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WHO ARE THESE RESOURCES FOR?

There are so many things involved in leading a Youth Ministry. Finding and having the right tools and resources makes all the difference.

Finding those can take a lot of time. It takes time that you probably don’t have. I’ve spent a lot of hours and energy curating this list so that you don’t have to.

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GUIDE TO BACKPOCKET GAMES

Honestly, this may be one of the best resources I've had through the years.  It has saved me more times than I can count.  Those times when everything goes crazy, that parent is late, and the van or bus breaks down.

What is in this guide will help you fill the time, keep the kids from going crazy...and you too.  It really is hard to put into words how valuable this has been to me over the years.

Trust me...you need these in your back pocket (or on your smartphone...or tablet...or computer...or in your head).  You will be glad you did!

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MUST HAVES AND GO TO'S

Evernote

Ahh...how would my life function without Evernote.  Evernote is literally my digital brain.  I use Evernote for EVERYTHING.  The best part is the basic plan (which I've used forever) Is FREE!

With it I take notes in meetings, write blog posts, make to do lists, keep track of receipts, make reminders, and on and on and on... There are a ton of apps that sync with Evernote making even more productive than it already is.

If you haven't used Evernote you should.  A word of warning:  It needs to be an all or nothing approach or it will not be of must use...and it is addicting (in a good way of course).  And again, its FREE.

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Evernote Essentials

If you want to get the most out of Evernote and use it for all it is worth you need this resource.  It is worth every penny and more.  With it you will be up and running in no time and will be using Evernote like a pro today.

I cannot tell you how much this book will help you.  Even if you are an experienced Evernoter this book is worth a look.

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MAILCHIMP

I use Mailchimp as my email marketing solution for both The Longer Haul and our student ministry.  It makes it easy to manage multiple lists and create awesome looking emails.

Best of all the basic FREE package allows for 2,000 subscribers!  One of the best features with a service like this is the ability to check opens.

Remember that parents that said, "I didn't get that email!"  Well now you can be sure.  With the option of the free package, there really is no reason not to use this.  Thank me later.

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AUDIBLE

Audio books through Audible make it easier for me to "read" more books faster.  It is super convenient for me to listen on the go.

You can listen to the book at a much faster speed than you likely read (and probably comprehend more too) allowing you to zoom through books.  You can bookmark spots to come back to later as well.  Best of all, if you own the book on Kindle you get a bit of a price break for the Audible.com version as well..  They will also sync between them many times.

There is no contract required and you can suspend it at any time (like summer when life gets INSANE for youth workers).

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OTHER AWESOMENESS

XORBEE

Okay...this one is easily the coolest to make this list.  I LOVE Xorbees!  I mean, what's not to love about a 7ft giant bean bag (actually it's industrial foam)?

We love these so much we have one in the Youth Room and in the living room of MY house (my wife's idea even?!)!  They are NEVER empty either.  It is always piled full of students or my kiddos (or me).

Trust me on this, your "youth" need one (wink, wink).

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LOGOS BIBLE SOFTWARE

I cannot begin to tell you how much time this saves me each week as I prepare to teach and preach.  Logos is by far the best and most powerful Bible Software in existence.  With packages ranging in all price ranges it is a must have resource for you.

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BLUEHOST

I use Bluehost for hosting for a number of reasons and highly recommend it, especially for your first site.  It is incredibly easy to use, with 1-click Wordpress installation.

Bluehost has AMAZING customer service, and is also SUPER reliable.  When I was looking at hosting options, it was also the only hosting provider that I found that did not allow pornography sites.

If you are thinking of starting your own site or already have one and are thinking of switching your hosting provider, Bluehost is definitely the way to go.

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