Ben Read

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 

Top 10 gifts to bring to a white elephant gift exchange

December 14, 2015     Ben Read    
youth group christmas party

‘Tis the season for Christmas parties, and in Youth Ministry, that usually means Ugly Sweaters, Santa-themed games, and a White Elephant gift exchange. As Youth Pastors, it’s on us to make sure we have extra gifts for the inevitable students who fail to listen to the announcements, or are visitors, or for any number of reasons don’t have a gift to put in play so they can participate. I usually try and…    read more 

Christmas Carol Mix-Up

December 14, 2015     Ben Read    
youth group christmas game

This game was just submitted in our Facebook Community by Claire Rust, and we knew we’d have to share it here for everyone else. From Claire’s post: You draw a Christmas song, then roll a die which tells you how you have to perform the song. (Clap, drum, ding, meow, fish lips, or wookie) Every performer gets a point and the person who guesses the song first gets a point. I know we’re…    read more 

Win the new Circle

November 5, 2015     Ben Read    
safe internet youth ministry

It’s funny trying to write a title for this post. Winning a circle might not sound like anything to be excited about, because what are we talking about? A hula-hoop? A hand drawn circle in a shadow box? No, we’re talking about the all new Circle, a product partnered with Disney that is going to change the way your family uses the internet. Circle is a device that, after connecting to the…    read more 

What is the purpose of Student Leadership?

November 2, 2015     Ben Read    
student leadership training

I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’m a Youth Pastor today solely because of my experience on a Student Leadership Team, but I also that experience shaped me and prepared me for the in’s and out’s of the day to day ministry better than almost all of my classes for Youth Ministry. I was super fortunate to be part of a large Youth Ministry in California for my High School years…    read more