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NextGen. From Cradle to College.

Forming Kid-Vangelists: Studio 2 at Connection 2015

Learn how to help young people become “salt and light” in their own schools, in this Studio session, recorded live at Foursquare Connection 2015. The panel offers insights gained through years of working with kids and parents to form “kid-vangelists.” This session is a must for every parent and youth worker.

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Developing Youth Culture That Goes!: Studio 3 at Connection 2015

Uncover practical principles that will help your church develop and unleash a youth culture that impacts the world, in this Studio session recorded live at Foursquare Connection 2015. Hosted by Kimberly Dirmann, this Studio features teaching, exhortation and encouragement from Jeff Pruett, Reid Powell and Art Garcia.

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Multiply NextGen Ministry: Connection 2014 Multiply Track

Recorded live at Foursquare Connection 2014 in Dallas, Foursquare leaders Ryan Brown, Chad Garrison and Lesli Klingenmeier present a compelling vision of integrated, intentional disciple-making that begins in the nursery and goes on throughout the lives of children and students in our local churches.

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True Love Project

In their new book, “True Love Project: How the Gospel Defines Your Purity,” Clayton and Sharie King talk frankly and compassionately with teenagers about sexual purity, love and God’s design for our lives. Written directly to middle school and high school students, the book also is an excellent resource for parents and youth pastors.

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Luis Molina: QuickTalk at Foursquare Connection 2014

In this QuickTalk, recorded live at Foursquare Connection 2014 in Dallas, Foursquare Pastor Luis Molina shares how being available to mentor athletes in his son’s school led to opportunities to share the gospel and disciple young people. One soul at a time, Luis is seeing the dream of his heart to reach his community become a reality.

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Multiply Younger Leaders: Main Session With Daniel A. Brown

In this main session recorded live at Foursquare Connection 2014 in Dallas, Daniel A. Brown, Ph.D., challenges pastors to rethink the way they approach raising up church leaders. His message expands the vision and goal of multiplication as he challenges leaders to “train anyone and everyone to reach the furthest ministry potential that they can.”

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Atmospheres (Live)

“Atmospheres (Live)” by Justin Jarvis is a powerful collection of music that amplifies the message of hope and change that we can see in our lives and the lives around us. The songs translate well to times of intimate worship and prayer, particularly for our nation and world in these troubled times.

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Next Up

In his new book, “Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders Make,” Pastor Jonathan Pearson addresses the need to makes shifts in our thinking in eight key areas. Targeting young leaders in particular, the author is raw and honest as he discusses choices leaders need to make to become better leaders.

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Multiply Young Leaders: Daniel A. Brown, Ph.D.

Recorded live at Foursquare Connection 2014, this “Multiply: Young Leaders” session with Daniel A. Brown, Ph.D., available as a free audio download, offers practical ways to increase your capacity to make disciples and raise up leaders in your church.

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The Earth Will Sing

Foursquare United Generation, a group of 12- to 30-year-old worshipers from Puyallup, Wash., released “The Earth Will Sing,” recorded live last year, and it’s packed with songs that can easily be integrated into any local Foursquare church’s worship gatherings.

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Neon Steeple

David Crowder is back with his unique musical worship style on “Neon Steeple,” and fans old and new will be pleased. A juxtaposition of musical styles, this 14-track album is one of the most creative offerings out there—rock, Gospel, bluegrass and electronica working hand in hand—conveying deep biblical truth that is challenging and uplifting.

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The Giver

“The Giver,” starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites, is based on the bestselling young adult fiction classic by Lois Lowry. In this dystopian world, there is no ethnicity beyond those who are white, no religion to be found, and no questions about what cannot be seen. As the main character soon discovers, this isn’t right.

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Reconstructed Vol. 1

With their latest album, “Jesus Culture Reconstructed Vol. 1,” the innovative worship team has reimagined well-known worship anthems by renowned artists in a way that will appeal to youth groups and fans of electronic music. Youth pastors will find it readily usable for youth events and as a way to reach young people who normally would not be drawn to traditional worship music styles.

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The White Album (Remix Project)

Hillsong UNITED takes hits from their vast catalog of worship music and gives them a totally different twist on their latest album, “The White Album (Remix Project).” This electronic style album is perfect for adding flair to youth group meetings and NextGen worship services, and worshipers will enjoy the new versions of fan favorites such as “Hosanna” and “From the Inside Out.”

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The Mobile Church Reaches Out

Recorded live at Foursquare Connection 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Rebecca Schaub, then a Life Pacific College (LPC) student and now a Foursquare credentialed minister, shares about her experience of leading a team of LPC students across the U.S. with the goal of serving local churches, and learning from and encouraging pastors.

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We Belong to Jesus

The new Shout Praises Kids release, “We Belong to Jesus,” is filled with fun, praise, faith and hope, and it’s an album the whole family will enjoy. While produced in a style that will resonate with children, adults too will find themselves tapping their feet and raising their hands in worship. This album is a must-have for children’s workers and parents.

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Only King Forever

Elevation Worship provides a soundtrack for the next generation of Christ-followers with their latest release, “Only King Forever,” the band’s sixth offering. The 14 songs are easily singable, and reflect true journeys and experiences in the local church. The album is sure to inspire authentic praise and worship times that impact lives.

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Crowns Down

Foursquare’s own Shawn Michael Shoup recently released “Crowns Down,” a 15-track worship project covering some of today’s most popular worship songs and including original songs the artist himself wrote. It’s a powerful offering that could easily become an immediate favorite and “go to” worship album.

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Fading West

Switchfoot’s latest project, “Fading West,” is available as an album and companion film that takes fans on a tour with the band as they perform around the world and hit some of the hottest surfing spots. The film reveals band members’ poignant personal moments and their struggles between work, family life and touring, and the songs are intelligently crafted and enjoyable.

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The Young: For Kids By Kids

Marc Wymore, who will be leading worship at Foursquare Connection 2014, has just released “The Young,” a collection of worship songs recorded for youth, by youth. From original numbers to well-known favorites to clever mashups intended to reach unchurched young people, this is a strong offering that will be appreciated not only by the younger generation, but also by youth workers and parents.

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Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus

In their groundbreaking book, “Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus,” David M. Csinos and Ivy Beckwith acknowledge how culture has changed and explore ideas of how the church can respond as we serve our youth and children. They contend that the primary and long-term goal of all the church’s ministries should be lasting spiritual formation that outlives structured programs and events.

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J12 Pre-Teen Curriculum

Our kids are bombarded with sounds, images, values and activities that vie for their attention. Many of these influences can lead them astray. But with the J12 Pre-Teen Curriculum and corresponding resources, parents, youth workers and pastors will have exactly what they need to “reach a generation before they need to be rescued."

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NextGen Connection 2012 Learning Track With David Kinnaman

Barna Group President David Kinnaman joins Foursquare NextGen leaders and senior pastors to explore ways to reach the next generation for Christ. It can be a tricky proposition, and Kinnaman says we need to answer some important questions, such as, “How can we disciple a generation where Jesus is a Facebook friend to many and not necessarily a Savior?”

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The Last Missionary

Rapper Darrell Bird, better known as Stephen the Levite, releases his sophomore solo album, “The Last Missionary,” an enjoyable hip-hop offering with an important gospel message. Remaining true to classic hip-hop style, the artist reminds us to hold fast to the truth and to love others with the power of God.

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Growing Pains

In “Growing Pains,” gospel rapper Jason “Json” Watson delivers a fresh, humble and engaging journey into the reality of discipleship, outdoing most of the musicality of his peers in the process. Dealing with gritty issues of real life—such as marriage, parenting and even life after sexual abuse—the artist points the way to living a gospel-empowered life.

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Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society

In “Veneer,” authors Timothy D. Willard and Jason Locy say it’s a modern tragedy that people cover or disguise the scars, insecurities and deficiencies in their lives. They artfully confront the prevalent cultural trends of celebrity worship and hiding our personal weaknesses, and explain how to live a higher quality life in Christ.

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2012 Church Leadership Events Round-Up

Several 2012 events are perfect for pastors and staff across the country.

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Top NextGen Resources for Leaders

Youth and children’s workers are always looking for great ideas and helpful resources. But who has time to research them all? Help is on the way. We asked Foursquare NextGen leaders across the nation what they’ve found to be their most useful resources for doing ministry well, and we’ve assembled them here. Some of them are even free!

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Global Youth Ministry

“Global Youth Ministry: Reaching Adolescents Around the World” is a valuable resource for those who want to learn from some of today’s most experienced global youth leaders. A textbook for students of youth ministry, it’s an easy, enjoyable and practical read.

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Jesus at 12 Encounter

The J12 Encounter is a two-hour multimedia ministry event designed for parents and their 8 to 12-year-olds. The focus is helping “tweens” live the seven words of Jesus: "I must be about my Father's business." The Encounter shares the colorful narrative of Jesus at the age of 12 and the experience of Mary with Him in the temple found in Luke 2.

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The Bedroom Bible College: Turning Your Bedroom Into a Bible College

Feeding on the Word of God is much easier when you learn the principles of observation. Meditation is the key to "good success." And, learning to apply God’s Word to your life is the goal a devotional walk with God. Use this manual to climb the staircase to realized objectives.

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J12: Gateway Guide for Parents: Helping Sons and Daughters Live the 7 Words of Jesus

Jesus at the age of 12 uttered seven words that have within them the DNA to reach a generation before they need to be rescued. Using the analogy of an archer, "Ready! Aim! Fire!" this guide will help parents develop a positive rite of passage strategy for their sons and daughters.

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J12: 21 Day Jump Start: Living the Seven Words of Jesus

The experts say if you will do something for 21 consecutive days it will become a habit. This manual includes true stories of well-known people whose lives were dramatically changed around the age of 12 that are meant to encourage our kids to become everything God wants them to be.

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Baseline

Baseline uses a doctrinal-based rather than an issue-based approach to teaching Scripture. The teaching of biblical truth is specifically applied to the direct, hard-hitting questions middle school kids must answer every day of their lives.

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mY Generation

Everyone wanting to reach or impact the Millennial Generation should pick this book up. It’s inspiring, thought provoking, passionate, raw, engaging and challenging.

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Child and Youth Protection Training Series

By The Foursquare Church

A Foursquare training series to prevent the maltreatment of children and youth so they can mature in personal faith in Christ without the wounds of abuse in their lives.

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Additional Links and Resources for Protecting Child & Youth

A list of groups, resources and ministry links that are consistent with the training provided in the Child and Youth Protection Training Series and the Child and Youth Protection Manual.

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The Child and Youth Protection Manual (Portuguese)

Now available as a free PDF download in Portuguese, “The Child and Youth Protection Manual” covers everything pastors, youth pastors, children’s ministers and church leaders need to know to provide a safe environment for the young people to whom they minister. This is a must-have resource for all Foursquare churches with ministries to youth.

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Character In Action: After School Clubs

Character in Action (CIA) is an after school program designed to develop strong character traits in young people and to strengthen their relationship with God.

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Defy: A Complete Discipleship Experience

Defy is a complete discipleship experience for students. It works off of the concept that effective ministry happens by getting the right people in the right place for the right purpose.

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Pure

Teri Craft, wife of former National Youth Director James Craft and assistant minister at East Bay Fellowship in Danville, Calif., has developed the following resource to help you plan, prepare, and execute your PURE teaching series, seminar or event.

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