• Aaron Crumbey

    Aaron Crumbey
    Aaron Crumbey oversees Pastoral Care for the high school ministry at Saddleback Church. He cares deeply about sharing Christ with students and seeing them reach their full potential in Christ. He's married with three children, loves family time, sports, movies and all things musical among some other things. He also runs www.yoacblog.com.
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      Aaron Crumbey is a contributor to Group Magazine. Start your subscription today to the most read youth ministry resource available. Filled with ideas, research, coaching, inspiration, humor, reviews, and more. Available in print and digital. CLICK HERE to subscribe or to learn more.

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      Aaron Crumbey is one of the featured speakers for Simply Youth Ministry Conference. Join 3,000 other brothers and sisters in Christ who share your passion. Experience the difference at a conference created by youth workers for youth workers.

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  • Amber Cassady

    Amber Cassady
    Marketer for Simply Youth Ministry and Group Mission Trips. College-aged girls small group leader. Coffee lover. Fan of skiing and hiking as much as she can!
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  • Brandon Early

    I have been serving in youth ministry for nearly 20 years, am currently the Director of Student Ministries at Valley Church in Des Moines, IA, and am on a first name basis with several Best Buy and Apple employees. My wife Keri and I have been married over ten years and have three great boys. My four favorite things are Jesus, my wife, Chicago Style Pizza, and fighting off our boys with sweet ninja moves.
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      Brandon Early is a contributor to Group Magazine. Start your subscription today to the most read youth ministry resource available. Filled with ideas, research, coaching, inspiration, humor, reviews, and more. Available in print and digital. CLICK HERE to Subscribe to Group Magazine.

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      Brandon Early is one of the featured speakers for Simply Youth Ministry Conference. Join 3,000 other brothers and sisters in Christ who share your passion. Experience the difference at a conference created by youth workers for youth workers.

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  • Brooklyn Lindsey

    Brooklyn Lindsey
    Brooklyn Lindsey loves being in the trenches as a youth pastor. For the last seven years, she's served at Highland Park Church of the Nazarene in Lakeland Florida. That's why her Instagram pictures are just so ridiculously awesome. Being surrounded by oceans and a magical place where dream comes true, she can't complain. Brooklyn is a minister, a communicator, and likes to read and write. Her books include: The Kingdom Experiment, Confessions Of A Not-So-Supermodel, Sacred Life, To Save A Life: Devo2Go, Opposite Day, A Parents Guide to Understanding Your Teenage Daughter, and 99 Thoughts for Junior Highers. She is also the co-pastor of a Saturday evening missional community with her husband Coy Lindsey, also at Highland Park. They have two daughters (1st grade and pre-school). There are not pets in the house. But they do have a dog named Chip (who is actually any lizard that they see outside). Preferred mode of transportation: a fixed up beach cruiser. Her favorite snack lately: Sasquatch Big Steak (Teriyaki Beef Jerky) and Frozen Hot Chocolate. (Facebook/ Twitter/LinkedIn/Instagram/Pinterest/Spotify: @brooklynlindsey) Or you can just call her at her office. She likes to talk to humans mostly. 863-647-3518
    • 99_jhers

      Life for a typical junior higher is awesome. And hard. And fun. And exciting. And boring. And crazy, right? Basically, it’s a blur of all those things—and more! Junior high truly is a season of ups and downs, of possibilities and confusion, of amazing memories and embarrassing moments. To survive it all, you sometimes just need a little help—or 99 bite-sized bits of help! Mark Oestreicher and Brooklyn Lindsey—youth pastors who’ve worked with people your age for a long, long time—have teamed up to create this insider’s guide for this wild ride.

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      As you read through the pages of A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls, veteran youth workers Brooklyn Lindsey and Mark Oestreicher will help you re-examine some assumptions and misunderstandings about this season of life. Then, from a place of trust in God, you will gain a fresh perspective on who your daughter is and who she's becoming. This book explores the major changes of adolescence, the influence of parents and friends, the onslaught of feelings and how to respond, and the significance of celebrating milestones in a girl's life. A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls will offer wisdom, insight, and encouragement to respond well, react wisely, and engage effectively. This book is also an ideal resource to prepare you and your daughter for the impending season of change and transformation, if you aren't there quite yet.

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  • Chris Schaffner

    Chris Schaffner
    Chris is a CADC certified counselor working with chemically dependent persons and those with co-occurring disorders. Chris has worked in the field for 7 years and has worked with children and teens for over 15 years. Chris is also the coordinator for The Shelter, a ministry of Group Publishing that provides support to children’s and youth workers from around the world. He has worked with individuals of all ages who struggle with addiction, abuse histories, self injury, depression and suicide. Chris has provided training locally on suicide assessment and on working with the LGBTQ population. Chris provides training at SYMC, KidMin, UYWI, Operation Snowball events, Chicago HOPES and Access Living, CCDA Annual Conference, OtraOnda Dimension Juvenil Conference, has taught parenting and Anger Management classes, and teaches a community-based series called ‘Coping With…” that equips adolescent with life management skills. Chris lives in Central Illinois and is married to Trudy. They have 4 kids; Blake, Charley Grace, and the twins Claire and Chloe.
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  • Chuck Bomar

    Chuck Bomar
    Chuck Bomar planted and is Lead Pastor of Colossae Church in Portland, Oregon and is founder of both CollegeLeader (www.CollegeLeader.org) and iampeople (www.iampeople.org). He is author of six books, with the most recent being the highly anticipated work titled, Better Off Without Jesus (August 7, 2012). When he is not traveling the country speaking at conferences or consulting with church or denominational leaders, he is home with his family, the place he loves to be more than any other. Chuck and his wife, Barbara, have three beautiful daughters: Karis, Hope and Sayla.
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      The transition from high school to college is usually the most dramatic in young people's lives. In this humorous and thought-provoking resource, Chuck Bomar offers up pearls of wisdom gained over years of personal and professional experience. CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase.  

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      Who am I? It seems like a simple question to answer, but it's not—especially for young people. This small group curriculum is designed to give you the tools—including lots of questions and practical tips—you need to have in-depth discussions about personal identity. As students share how they view themselves you'll reveal how God defines who they are and help them discover what it means to embrace true identity! CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase.

    • College Ministry Video Bundle

      Unleash the enthusiasm, momentum, passion, and energy of college-age people with this training video series from Chuck Bomar, the author of 99 Thoughts for College-Age People and College Ministry 101. Drawing on his years of experience in college ministry, Chuck offers practical advice and wisdom that will help you build a college ministry that encourages college-age people to grow and improve and increase their impact. Like everything else produced by Simply Youth Ministry, these College Ministry: Understanding the Strategy and the People videos are easy to use and will increase your effectiveness by saving you time. CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase.

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  • Erik with a "K"

    Erik with a "K"
    Father of 4 and husband of 1. He has been in youth ministry for over 20 years. Loves to surf, snowboard, run and hang with his family. Often speaks at camps and schools around the world, leads worship and has enjoyed doing improv over the years. Most recently he authored his first solo book project "Y is for Youth Worker," which can be found at simplyyouthministry.com. Erik w/a "k" calls Oregon home (cuz that's where his heart is...awww).
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  • Estevao Yu

    Estevao Yu
    Estevao Yu is a native of Brazil, South America. Early on, he and his family re-located to east cost, where Estevao spent much of his adolescence, developing a love for the New York Yankees, good food, all the while, overcoming adversities that made him question his purpose in life. Estevao is a graduate of Nyack College where he received a degree in Philosophy. Searching for God’s will in his life, Estevao moved to the sunny state of California to pursue his Masters of Divinity, where he also spent fifteen years serving as the Lead Pastor for Youth Ministries at one of the largest Asian-American Churches in the United States. It was during this time Estevao met the love of his life, Sarah. Together, they have two children, Jacoby and Joy. Today, Estevao is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University’s Haggard School of Theology, and the founder of, With Two Hands, an organization promoting and instilling the importance of value into this generation’s youth. Estevao is a proven leader and visionary, working and partnering with various non-profit organization in pursuit of social justice, medical awareness, and missions, through mediums such as music, film, and various creative outlets. He is committed to the development of leadership and equipping of today’s youth with a passion and relevance that will place a lasting impact in today’s culture. As an avid sports fan, Estevao can be found spending time with his family, going on exciting food runs, or running marathons during his free time.
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  • Jake and Melissa Kircher

    Jake and Melissa Kircher
    Jake and Melissa were married on August 27, 2005 and currently live in Norwalk, CT. They have one foster son who loves to bang on the drums and another baby coming sometime late May/early June. Jake and Melissa write regularly for Relevant Magazine (www.relevantmagazine.com) and Simply Youth Ministry (www.youthministry.com). They also just finished their first book, 99 Thoughts on Marriage and Ministry, with Group Publishing/Simply Youth Ministry.
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      Jake and Melissa Kircher have learned some valuable lessons (often the hard way!) about building a healthy marriage amid the demands of ministry. They aren't perfect, but they've matured individually and as a couple because of each mess, problem, heartache, and obstacle they've encountered. They understand your struggles and frustrations, because they're their struggles and frustrations, too.

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  • Jason Ostrander

    Jason Ostrander
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      99 Thoughts on the Creator examines different traits of our astoundingly creative God and brings things down to a human understanding by considering God as an artist, a builder, and a farmer. As your students read through the pages of this book, they’ll be challenged to think of God differently, to appreciate his artistic and inventive power more deeply, and to see how they were designed to express those same creative attributes in their own lives. Help your teenagers become inspired to create, build, express, and design by the One who started it all.

    • 99qja

      Jesus is often described as the master teacher, but when was the last time you thought of him as the master questioner or the master asker? Veteran youth worker Jason Ostrander has combed through the pages of the Gospels in search of the most challenging, intriguing, and meaningful questions Jesus posed—and the answers behind them. The result is 99 Questions Jesus Asked, a book that will lead your students on an adventure of considering the significance of Jesus' questions and answers to their lives today. CLICK HERE to purchase or to learn more.

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  • Jeff Thompson

    Jeff Thompson
    Jeff Thompson, a veteran of youth ministry, serves as the Director of Youth Missions for Group Mission Trips - Workcamps, Week of Hope and The Big Day of Serving.
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  • Jeff Wallace

    Jeff Wallace
    In the trenches of local youth ministry for over a decade, Pastor Jeffrey Wallace (a.k.a. PJ) brings a fresh and relevant approach to how to develop and maintain an effective, healthy, relevant youth ministry within the local church.
    • Urban Ministry from Start to Finish

      In Urban Ministry From Start to Finish, Jeff Wallace has leveraged his years of practical, hands-on experience in developing both people and systems to provide you with the tools you will need to create an irresistible youth ministry for this generation. CLICK HERE to purchase or learn more.

    • LIVE Urban

      When some people think of urban youth ministry, they picture dangerous neighborhoods, run-down schools, and police sirens in the middle of the night. While that image does describe daily life for some teenagers, we recognize that urban youth ministry isn’t just about reaching out to the inner city.That’s why we created LIVE Urban. These 16 lessons move beyond urban stereotypes and creatively engage your students in dynamic conversations built around four fundamental themes: parents, self-image, friendships, and the need to belong. CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase.

    • Everybody's Urban

      More and more teenagers are stuck in survival mode, unable to see beyond today. But veteran youth pastors Jeffrey Wallace and Leneita Fix know there's hope. Everybody's Urban is infused with their hard-won insights into the urban youth experience, along with dozens of real-world strategies for ministering to today's teenagers. CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase!

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  • Katie Sutton

    Katie Sutton
    Katie has been serving teenagers and their families with her youth pastor husband, Darren, for over 20 years. They have three teenage boys that share the ministry adventure with them. She writes a blog for ministry spouses called Glass House Spouse and she is a contributing author to several Group resources including the Simple Truth Bible, Simple Truth LIVE Curriculum, Teenagers 50 Toughest Questions, and Two Sides of Youth Ministry. On any given day you might find her on the beach basking in the Corpus Christi sun or geocaching with her boys.
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      If you've ever felt unprepared when students want to talk about tough topics, then this is the book for you. Answers to Teenagers' 50 Toughest Questions will equip you with biblical, practical, specific responses to the thorniest questions students may toss your way. Written collaboratively by a diverse team of youth workers, this book examines tough questions from six different areas: Faith Basics, Faith Struggles, Discipleship and Evangelism, Life Choices, Family and Friends, and Dating and Sex For each question, you'll find a biblically based response, along with next-step ideas that will engage students in conversation and exploration. And for most of the topics, we've provided a list of recommended readings and resources to aid their investigation.

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  • Katie Edwards

    Katie Edwards
    Katie Edwards has been in junior high ministry since 1996, and currently leads the junior high ministry at Saddleback Church (Kurt just sort of drops in whenever he feels like it!). Katie's "sweet spot" is developing leaders to make a difference in the lives of young teens. She's a gifted teacher and leader who also likes to write silly jingles.
    • 99 Thoughts about girls

      A BOOK FOR GUYS While this book doesn't claim to unlock the deep, unfathomable mysteries of the female mind, it will give tons of helpful insights into what makes teenage girls tick. And who better to lead you on this adventure than Katie Edwards, a teenage girl herself once, and now a youth worker with tons of girl-brain-decoding experience. CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase!

    • 99 thoughts about guys

      A BOOK FOR GIRLS In some ways, a guy's mind seems incredible simple. So why are dudes always so confounding, especially to girls? Luckily, youth pastor extraordinaire Kurt Johnston has spent decades figuring out the brains of teenage boys including his own noggin.
      CLICK HERE to purchase or learn more.

    • Smart Stuff

      Turns out God knows what he's talking about! And few books of the Bible bear that out, verse after verse, like the book of Proverbs. In this video-based small group curriculum, you'll get five weeks of ready-to-use lessons on some of the most profound and applicable pearls of God's wisdom. CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase.

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  • Kurt Johnston

    Kurt Johnston
    Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.
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      This Book Gets Around is a fun way to learn something new about your friends or family members, neighbors, co-workers, teammates, whoever! (You might even uncover one or two surprising things about yourself, too.) CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase.

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      What does it take to succeed in junior high ministry? a limitless string of ideas for dynamic, energetic games? an attention span only slightly longer than your students? It takes more than that as Kurt Johnston has discovered after more than two decades of working with junior highers. CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase.

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      Kurt Johnston is a regular columnist and contributor to Group Magazine. Start your subscription today to the most read youth ministry resource available. Filled with ideas, research, coaching, inspiration, humor, reviews, and more. Available in print and digital. CLICK HERE to subscribe!

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  • Leneita Fix

    Leneita Fix
    Leneita Fix is the Director of Ministry Development for Aslan Youth Ministries, a family focused urban ministry serving Monmouth County New Jersey and Haiti. She has been working in some form of youth and family ministry for almost 22 years. In addition she has launched the coaching and resource organization, Front Line Urban Resources with Jeffrey Wallace serving those who work with families living in survival mode. The early years were spent in camp ministry, suburban and rural youth groups. With the Lord’s moving the last 17 of those years have been spent ministering in three different urban areas to primarily unchurched families (New Jersey, Virginia, Florida back to New Jersey). Her responsibilities have included Bible based program direction for children ages 5-18, curriculum writing, staff training and recruiting, discipleship, resource creation and speaking to national audiences. Her passion is to raise up workers in practical, relationship-driven methods while remaining in the trenches with the youth and families she loves. Her goal is to help others understand every student living in a survival mindset can and will be transformed in Christ. One of her greatest joys is serving in ministry as a family with her husband three wonderful children, and her niece. Simply she resides among her friends in the city just living life as a family that loves being there. You can contact her at leneitafix@aslanyouth.org.
    • No teenager left behind

      In No Teenager Left Behind, Fix paints a picture of students who can fall through the cracks of our youth ministries, a picture rooted in her own teenage struggle with insecurities and doubt and low self-esteem. These are the students that we pretend we are too busy for. They're the ones that are lost and we feel totally unqualified to reach. CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase.

    • Everybody's Urban

      More and more teenagers are stuck in survival mode, unable to see beyond today. But veteran youth pastors Jeffrey Wallace and Leneita Fix know there's hope. Everybody's Urban is infused with their hard-won insights into the urban youth experience, along with dozens of real-world strategies for ministering to today's teenagers. CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase!

    • LIVE Urban

      When some people think of urban youth ministry, they picture dangerous neighborhoods, run-down schools, and police sirens in the middle of the night. While that image does describe daily life for some teenagers, we recognize that urban youth ministry isn’t just about reaching out to the inner city.That’s why we created LIVE Urban. These 16 lessons move beyond urban stereotypes and creatively engage your students in dynamic conversations built around four fundamental themes: parents, self-image, friendships, and the need to belong. CLICK HERE to learn more or purchase.

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  • Mark Cornelison

    Mark Cornelison
    Mark Cornelison went on The Biggest Loser, because he was ready to make the life changes necessary to get healthy. A former youth pastor of more than 17 years, Mark now works for VisionTrust International helping children in poverty around the world. He and his wife have also started SweatCor as a way to support others in their health journey. He is a regular contributor to Group Magazine and writes a popular blog through his SweatCor website at www.sweatcor.com.
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  • Rachel Cruze

    Rachel Cruze
    Rachel Cruze is a seasoned communicator and presenter helping Americans with the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. She co-authored the new book Smart Money Smart Kids with her dad Dave Ramsey. You can follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelCruze, online at rachelcruze.com, or at facebook.com/rachelramseycruze.
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  • Rick Lawrence

    Rick Lawrence
    Rick (rlawrence@group.com and @RickSkip on Twitter) has been editor of GROUP Magazine for over 25 years. He’s the author of the recently released revised edition of the popular title, "Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry," "99 Thoughts on Jesus-Centered Living," the LIVE small-group curriculum Jesus-Centered Living, and wrote the books "Sifted: God’s Scandalous Response to Satan’s Outrageous Demand" (www.siftedbook.com) and "Shrewd: Daring to Live the Startling Command of Jesus" (www.shrewdbook.com) as an excuse to immerse himself in the presence of Jesus.
    • JCYM

      It's one thing to build your youth ministry on Jesus. It's another thing to keep it there. You stepped into ministry passionate about pointing teenagers to Jesus. Committed to keeping Christ the absolute center of your orbit and inviting kids to join you there. Now sometimes the focus feels fuzzy. You lead tons of activities and Bible studies, mission trips, deep discussions, and they're all good. But do they all point teenagers to Jesus? Imagine the power of a youth ministry focused on Jesus...and Jesus only. Where absolutely everything turns kids toward the cross. Where the Big Question is ever and always how to know, live, share, and grow in a relationship with Jesus. CLICK HERE to purchase or learn more about Jesus-centered Youth Ministry.

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      In 99 Thoughts on Jesus-Centered Living, Rick Lawrence draws on his personal journey of faith and his decades of experience as an editor and writer to provide you with insights into the joy of meeting, following, and falling in love with the real Jesus, the rebel Jesus. CLICK HERE to purchase or to learn more.

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  • Shawn Harrison

    Shawn is a pastor, author, speaker, ministry consultant, and the founding director of Six:11 Ministries. Passionate about Jesus and people, Shawn lives with his wife and three kids in Ohio, where he helps pastor Greenville Alliance church.
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      Ministering to Gay Teenagers is filled with wisdom and practical advice on how to respond when a student comes out and how to help the teenager's family through that journey, too. This book will equip you with solid answers to the questions parents ask, and it will challenge you, your youth ministry, and your church to consider how you can practically minister and serve a group of people who seek deep authenticity in love, character, truth, and presence.

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      Shawn Harrison is a regular columnist and contributor to Group Magazine. Start your subscription today to the most read youth ministry resource available. Filled with ideas, research, coaching, inspiration, humor, reviews, and more. Available in print and digital. CLICK HERE to subscribe!

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      Shawn Harrison is one of the featured speakers for Simply Youth Ministry Conference. Join 3,000 other brothers and sisters in Christ who share your passion. Experience the difference at a conference created by youth workers for youth workers.

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  • Stephanie Caro

    Stephanie Caro
    Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to youth and youth workers in the local church since…well, a long time – 30+ years. Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. Her latest books are, “Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches” and “99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker,” published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry. Stephanie is a contributing author to several youth ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine. Stephanie is Senior Consultant for Mark DeVries’ Ministry Architects and the director for their Small Church Ministry Architects division. She and her hubby, Steve, live in Houston, TX. All 7 kids are grown and out – praise God!
    • Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches

      Are you in a 'small' church? Well, guess what you're the majority. With the average church in America clocking in around 75 members, there's no reason why 'small' has to equal 'less' when it comes to healthy, thriving youth ministry. CLICK HERE to learn more or purchase.

    • 99 Thoughts for Smaller Church Youth Workers

      Veteran youth worker Stephanie Caro, who understands both the challenges and blessings of working in a smaller youth ministry, cleverly unpacks her insights and ideas in 99 Thoughts for Smaller Church Youth Workers. Your heart for teenagers will grow as you read Stephanie's wisdom on vibrantly ministering in a smaller church. CLICK HERE to learn more or purchase.

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  • Stephanie Martin

    Stephanie Martin
    Stephanie Martin, a writer and editor in Colorado, has 20 years of Christian publishing experience.
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  • Tim and Tasha Levert

    Tim and Tasha Levert
    Tim and Tasha have been in youth ministry since 1992, though they look much younger. They've been involved in large churches, small churches, denominational churches, non-denominational churches, and most everything in between. They both earned PhDs - Tim in adolescent spiritual formation and Tasha in marriage and family counseling - but please don't call them "doctor;" they prefer to be called "Grandmaster T" and "Skinny Lady," respectively. Tim is currently the Student Pastor at the Vineyard Church of New Orleans. Tasha is a writer, speaker, worship leader, and counselor. They have three beautiful daughters and a dog named Gumbo.
    • thenine

      This book takes an up-close look at some "best practices" discovered in an extensive study led by leaders from seven different denominations. Researchers surveyed more than 6,000 lead pastors, youth pastors, paid and volunteer youth workers, parents, and teenagers who have found success in creating ministry settings that foster long-term Christ-followers, not just youth group attendees and they found some solid, real-world answers. CLICK HERE to purchase or to learn more.

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  • Tony Myles

    Tony Myles
    Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, author, speaker, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.
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      Tony Myles is a contributor to Group Magazine. Start your subscription today to the most read youth ministry resource available. Filled with ideas, research, coaching, inspiration, humor, reviews, and more. Available in print and digital. CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase.

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      Tony Myles is one of the featured speakers for Simply Youth Ministry Conference. Join 3,000 other brothers and sisters in Christ who share your passion. Experience the difference at a conference created by youth workers for youth workers.

    • uncommon

      What if it was a senior pastor who truly understands what you face as a youth worker—and who not only understands, but wants to offer wisdom to help you in your journey? Tony Myles speaks from a unique perspective: a former youth pastor who remains deeply engaged in his church’s ministry to teenagers. He still has skin in the game as a lead pastor, volunteer youth worker, and dad of a youth group kid. He regularly interacts with students and sometimes even gives up preaching on the weekend so he can teach youth. CLICK HERE to learn more or to purchase Uncommon Wisdom from The Other Side.