Resources

Counseling Resources - Dr. John Cox

Dr. John Cox has been a clinical psychologist for over 26 years, and has been a featured speaker at RYM's Youth Leader Training several times. His work has proven a valuable resource in communicating with teens and parents. His website,  www.johncoxpsychology.com has been been developed to be a resource of his talks on marriage, parenting, heart growth and counseling. Please check out  www.johncoxpsychology.com for more info on his counseling... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 7/26/16

Taylor Swift, the Theologian - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor  Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) Everyone loves Taylor Swift.  Okay, not everyone but a lot of people do.  Her songs are so catchy.  They are fun to sing along to, they make you want to dance, and they just get stuck in your head.  Taylor Swift is a true performer.  She certainly can sing and entertain an audience, there’s no question about that.  She has even done some acting and will probably do so again... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/10/15

Some Cautions on Social Media - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor  Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) Chances are you use more than one form of social media repeatedly throughout the day.  Chances are it’s the first thing you do when you wake up.  Chances are this could be establishing a lot of bad habits, habits that could be hurtful.  While many forms of social media are here to stay, and many of them can be harmless and fun, there are some things to be cautious of. Addiction Now I... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/10/15

When's This Sermon Gonna End?! - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor  Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) When I was in middle school my friend and I came up with a brilliant plan during Sunday school.  We decided that we would both go to the “bathroom” during morning worship and then sneak off to the youth area and play ping-pong.   As morning worship began, my friend nonchalantly asked his parents if he could be excused to go to the restroom.  Shortly after that, I also sold the idea to my... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/10/15

Jesus is Better Than... - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) What do you like to do in your free time?  Play video games?  Download songs?  Scroll through pictures on Instagram?  Snapchat?  Laugh at Vines?  If you just had a free afternoon, how would you spend it?  These are good questions to reflect upon, because they reveal a lot about our hearts.  Listen, nothing is necessarily sinful about the above ways to spend your time.  To be... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/10/15

What is Jealousy? - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) There were so many things I loved about junior high and high school.  Even though those years were very challenging and I would, most likely, never want to repeat them, I had a lot of fun.  That being said, there was an aspect of those years I hated…jealousy.  Many years before junior high and high school, I was playing on the school playground.  As I walked over to the... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/10/15

#Kanye2020 - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) If you tuned in to watch MTV’s annual VMAs (Video Music Awards), you were in for a treat.  You were able to see Miley Cyrus stick out her extra-long tongue on multiple occasions, hear Nicki Minaj thank her pastor (which shocked most people), and Justin Bieber have an emotional comeback…admit it, you cried too. But the event that topped all the chaos of the VMAs was Kanye’s announcement that he would run for President... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/10/15

Goals For This Semester - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) It’s important to have goals in life.  Goals give you something to strive for.  Think of sports for a minute.  Many sports have a literal goal.  It’s a basket in basketball, an end zone in football, and a…goal in soccer.  It’s those targets that are your focus, and they draw you towards them.  They help you know if you’re accomplishing your task.  The same goes for... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/10/15

Don't You Just Hate School!? - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) I wasn’t a very good student. I hated to read. I hated to write (the irony!). I hated waking up early. One thing I worked really hard on, however, was how to get through school by doing the least amount of work. It’s crazy to think about how much effort I put in to being effortless in school. I was a slacker. I wanted to play sports and that was about it. It wasn’t until later in college (when I met my future... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/2/15

Are You Lazy? - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) Many of you may read the title and think, There’s NO way I’m lazy! I wake up at 6 a.m., grab a quick bite to eat, lift weights or exercise for the team, go to school, participate in an after-school activity, do my homework and then repeat the next day. There’s a good chance this schedule describes your daily activity. It is very likely that you are, indeed, busy. But, it is also very likely that you are lazy. Please... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/2/15

Are You Ready? - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) Dear Student, I know junior high and high school can be tough. I can still remember starting 7th grade. For me, I was moving from a small private school to a fairly large public school. I loved private school and public school, but I was super-nervous to go to school. In fact, I don’t know if the word “nervous” actually captures how I felt. Terrified might be a more accurate word.  Not only was I going to a... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/2/15

Five Truths to Teach Teens About Homosexuality - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) The topic of homosexuality is a deeply controversial one.  It has many complexities and calls Christians to do a lot of reading, a lot of studying, and a lot of praying.  As youth workers, full-time or volunteer, we are called to disciple students, and a major part of this discipleship process will be dealing with this topic.  To say it another way, if you avoid the topic of homosexuality with your students,... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/2/15

Richness in Christ - Hannah Sellers

Hannah Sellers - RYM Summer Intern & Nursing School Student University Medical Center (Jackson, MS) I would like to start off with a well-known fact if you even slightly know me: I love social media.  I absolutely eat it up.  I love to dig up old pictures on Facebook, post them on your wall, and then wait for the comments to roll in.  I am especially good at this during finals week, but that’s a whole different issue.  But as much as I love Facebook, Instagram is my... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 9/16/15

Matthias Media Resources

Matthias Media Resources  Follow this link to Matthias Media, an online resource that is an evangelical publishing ministry which focuses on providing high-quality, biblical resources—resources for Outreach, Follow-up, Growth and Training. Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 9/16/15

Look Up From Your Display - Gary Turk

Gary Turk - Look Up  Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 2/11/15

4 Reasons Why Some Preachers Get Better and Others Don't - Hershael York

Hershael York Please click here to view the article. Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 2/11/15

Holiness Day by Day - Jerry Bridges

Jerry Bridges Holiness Day by Day To receive the Holiness Day by Day devotional free in your email box six days a week (Monday-Saturday), follow this link.  Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 2/11/15

Slice of Infinity - Ravi Zachaarias

Ravi Zachaariaas Slice of Infinity To receive the "Slice of Infinity" in your email inbox, follow this link. Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 2/11/15

Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids? - Samuel C. Williamson

Samuel C. Williamson Please click here to view the article. Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 2/11/15

Intergenerational Ministry - Hayden Howell

Hayden Howell - Assistant Director of Youth and Director of Mercy & Justice Ministries Trinity Presbyterian Church (Norfolk, VA) Part One: Older People Don’t Need Younger People  Part Two: Younger People Don’t Need Older People  Part Three: It Takes a “Special” Person to do Youth Ministry Part One: Older People Don't Need Younger People (For the “older” people - anyone who is older than someone else in your church) ... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 2/11/15

The Changing Landscape of Pastoral Hiring Practices - Joel Hathawy

Joel Hathaway - Director of Alumni Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis, MO) Please click here to view Joel's article. Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 2/11/15

Modes & Practices - Brian Oaks

Brian Oaks Modes & Practices - Click Here for the Article. Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/3/14

3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don't Leave the Church - Jon Nielson

Jon Nielson - College Pastor College Church (Wheaton, IL) “What do we do about our kids?” The group of parents sat together in my office, wiping their eyes. I’m a high school pastor, but for once, they weren’t talking about 16-year-olds drinking and partying. Each had a story to tell about a “good Christian” child, raised in their home and in our church, who had walked away from the faith during the college years. These children had come through our church’s youth program, gone on... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/2/14

Why Satan Loves Instagram & Snapchat - John Perritt

I know you may read the above title with an eye-rolling chuckle. Maybe you picture an elderly adult shaking his cane in the air screaming The Interweb is the Devil!!! Even though the above title may sound a bit extreme, just read a little further and see what I mean. God’s pretty smart, right? I doubt you would disagree with that statement. And, if you agree that he is omniscient [all-knowing], then you would probably agree that his ways are always the best. That is, he is sovereignly... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/2/14

Help Me Not to Hate My Quiet Time - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) Part One Part Two Part One You know you should, but you just don’t want to. You know your youth pastor and parents have told you to do it, but it’s the last thing you want to do. You know it might not even take that long, but you’re exhausted after school and practice. Opening your Bible and reading it seems like such a chore. If you’re honest, quiet times often sound about as appealing as... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/2/14

What is Counseling? - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) Before we answer that, it may be helpful to ask, what is counsel? This may be answered in a number of ways, but the most simplistic answer to that question is ‘words’. Counsel is words. Words are an interesting thing. We interact with them every day of our lives. Whether it’s reading them on a smartphone, computer screen, newspaper, or billboard, we are always confronted with them. While interacting with... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/2/14

Sanctification: Living by the Gospel - Les Newsom

Les Newsom - RUF Area Coordinator Sanctification: Living by the Gospel - Click Here for the Article Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/2/14

Uncommon Sense - Jean Larroux

Jean Larroux Ten things Graduates (and the rest of us) need to remember about faith and life Common sense is uncommon. Common sense informed by timeless truth is even more rare. The ten thoughts below intended to help us keep “Uncommon Sense” from becoming extinct. Your parents were right. If you are asking, “about what?” then the answer is EVERYTHING. In the next 4 years the people to whom you had to explain Instagram will transform into very wise beings. They didn’t change. You... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/1/14

Addictions - Quick Reference Guide - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian (Ridgeland, MS) “In popular usage, addiction has become a very elastic and ambiguous category that contains everything from the frivolous (addicted to the six o’clock news) to the grave (addicted to alcohol).” Brief Description:  Human beings are worshipers. We have been created in the image of God, but our sin moves our worship away from Him and toward self. As Paul says, we worship creation instead of Creator... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/1/14

How Far is Too Far? - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (Ridgeland, MS) I’m sure you, or your “friend”, have asked this question of your youth worker. Maybe you haven’t asked it, but you’ve thought about asking it. Maybe you didn’t ask because you were intimidated. Or, maybe you didn’t ask because you didn’t want them to tell you that what you were doing with your boyfriend or girlfriend was sinful. Whatever the case may be, here are some things to consider: You... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/1/14

Counseling 101 - Addictions - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (Ridgeland, MS) What is addiction? The first thing that may come to mind is drug abuse. One may think of a drug addict who cannot live without the constant need for heroine. This would, no doubt, be on one end of the spectrum of addiction. However, what about those who say they are addicted to a video game, a television show, or simply some form of social media on their smartphone? Would we lump a heroine addict and... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/1/14

5 More Promises of Porn - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (Ridgeland, MS) Here is a follow-up to the article 5 Promises of Porn.   Porn makes us many promises – promises of happiness, comfort, pleasure, joy – but these promises are fleeting.  Below are some of the promises you are guaranteed to receive from porn, however, they aren’t promises you typically desire.    1. Porn Angers God.   You need to understand that God sees everything you... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/1/14

5 Promises of Porn - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (Ridgeland, MS) Porn is a poison that is destroying many teens. It is not a poison that is just destroying guys, but girls as well. Most teenagers know it’s a bad thing, but that doesn’t seem to matter when they’re alone with their smartphones. The temptations become too great, and before they know it, they’re viewing pornography. Of course there are those teenagers who don’t even go looking for porn, but it finds... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/1/14

Why Games Matter - Joe Deegan

Joe Deegan - Director of Student Ministries Christ the King Presbyterian (Houston, TX) I’ve been asked by RYM to write about the practical pieces of day-to-day youth ministry—the “how-to” of it all. I’ve spent the past four and a half years working as an assistant youth minister at Christ the King Presbyterian in Houston, TX, and as an assistant, I’ve had the freedom to take on the tasks in ministry that many youth directors don’t have time for. My job has been a course on “how-to”... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/1/14

God's Sovereignty and Counseling - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (Ridgeland, MS) Not too long ago I was teaching some students and we came across the topic of God’s sovereignty. As Presbyterian students are apt to do, they kind of rolled their eyes at this topic. Sovereignty, come on, John! I had this down in the second grade. Maybe they didn’t say that out loud, but you could tell this idea seemed to be beating a dead horse. Anticipating this, I said something to this effect, “We... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 12/1/14 | 0 comments

Loving the Church for the Sake of Our Students - Les Newsom

Les Newsom - RUF Midsouth Area Coordinator Part One: Created for Community Part Two: Intended for the Church Part Three: The Visibility of the Church Part One: Created for Community There is an odd moment that occurs early on in the book of Genesis, at the creation of all things, actually. For the whole of chapter one, God conducts the symphony of creation, forming glory from nothing by the sheer force of his declared word. With each new explosion of creative... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/26/14

Youth Ministry & Covenant Community - Bill Johns

Bill Johns In June the Senior High Ministry at our church traveled to Colorado for Reformed Youth Movement (RYM). I could hardly wait until the bus door closed and we started our trip to and from Colorado! Really, I loved it—24 hour bus ride and all. It was a week of hiking, rafting, mountain biking, ropes courses, horseback riding, attempting to summit a 12,000+ peak, and taking on whatever else the front range of the Rockies threw at us. Each evening we worshiped together with great... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/26/14

On Being an American Mom - Jami Nato

Jamie Nato On Being an American Mom - Click Here for the Article Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/25/14

Sex, Church and Chewing Gum - Kate Schell

Kate Schell Last week, abduction and rape survivor Elizabeth Smart spoke at a John Hopkins human trafficking forum, explaining why she didn’t try to cry out for help or try to escape during her nine-month ordeal: because she “felt so dirty and so filthy” after being raped. Raised in a religious community, she had been taught the importance of abstinence, a teacher comparing giving up your virginity to being a used piece of chewing gum. I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/25/14

Love... - Paul Tripp

Paul David Tripp President - Paul David Tripp Ministries Part One: Love in a Fallen World Part Two: Love for a Flawed Person Part Three: Love with a Faithful God Part One: Love in a Fallen World We all face the same thing. Our marriages live in the middle of a world that does not function as God intended. Somehow, someway, your marriage is touched every day by the brokenness of the world. Maybe it simply has to do with the necessity of living with the... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/25/14

Gospel-Driven Sanctification - Jerry Bridges

Jerry Bridges - Navigator Collegiate Ministry Staff Early in my Christian life I heard someone say, "The Bible was not given to increase your knowledge but to guide your conduct." Later I came to realize that this statement was simplistic at best and  erroneous at worst. The Bible is far more than a rulebook to follow. It is primarily the message of God's saving grace through Jesus Christ, with everything in Scripture before the cross pointing to God's redemptive work and everything... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/24/14

Art of Living and Loving - Dr. Richard Winter

Dr. Richard Winter - Director of Counseling Program Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis, MO) Perhaps you have seen the bumper sticker or heard the U2 song lyric: "A woman needs a man as much as a fish needs a bicycle!" I do not know where this saying originated, but I wonder if it was penned by someone who was badly hurt in marriage and is now cynical and angry. Marriage has been compared to a beleaguered city with all those on the outside wanting to get in and all those on... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/23/14

Pattern for Christian Marriage - Dr. Dan Doriani

Dr. Dan Doriani - Pastor Central Presbyterian Church (st. Louis, MO) From the world of evolutionary psychology, we have good news and bad news: The good news is that human beings are designed to fall in love. The bad news is that they are not designed to stay that way. The synapses just start firing differently after two years. From the realm of statistics we have good news: The number of divorces in America is dropping. We also have bad news: The reason for the decline is that... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/23/14

Simplify Family Worship - Donald Whitney

Donald Whitney - Sr. Associate Dean Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY) A man who is like a spiritual father to me began what he called a "family altar" with his wife before they were married, and has faithfully continued the practice through the arrival of children and grandchildren for more than fifty years. Sadly, it seems that few men among even the best evangelical churches today could speak of daily family worship in their home. In the minds of some, active... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/22/14

Miscarriage - Dr. Dan Doriani

Dr. Dan Doriani - Pastor central Presbyterian Church (st. Louis, MO) Our two daughters were playing in the next room when my wife told me the pregnancy test was positive. Suddenly I knew that this time I wanted a son: someone who would rather score points than cheer for them…someone who would destroy the family budget with his appetite for food instead of matching Barbie accessories. To be honest, we didn’t know he was a boy. But I thought of him as male simply because I knew I... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/22/14

Raising Educated People - Jerram Barrs

Jerram Barrs - Professor Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis, MO) We live in a culture filled with boredom and cynicism—even among our children. It is a tragic commentary on our culture that you can meet 16- and 17-year-old kids who are apathetic about their own existence and bored much of the time. And it is not only teenagers for whom this is a problem. I meet many young children whose natural curiosity and excitement has already been turned to boredom. How has the... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/22/14

Family Worship - Terry Johnson

Terry Johnson - Senior Pastor Independent Presbyterian Church (Savannah, GA) Part One: The Ancient Paths Part Two: The Family Pew Part Three: The Lord's Day Part Four: Family Devotion Part Five: Catechism Part Six: Making the Commitment Part Seven: Suggested Elements Part One: The Ancient Paths Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you shall find rest for your souls... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/21/14

Seizing the Present - Jill Carattini

Jill Carattini, Managing Editor of A Slice of Infinity  Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (Atlanta, GA) Poets and prophets, ancient and modern, declare that we are profoundly unaware of the present. The here and now, the place that we always are, they duly note, is the place that we are least likely to see for what it fully is. Blaise Pascal, a mathematician living four centuries before multi-tasking was praised and apps helped manage time, keenly diagnosed this peculiar... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/20/14

Teens and Unrestricted Access - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (Ridgeland, MS) The statistics have been published, the literature has widely circulated, the conversations continue, but the issue still doesn't seem to be addressed with due vigilance. I'm talking about teenagers with unrestricted access on their smartphones and tablets. I give a hearty "Amen!" to Russell Moore's recent tweet: "I am just stunned by parents who give their pre-teen children iPhones and iPads with... Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/20/14

Challenge Your Youth - Alvin Reed

Alvin Reed - Professor Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Click Here to Read Challenge Your Youth - Alvin Reed (via Gospel Coalition) Read More
Posted by RYM Conference Coord. at 10/20/14