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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Star Wars Day

“May the 4th” otherwise known as Star Wars day is coming up soon.  This year it happens to fall on Sunday, so if you want to have some fun with it in your program.  The team over at DYM have you covered.  They have a great FREE Powerpoint game for you to download and use.  Enjoy, and May the Force be with You.

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The fine folks over at YouthMinistry360 have some great freebies for your youth group teaching this Easter.  Visit their Easter Vault to download 3 free lessons and 10 free student devotionals.  It’s a great little treat to stick in your Youth Ministry Easter basket.

Here’s what you get:

Lesson 1: Encounter: Death. Life. Forgiveness.
Purpose: Challenge teens to remember why Jesus did what He did and what was accomplished through His sacrifice, and to formulate a response to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Lesson 2: The Thread of Love
Purpose: Help teens see how God wove a thread of redeeming love through the Bible, culminating with the greatest expression of love, Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Lesson 3: The Big Picture
Purpose: Challenge teens to fully grasp the impact Christ’s resurrection has had on their lives by helping them articulate their response to Christ’s resurrection, and how it has affected them personally.

10 Easter Devotions: Death. Life. Forgiveness
Purpose: Help teens get prepared for Easter by looking at a chronological view of the events surrounding Jesus’ last days on earth. They will help your teens prepare their hearts and minds to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

Thanks YouthMinistry360!

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