A New and Engaging Way To Facilitate Small Group Discussion

Is this your small group?

You: I ask an important question

Them: Awkward silence

You: C’mon guys (in whiny voice)

No more! The Elevate Sessions are an interactive way to get your students talking about where their life is going: Up, Down, or Sideways.

Check out the video below and then snag your Elevator ride up to a fruitful small group discussion right here

The Elevator Sessions include 

– Five discussion topics with questions

– Ready to print sheet for the Table Talk Elevator

Bonus: A way to use the Elevator as a youth ministry evaluation tool

New Devotional: 40 Days Through Psalm 119

Since January, I’ve been tackling the longest chapter in the bible, Psalm 119. I started with trying to break down the meaning and context and discovered the heart  of fellow believer like me. We and the Psalmist are not so different. We cry out, we bargain, we declare, we fear, we cry and we hope.

Here’s a free sample. I hope you’ll check out the rest and discover for yourself, like the Psalmist, the joy of God’s word.

You can buy the physical devotions HERE

Or just the PDF version HERE

Easter Resources For Your Youth Ministry

It’s Passion week. Are you still struggling to find the perfect message or the best way for your kids to enter into the fullness of the gospel? Let me offer a few suggestions.

Three Cups

With a video (seen below) of me explaining this sermon, and having over 27,000 views, this has become my post popular product. You can click to purchase.

 

 

 

 

Holy Week Prayer Stations always draw my kids closer to God. I have put together the whole package for you to do it with your group. Click to purchase and watch video below.

 

 

 

 

 

How I Write A Sermon Series

I’m super excited about a new series I’ve written called Shine A Light. If you’ve never done one of my series, let me give you a behind the scenes look. I write most  of my multi-weeks series’ as a discipleship narrative. I write the series as if I am taking one kid through the process of becoming a life long follower of Jesus.

I start each series as if no one knows anything, opening the opportunity to share the gospel. Through the rest of the series I try to cover things like holiness, sanctification, identity, service, evangelism, etc.

I do the same in Shine A Light

In week one I address why the light came and how we can respond to it (faith)

In week two I address man’s search for God (sin, worldliness)

In week three I address God’s search for man (gospel)

In week four I address who we should shine the light on (Lordship)

In week five I address our need to be the light (servanthood, witness)

Every series is a chance to disciple a young person in the word. The challenge is to get those students who come to faith to dig deeper. This is why I put a five week small group devotional a youth worker can use as a small group time in Sunday school or as part of a post camp scenario. The goal is to break down  each message and  further with the opportunity for questions and engagement.

In addition to the five weeks of messages I also include slides and social media graphics.

I hope this has been helpful and I hope you’ll check out the series HERE. 

 

 

Free Course: How To Disciple Teenagers

A few months ago I finally pulled the plug on an idea I had called Youth Pastor University. It was my plan to offer courses to youth workers on how to do various things in youth ministry. Sadly, I had neither the time or energy to do it well, so I dropped it. The great thing is, the course is now available for free.

I have posted all the videos on my YouTube channel and are in a playlist where you can watch the videos in sequence.

You can download the fill in the blank notes HERE .

So, take the course and let me know what you think.

New Game: Dice Spice The Firecracker Edition

If you have youth during the week of 4th of July, like I do, it can be a challenge to find a game that goes along with the holiday. Fear not, I, your youth ministry genie, have granted your wish for a fun 4th of July game.

Dice Spice: The Firecracker Edition is a print and play, dice rolling game where contestants compete to complete a list of items that come up when they roll the die.

This game is faced paced and you could have upward of 5-7 people playing. This makes a great stage game because of all the activity going on.

I hope you’ll check it out and have a fantastic 4th.

 

New Resource: Follow 5

This is a blog about discipleship, so it’s natural that I create curriculum, lessons, and retreats around the subject. Today I offer Follow 5. Follow 5 is really my manifesto on discipleship. It’s takes students past the “pray, read your bible, come to youth group, be a good kid” track that many youth workers have their kids on.

Follow 5 is based on five characteristics Jesus used to describe his disciples and, unless anything has changed, are still the standard for those who would follow after him today.

The material can be used as a retreat, as I used it, or as a five week teaching or even a camp. Here’s how I described it on Instagram

If you’re looking to lead your kids into the deep end of the pool, check out Follow 5. If YOU want to get into the deep end of the pool check out my new course called Discipleship Foundations which covers how to integrate these characteristics into your youth ministry DNA.

Got questions before you buy? Hit me up at thedproject@me.com

What Is My Time Worth? You Decide

I’ve heard it said, “If people won’t pay for your time, your time isn’t worth anything.” That’s has been stuck in my head for a while and I decided to see if this is true.

For the past seven years I have brought you the best content possible as an active, in the trenches youth pastor. I am one of you! I share my heart, my successes, and my failures.

In addition to my office hours, I pass along what I create in the form of blog posts, podcasts, videos, and lessons. All of this takes time. How much is my time worth? Today you get to decide.

I have started a Patreon account. This is a tool by which you can choose a way to support the work I do, especially for those youth workers who have no budget, no support, and no encouragement so they can receive free resources.

There are three ways you can support me,

Team Turner $1 a month

This is just your app of saying, “I am with you Paul and I appreciate what you do for all us.”. It’s less than .05 cents a day and an easy way to show your support.

Turner’s Tips. $3 a month

This is for those of you who really enjoy my content and want a deeper dive into the who, what, where, and why of what I do. If you want to get a behind the scenes look at ministry, this is where you’ll see it.

Turner’s Tribe $5 a month

This is for those of you who have no budget, are under-appreciated, bi-vocational, volunteer and slap any other adjective to describe how hard youth ministry is sometimes. As part of Turner’s Tribe You will receive freebies such as full lessons, special training videos. special Q and A sessions and more.for only $5 a month.

That’s it. Easy as 1,3, 5

What is my time worth? You decide.

You can choose your gratitude path right here.

New Five Week Sermon Series: Dear Bible

This series was a real passion of mine. I so desire kids to love the Word of God (Logos) and to listen for his voice (Rhema) that I took to writing this series. As with many messages we preach, they have their desired effect for a time but God’s Word never returns void (Isaiah 55:11)

Dear Bible, I apologize. And that is how  week one kicks off this five week series. Too many young believers think they can grow in their faith without the Bible. It’s time to challenge them to get real with the Sciptures. This series come with:

  • Five weeks of messages (In PDF and Word)
  • Slides (Powerpoint and Keynote)
  • Slide Graphics
  • Social Meida ready graphics
  • Attention getting illustrations
  • Audio Curriculum Coach

It’s time for students to get personal with their Bibles and this series will get the conversation started.

You can purchase the resource HERE