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Great Game Ideas

Chris —  March 4, 2014 — 3 Comments

Who couldn’t use more game ideas for Wednesday Night?  Last week the YS Idea Lab featured the king of youth group games, Les Christie giving some fun ideas.

What’s your favorite youth ministry game?

Need more games ideas, check these out:

Ball and Game Bundle - Physical
Games - Video Edition - Physical
Absurd Holiday Games Vol 1 - Digital

The fine folks over at Download Youth Ministry have a great new video series called 5-Minute Youth Ministry.  Like the name implies these are short videos with great youth ministry training.  The first one with with Doug and Cathy Fields talking about how the spouse feels after a late night of ministry.

Catch the rest of the series HERE.

How to Cut the Cord

Chris —  February 10, 2014 — 1 Comment

I know a lot of you have already cut the cord and I’m constantly hearing from people that they are thinking about getting rid of cable and just going with Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.  Here’s a great episode from the new podcast Cordkillers with a great tips to get started and live cable free. They talk about getting over the air broadcasts, where on the internet to watch, how to find out what’s available to stream, and even some suggestions to what to watch.

I highly recommend the podcast.  Click the link below to subscribe.

Cordkillers Audio Podcast

Have you cut the cord? Or do you still have cable?

In honor of flag day, enjoy this premier episode of Fun with Flags, with your host, Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

Weekend Worship Review #4

Jon —  November 9, 2012 — 2 Comments

A Topic Teaser video, Slide for Joust, and much more!

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Weekend Worship Review #3

Jon —  October 29, 2012 — Leave a comment

Yesterday we wrapped up our 4 week series “How To Annoy Your Family.” I preached on making good choices from Psalm 1. We showed some hilarious videos, and had a student testimony about how God is teaching their family through adoption.

A Helpful Piece of Software:

A few years ago our youth ministry had a huge budget. In fact we had $20,000 budgeted just to spend on weekend worship services. This meant that we could spend close to $400 a week just on our weekly youth service. Since the fallout of 2008 our church had been weathering the storm pretty well. This past year has been tremendously difficult on our budget. However, the production value of our services has remained high, and our youth ministry is reaching more teens than ever! Since we can’t simply buy a new video to show in a service we have relied on creating our own, and using sites like YouTube. One of the handiest pieces of software out there is Youtube Downloader HD. This software allows us to rip videos that we have used in our services. For instance, each week we have music videos playing pre-service, and for the LEGO series we ripped 4-5 LEGO Stop Motion music videos and had them looping. Being able to rip videos has saved us loads of money. Just make sure you don’t rip videos that people sell as intellectual property.

If you would like a more detailed look at our service I have attached a copy of our cue sheet:

Cue Sheet 10/28/2012

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on student ministry service design/programming. Share your thoughts/ideas with us in the comments below.

I’m a big fan of TED and what they do online with their videos from their events.  They just released a new tool that allows anyone to build an online lesson using web video.  You can select a video and video and create questions, quizes or give links for people to dig deeper.

Here’s a diagram to show the parts of the lesson:

I could see using this as a quick training to send out to volunteers, student leaders, or even to get kids thinking about a topic before they come to small group, sunday school, Wednesday night, or what ever other gatherings you have.  I know a lot of educators are big fans of having the lecture portion of teaching done independently before a student comes to class so that class can be about discussion and unpacking the material.  This is a tool that allows you to do that.

To learn more, visit  Also did I mention the service is FREE?

Though I am not using this at our Passover Seder, I couldn’t resist sharing it here.  Those who were a fan of the digital story of the nativity will love this.  I am definitely using this the next time we talk about the exodus!

Everyone hates the spinning beach ball of death.  Imagine if it took over your presentation while speaking to a group of people.  Watch as Improv Everywhere brings this to life.  Have you ever thought about doing something unexpected like this during a talk?  Could be a great memory maker for your students.

Canon 60D Review

Jon —  February 22, 2012 — 1 Comment

Back in January, Chris Davis and I were at YS! Palooza together, and we were talking about shooting video. Chris was lugging around a giant HD camcorder and tripod that he used to shoot this video. We began having a chat about the video function on most new DSLR cameras. Now, my wife is a professional photographer who shoots with a very expensive Nikon D700 (Here is a shameless plug for her business). But, there are plenty of entry level and semi-pro DSLRs available that shoot tremendous video! After that chat with Chris Davis I was sold. Our student ministry has a handful of Flip cameras, but we have been ready to push through that barrier for a while. This past week I broke down and bought the Canon 60D with the 18-135mm kit lens. I have a friend who manages a big box retail store who sold me the camera (regularly $1300) for $1000 flat. Here is my initial observation of the camera. I will follow this up later with a more detailed review and video samples.

Things I love:

1. Articulated Screen- Up until the past year or so most DSLRs had stationary screens for reviewing pictures. Now with the advent of HD video capable cameras the need for articulating screens is very real.

2. LP-E6 Battery- The 60D uses the same large battery that Canon employs in their professional cameras like the 7D and 5D. This battery lasts close to twice as long as the battery in the cheaper T3i. And since batteries cost around $100 apiece, I felt this was a huge plus for the 60D.

3. 1080p at 30, 25, and 24fps- Unlike the Nikon D7000, the 60D supports 1080p at the 3 most popular frame rates. (Not to mention that the D7000 does not have an articulated screen)

4. Body Size- The Canon 60D has a larger, and larger aluminum frame than the cheaper T3i (steel), and this is one case where I believe that heavier is better. The weight and size allow you to grip the camera with confidence, whereas the T3i feels more like a toy. To boot, the 60D is weatherized better.

5. Manual Controls- If you want to produce the highest quality video, you have to control your exposure manually. The exposure controls on the 60D are easy to operate and accessible without going through menus. The white balance can be controlled easily enough without going through tiers of menus.

All in all I feel that the 60D is the way to go for getting into DSLR video. The price point is right for the features you get. If you want some more info on DSLR video here are a few sites I recommend highly:

DSLR Video Shooter- Caleb Pike runs one of the cleanest and most helpful DSLR Video sites around. Great info in his newsletter.

Philip Bloom- Philip is one of the top DSLR videographers around. He actually shot parts of the latest George Lucas film Red Tails. Philip’s site has an interactive community and he regularly reviews DSLR gear.