Ben Read

5 Resources to grow as a Student Pastor

May 15, 2015     Ben Read    
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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 helped create, 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 

Youth Group Game – Balloon Stomp

March 18, 2015     Ben Read    

Here’s a great game for any size group, be it 5 or 500. The basic concept is that every player has a balloon tied to their ankles, and they have to pop the balloons of others before theirs get popped, by stomping on other balloons. We played with the rules that if your balloon becomes unattached to your leg, even if still fully deflated, it counted as a lost balloon. Similarly, if…    read more 

Youth Ministry is not the same as Youth Group

Almost 6 months ago, I got to inherit a great group of students by taking a new role. Our Youth Group has plenty of students that come every week, is filled with students passionate about growing in their relationship with God, and contains a large portion of students whose parents don’t go to church, meaning there is plenty of potential. But this group of students is just one of a few groups…    read more 

Using Bulletins in Youth Ministry

Do you use bulletins in Youth Ministry? It seems like whenever the idea of bulletins gets brought up, a majority of Youth Pastors have negative experiences to share. For quite a long time, I was in that same boat. The truth is, Bulletins can often seem like a giant waste of time for youth group. It’s one of those things that you almost have to make flashy, in order to grab students…    read more 

Youth Ministry Game – Dumbo March

March 9, 2015     Ben Read    

This game may be nothing new, but I gave some students the challenge last week of going into walk-mart and making up a game based on things they found. What they found was golf-club tubes, the things that go into your golf bag and keep your clubs organized, and decided to make a game with that using ping pong balls. Some discussion later, and this game came out. Dumbo march involves players using…    read more 

Songs to play before Youth Group

March 9, 2015     Ben Read    

One of the most frequent questions we get in the YouthMin Facebook community has to do with music to play before and after Youth Group services. Here are 10 songs by Christian artists we are playing before and after our services that your group would love, too. We chose these songs because they cover a variety of musical tastes and help introduce your students to great new bands to add to their repertoire….    read more 

Youth Group Game: Generic Taste Test

March 4, 2015     Ben Read    

A few weeks ago, we played an awesome game in Oneighty that I know other groups would love to play. It’s not a unique idea, you may have seen it before, but it worked perfectly for a Youth Group game. Here’s where the game came from | In the video above, they only play it one vs. one. But it was just as easy, and only a few bucks more, to get…    read more 

Are you a spotlight leader?

February 19, 2015     Ben Read    

The Orange Conference is coming up quick (in fact February 19th is a registration savings deadline!!) and so I thought I’d look back one one of my favorite talks I’ve heard in the four years I’ve gone. Several years back, Doug Fields gave an incredible message as he talked about the importance of being a spotlight leader. In today’s world, there are all kinds of leaders out there, you can be an…    read more