woh_logoAre you looking for a missions trip to go on this summer with your youth group?!

Check out Group Missions Trips’ Week of Hope!

Bring your youth group on an affordable heartfelt mission trip that is focused on making connections with the people you serve through community service projects.

There are seven different weeks to choose from including:

June 16 – 21     *     June 23 – 28     *     June 30 – July 5

July 7 – 12     *     July 14 – 19     *     July 21 – 26     *     July 28 – Aug 2

Register here for the perfect missions trip!



I love Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I usually find myself on each one of them at some point nearly every day. There’s something great about reading about our friend’s lives 1000′s of miles away or chucking at someone’s pithy observation about life. But what if our Tweets were real?

  • My senior pastor is a jerk sometimes. I want to punch him in the face
  • I’ve been married 10 years, and still don’t have sex figured out
  • I’m pretty sure my whole youth group is filled with “that one kid”
  • The last time I read the Bible was in late 2012
  • I want to quit I want to quit I want to quit
  • Things aren’t good deep inside me, but the outside is as shiny as ever
  • If I could figure out where to dispose the body, I’d take out that parent

Don’t Tweet these! We need to continue to post those stunning sunsets, epic CS Lewis quotes and pictures of our no foam latte. I would die if my real life made it was genuinely Tweeted for the world to see, or pictures of my inner world made it online. But you need to be sharing it somewhere.

You need to have someone who knows the real you, not the brand, image or “always on” youth worker. You need to be able to confess, share, process and pray through the stuff you would never Tweet.

Simple question to kick off the week: is someone reading your real Tweets?



We are so excited to announce the newest addition to our Simply Youth Ministry Conference 2013 line up! The third Key Note Speaker for Saturday night is…

You know I couldn’t just give it to you here!

Follow this link to find out!





There’s ONLY 2 days left to register with the advanced registration price!

Lecrae, All Sons & Daughters, Shane & Shane, and Jordan Howerton Band will all be performing.

Register now and save!

You don’t want to miss this time to be strengthend!

Plus, over 190 hours of brand NEW training!

Take advantage of the advanced registration price now



Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

There’s only 6 days left for ADVANCED REGISTRATION at SYMC in Indianapolis- and we want YOU there!

Plus, there will be over 190+ hours of new training this year!

Register here to save now!

Hope to see you there!!


When it comes to ministering to gays and lesbians, far too many churches have chosen silence over service, or a reactive stance over proactive involvement. But congregations must abandon their comfort zone and minister to a group of people who need to experience the love of Jesus like never before.

With truths drawn from his own personal experiences, youth pastor Shawn Harrison seeks to equip youth workers in ministering to gay teenagers, their families, and the gay community at-large. The church must not compromise truth, he says, but it should not withhold grace either. How gay students first encounter God—personally and communally—and how Christians react to them can determine their subsequent steps.

[[Download a FREE sample here]]

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.

Click here to learn more!!


Shawn Harrison is the founder of Six:11 Ministries, an online ministry resource that exists to proclaim God’s identity and wholeness. He specializes in training youth workers and church leaders in ministering to the gay community, and working with gay teens and their families. Shawn is a youth pastor in St. Marys, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and three kids. He blogs at six11.wordpress.com.





A Life Changed.

Stephanie Eis —  December 31, 2012 — Leave a comment


Earlier this morning an email came in from a former Group Mission Trips attendee. His story exemplifies the faithfulness of God and His endless pursuit of our hearts. We wanted to share Trace’s story with you! So, keep reading…

“I am 42 years old now, married, and have 3 kids. I was listening to the radio when a commercial came on about the youth work camps. I went to one in 1997 or 88’, its been awhile. It was probably the most life changing and fun experience I have had. I went with my youth group from Indiana. We went to the Navajo Indian reservation in NW New Mexico. I did not want to go at first, I was an introvert, I stuttered so I did not like to meet new people or do new things away from the comforts of my normal everyday life. I was crying because I did not want to go but some how, I do not remember why but I went. My youth group of 6 people went. When we got there we were split up into groups with people from all over the U.S. We worked on 2 houses to weatherize them. I became a social butterfly, as my mom use to say. I had people in my group from Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Boston. Such a wonderful group of kids we were. The part that changed my life was my group. I figured out that people did accept my stutter and they did not care that I had trouble talking. My group became friends and on the final day I got up in front of the whole crowd, over 500 people and spoke. I told them I really didn’t want to go because I was scared and didn’t want to put myself out there. From that point forward I wasn’t scared anymore, GOD brought me there to surround me with that group of youth– to show me who I was and to not be afraid of who GOD made me to be: Imperfect and stammering. The friends I made that week  I was pen pals with for years. After high school I would travel to see them because we grew so close that week and in our letters. Now, that I  have kids and my oldest is 14 , I want her to experience the awesome time that I had, although she is a strong young girl who knows who she is and has a great giving heart. I feel she would just be over flowing with joy and spirituality to meet kids from all over the U.S. like I did.” 


Thank you Trace for sharing how the Lord moved in your life during a Group Mission Trip!

If you’re thinking about a Missions Trip visit the Group Mission Trip (GMT) site here! There are several different missionaly minded events that your youth can participate in! Check them out!!


Finally after much delay is the official release of UNFILTERED MAGAZINE! Learn more at UnfilteredMagazine.com

Tomorrow Only Unfiltered Magazine will be $5 for a 1 year subscription…see attached image.

“From the editors of Group comes an all new magazine to help youth workers thrive in life…outside the church walls. Real stories by real youth workers on topics like…

Your heart

Your family

Your health

Your money

Your soul

And many more.

Link here http://bit.ly/UsMWNg – for $5 sub rate!

Go get your subscription NOW!!