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Simply Youth Ministry 40-40-40 Sale

Every year in June we have a huge 40 40 40 sale over at  There are tons of resources for 40% (and some for 20% also), it’s the best time of year to stock up on student books, curriculum, and other resources.  It’s never too early to think about next fall and what you’ll need.

You can also grab 40 FREE Backgrounds while you are there.

Just incase you need a little more reason to go, we made a fun little video to help promo it. And it involves one of my favorite games, Angry Birds.

Simply Youth Ministry 40-40-40 Sale. Starts June 14th at 12 AM PST, Expires June 16th at 3 PM PST. No code needed.

ScoreKeep - Download

is something almost every youthworker who plays games on their computer.

What is it you ask?

is a visual scoreboard that projects onto your screen.  I’ve tried it out, and it’s super easy to use.  The first thing you do is setup your team names.  You are limited to just two teams but for most games I think that’s enough.  You can also setup how points are awarded for each “+” you award.  It also has a timer built in that you can set to go up or down.

Setup screen:

After setting up how you want your score to work, you can pick your theme.  Five are included and they all look nice and are diverse to apply to many different gaming situations.  The included themes are 1. Chalkboard theme that looks like is sounds, hand written chalk on a blackboard, 2. LED that looks like an 80’s digital watch, 3. Marquee that has a movie theater feel, 4. Modern has a clean slick look, and 5. Wallpaper has an artsy look that put the scores in picture frames.  Additional themes are available for purchase in the app.

Theme setup:

Now you’re ready to play.  The actual play screen is really easy to use. There’s are buttons to add or subtract points to each team.  The teams can even go into negative territory if you need it to.  You can also start and stop the countdown and show the winner. The actual scoreboard is projected onto your screen so your audience only sees scoreboard so they can cheer for their team.

Play Screen:

I just love this app, and I think you will too. It’s another great resource from

Here’s their description:

Have you ever wanted to play a game with your youth group WITHOUT using your chalk board to keep score? Well, now you can! Score Keep lets you keep track of points in style. Choose your theme, name your game, name your teams, set a timer (if you want) and let the competition begin! Now, what to do with all that chalk you bought in bulk…

Product Features

  • Mac and PC
    All Gameshows are standalone cross platform (Mac and PC) AIR applications. Adobe AIR is included in the installation. System requirements can be found on Adobe’s site.
  • Easy to Edit, Easy to Play
    You choose a theme, name your game and your teams, set a timer (optional), set your point value and whether high or low score wins. Control the game on one screen and play with the crowd on another.
  • SD or HD (720p)
    Works with any second display (TV, projector, monitor). Requires second display up to 720p resolution for fullscreen output. Automatically adjusts to any screen ratio and resolution. It just works!
  • Themes
    We don’t want to hold you back with one boring background so we’ve created custom themes to enhance your competitive experience. Just choose the theme that best compliments your game and let the competition begin!
  • Save and Share Games
    Share your game ideas and files with your friends. Edit your game ahead of time during the week. Be sure to check out our Community Exchange to share your ideas and files with others.

Jump over to to pick it up or download the trial.

Simply Youth Ministry has a special Friday the 13th special going, who says it’s unlucky?  You get 13% off with the promo code THIRTEEN (good for almost everything, and only today).

If you need to pick up some resources to get ready for summer today’s a great day to save some dough.

Happy Friday.

Happy Friday!

If you need to pick up some new youth ministry resources, you can get double reward points over at right now.  That can really add up to get you FREE stuff faster.  If you haven’t been in awhile I’d take a look at what’s Brand New, there’s some great stuff there and some really good bundles (like the Graduation Gift Pack).  This is only good until 5/9/2011 so don’t wait. Enjoy!

Do you use countdown videos?  Have you ever wanted to make your own? The fine people over at Digitalstache have now made it super easy, and it’s FREE: Ready, Set, Go!

From their site:

Do you love countdown videos? Do you dream in descending digits? Can you grow mustache? Well check out the newest addition to the Digital Stache Gameshow Family: Ready, Set, Go! Ready, Set, Go! gives you 6 themes to choose from and let’s you set the countdown (or up), from one second to an hour! But here is the best part: we’re giving it away. That’s right, for an unlimited time, Ready, Set, Go! Is absolutely free! So download your copy today!

Download your free copy while you can.

Ready, Set, Go!

Many of you liked the digital nativity video from Christmas.  Igniter video has now done one for Easter.

If you want to use it for your services, you can pick it up HERE.

Description from their site:

Throughout the course of his public ministry, Jesus knew both the adoration and desertion of the crowds. Today, just as 2,000 years ago, the gospel asks a question that demands an answer: Will we follow? This video illustrates this truth through the dynamic lens of a 21st-century social network.


Want a Sneak Peek at the newest issue of Group Magazine?  The new issues isn’t out yet, but here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming soon.  Unfortunately I heard of too many people the “I Just Got Fired” applies too.

If you don’t subscribe yet, now’s a great time to sign up: Group Magazine Subscription.  In addition to the great content like posted above, you get tons of ministry ideas and help.  And for the techie in you, every issue has a great column from Brandon Early, whom contributes to this blog. I highly recommend it.

Over at we are giving away triple reward points on every purchase for the next 2 days.  It’s a great time to pick-up any resources you’ve been thinking about.

(And yes, that’s me on the Social Network poster, are they trying to tell me something?)

The folks over and and Zondervan have made the new version of the NIV available as a free offline version in the Bible App.  Check out their announcement:

2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. To commemorate this milestone achievement, which made the Bible available in the common language of the people, throughout 2011, YouVersion will roll out events and opportunities that will help you more easily access, engage and share the Bible. The first of these events is that Bible App™ users will be able to download the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible. Made possible through a special partnership with Biblica and Zondervan, this offer will only be available for a limited time.

Beginning THIS SATURDAY, February 12, at 8:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time (GMT-5), and lasting for 400 hours, you’ll be able to download the NIV to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android device. When you download the NIV, that means you’ll be able to read it even when you can’t connect to your service provider or to the Internet. This special promotion will end on March 1, at 12:00 PM noon U.S. Eastern Time (GMT-5).

Read more about how to download over at their blog.

I loved seeing this, I had actually stopped using the Bible app and had started using the TNIV Bible – Tecarta app because it had two features that the Bible app lacked.

  1. Notes feature: I liked being able to take notes directly in the app.
  2. Offline feature: I liked being able to have access to my favorite version when i wasn’t connected.

In the last few months, YouVersion has stepped up and added the notes feature, and now they have given me the version we use most at church.  Tecarta still has a few features that I like, a parallel version view and cross references, but I still find the YouVersion app so much easier to use, so I think it’s time to switch back.

If you don’t have the Bible app you can get it here:

There are others available also, but I think those two links should cover most of you.

Remember the free NIV download is only for a limited time.  Don’t miss it.

Happy Reading!

Today I’ve been working on finalizing the schedule for the tech room we are going to have at this year’s Simply Youth Ministry Conference.  We’ve got some great seminars lined up that should get any youth ministry geek excited.

Topics include: Using media in your programs, creative branding, free technologies for your ministry, working smart, making video magic, harnessing the power of social media, importance of design, and so much more.  We have enough tech workshops you could make it a tech ministry conference with everything else as a bonus.

Some of our tech speakers are: Tim Schmoyer, Brandon Early, Josh Griffin, Dave Harris, just to name a few.  (I guess I could have listed myself also).

Plus there will be time to drop in with your questions so you can come away better equipped.  All the speakers are around and available to talk with and ask questions of.  It’s really an interactive event.

I would love to have you join us, but the deadline for registration is coming up quick, and it’s almost sold out.  So don’t wait too long.

Visit: for more info.