Celebrate EVERY victory in Youth Ministry

January 6, 2016    
Ben Read    
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Facebook and Instagram in my life are basically just for following other Youth Pastors and ministries. Helping to run the Facebook community and being involved in several other groups, I see hardly any updates on my newsfeed that aren’t coming from a youth worker. I say that because that means that most Sundays and Wednesdays, I get to celebrate with other churches as they post how many baptisms, or salvations, or…    read more 

FREE Encouraging Instagram Graphics

May 19, 2014    
Keith Parker    

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 9 ready-to-post Instagram images from our store at

An Open Letter to Church Leaders

October 23, 2013    
Keith Parker    

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 share with your church leaders, and I hope this post will be a great conversation starter. I…    read more 

Using Social Media for Ministry

August 23, 2013    
Ben Read    

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 good works. We are called to tweet, post, pin, tumbl and digg all in the name of…    read more 

Instagram Video and how it can be used in Youth Ministry

June 20, 2013    
Ben Read    

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 since I found out! Video Scavenger Hunts Many Youth Groups already do instagram scavenger hunts, but now…    read more 

Instagram Won't Kill Your Ministry, But Something Much Worse Will.

May 31, 2013    
Josh Fuentes    

Many of you have read Daniel Beckworth‘s  post “Instagram Will Kill Your Ministry” over at If you haven’t,  please make sure to read his post before you read mine. First and foremost, I agree with the points Daniel makes, except for the part about kicking puppies, maybe kicking cats would of been much more appropriate. All joking aside, I appreciate what Daniel has brought to the table and how we should…    read more 

The Key to Good Communication in Youth ministry

May 29, 2013    
Ben Read    

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 already having all of the information. But out of that, it was easy for me to fall…    read more 

Youth Group Game: Say the Same thing

May 15, 2013    
Ben Read    

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 facebook group for Youth Pastor’s today that made me realize, this app would be super easy to convert into a great Youth Group game. So simple, we could play it tonight without needing too…    read more 

Youth Group Game: Who's the Hero?

May 14, 2013    
Ben Read    

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 that you need a piece of string long enough for one person to hold onto both ends…    read more