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thESource is a free online resource provided by The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Youth Ministry Office. thESource exists to provide Jesus-centered resources for those at work with youth in the Lutheran congregation and beyond.

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  • thESourceunPluggedSummer 2011

    UnPlugged 2011.indd 1 6/20/2011 3:53:21 PM

  • Photos on the cover and above were taken by Rebecca Rutan at the 2010 National LCMS Youth Gathering. Photos on page 7, 19, and 20 were taken by Amanda Singer at the 2010 National LCMS Youth Gathering.

    Youth Ministry...Is centered in Jesus Christ...given in bap-tism...nurtured through the proclamation and study of Gods Word...strengthened through participation in the Lords Supper.Supports young people as full members of the church today as well as the church of the future.Challenges young people to take a role in shaping the churchs mission to the world.Is a part of and not apart from the congrega-tions life and mission.Equips youth to utilize their God-given gifts as faithful disciples.Speaks to the full range of life issues of youth in the congregation and the community.Is person oriented.Is family inclusive.Is congregation based.Is outward focused.Is ministry to, by, with, through, and for youth.

    During the summer of 2011, thESource featured articles on each of these statements. Read several of those articles in this issue and QGPRUHRQOLQHDWZZZ\RXWK(6RXUFHFRP

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  • featuresA Part of, Not Apart From 7

    Life Issues and Youth Ministry 13

    The Prepositions of Youth Ministry 17

    Equipping the (Young) Saints 19

    Ministry to One 23

    blogs Servin Lovin Praisin 2

    Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture 12

    Game Guru 22

    Betwixt: Middle School Ministry 28

    tools & resources Girls Bible Study 3

    Guys Bible Study 5

    A Prayer Litany for Youth 10

    Can I Use It? Book Review 11

    Skit 26


  • by Brian StewardCans for JesusServin Lovin Praisin

    We are very blessed at our congregation to have a food pantry. Each year we feed over 10,000 people out of our pantry...thats right...more than 10,000 people each year come into our church and receive a grocery sack full of food as well as the Gospel message of Jesus Christ!

    Every day the pantry is open, guests come in and meet with our Care Ministry Director. She discuss-es with them where they are at both in their life and their walk with the Lord. She shares with them Jesus words of love and forgiveness and also reads Scripture and prays with them. When appropriate, we gift them with a Bible or devotional book. So, not only are we feeding the hungry, we are feeding the Spiritually hungry as well!

    Our pantry is supported by donations from our generous members and friends. It is also support-ed by other organizations that either donate food to us or sell it at a very deep discount. One of those organizations is Foodshare, and every year they do a community-wide event called Can-a-thon.

    The Can-a-thon is promoted by many of the ma-jor businesses in the community, including the television and radio stations as well as the newspa-per and grocery stores. One Sunday a year, youth groups, church groups, and individuals go into the community and collect non-perishable food items that in turn are donated to the local food pantries.

    I bring this up because I have found that some of the greatest servant projects you can do are the ones right in your community! No matter where you live, there are people who cant afford as much food as they need. Wherever you live, there are people who have fallen on hard times and they need help. Our youth group not only participates in the Can-a-thon, but we also go into the commu-nity a few other times in the year to collect food from our neighbors for our pantry. This not only gets our kids and our congregation out in the com-munity, but it lets our kids know that there are many people in the world who have very little. Its a great lesson for them because they are learning that they have been given much, so they should give much as well!

    Whether its collecting cans for the needy, or another project or cause, I encourage you to go into your community and help. There are so many people who need help and encouragement, and you can be the one who brings hope to them, and that is the certain hope we have in Jesus! Today He is calling us to serve, love, and praise Him in our communities!

    Get more ideas on how serve, love, and praise at

    Brian Steward grew up in DeWitt, Iowa, and graduated from Concordia University Chicago. He has served as DCE at Zion Lutheran in Na-perville, IL, and currently serves as Director of Youth Ministries at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria, IL. Brian has been on the 2010 and 2013 LCMS National Youth Gathering Mass Event Teams. He has a heart for the lost and a strong passion for youth ministry, which started after he DWWHQGHGKLVUVW

  • 3For Girls: Opposites Attractby Lauren Nietubicz

    Bible Study

    Opening:Option 1: Men vs. Women:

    A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the garbage, answer the phone, 1.get the mail A man will dress up for weddings and funerals. A woman will do laundry every couple of days. 2.A man will wear every single article of clothing he owns before he will do his laundry. If Gloria, Suzanne, Debra, and Michelle go out for lunch, they will call each other Gloria, 3.Suzanne, Debra and Michelle. But if Mike, Phil, Rob, and Jack go out for a beer they will affectionately refer to each other as fat boy, Godzilla, peanut-head, and useless. A man has six items in his bathroom: a toothbrush and tooth paste, shaving cream, razor, bar 4.of soap, and a towel from a hotel. The average number of items in a typical womans bathroom is 437. A man would not be able to identify most of those items.

    Option 2: Download the PDF of this study at to see option 2.

    StudyThere are obvious differences in men and women. One of the most important things, in any relationship, is to understand the other person and honor how they recognize love. Dealing with Women Ask the group: in general, what are some ways that women feel loved? After a few thoughts are shared, discuss the following OpennessZH ZDQW PHQ WR VKDUH WKHLU IHHOLQJV WKHLU GLIFXOWLHV

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    Finding the hero in your husband: $VN WKH JURXS ZKDW GRHV LW PHDQ WR QG WKH KHUR LQ \RXU KXVEDQG"The hero in your husband is only his ability to imitate Gods attributes. 7R QG WKH KHUR LQ \RXU KXVEDQG \RX PXVW NQRZ WKH *RG \RXU KXVEDQG ZDV FUHDWHG WR LPLWDWH$VN WKH JURXS ZKDW GR \RX WKLQN KDSSHQV LQ D UHODWLRQVKLS ZKHQ D ZRPDQ GRHVQW QG WKHhero in her husband? 7KHUH LV D WHQGHQF\ IRU D ZRPDQ WR HLWKHU QG LW HOVHZKHUH RU WR EHFRPH KHU RZQ (LWKHUcauses distance and can greatly weaken a marriage.