Ben Read

Make the most of Summer

June 23, 2015     Ben Read    
youth pastor summer ideas

It can be so easy to slip into a lull in the summer. For most ministries, the School year is the real weight of the calendar with a completely different feel to the summer ministry. Even if you don’t change a single thing about your summer programming, it just feels different, doesn’t it? And after such a long haul from September to May, it’s easy to spend a few days taking it…    read more 

Youth Ministry Color Wars

June 2, 2015     Ben Read    
student ministry color wars youth group

IDEAS FOR A YOUTH GROUP PAINT POWDER PARTY. We recently did a Color Wars event with Oneighty Students, and it was a complete blast despite the weather being FAR less than ideal (a 60-degree rainy day surrounded by beautiful, sunny 85-degree days all around). The last few weeks, the Facebook Community has been inundated with Color Wars event questions, so since we had all the information, we figured we would just…    read more 

Sunday School vs. Small Groups

June 2, 2015     Ben Read    
ministry language

Right now, I’m trying to lead our Family Ministry team through a process of using the same language across our ministries. For a number of reasons, I believe this helps our parents better know what happens in our ministries at our church for their students, and makes times of transition more seamless and smooth. For us, going from Children’s Ministry to Jr. High, and even Jr. High to High School leads to…    read more 

5 Resources to grow as a Student Pastor

May 15, 2015     Ben Read    
student ministry leadership books

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