Josh Read

Editors picks 5.17.13

May 17, 2013     Josh Read    

As we discussed our favorite things this week, we realized a lot of our contributors had a great week, full of blessings. We hope your week was one of success, that you got plenty done, learned a ton, and had a bunch of wins. If not, we’d love to pray with you and for you, just connect with us on Facebook. Here’s a look back at some of the things we posted…    read more 

Engaging students you have nothing in common with

May 15, 2013     Josh Read    

Confession time: I like to talk to people who are like me. You probably do the same thing as well. You naturally gravitate to someone in a room who you feel you have a connection with. On Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, the people I’m around that I have the most in common with are the adults in the room. They have kids. They have jobs. They have bills and schedules and other…    read more 

Editor's Picks 5.10.13 – Training to Run the Race

May 10, 2013     Josh Read    

Are You Tired of Defining Yourself? by Carson Weitnauer  Youth Ministry and the art of Running the Race by Phil Bell Can you hear me by David Grant The trainer vs. the Developer  by Brandon Anderson Dear Youth Leader by Greg Stier Bruises and Excuses by Jarrid Wilson STUDY: Texting while driving now leading cause of death in teen drivers by Delthia Ricks This is Water Mayhem is Coming [gdl_gallery title=”Always be on…    read more 

Making Youth Group Resources you can be proud of

If you’ve been putting out quality print media for your ministry, but you want to take it to the next level, this is for you. Printed materials that look great are awesome. Printed materials that look AND feel great are even better. Never underestimate the wow factor of a tactile experience when someone touches your card for the first time. With this in mind, let’s look at two ways to “upgrade” your…    read more 

Editors Picks 5.3.13 – Should you take the job of preparing Seniors for life

May 3, 2013     Josh Read    

We missed last week’s editors picks due to being in Atlanta at the Orange Conference, where we had a blast meeting a lot of our readers and members of our Facebook Community. But we’re back this week, with a list of posts that our team loved reading this week. Simplifying your iPhone and focusing on your life by J.C. Thompson Should you take that job by Ben Kerns How to prepare Seniors…    read more 

Editor's Picks – Post-Christian Villains, Social Media, and destroying our ministries

April 5, 2013     Josh Read    

We asked our team this week to recommend one thing they wanted other Youth Pastors to know about it. Here’s what they gave us: Working on an Island by Grace Stadler Changing our Assumptions in a Post-Christian World by Ben Kerns Making Villains by Jonathan Malm Social Media plan for xp3 by Jeremy Zach (great tips for your sermon series regardless of xp3 or not) How to wreck your Ministry by Ben…    read more 

Onward Christian Soldiers marching as to comfort?

February 20, 2013     Josh Read    

Every now and then I’ll go on a buying spree on Amazon. I’ll buy a book I know will burn revival in me. Then I’ll start on the trail, clicking some of the books others have bought. If you do that a few times you end up looking at books you’ve never heard of and are mostly out of print. More often than not, these books are terribly difficult to read because…    read more 

If I must have some failing…

February 6, 2013     Josh Read    

I was born to fight devils and factions. It is my business to remove obstructions, to cut down thorns, to fill up quagmires, and to open and make straight paths. But if I must have some failing let me rather speak the truth with too great severity than once to act the hypocrite and conceal the truth. – Martin Luther

None of Self

February 4, 2013     Josh Read    

Oh, the bitter shame and sorrow That a time could ever be When i let the Savior’s pity Plead in vain, and proudly answered: All of self and none of Thee! Yet He found me; I beheld Him Bleeding on th’ accursed tree, Heard Him pray: Forgive them, Father; And my wistful heart said faintly: Some of self and some of Thee! Day by day His tender mercy, Healing, helping, full and…    read more