As the Youth Ministries Director at Celebration Church, I have the opportunity to work with students in middle school and high school, teach in our weekly youth services, and speak on Sunday mornings from time to time in for our Senior Pastor in his absence.

Ministry resources that make my life easier:

  • MailChimp (referral link) – for managing and sending great-looking email to students and parents
  • Live Curriculum – Solid, customizable curriculum for small groups or Sunday school
  • GroupMe – Group texting, best used for a small team of people
  • MorethanDodgeball.com – My favorite youth ministry blog
  • VideoBlocks.com – Royalty-free b-roll, motion backgrounds, music, sound effects, Adobe After Effects templates, and more
  • Dropbox (referral link) – Excellent cloud storage and sharing for files and documents
  • Wufoo – Form builder to collect responses and data
  • Planning Center Online – Powerful system for planning services, managing volunteers, and more
  • YouVersion – The Bible App is online too!  Sync your account with mobile devices
  • The Macarthur Bible Commentary – Excellent all-around, inexpensive Bible commentary 

Free ministry resources – sermon series, ideas, templates free to edit and use as you wish!
Note: These are all in Apple’s Pages format – I hope to update them to PDF or Word format but wanted to make them available ASAP.  You can use Zamzar.com for easy file conversion.  Also, I did not include bulky Keynote presentations to go along with each series at this time; I’m hoping to offer stripped-down versions in the future that include the essentials.

  • 2012: A Series on Revelation – Bird’s-eye view of the book of Revelation, with helpful instruction to students on how to distinguish “literal” and “figurative” text
  • Backward$ – 3-week series about money, and how God’s Word teaches us to do things that seem “Backward$” compared to the way the rest of the world does them
  • Family Matters – Series focusing on the challenging aspects of family relationships (includes 2 weeks of small groups)
  • How to Change God’s Mind – Series on prayer focusing on how we can actually influence God through our fervent prayer
  • The Voice (That Matters) – 4-week series on how to hear God’s voice
  • You THINK You Know Jesus – Series that helped us take a deeper look at who Jesus Christ really was (and is), and dealing with many of the misconceptions we hold about him