Clear Creek Community Church

Resources

Below are some resources that we feel will be very helpful to both students and parents. Parents, you are the ultimate “gate keeper” for your kids, determining what is appropriate and what is not. Some of the resources below are more for small groups. In those cases, we recommend your child talk to some friends from their MATRIX small group and do the study together. One suggestion is to ask their MATRIX small group navigator to help facilitate some of the discussions.


WEBSITES

  • youthspecialties.com | this is a great resource site for books, curriculum, games, etc.  Be sure and sign up for the weekly mailer.  It is filled with great articles, updates on youth culture, and a weekly video that is hilarious.  As well, visit the store.  Great books.
  • simplyyouthministry.com | this is the Jr. High side of the “simply youth ministry” website.  It is hosted and maintained by the Jr. High Ministry out of Saddleback Church.  Kurt Johnston, the Jr. High Pastor, has been in the game for almost 20 years.  Great site.
  • vickicourtney.com
  • realworldparents.com
  • relit.org/porn_again_christian
  • xxxchurch.com | this has both free and inexpensive accountability software

BOOKS

FOR PARENTS

  • Preparing Your Son for Every Man's Battle: Honest Conversations About Sexual Integrity by Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker, Mike Yorkey
  • Five Conversations You Need to Have With Your Daughter by Vicki Courtney
  • The Space Between by Walt Mueller (A Parent's Guide to Teenage Development)
  • Real World Parents by Mark Matlock
  • Hurt by Chap Clark

FOR GIRLS

  • Becoming a Young Woman of God by Jen Rawson (An 8-Week Curriculum for Middle School Girls)
  • Living as a Young Woman of God by Jen Rawson (An 8-Week Curriculum for Middle School Girls)
  • Girls by Helen Musick, Dan Jessup, Crystal Kirgiss (10 gutsy, God-centered sessions on issues that matter to girls)
  • Technical Virgin: How Far Is Too Far? by Hayley DiMarco
  • Sexy Girls: How Hot Is Too Hot? by Hayley DiMarco
  • Every Young Woman's Battle with Workbook by Shannon Ethridge, Stephen Arterburn

FOR GUYS

  • Becoming a Young Man of God by Ken Rawson (An 8-Week Curriculum for Middle School Guys)
  • Living as a Young Man of God by Ken Rawson (An 8-Week Curriculum for Middle School Guys)
  • Guys by Helen Musick, Dan Jessup, Crystal Kirgiss (10 fearless, faith-focused sessions on issues that matter to guys)
  • Every Young Man's Battle: Strategies for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptation by Stephen Arterburn

FOR BOTH

  • My Friends by Kurt Johnston, Mark Oestreicher
  • My Faith by Kurt Johnston, Mark Oestreicher
  • My Changes by Mark Oestreicher, Scott Rubin
  • Questions You Can't Ask Your Mama About Sex by Craig Gross, Mike Foster

S.O.A.P.

  • "S" for SCRIPTURE | Open your Bible either to a predetermined reading plan (i.e. reading the Bible through in a year) or start at the beginning of a book and work through it. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
  • "O" for OBSERVATION | What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.
  • "A" for APPLICATION | Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
  • "P" for PRAYER | This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.