What texting service do you use in Youth Ministry?

One of the most popular questions we get asked in the YouthMin.org Facebook community is what texting service others get used. We wanted to create a database of answers, so that rather than always having to repeat the same list, we could point Youth Pastors here. We added Facebook comments for this purpose, so that…

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…

Review of #SYMC

The Simply Youth Ministry Conference was fantastic. I know I said that I would blog every second of it, but I was completely naive of the mixture of exhaustion and rejuvenation I would be experiencing. There were so many things that rocked my world this weekend, and I’m excited to share them with you. “Pros”…

Youth Group Game: The Gauntlet

Here’s a fun game we play with our Middle Schoolers quite a bit to get them out of their shell. We’ve never played it with our High Schoolers, but I know they would love it too. Divide your group into two teams with an even number of students/leaders. Each team should stand in a straight…

Small Groups: Forming Youth Ministry Small Groups

Small groups are essential for a healthy ministry. They foster relationships between students, which produces a community that can grow together in Christ, and they foster relationships between students and adults, which  We all understand the more small groups we have, the better. Our job as student ministers is to encourage these groups of community,…

FREE Fall Youth Leader Training Resources

Fall is right around the corner, and in Youth Ministry, one of the things that implies is that you are going to have to do some training. If you’re anything like us, that means you have to do some work at making your resources. Even if you are using the same content as previous years,…

Short Term Mission Trips

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about Short Term Mission Trips, and I just returned recently from one to Wimauma, FL , and it was probably one of the best trips my youth group has ever been on. After I having read post after post about some of the issues with short term mission trips, and considering…

How to Start, Choose, and Sustain Volunteers

I recently heard Chap Clark (professor of youth ministry at Fuller Seminary) talk about the need for 5 positive adult role models outside the immediate family to raise up a healthy young adult.  The role that youth ministry plays in providing adults for that ratio can be burdensome but it doesn’t have to be. All…