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The #1 Hits of 2014
A Mix of All Things Music
Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith

This year’s top music was a fairly balanced mix of rap, hip hop, and pop…with a little rock-n-roll thrown in for good measure. It also featured a blend of veteran performers and several brand new artists.

And yes, this year’s top music also offered a fusion of clean tunes…and not so clean tunes...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: A Glance Back at 2014 Travel
As I peek ahead at my speaking calendar for early 2015… it’s getting pretty full. So I looked back at my travel in 2014 and this is what I discovered.

I traveled a total of 82,777 miles.


I took a plane on 17 different trips.


I flew 53 different legs/segments.


I flew to three countries.


I stayed in 39 different hotels for 51 different nights.


I rented 15 different cars, for 27 days.


I spoke 67 times at 41 venues.


I ate far too many Five Guys Burgers…


…and far too few Giordano’s Pizzas.


That’s my 2014 in a nutshell. Loving the opportunity to serve God and work alongside His workers around the globe. I look forward to seeing many of you at my upcoming conferences and trainings in 2015!
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Season 5, Episode 8, Coda
It only took about 75 seconds into this week’s episode for us to realize exactly how far Rick was willing to go to protect the group. How far would you be willing to go? This season The Walking Dead has
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CAMPUS MINISTRY CORNER: The Power of Coming Together
Last weekend I was in a small town outside of Minneapolis where I witnessed something I rarely see in the world of youth ministry. I saw a network of 8 youth workers from different ministries come together to share ideas and do ministry together.

I almost pinched myself. A Lutheran, a Baptist, a Methodist, someone from the Covenant church and a Campus Life leader were drinking coffee together (sounds like a joke, right?) Yes, it’s not the first time I’ve seen it, but let’s just say I don’t see it often.

The youth ministry buzzword at hand here is called Networking. Faith leaders coming together to encourage each other, support one another and talk ministry. It’s something that doesn’t happen as often as it should.

I know, because I fly into about 30 cities a year to speak at conferences and events. In the majority of the cities I’ll sit down at dinner with a youth pastor and begin talking ministry. I always ask, “Do you know the youth pastor at the big white church I passed two blocks South? What about the church two blocks east across the park?”

4 out of 5 times the answer is, “No.”

“I’ve just been really busy. I’ve been trying to get things in motion here first, then I intend to start networking.”

Sadly, it rarely happens.

This small network outside of Minneapolis not only meets regularly, they run a weekly campus ministry together. Eight churches and Campus Life combine efforts to feed 400 to 450 kids weekly at the local high school. One of the churches is strategically located across the street from the school. Every Thursday, students have the option of going “to church” for lunch. They eat, they have fun, and they hear a little truth from God’s word.

The eight churches take turns providing the lunch, and all the churches provide leaders who interact with the kids each week.

None of the churches could do it on their own. But eight churches standing together… stronger than the Ecclesiastes 4 cord of three strands!

What might you accomplish if you came together like this?

What’s stopping you from stopping by that church down the street and inviting the youth worker to lunch this week?

JONATHAN DIVES INTO NETWORKING EVEN DEEPER IN THIS FREE TRAINING TOOLS ARTICLE: NETWORKING, VITAL… YET IGNORED

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A Gift of Forgiveness in Rwanda

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Exodus: Gods and Kings (12/12/2014)

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

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All About That Bass

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OUTREACH RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
Elf (Spotting the Imposter)
Intimately knowing Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas. This hilarious resource from our MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS page reinforces that truth in a Christmas classic.  

The Movie Clip: Spotting the Imposter
Will Ferrell plays Buddy, one of Santa’s real elves. In this scene we’ll see Buddy’s reaction when he spots a fake Santa at Gimble’s toy store in New York while on his quest to find his


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SPIRITUAL GROWTH RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
A Gift of Forgiveness in Rwanda

If your students are wondering how they can make a difference this Christmas, this gripping new resource from our YOUTUBE DISCUSSION page will help tremendously!


The Discussion Starter: A Life-Changing Shoebox
This clip follows a young man named Alex all the way from the civil war-torn nation of Rwanda where he saw his family killed in front of him, to the frigid winters of Minnesota where he was eventually adopted 


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