It’s hard enough getting up in front of your friends and family to play, but this is the worst.

HT Mashable

Summer Movie Guide 2014

Chris —  June 11, 2014 — 1 Comment

Movie, Theater

I love summer movies, and they can be a great opportunity to hang out with students from your youth ministry. The team over at The Source for Youth Ministry has put together a great summer movie guide.  Some of the have already come out, but there are plenty of blockbusters still to come.  Check it out and know what movies may make great youth group activities.

You might also want to check out their FREE reviews and discussion starters.  They already have a few of the summer movies posted for you to use.

If you are looking for more info about what movies contain and what age groups they would be appropriate for, check out Common Sense Media.  It’s a great resource for reviews movies, tv shows, books, apps, and more.


Image Credit: Halmeoni 

The folks over at Simply Youth Ministry have their biggest sale of the year going on right now. Save at least 40% off, plus get 40 FREE backgrounds.  Great time to stock up. These prices are good till June 12, so shop early.

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Free Mac App Software Bundle

Chris —  May 30, 2014 — 4 Comments

Mac Bundle v3

For all my Mac using friends out there, I wanted to let you know about a great bundle of FREE software that will only be available for a few more days.  There’s a ton of bundles out there, but this one included one in particular that I thought could be fun for Youth Ministry.  It’s called X-Mirage and it lets you mirror your iOS screen (iPhone or iPad) to your Mac.


This is great if you want to make demo videos of an app to share, but I think it has great potential for a youth group stage game.  Since it will let you mirror multiple iOS devices at one time you could have two students playing the same game up on the big screen and the crowd could cheer them.  So many fun possibilities, post your ideas in the comments below.

In addition to X-Mirage, you also get:

  • Elmedia Player Pro – a utility to help download streaming video from the internet.  A great way to save those youtube videos to use in a talk or in your presentation software.
  • ClipBuddy – a utility to organize your cut / paste selections
  • cf/x Mosaic – turns your photos into mosaic art
  • Plus a few more

The bundle is free, so what do you have to loose.  Have fun!

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mileiqDo you ever have to turn in your mileage for reimbursement?  I don’t know about you, but I often forget to start tracking when i leave somewhere and then have to look things up on google maps after the fact to see how many miles I’ve driven.  That works OK, but I found this great app that will track it for you and you don’t have to think about it: MileIQ.

It’s easy, start the app, and it will track all your drives and you can classify them as personal or business in case you are mixing your trips in a day.  Then you log onto your account to download your activity or send it to yourself right from the app.  It’s super easy and it’s free if you have less than 40 drives a month.  I will I’ve noticed a faster battery drain when using it, so I would recommend keeping your phone plugged in while in the car so you don’t find yourself with no battery at the end of the day. Right now it’s iOS only, but they say an android version is on the way.

This could be a great way to track your mileage this summer to make getting reimbursed easier while you are out and about driving students to events or picking up supplies.

Wow, this took me back to elementary school.  They should introduce these kids to Oregon Trail.

5 Sites for Free Fonts

Chris —  May 19, 2014 — 5 Comments

Letters, A, Abc

Have you ever sat down to make a brochure, calendar or flyer and realized you really need a new font because people around the church have seen the same font on the last 7 flyers you’ve made for your youth ministry? Well, here are 5 sites with 1000’s of free fonts you can use in your next project.

  1. Dafont
  2. FontSquirrel
  3. 1001 Free Fonts
  4. Font Space
  5. 1001 Fonts

Summer is coming, maybe experiment with some new looks this season.


The fine folks over at the Buffer blog have put together a list of 53 free stock photo resources for you to use in your youth ministry projects.  Everyone knows that pictures just make blogs, flyers, brochures, announcement slides, and social media more interesting.  I use a lot of stock photography, but I don’t always have the budget to buy it.  Here are a few of the sites off the Buffer list that that I’ve used:

Jump over to Buffer to see the whole list:

53+ Free Image Sources for your Blogs and Social Media Posts

TED Video Edit Tips

Poorly edited video can be so distracting, and the editors at TED know this better than anyone, their whole site is built on their event talks. These are great tips for all the video editors out there.  It’s definitely worth the read.  It would be great to share with anyone editing video for your youth ministry.

She covers camera angles, shot selection, graphics, keeping it moving, and more. The post also includes samples to illustrate the points.

My favorite quote:

We strive to keep our edits invisible.

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Read: 10 tips for editing video in a thoughtful, compelling way | TED Blog.

Adobe Voice

Adobe just released a new iPad app for creating quick stories on the go – Voice.  Think of it as a streamlined keynote or powerpoint that will allow you to quickly put together a video with pictures, text, voice overs, and video.  They give you a library of graphics and music you can use to add to your stories as well.  They give you all the expected sharing options (FaceBook, Twitter, Email), so sharing your creations is super easy.  It looks like it could be a great way to put together simple, quick highlight videos at summer camp, mission trips, or other activities to share with parents and your Church the awesome things your group is up to.  Right now it’s only for iPad, but the price is right since it’s FREE.

I’d recommend giving it a try and letting us know what you think.  I’d love to see the stories you put together with it.

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