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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.


Here’s part 2 of my favorite iPhone / iPad apps for ministry and everyday life.

1. Bible – – This is my go to Bible reader on the iOS platform.  I’ve tried others, but I always come back to this one.  The team at LifeChurch just keeps making it better and better.

2. AppShopper – As a app junkie, I’m always looking for new apps and AppShopper is a great way to find out what’s new.  One of my favorite things about this app, is creating a wish list, and you’ll receive and email when the app is updated or on sale.  I’ve saved a ton just waiting till the app I wanted was on sale or even free.

3. Kindle – This is my go to book reader.  I think iBooks is prettier, but I love Amazon’s pricing and I love being able to access my books on all my devices.  I always look to kindle first for ebooks.

4.GarageBand – This one is iPad only but if you are interested in making music, this is an amazing app.  It’s the touch version of the popular app on OS X.  You can play piano, drums, or guitar and record them.  It’s also been so fun watching my kids make music of their own and get into it.  I love this app.

5. iMovie – This is my favorite quick video editor for iOS.  Again, the touch version of another of Apple’s desktop iLife apps, but it works so well on iOS.  It’s great for simple videos on the go that you can upload directly to YouTube or Flickr.  Easy to use and fast.

6. OmniOutliner for iPad – Another iPad app here, but it’s so useful. I often organize my thoughts in Outlines, and this is a great tool for that.  I use it for projects, teaching, writing, and just organizing.  It also works with the desktop version which I also really like.  Like all Omni apps, it’s a little on the expensive side, but I always feel it’s worth it in the end.

7. Documents To Go® – Office Suite – I’m a big fan of Google Docs and do a lot of my writing there, and this is best Google docs editor I’ve used.  I can access all my google docs there so I can edit or write on the go.  It also can access microsoft office docs stored in dropbox so you can edit or access on the go.

Bonus Pick: Live Curriculum – OK this one is a little selfish, but I’m pretty proud of it.  It’s the first app I helped design and produce.  It’s the app to access Simply Youth Ministry’s LIVE Curriculum. Click here to learn more about it.

There are so many other apps I use all the time, but I’d love to hear about some of your favorites.  What ones did I miss?  Tell me in the comments.

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?)

Spin That Wheel - Download
We’ve talked about Spin That Wheel before, and I think it’s one of the most fun media products to come along for a youth worker in awhile.  It’s a customizable prize wheel. It’s great for prizes or challenges. It can really help add some fun to your up front youth group games.

From the site:

Spin That Wheel is a rockin large group interactive game. As a stand alone application, the software allows you to add up to 15 custom prizes to the wheel, then spin it to see what you get! (Wow, I just won a bag of Pork Rinds*) It has a random winner every time. Find yourself a great host, a really bad outfit, and you are in for a great night. *Prizes not included.

It’s now available at Simply Youth Ministry and we are so excited about our friendship with Digital Stashe.  We also have a some of their other resources (Looped Vol. 1Looped Vol. 2, Color Flow Song Kit, Underwater Disco Song Kit, and more in the media category at Simply ) and will have more in the future.

Check it out Spin That Wheel, it’s definitely worth the price.

Double Reward Points at SYM

Chris —  November 17, 2010 — Leave a comment

We have something fun going on at Simply this week. Get double rewards points on all purchases. (only till Friday Nov 19).

Double Rewards at SimplyYouthMinistry!

If you don’t know where to start, check the new gifts sections and pick nice out for your Students, Volunteers or Parents.  It’s never too late to start your Christmas shopping.

Over on we launched a great bundle this morning.  The Super Awesome Bundle 2.  It’s 8 great resources for $49. As the bundle sells it get’s better. Check out the bundle page for all the details.

Here’s a little video we made about how we came up with the bundle.  (Why do I always end up in these videos?)

Quantities are limited, so don’t wait too long.

Super Awesome Bundle - Revenge of the Robot - Physical
Also 10% of the sales go to help the Center for Parent / Teen Understanding.

Today is the last day to enter to win an iPad over at Simply Youth Ministry.

Also it’s the last day to save 40% off on almost 300 resources.  It’s only good till 3 PM PST today, so hurry over.

Simply Youth Ministry 40 40 40 Sale

80/80 Sale: 80 Items offered at 20% Off

Over at we are having an 80’s won’t die sale.  80 products and you pay 80% (that’s 20% off, get it?).  There’s some great stuff.  In honor of celebrating the decade of Big Hair we made this video.

WARNING:  This video contains a side of Andy Brazelton you may wish you never saw.

Click here to check out the 80/80 Sale.

Some Christmas Freebies

Chris —  December 16, 2009 — Leave a comment

There’s a lot of Christmas Freebies floating around this year.  I thought I’d let you know about some before it’s too late.

Some of these are daily or every couple days.  Even if you missed a few of them, there’s still a lot of freebies left before Christmas.

Save Andy Sale!

Over at Simply, we are having a Save Andy (and us all) Sale.  He’s decided that he wants to be a Rock Star instead of Youth Ministry.  Watch this video and see how bad he his.  Help show him his future is really in Youth Ministry by helping make this sale a huge success.  And you save 30 – 70% on some of our best resources.

Visit the Sale Here!