Top 5 Posts of 2013

This is something that I have done the last couple of years, and I figured that I would continue with the tradition. It is always fun for me to look back at the year, and see which posts you read the most. To Clarify, each post mentioned below were written this year. I appreciate all who stop by the blog, and I hope that I can continue to deliver content that you would like to read. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 posts from 2013: 5. Music Review- “We can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus– This was a … Continue reading Top 5 Posts of 2013

Free Backgrounds

  Simply Youth Ministry is giving away 40 free backgrounds in the midst of their biggest sale of the year. All you have to do is go here and click the 40/40/40 link to take you to the page where you can download free backgrounds. These backgrounds can be used for PowerPoint slides, announcements, worship backgrounds, and flyers. Go, download, and spread the word! Download the free backgrounds by clicking here! Continue reading Free Backgrounds

[Guest Post] Why Buy an IPAD Mini

Below is a guest post from Chad Watson: Yes… I know, not everyone wants an iPad or even knows how to use one, however I do think they are extremely useful in student ministry. More and more, pastors are joining the masses of iPad owners and begging to preach from them. But for many youth pastors, the cost of an iPad has always been a turn off and I think the size has been as well. If you really think about it, you can buy a decent PC for the cost of an iPad. However, now that the iPad Mini … Continue reading [Guest Post] Why Buy an IPAD Mini

Free Sermon Series on Technology

Technology is larger than it has ever been! Honestly, what is scary is that it is getting bigger. There is no telling where the tech world will be in 10 years. My friends over at youth ministry media are totally as up to date as they come with technology, and what is new in the world of technology and ministry. They have derived a free sermon series on technology that could be used in your student ministry. Download this Freebie here! Connect with Youth Ministry Media: Website Twitter Facebook Continue reading Free Sermon Series on Technology

How to use twitter effectively in student ministry

Twitter is an incredible tool for student ministry! I tweet regularly from my personal account (@grovepjosh) and from our student ministry account (@ugbcgrove). I have to admit, when twitter first came out, I was not into it at all. It took me some time before I got into it, kind of like my blogging experience. Now, I am finding it as effective  as any other communication with students. I want to give you a few thoughts about using twitter in your student ministry: Promote your events– I use our student ministry twitter account to promote our events. I schedule tweets … Continue reading How to use twitter effectively in student ministry

Does media affect the self esteem of teenage girls?

Tim Schmoyer shared this video yesterday, and I thought it was very interesting, and I wanted to share it as well. You can read his thoughts and interact with him and others here. It has to do with the correlation of media and self-esteem. It deals with a teen girl and how the consumption of media can affect her self-esteem. This video is not necessarily written from a Christian perspective necessarily, but it has some principles that are great, and I wanted to see your thoughts. Here is the video: Do you think media affects the self-esteem of our girls? … Continue reading Does media affect the self esteem of teenage girls?

Freebie Friday: 5 Free backgrounds

If you are like me, you are always looking for some new worship or announcement backgrounds. I was struggling to find a freebie this week, and I came across these free backgrounds that Riley Hall and put out recently. These look good, and are original. So, go here and get your free backgrounds. Download the FREE backgrounds here Thanks to and Riley Hall on providing us this free resource! Go to their site, and tell them that you appreciate the freebies that they so regularly provide! Continue reading Freebie Friday: 5 Free backgrounds