Free Christmas Movie Resource

Chris —  November 16, 2015 — 1 Comment

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I love being able to share great resources with fellow youth workers, it’s even better when they are FREE. It’s great of the fine folks over at the Youth Cartel to release a free collection of Christmas Movie lessons written by Joel Mayward. This could make a great short series in December leading up to Christmas.

The movies included are:

  • Elf
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • A Christmas Story
  • Joyeux Noël

Go grab the download and check out some of their other great resources.

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If the awesome new trailer that came out for Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn’t long enough for you, someone incredible person edited all the trailers into one masterpiece of viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Free Game – Choose A Move

Chris —  September 23, 2015 — Leave a comment

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I don’t know about you, but finding new games that students will enjoy is always a challenge. That’s why I was happy to see that the team over at Download Youth Ministry are giving away this game right now.

From their description:

Get it while it is hot – the Whip or the Nae Nae craze will be gone before you know it, so have some fun dancing and playing this silly fun game. Students simply choose a move, and then get eliminated one by one. Maybe throw in a dance off at the end!

I don’t know how long the giveaway is going on, so click on over there now. Enjoy!

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Get Paid Easy with

Chris —  September 4, 2015 — Leave a comment


Sometimes getting people to pay for events can be difficult, wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way to send someone a link so they could easily make a payment to you or your ministry? Paypal has done just that. You can now setup a link that will be yours that you can use to give people so they can make a payment to you in just a few clicks.

When you go to PayPal.Me you are prompted to pick your URL. If you pick one in your ministry’s name it may be easier for parents and students to remember when it comes time to pay. The next step is to link it to your PayPal account, and then you are ready to go. Once you do this you can pick colors and an image to brand the page to you or your organization.

When someone goes to your link they are prompted to enter an amount and then it goes to the PayPal signin or they can create an account. Creating an account may be a deterrent to some, but with so many people already having PayPal accounts this probably isn’t a huge issue.

If you would like to see it in action, here’s the link I setup:

Get started with your own link at

Group Magazine Now Free

Chris —  March 3, 2015 — 5 Comments

Group Publishing announced today that you can now read the long running Youth Ministry magazine completely FREE. Group Magazine is making this change just a few issues after they celebrated their 40th anniversary. The other big change is the magazine is going from bi-monthly to a quarterly publication. The freebie not only includes the current issue, but you can access all the way back to the Jan / Feb 2011 issue.

You have 3 ways of accessing the magazine:

Group Mag Cover1. Visit and read the web version. You can also access a full screen version HERE.

2. Download the iOS version to read on you iPhone or iPad.

3. Download the Android version to read on your Android device.


Free Cloud Storage Offers

Chris —  February 10, 2015 — 4 Comments

There are some great offers going on right now that can get you some free cloud storage. Who doesn’t like free storage?

1. 2 GB Upgrade for your Google Drive.

To get your free 2 GBs all you need to do is complete a security review of your account. This is something that’s good to do even if you don’t get the extra storage. Learn more on the Google Drive Blog (Read HERE). Offer good until Feb 17.

2. 100 GB of OneDrive Storage for 2 Years

The only catch is you need to sign up for a Bing rewards account, but seems like a small price to pay for 2 years of free storage. Learn more over at CNET (Read HERE).

Enjoy your storage!

Mac OS X Yosemite Now Available

Chris —  October 16, 2014 — 10 Comments

OSX Yosemite

All you Mac users out there you can now update to the latest version of OS X.  Just like the last few Apple is making this available for free. Go to the Mac App Store to download it. I’ve been running the beta and I’ve really enjoyed some of the changes and updates.  My favorite is the revamped notifications, the addition of widgets makes it useful.

Friday Fun: Return of Strong Bad

Chris —  October 3, 2014 — 4 Comments

Just because we haven’t seen enough of Strong Bad and the gang from in the last 10 years. Enjoy a new music video with Strong Bad, Coach Z and a little help from a fisheye lens.

I hope we see more in the near future.  Who wouldn’t want to watch a new email video every Monday.

Fall is just around the corner and maybe you need a few new fonts to spark some creativity in your slides, flyers, and calendars. Here’s a great post over at with 20 free minimalistic fonts you can use.  Minimalism is the name of the game in design right now, so this is a great cheap way to keep your designs looking fresh.

Here are a few of my favorites:



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In youth ministry today creating graphics has become a necessity.  Maybe you need them for your slides, your making a flyer, or just for a new cover image on your Facebook page, graphics touch so much of what we do.  Not all of us have the budget to cover Photoshop, so I thought I would cover a few options out there to help make creating and editing graphics a little easier.  Even if you don’t feel like you are the most creative person, these tools can help you look like a pro.


Canva is a great and easy to use way to create great looking graphics. They have a number of pre-defined templates you can start with (social media images, flyers, posters, business cards, invitations, collages and more) or you can design a custom one. You can upload your own images, use their stock images or buy premium stock images from their library to use in your projects. The cost is free so it’s hard to argue with that. As a bonus they have some great tutorials if you are new to design that will help teach you about using colors, fonts and more.


If you are used to working with photoshop and are looking for something that’s closer to that experience you might like It has a more traditional photoshop like screen with your toolbox floating on your canvas.  It also allows you to upload your photos for use in your projects, but they don’t have the library of included images like Canva does, but you can start with a URL to an image if you’ve already found one online you like. It’s also a free tool, but to get the most out of it, you need to create an account.  They also have some more basic design tools with Pixlr Express and Pixlr-o-Matic.  These are really designed for photos that allow basic cleanup, filters and boarders.  They also have some mobile apps you might be interested in, you can get links HERE.


BeFunky is another Free service that allows you to edit photos and turn them into graphics that you can use for slides, flyers or elsewhere. They do have a paid version that gives you more filters, graphics and frames to use, but the FREE level still is robust. They also have mobile apps you can use on iOS (free or pro) or Android.

What tools do you use?

In our next post we’ll explore more mobile options.

Image Credit: geralt