Ben Read

Small Group Leaders Meeting Agenda

September 3, 2015     Ben Read    
what to talk about with youth ministry small group leaders

We just had a great meeting with our Small Group Leaders to kick off the school year. I know a lot of times Youth Pastors find it greatly helpful to see what other ministries are doing in their meetings, in order to make their own better, so I thought I’d share our team agenda with you. This isn’t what we talk about every time we meet, but this being the first meeting…    read more 

Why we have fun in Youth Ministry

September 2, 2015     Ben Read    

Last night, our Jr. High Ministry had one of the most fun events I have done in 10 years of ministry. We gave a talk at the end that wrapped up our last summer series and gave the gospel, but outside of those 20 minutes, it was just a time of fun. We had triple the attendance from the end of last year with 11 first-time guests, and I got to hear…    read more 

You don’t have to look at porn

September 1, 2015     Ben Read    
overcoming porn struggle

There have already been a number of articles out about the Ashley Madison hack and the number of pastors on that list, and I don’t want to just write on how great of a shame that is. It’s a shame the number of men and women in our world who struggle with this sin.  It’s a shame that many men and women won’t be forced to deal with it because they aren’t…    read more 

Youth Group Game: Nerf Duel

August 19, 2015     Ben Read    
youth group nerf game

This game was a huge hit with our Middle School Ministry, and was super easy to set up and play. Object of the game:  Two students stand across from each other with nerf guns. A table stands between them with 5 cups lined up the middle. When the ref says go, students have to shoot the cups off the table onto their opponents side, whoever gets the most over wins. What’s great…    read more 

Make the most of Summer

June 23, 2015     Ben Read    
youth pastor summer ideas

It can be so easy to slip into a lull in the summer. For most ministries, the School year is the real weight of the calendar with a completely different feel to the summer ministry. Even if you don’t change a single thing about your summer programming, it just feels different, doesn’t it? And after such a long haul from September to May, it’s easy to spend a few days taking it…    read more 

Youth Ministry Color Wars

June 2, 2015     Ben Read    
student ministry color wars youth group

IDEAS FOR A YOUTH GROUP PAINT POWDER PARTY. We recently did a Color Wars event with Oneighty Students, and it was a complete blast despite the weather being FAR less than ideal (a 60-degree rainy day surrounded by beautiful, sunny 85-degree days all around). The last few weeks, the YouthMin.org Facebook Community has been inundated with Color Wars event questions, so since we had all the information, we figured we would just…    read more 

Sunday School vs. Small Groups

June 2, 2015     Ben Read    
ministry language

Right now, I’m trying to lead our Family Ministry team through a process of using the same language across our ministries. For a number of reasons, I believe this helps our parents better know what happens in our ministries at our church for their students, and makes times of transition more seamless and smooth. For us, going from Children’s Ministry to Jr. High, and even Jr. High to High School leads to…    read more 

5 Resources to grow as a Student Pastor

May 15, 2015     Ben Read    
student ministry leadership books

I had to change the title because initially it was “5 Resources to grow as a Student Ministry Leader” which can be a bit confusing. When I speak of Leaders in Student Ministry I often mean one of two very different things. In person, I am usually talking about the incredible adults connected with our church who are giving of their time, energy, and sometimes even money, to partner with our student…    read more 

Going to a Youth Ministry Conference alone

going to a youth ministry conference by yourself

I’m extremely blessed to be at a church that sets aside money every year for me to grow as a Youth Pastor, and what that often means for me is going to conferences. For the last few years, the Orange Conference has been a pillar in my yearly calendar. I have to be there and I want to be there. There’s a number of reasons why it’s such a go-to conference for me, but…    read more 

Weekly videos for Student Ministry

March 31, 2015     Ben Read    

We know the struggle to find good and clean videos to show your Youth Group. We know how hard it can be to find good videos to use as illustrations or transitions. Thats why almost two years ago YouthMin.org helped create VideosforStudentMinistry.com, a constantly growing collection of good, clean videos from around the internet. There’s a lot of things we hope to see this site do in the near future, but one…    read more