You could win a 1 year access to SYM ‘Team’ Tool! Simply Youth Ministry have developed this brilliant resource to help with applications, background checks, and training (including videos by experienced in the trenches youth workers), in one simple-to-use online interface.

How can you win?  By Tuesday September 4th 2012, comment to this post and tell us the following: 

1) Are you full-time, part-time, volunteer. 2) What are the greatest training needs for you and your youth ministry team?

Check out the Team Tool promo video and the screen shot of the interface (below). 

19 Responses to BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY: 1 Year Access to SYM ‘TEAM’ TOOL

  1. Brent Lacy August 21, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    I am full time.

    The greatest need my volunteers have is realizing that they need training resources. I could see how Team could be a huge help in my situation.

  2. Jake Rasmussen August 21, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    I totally agree. Over the years working with youth leaders I have learned that many youth leaders are eager to get volunteers in place but then lack the resources to train them.

    WELCOME THE TEAM TOOL!!! This thing ROCKS at Training for sure.

  3. Billy August 21, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    I am a full-time youth pastor.

    Our greatest need is volunteers, with us competing with Awana’s it is hard to get people to come and hang out with the youth. I think if we had a better way of keeping in constant contact with them it would help them to see that we could really use them.

  4. Josh Fuentes August 21, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    I’m a full-time youth pastor

    I agree with with some have already mentioned: training resources. And I’m talking resources like improving teaching skills, group dynamics, relationship building, etc.

  5. Phil Bell August 21, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Josh, this tool is awesome since it gives a load of short training videos made by ‘in the trenches’ experienced youth workers. They are short and engaging and capture great wisdom for your volunteers in just a few minutes. The tool also helps you stay connected with your volunteers better and raise the bar of professionalism within your team!

    Phil <

    • Jake Rasmussen August 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

      Phil is 100% correct, and even going a step further and addressing the common challenge, which Billy mentioned, is a constant system in place to find great youth workers.
      With the “Team” TOOL it helps you do three things and three things really well:

      1) Recruits. You setup a custom, outward facing ministry recruiting page with the URL of

      This allows people to show interest and learn about service in your ministry area.

      2) Screening. We have background check integration, if you want to use it (you don’t have to), and sweet step by step process in place for you to approve a new volunteer.

      3) TRAINING!!! On-Demand, Online, HD video training. 3-5 min each video to train your youth workers! You can also upload an unlimited about of training to your account and assign ALL training to volunteers and then also see when they have watched it.

      There is more, but that is the 15,000 foot level of things.

      I am so honored to serve you. If you have questions just hit me up.

      -Jake Rasmussen

  6. Jason Lamb August 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    I am full time.

    My greatest need in training is something video based and short in length that would allow our volunteer leaders to get the training they need, when they have time for it.

  7. Rebecca Brainerd August 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    I am a full time youth pastor.

    My team’s biggest need when it comes to training is learning what it means to be intentional in their time with students. I have a handful of volunteers who love the kids, but most the time they seem like they’re just chaperoning instead of discipling. They all work full-time so getting together for staff training is incredibly difficult.

  8. Seth August 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    I am Full Time!

    I have a hard time getting all of our volunteers together for a meeting where we can sit down and talk and make sure everyone gets the information if they are not there.

  9. Scott Tinman August 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I am full time

    Have used the SYM TOOLS and would love to be able to add this to help with my youth budget…training videos + recruiting tools…this would rock!

  10. James Elwood Simpkins August 22, 2012 at 9:28 am #


    Budget, Staff, Curriculum! What’s that?
    Seriously, it’s very hard being a full time volunteer youth pastor, with no budget, and lead students hold staff meetings and prepare curriculum. (It takes Passion) As youth workers, the list goes on, and on, and on. These type of tools wounldn’t just help but appear to be ministry changing.

  11. Phil Bell August 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    James, thanks for being such a passionate volunteer. If you don’t win, check-in with Jake at SYM. I am sure he could cut you a great deal!

  12. pjones August 28, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    i’m a volumteer,
    right now my greatest need is to learn how to get parents involved with the program, most of the parents in our group will not even join in on any of the special programs or dinners we have. i even have trouble getting paperwork back that i send home with the kids. Also, fromthe conversations i have with the kids i kind of get the idea that it is the kids raising the parents instead of the other way around. How do i get parents more involved in the youth program or even get them to come to church once i a while?

  13. Phil Bell August 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    pjones, thanks for your question! What is your ministry context? I think Leneita would be great in responding to your question. She is an expert in urban ministry and has worked with many disconnected parents and teenagers. I’ll let her know to add a comment.

    Phil <

  14. Josh Robinson August 30, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    I’m full-time.

    We need a consistent resource to help us train leaders and help them to be effective in caring for students. Along with that but finding ways to connect the adult leaders with the students parents.

  15. Bill Nance September 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I am Part Time.

    As a youth worker at a small church with a small team and no budget, we just need tools to help us do a more efficient job. Most of my team is just starting catch fire with the passion and excitement of the possibilities, so I want to help fuel that fire.

  16. Blair Benefield September 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    I am full-time and have only been at my church for 2 months. I have 50+ leaders that are mostly college students. They don’t have a lot of time and aren’t really into being lectured one more time throughout the week. If I have this TOOL, it would give them the freedom to get training on their own time (usually after midnight). It would also give them the information they need to be the most effective leaders they can be.

  17. Kyle September 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    1.) Full time.

    2.) My leaders need quality training. They have the right heart and the right vision, they just have to be trained in order to go to the next level.

  18. Isaac Denton September 4, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    I am a full-time youth pastor. I would say the greatest needs for training are less time consuming and more effective ways in which to go after what we are doing. Our youth group is small and our leaders are committed to a lot of things so they need well equipped in a short time which this tool could help with.

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