Announcing “Group Magazine Live!”

Youth Ministry NewsA little bit of youth ministry news for you guys today.

Group Magazine Live

Group Magazine is launching the first show for their publication later next month! Although Doug Fields left SYM earlier this month and is transitioning to Youth Specialties and the home base for his podcast is largely transferring to Doug’s website, Group Magazine Live is something different. It is not a replacement for that podcast (that will be coming later), it is simply a new show in addition to what will be replacing the SYM Podcast that Doug used to host.

Group Magazine Live will be a topical, live podcast-type show and it will be hosted every two months coinciding with the current physical magazine issue.

The first show is on Thursday, July 21, 2011, at 9:00am MST at their normal live streaming site, The topic will be about sexual sin featuring Craig Gross of, Jeffery Wallace (author of, “Urban Youth Ministry Start to Finish”), Rick Lawrence as the host, Toby Rowe as the co-host, and a female to be announced. Together they’ll expand on the topic of sexual sin in church, youth ministry, pastoral positions, and everyday life.

The format will be somewhat familiar, except that it will be intentional about inviting live interaction and Q&A from viewers, which will be fun.

QUESTION: What do you think of the concept for this new show? Think it’ll be engaging and successful? Think Group should consider a different strategy for facilitating interaction and engagement with the magazine’s content?

New LIVE Curriculum Features

New Product - Live Curriculum - Doug Fields' 4-YeaOn a side note, Simply also has a new website for their LIVE curriculum that features new plans, more help videos, new features like print on demand, new contributors that include Andy Blanks of YM360 and Doug Franklin of LeaderTreks, and a lot more.

[ Full Disclosure: The ad to the right does not link to the new website, but will kick some commission to me if you choose to use it and purchase the curriculum. ]

Some SYMC Speakers Announced

And lastly, the Simply Youth Ministry Conference team has worked like crazy to get the conference’s website live way earlier than last year. Check it out if you’re interested in the latest news, speakers who are coming on board, seminars that will be offered, and more.

In the meantime, the place and date are set: March 2-5, 2012, at The Galt House in Louisville, KY.

Presenters who are already on board are ME! (yay) along with Francis Chan, Jon Acuff, Derwin Gray, The Skit Guys, Shane & Shane, Kurt Johnston Josh Griffin, Jake Rutenbar, Rick Lawrence, and others, but you should really just come so you and I can meet and talk. ;)

[ Full Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Simply Youth Ministry gave me the opportunity to announce these things before they did, so I opted to do so. ]

Posted on June 28, 2011

  • gumbystation

    Thanks for the update! I hated the move but am excited to see what comes next!

    • Hated the move? That's pretty strong. What did you hate about it?

  • I like the idea in theory, but with live call-in type stuff, it's rarely at the top of my list because it's at a scheduled time. I'm more apt (such as with the LISM podcast) to simply grab the podcast for my iPhone to listen while I'm mowing the lawn or driving if there's a topic that I want to hear about. So, if they have great guests each episode like Craig Gross, I'm sure I'll download the episodes to listen at a later time.

    I feel like a fossil at the age of 30, because I really wish print publications could make it as only print publications (financially speaking). I'm sure that this venture will be well done because it's Group. However, one of the benefits of YM journals and magazines is to provide some deeper thinking on issues surrounding youth ministry, something that's tough to do in a blog post or a podcast. Unfortunately, the market for that kind of stuff is comparably small, and it's tough times for pretty much all print publications.

    The lineup for SYMC 2012 looks amazing. Wish I could be there, but probably will be 2013 or 2014 before we can go again.

    • Yeah, I don't do many live events online either. I usually jump in one if I see a tweet come across, it looks interesting, and I'm in front of the computer anyway, but I rarely schedule one in unless it's Dare 2 Share's Evangephobia or something.

      Hope to see you again at SYMC 2013!

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