Ben Read

Why I try and attend the Orange Conference every year

February 16, 2017     Ben Read    

I’m wearing a T-shirt today that simply says “It’s just a phase, so don’t miss it.” I bought it a few years ago at the Orange Conference when this was the theme, and it’s one that I wear on a consistent basis, not just because it’s an extremely comfortable shirt, but because of the mission it reminds me of. IT’S NOT ABOUT CURRICULUM. I’ve been blessed to get to go to the…    read more 

Our favorite resources for this Christmas season

November 30, 2016     Ben Read    

We’ve got a ton of Christmas resources that are being added each week, but we’ve also got a ton of great ones from years past. Here’s a look at a few of our favorites that you’ll want to be sure to check out!   This is why I’m broke Christmas Reverse Charades Christmas Trivia Name That Candy Short Stories:Christmas Edition 3 Words or Less: Christmas Edition Are you there God? 2 week…    read more 

Christmas gift ideas for ministry volunteers

November 16, 2016     Ben Read    
ministry volunteer gift ideas

I don’t know about you, but I sort of hate November in the ministry world. Hear me out, it can be a crazy month! You just got through the craziness of Fall Launch, which always seems like it was forever ago, yet also feels like it was just last week. Maybe you just wrapped up a crazy time leading into Halloween, maybe you had a fall retreat somewhere in there, and now it’s November. You…    read more 

The truth about deeper messages

November 7, 2016     Ben Read    
Going Deeper in Messages

Chances are, if you’ve spent anytime in Youth Ministry, you’ve been criticized for not being “deep” enough. I remember hearing this from my Sr. Pastor several years ago, who laughed the student off because he knew we were wrapping up a 6 week series on Exodus, after having done 4 weeks in Esther, and we were going to be in Revelation coming up. The content was plenty deep enough, so there must…    read more 

6 great Worship songs for Youth Group

August 11, 2016     Ben Read    
youth group worship programming

I’m fortunate enough to have an intern who helps lead our Jr. High Worship, but I still oversee our High School Worship. I’ve always been a fan of choosing a selection of songs and keeping them, rotating a handful out at the end of the year (or sometimes, semester breaks), so your band and group can get to know the songs really well, while also being exposed to new songs. I was blessed…    read more 

The Race

May 16, 2016     Ben Read    
youth ministry video

Our Jr. High team has been having some fun the last several weeks making stupid video openers for our service, here’s one we did this past week pitting me verse one of our college leaders.

4 things that will help you make a better Youth Ministry Calendar

planning a youth group calendar

For the last few years, the Ministries I have been apart of have traditionally released our Youth Group calendars three times a year; Fall Calendar, Spring Calendar, and Summer Calendar. We had a pretty good set up of our fall and spring one’s this past year, but we changed it up in the summer, and learned a few lessons that I believe are helpful for other Youth Pastors Planning a Youth Group…    read more 

5 easy conversations you should have with parents in your ministry

March 9, 2016     Ben Read    
youth ministry parent partner

I’m a big believer in partnering with parents as a Youth Ministry, and I know many others are as well. But how does that actually play out? I’ve been working through some objectives for our ministry when it comes to having that partnership, what it looks like if fully developed, and what it accomplishes when we’re cranking on all cylinders. As I’ve done that I’ve been working through a few things that…    read more 

6 tips for hosting a Youth Ministry Nerf Wars event

March 3, 2016     Ben Read    

This past week, we had a special event at both our Jr. High and High School services that is nothing new.  We did a Nerf night. Our format was a 3-on-3 tournament for our Jr. High and a 5-on-5 tournament for our High School. Honestly, I thought “Well of course the Jr. Highers are going to love this, but not sure about our Sr. Highers” to the point that I almost canceled…    read more 

Celebrate EVERY victory in Youth Ministry

January 6, 2016     Ben Read    
youth ministry gospel

Facebook and Instagram in my life are basically just for following other Youth Pastors and ministries. Helping to run the YouthMin.org Facebook community and being involved in several other groups, I see hardly any updates on my newsfeed that aren’t coming from a youth worker. I say that because that means that most Sundays and Wednesdays, I get to celebrate with other churches as they post how many baptisms, or salvations, or…    read more