Ben Read

10 Pieces of advice for Youth Ministry for the new year

One of the things I love about being a part of YouthMin.org is that it’s not built on the platform of anyone, but rather, we wanted to build a platform to share with the masses. It’s why our facebook group started, so that we could truly learn from each other and help each other grow as Youth Pastors, the idea that we all have a voice and something to say. If you…    read more 

10 Reasons you should grab the Ultimate Youth Ministry bundle for your church

December 3, 2018     Ben Read    
download youth ministry bundle

We recently launched our Ultimate Youth Ministry bundle, it’s a collection of some of our favorite new downloads for Youth Ministry from 2018 that we believe will help Youth Pastors a ton. We know sometimes, you may not be the one who can approve a purchase of this size, so we wanted to give 10 great reasons you can take to your boss to get approval. As one Youth Pastor who purchased…    read more 

Youth Ministry Secret Santa 2018

November 8, 2018     Ben Read    

We’re so excited to launch our annual Secret Santa once more! For the last 4 years, we’ve hosted a huge online gift exchange for youth workers, and we’ve loved being part of all the stories and memories of it. Today, we’re opening registration. You’ll need to fill out this form, make sure to include a link to your amazon wishlist, and be as thorough as possible with likes/dislikes to help your Santa…    read more 

The most affordable coaching you can find

November 8, 2018     Ben Read    
youth pastor training

Recently, YouthMin.org was invited by facebook to take part in a beta test for groups they are thinking about rolling out, and of course we jumped at the chance! As we went through the interview process to see if we would be selected, and we got to know about what we could do with this group, we decided to focus on three big aspects that we believe will make it a huge…    read more 

5 fresh themes for Youth Ministry Halloween parties

September 20, 2018     Ben Read    
youth ministry halloween ideas

With Halloween falling on a Wednesday this year, we know many Youth Groups are looking for something to do with the night being a Youth Group night. Whatever your views about halloween, providing a safe and fun place for students to dress up can be used for good. We know one of the biggest concerns of some churches is students dressing up in non-appropriate costumes. One thing we have learned that helps…    read more 

Investing in Youth Ministry Volunteers during Fall Kick off

August 13, 2018     Ben Read    

NOTE: This one is from the archives (August 6, 2012) It’s a busy season for us in Boston. Our Youth Ministry is still a few weeks away from launching for the fall, and we are in the midst of heavy planning of sermons for now through may, small group curriculum writing, event planning, and much more. It’s supposed to still be “Vacation” but I know I’ll be in need of one as…    read more 

3 ways to help welcome incoming elementary students to Youth Group

May 30, 2018     Ben Read    
the transition from kids ministry to youth group

Hopefully at this point in the year, you’ve already done something to communicate with Parents of students who will soon be moving from your church’s elementary ministry to your youth ministry. For many of in our community, we’ve got a hand in both ministries, so it feels like the transition might be negligible. But if you’ve had kids of your own make this transition, you’ve probably seen that no matter what, this…    read more 

Three things to ensure you leave a ministry well

May 29, 2018     Ben Read    

One of the hardest things to do as a Youth Pastor is to leave a Youth Ministry. I don’t think I have ever met a Youth Pastor who left a church because of the students he/she pastored.  It’s always for another reason, and after spending a significant time pastoring students, leaving is extremely tough to do. We like to think we made a significant impact in their lives, and we know that…    read more 

Jedi Duel

April 30, 2018     Ben Read    
youth ministry game star wars

This is a fun game that every group I’ve played it with has loved. I will admit, it can sound like it borders the line between stupid and safe, but whenever we’ve played it, we’ve been as safe as possible, and you need to be as well. First thing first, we bought brand new baseball helmets with cages on them for this game. That’s gotta be stated right at the onset. The…    read more 

Star Wars game Jedi Training

April 30, 2018     Ben Read    
youth ministry star wars

Here’s a fun and simple game we always play at youth group around May the fourth! It’s pretty easy and is a ton of fun to watch. The basic premise is we’ll have two players on stage competing against each other, each of these players will be blindfolded and given a nerf lightsaber. Other students will throw foam balls towards the players, who must use the force to knock them away. After…    read more