FREE Encouraging Instagram Graphics

Social media is a great way to encourage followers, including your students, their parents, and the church body you serve.  From time to time, I love to create some Instagram graphics that highlight a Scripture, a quote, or the lyrics of a great worship song to encourage those who follow me online. You can download…

An Open Letter to Church Leaders

You might assume by the title of this post that I’m concurrently working on my resume and a blog post, but I’m excited about sharing this post with you and with my own church leaders as we seek to make Christ famous.  I am also eager to hear back from you on what you would…

Using Social Media for Ministry

I really enjoyed this post from Jarrid Wilson yesterday about Social Media and the Church, and in particular, I really liked this quote of his Let’s be a generation that TAKES BACK the internet and social media for the Good of Christ, using them to share His LOVE and HOPE. Use your social networks for Gospel…

Instagram Video and how it can be used in Youth Ministry

Just 6 months ago, twitter announced Vine, and I thought that was going to be huge for Youth Ministry. Earlier today, Instagram announced Video on their service, and I know this does change Youth Ministry. I’m so excited about the things that Youth Ministries can now do on Instagram, and it’s only been an hour…

The Key to Good Communication in Youth ministry

I’d like to say that when I was a student in Youth Group, I always relayed pertinent information back to my parents. I mean, I never missed any events and I always knew what was going on… but if I’m honest, more of that probably had to do with my Dad being the Pastor and…

Youth Group Game: Say the Same thing

Yesterday, I stumbled into a game on my iPhone that was both the dumbest thing I had ever played, and yet also the best thing I had played in a while. A conversation came up on the Youthmin.org facebook group for Youth Pastor’s today that made me realize, this app would be super easy to…

Youth Group Game: Who's the Hero?

Here’s a fun Youth Group game we played this past weekend with our middle schoolers that only needs a life saver and some string. Have your group get into a circle (or more, depending on how large your group is) with one person in the middle. Now, the only part that could be tough is…

Leave The Cell Phones On At Youth Group

The church seems to have this unspoken war on cell phones within the church walls. We always ask people to silence them, and most youth groups I know state that teenagers need to completely turn them off or leave them at home. But I want to actually push back on this and state that teenagers…

Open Letter to Volunteers

Dear Volunteer, If you are reading this, it does not mean that you are in trouble; nor does it mean the youth pastor who sent you this to you is upset with you. This is a list of things on their heart that they may just want to reiterate; or perhaps they have never talked…