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, 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 

What Matters to Us Shapes Us

October 8, 2018    

Note from the author: I wrote this short article for the parents involved in our Student Ministry. Feel free to share it with the parents in your ministry. Like many of you, I sat and listened to much of the news coverage of Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing. I don’t want to make this a political post, not even for a second. However, Thursday was a day that will be recorded in History…    read more 

The Prosperity Gospel and Youth Ministry

September 24, 2018    
Keith Parker    

If you’ve been around Christianity for any amount of time, you have no doubt been exposed to the Prosperity Gospel.  This “health and wealth” version of the Word of God started as a movement around 1940, and has taken various forms and nuances ever since.  In short, this “gospel” says that God wants all devoted Christians to have spiritual, financial, and physical blessings, and that He works to that end for all…    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 

15 Places To Find Volunteers For Ministry

June 18, 2018    
Jeremy Smith    

  Working with a military youth ministry, we have families that are coming and going onto this base all the time. That means I need to hold on to my volunteers loosely and always be ready to lose a few volunteers if they have to move on. This means that I am getting good at giving the pitch to potential volunteers, communicating the need to them, and having a surplus of volunteers…    read more 

Guard Your Heart

June 12, 2018    
Keith Parker    
Guard Your Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  -Proverbs 4:23 “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” -1 Timothy 4:16 The Word of God is clear – God requires holiness, integrity, and virtue of His people.  The pages of the Bible are full of reminders, admonitions, and exhortations to remain holy as God…    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