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The Youth Worker's Big Book of Case Studies

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This explosive book of approximately 185 "case studies" by veteran youth worker and prolific author Steve Case will lead students to see their own lives and circumstances differently. Easy answers are not easy to find. With THE YOUTH WORKERS...


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This explosive book of approximately 185 "case studies" by veteran youth worker and prolific author Steve Case will lead students to see their own lives and circumstances differently.

Easy answers are not easy to find. With THE YOUTH WORKERS BIG BOOK OF CASE STUDIES, your teenagers will be talking, and thinking about stuff that matters most in their lives. Open-ended questions, excruciating dilemmas, familiar scenarios, and going-deeper at Scripture make these cutting-edge case studies power-packed and unforgettable. Why just have mere chats with teens when you can use THE YOUTH WORKERS BIG BOOK OF CASE STUDIES to dig deeper, gaining insights that will enrich your group, and students' lives outside the group! In this gigantic collection, you'll get . . .

- More than 180 faith-building case studies of issues vital to students complete with provocative discussion questions and themed Bible verses and passages!

- Fun, engaging, sometimes very serious discussions!

- Easy-to-use, overflowing indexes - contents, categories, multiple topics - cross referenced for every youth leader's need.

- Among the categories dealt with: Family; School; Sex-Dating; Friends; and Growing Up.

Add sizzle, spice, even a little bit of controversy to you next lesson, service, message, or sermon with THE YOUTH WORKERS BIG BOOK OF CASE STUDIES!

-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 205969
  • Product Code 0310255627
  • EAN 9780310255628
  • UPC 025986255626
  • Pages 256
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Youth Ministry
  • Sub-Category Activities/lessons
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Feb 2004
  • Dimensions 279 x 216 x 17mm
  • Weight 0.715kg

Steve Case

Case has been in youth ministry for more than a dozen years. He's worked for various denominations and currently serves as youth minister for Windermere Union United Church of Christ. He has published several articles on creative worship ideas for teens, taught workshops on the subject at national ministry conventions.

  • Table Of Contents
  • 1. The Incredible Shrinking Youth
  • Group...10
  • 2. Teacher's Pet...11
  • 3. Obey The Rules Of Youth Ministry 12
  • 4. My Brother's Shadow...14
  • 5. Should I Stay Or Should I Go?...16
  • 6. Free Cookies--kindness Gone Bad...18
  • 7. Home Sweet Home Or Battle Zone?...20
  • 8. Thou Shalt Not Borrow...21
  • 9. In The Dark...22
  • 10. Leave It To Beaver...24
  • 11. Shower The People...with Love?...25
  • 12. Cleaning Jesus...26
  • 13. You Smell Smoke?...28
  • 14. Broken Memories...30
  • 15. Out Of The Comfort Zone...32
  • 16. Getting High...34
  • 17. Long Lost Friend...35
  • 18. The Scoop...36
  • 19. My Sister's Keeper...38
  • 20. Joyful Noise...40
  • 21. The Report Card...42
  • 22. Across The Board...44
  • 23. The Jerk...46
  • 24. God Calling...47
  • 25. Not Amused...48
  • 26. Where There's Smoke...49
  • 27. Shattered...50
  • 28. Face Time...52
  • 29. Smokin'...53
  • 30. Making The Grade...54
  • 31. Restricted Viewing...55
  • 32. Kelly Green...56
  • 33. Your 'boy' Is Back In Town...57
  • 34. Your 'boy' Is Back In Town Part 2...58
  • 35. What You Wish For...59
  • 36. Packing Heat?...60
  • 37. The Morning After...62
  • 38. Making The Grade...64
  • 39. Missed It By That Much...65
  • 40. Keeping It Warm...66
  • 41. A Family Addiction...67
  • 42. Little Lies...68
  • 43. Out With A Bang...70
  • 44. Values? What Values?...72
  • 45. Get A Room!...73
  • 46. Wallflower...74
  • 47. Strike One...75
  • 48. Family Tradition...76
  • 49. Who Is My Sister?...77
  • 50. The Flu Medicine...78
  • 51. Making Room Or Opening The Door?...79
  • 52. Party Girl...80
  • 53. Backstage...81
  • 54. Anger Wins...82
  • 55. I Am So Proud Of My Kids...83
  • 56. Chameleon...84
  • 57. Hot Instant Message...85
  • 58. That Boy...86
  • 59. Whatever It Takes...87
  • 60. Security...88
  • 61. Driving...89
  • 62. The Day Off...90
  • 63. Trivial...91
  • 64. Hero Worship...92
  • 65. Beyond Belief...93
  • 66. Elsewhere...94
  • 67. Temple Faith...96
  • 68. Made Whole...97
  • 69. Memorial...98
  • 70. Like That...100
  • 71. Sunshine...101
  • 72. Missed...102
  • 73. Embarrassed...104
  • 74. Invited...106
  • 75. Calling Home...107
  • 76. All Prayers...108
  • 77. Unwelcome...109
  • 78. Shot...110
  • 79. Perfect To Imperfect...111
  • 80. Adult Education...112
  • 81. Lessons Learned...113
  • 82. Party Plans...114
  • 83. Customer Satisfaction...115
  • 84. Only Constant In Life: Change...116
  • 85. Dressing Up...118
  • 86. The View From Here...120
  • 87. Intrusion...121
  • 88. Down To Size...122
  • 89. Four-time Failure...123
  • 90. Memory Loss...124
  • 91. Over-developed?...125
  • 92. The Right To Vote...126
  • 93. Listen Up!...127
  • 94. This Far...128
  • 95. More Than Close?...130
  • 96. Learning Lessons...132
  • 97. Left Alone...133
  • 98. Best Laid Plans...134
  • 99. Christmas Complaints...135
  • 100. Reserving Judgment...136
  • 101. No Word...137
  • 102. Take Up The Cross...138
  • 103. On A Mission...139
  • 104. Sanctuary...140
  • 105. Green...141
  • 106. Standing Up...142
  • 107. Results...143
  • 108. Conflict...144
  • 109. Most Likely...145
  • 110. Opening Up...146
  • 111. No Gifts...147
  • 112. Turning Pages...148
  • 113. Waitress Wanted...149
  • 114. Left Unsaid...150
  • 115. Women's Rights...151
  • 116. Just Words?...152
  • 117. Un-steady...153
  • 118. Out Of The Dark...154
  • 119. Home Cooking?...155
  • 120. Welcome?...156
  • 121. A Team Of One...158
  • 122. Plan 'b'...159
  • 123. The Face Of Jesus...160
  • 124. What Happens...161
  • 125. Part Of The Game...162
  • 126. Red And Blue...163
  • 127. New Creation...164
  • 128. Developments...165
  • 129. No Stopping...166
  • 130. Same Old, Same Old...167
  • 131. Distance...168
  • 132. Score...169
  • 133. Staying Put...170
  • 134. In The Cards...172
  • 135. Home For The Holidays...174
  • 136. Reason For The Season...176
  • 137. Worship...177
  • 138. Score...178
  • 139. To Burn Or Not To Burn?...179
  • 140. Joyful?...180
  • 141. Confirmed...181
  • 142. Cheer...182
  • 143. Crossing The Line...183
  • 144. References...184
  • 145. Eye Of The Beholder...186
  • 146. My Way...188
  • 147. Snapshot...190
  • 148. Party On...192
  • 149. For The Glory...194
  • 150. Appearances...196
  • 151. Sides...198
  • 152. Help Me...200
  • 153. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner...202
  • 154. Surfacing...204
  • 155. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner Part 2...205
  • 156. Not My Girl...206
  • 157. Truth, Justice, And The American Way...208
  • 158. Spike...210
  • 159. Jesus Who?...212
  • 160. Promises, Promises...214
  • 161. Hallie's Friend...216
  • 162. Is This It?...218
  • 163. Corners...220
  • 164. Fessing Up...222
  • 165. Like A Prayer...223
  • 166. Old-fashioned...224
  • 167. Sharing...226
  • 168. Dreamers...228
  • 169. Screen...230
  • 170. Garret's History...231
  • 171. What Mom Doesn't Know...232
  • 172. Nothing Happened...234
  • 173. The People In Your Neighborhood...236
  • 174. Uncertain Terms...238
  • 175. Fun And Games...240
  • 176. It's An Art...242
  • 177. Twist...243
  • 178. Destruction...244
  • 179. Like A Man...245
  • 180. And They'll Know We Are Christians...246
  • 181. Witness...248
  • 182. Ammunition...250
  • 183. Coming Attractions...252
  • 184. Honor...253
  • 185. Paying The Price...254

The Youth Worker's Big Book of Case Studies: Not Quite a Million Stories That Beg Discussion Copyright 2003 by Youth Specialties Youth Specialties Books, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020, are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Aveune SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Case, Steven L., 1964- The youth worker's big book of case studies : not quite a million stories that beg discussion / by Steven L. Case. p. cm. ISBN-10: 0-310-25562-7 (pbk.) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25562-8 (pbk.) 1. Church group work with youth--Case studies. I. Title. BV4447.C3785 2004 259'.23--dc22 2003015185 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. Some of the anecdotal illustrations in this book are true to life and are included with the permission of the persons involved. All other illustrations are composites of real situations, and any resemblance to people living or dead is coincidental. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or tranmitted in any form or by any means---electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other--- except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication. Please contact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com) to report URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs if available. Editorial and art direction by Rick Marschall Edited by Jim Kochenburger Proofreading by Anita Palmer Cover design by ArtParts Interior design by Rayburn Design Design assistance by Sarah Jongsma Editorial Assistance by Ted Marschall Printed in the United States of America Dan belongs to the youth group at a church that hired a new youth minister a year ago this week. Under the previous youth minister, youth meetings were always a fun place to go on Sundays. Every week 50 to 60 teenagers showed up. In addition, they had a youth group calendar packed with cool activities, like concerts, ski trips and amusement park trips. Over the past year, under the new youth minister, attendance has dropped from a weekly average of 50 teenagers to just 15. The group has gotten a lot more serious. Instead of fun ski weekends, the group goes and works at homeless shelters and participates in workcamps- helping fix up homes for poor people. The new youth minister has serious discussions and asks hard questions about life and the future-stuff that Dan doesn't want to think about. A bunch of Dan's friends who no longer come have invited him to a church a few miles away that's like how their youth group used to be. It seems 'everybody' is going there. Dan has to decide which group he would like to belong to. What's the big deal? Does it matter which youth group Dan attends? Why? Aren't the fun and fellowship in the other group important as well as the serious stuff in Dan's youth group? Why? Should a youth group be more fun or more serious? Why? (What are the positive reasons for having a fun youth group? Negatives? What are the positive reasons for having a serious youth group? Negatives?) What are the most important things Dan should consider as he decides between youth groups? What's the difference between learning and being taught? What's important in this situation? Matthew 13 :9 ; Romans 8 :28 Think back over your life from a year or so ago to now. When have you grown the most as a person? Explain. How does your experience apply to Dan's decision? If you were Dan, what would you do? Meetings Discuss:: David has Mr. Hawthorne as his teacher for two classes. Nobody likes Mr. Hawthorne. He gives a tremendous amount of homework and doesn't seem to care about his student's personal schedules and he doesn't put up with any fooling around. He has assigned more detentions and called more parent conferences than any other teacher. For some reason, Mr. Hawthorne likes David. He respects his work and says David shows 'promise.' Spring Break is coming up and Mr. Hawthorne traditionally assigns a huge term paper to be turned in the day school resumes. Several of David's friends have asked him to use his influence with Mr. Hawthorne to talk him out of the assignment in order to protect their cool Spring Break plans. David doesn't want to fall from Mr. Hawthorne's good graces, but he does want to have a good time on Spring Break with his friends. Is this teacher's expectation reasonable? Why? How easy is it to tell your friends 'No'? How much respect do your teachers get from the students in your classes? How much do they get from you? Is respect earned or is it given to everyone, until you have reason to do otherwise? Who was the best teacher you ever had? Not your favorite but the one who was best at their job? Should the students just stop moaning, suck it up and do the assignment? At what point? Why? How difficult a situation is David in? Explain. Matthew 5:14-16 1 Timothy 4 :14 What role does 'pleasure-seeking' play in David's difficult situation? Explain. If you were David, what would you do to be respectful to Mr. Hawthorne? How would you respond to your friends?

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