’m here to help you catch up!

Hip Hop Curriculum for Incarcerated Youth & Youth Coming Out of the System

June 18, 2013

Led by K-Rahn, youth advocate in Southern California
This webinar is led by veteran youth worker K-Rahn, who developed a successful hip hop curriculum for working with youth in and transitioning out of juvenile detention. Hear insights into engaging youth for Christ through hip hop.


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The Power of True Identity

Post a Comment » Written on February 26th, 2014     
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“Who am I?”  How a person answers this question determines what they believe about themselves.  To answer it wrongly leads to a life of misery, regret, and futility.  However if one answers it correctly they could lead a life filled with hope, joy, & sense of calling.

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Post a Comment » Written on February 24th, 2014     
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Sponsored by Covenant Merge Ministries

Covenant Merge Ministries is providing an opportunity for US/Canadian youth to develop their leadership skills in an international cross-cultural setting, in partnership with international youth developing their leadership skills at the same time. North American students will live, learn and serve alongside youth from other nations. Teaching and mentoring will be by both North American and international youth leaders. All learning will be done bilingually, in Spanish and English. North American students will live with their international counterparts, attend creative sessions on leadership together, and work together to encourage and enhance local community ministry in the international setting.

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Are You a Red Cup Christian?

Post a Comment » Written on February 20th, 2014     
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Picture the scene: You’re standing on a corner in a college town and see hundreds of students holding red cups. Like those red cups, the people blend in and all look the same. Everyone seems the same on the outside, and you’re unable to see anything on the inside.

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How Do I See Myself After High School?

Post a Comment » Written on February 20th, 2014     
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A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

Many of the statistics you read about teenagers and faith can be alarming. Recent studies show that 40-50 percent of kids who are connected to a youth group throughout their senior year will fail to stick with their faith in college. As youth workers are pouring their time and energy into the students in their ministries, they are often left wondering if they’ve done enough to equip their students to carry their faith into adulthood.

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