HD Playlist: Worship

Welcome to HD SoundBytes, a monthly twenty-song curated playlist brought to you by HDYM to meet the needs of each area of your youth ministry service.  This month’s HDYM playlist is focused on worship. We wanted to offer 20 new songs you should give a shot in your services this year. Some are new, some…

Managing Dating Teens in Youth Ministry

When you work with teenagers, dating within the group is almost an inevitability. With a David Crowder slow jam worship song and the gentle hum of florescent lights, romance is in the air. In addition to the freely flowing hormones, ministries explore emotions and growing together, relationship development and personal sharing. It’s no wonder our…

You Can Do It (Too!): Worship Music

Small churches are often strapped for resources.  With that, it can feel like they can’t do some of the things they see bigger churches doing, produce what bigger churches are producing and utilize the same quality of tools that the bigger churches are using.  This series is designed to equip the small church ministry to…

Jesus was a protester, activist and God.

  Webster’s Dictionary defines protest as “an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent, often in opposition of something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid.” There’s been a lot of media coverage lately about protesting. The West Virginia teachers, the nationwide walk-out the morning I am writing this blog post, #metoo, racial…

3 Reasons I Like Youth Ministry Networks

Leadership is a lonely place.  Youth ministry leadership can be especially lonely, as youth ministers shepherd students who are facing challenges and issues unprecedented in previous generations.  They sometimes serve in churches whose members resist their efforts to contextualize the gospel to reach students and find themselves in the role of trying to help these…

HD Playlist: Games

  Welcome to HD SoundBytes, a monthly twenty-song curated playlist brought to you by HDYM to meet the needs of each area of your youth ministry service.  The Game Background playlist. Focused on current youth culture and a few nods some retro fun. All high energy! Directions: Once you have clicked on the link, the…

You Can Do It (Too!): Websites

Small churches are often strapped for resources.  With that, it can feel like they can’t do some of the things they see bigger churches doing, produce what bigger churches are producing and utilize the same quality of tools that the bigger churches are using.  This series is designed to equip the small church ministry to…

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

It’s a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl.  Boy dates girl.  Boy brings girl to his youth group.  Love abounds, stars fall from the sky, and all is right in the world.  For a week.  Inevitably, boy and girl break up.  When all the dust settles, we are left in the aftermath with…

You Can Do It (Too!): Small Church Resources

Small churches are often strapped for resources.  With that, it can feel like they can’t do some of the things they see bigger churches doing, produce what bigger churches are producing and utilize the same quality of tools that the bigger churches are using.  This series is designed to equip the small church ministry to…

HD SoundBytes

  Welcome to HD SoundBytes, a monthly twenty-song curated playlist brought to you by HDYM to meet the needs of each area of your youth ministry service.  For this first installment you will find the HDYM PreService mix.  This is a high energy, modern mix that will help create an atmosphere that your students will…

Professionalism in Youth Ministry

Youth leaders, as a subset of human beings, are great at a lot of things. For example, they are great out-of-the-box thinkers, highly energetic, relational, and can survive on more pizza and Mountain Dew than anyone their age should. But, believe it or not, there is a growing trend in youth ministry that concerns youth…

Should You Brand Your Youth Ministry?

Branding youth ministries is not a new idea. Gone are the days of using a piece of clipart and a strange acronyms, like the phone tree and the disposable camera.  Youth ministry has evolved, and branding is something that is becoming more and more common.  The question has now become: “When is branding right for me?”…