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The weekly, ready-to-go youth ministry. Lead a great youth group experience, simply. Try it now.

How it Works

Simply Youth Group lives up to its name—it’s an easy-to-use resource that captures students’ attention while fueling a deeper commitment to Jesus.

Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry

Based on a proven growth strategy called “inquiry-based learning,” Simply Youth Group engages teenagers with everyday topics and compelling stories, then builds bridges for them to get closer to Jesus.

Every week you get a new digitally-delivered program, each one connected to one of nine “essential questions” that matter most to teenagers. We never explore the same question twice in one month.

This resource maximizes your spiritual influence in students’ lives, and sets you up as the architect for a rich environment of growth.

Simply Youth Group addresses these 9 essential faith questions:

  • What's my purpose in life?
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • What is truth?
  • Is God real?
  • Is this all there is?
  • What is love?
  • Why do bad things happen?
  • Will everything by okay?
  • What is right and wrong?

Why it Works

We believe Simply Youth Group’s approach not only equips you as the leader, but also effectively engages teenagers in conversations and community while they grow closer to Jesus.

Jesus Centered

  • Every program includes Jesus-centered questions.
  • Scripture and prayer are foundational program elements.

Story

  • Compelling video clips of real people.
  • Featured stories in each program are relatable for teenagers.

Interactive

  • Strategic pauses in the program for discussion.
  • On-screen games and questions are designed to get them talking.

Questions

  • Programs are geared toward answering teens' 9 biggest questions.
  • Discussion questions throughout cultivate Jesus-centered conversations.

Fun

  • Lively on-screen games open every program.
  • They will be laughing and enjoying each others company in no time!

Works Seamlessly on Digital Devices

Simply prep and deliver each week's program from an elegant launchpad on your favorite device.

Electronic Devices

Pricing

Simply Youth Group is easy to lead and budget-sensitive.

Only $19.99 month-to-month

Try Simply Youth Group for FREE!

By clicking the free trial button you’ll receive 30 days of weekly, ready-to-go programs for a great youth group experience—all for FREE! You’ll be asked for credit card info, but will not be billed until your 30 day trial expires. At that time, you will be automatically enrolled in Simply Youth Group so that you can continue to receive these resources without missing a beat! Opt out of your subscription at any time if it doesn’t work for you.

Every week you’ll have full access to...

  • The current week’s program
  • The previous week’s program
  • A preview of the upcoming week
  • Leader training videos
  • Tech help videos
  • Downloads for a program
  • The player for running the program in your browser
  • Link to download the current program
  • PDF script for current program
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Simply Youth Group Team

Meet the awesome folks behind Simply Youth Group! This team gets you. Each one of them is currently serving in youth ministry in one way or another as small group leaders, camp bus drivers, or lock-in bouncers.

Rick Lawrence - Simply Youth Group Editor

Rick Lawrence

Editor

Brent Bromstrup - Simply Youth Group Program Director

Brent Bromstrup

Program Director

Matty McCage - Simply Youth Group Sales Support

Matty McCage

Sales Support

Jeff Storm - Simply Youth Group Art Director

Jeff Storm

Art Director

Getting Set-Up

Discover just how easy it is to set up and share Simply Youth Group. Our tech guru provides you with detailed equipment lists and video instructions on how to get connected.

What's in the box?
  • Apple TV
  • Power Cord
  • Remote
What's no in the box?
  • HDMI Cable
  • Cat5 Cable
  • Optical Audio Cable
Connecting

You need an HDMI Cable; you do not need an Optical Audio Cable. Optical Audio is a digital audio option, but since you are running video to your TV or Video Projection Unit (VPU), this will be done digitally through your HDMI cable.

If you are using Wi-Fi you will not need the Cat5 cable.

You do not need to spend more that $10-$20 on an HDMI cable. If you have time to wait on a package:

  • Go to amazon.com
  • Search HDMI
  • Find a standard HDMI (meaning not mini or micro) in a length you like
  • Buy it

If you do not have time to wait for a cable to come via mail, head out to a Target, Wal-Mart, or Best Buy.

The bad news...you will pay a little more.

The good news...You can speak to someone who will help you find what you need.

What You Need (depending on your device)
  • Lightning Digital AV Adapter – To HDMI
  • Lightning to VGA Adapter – To a Video Projection Unit (VPU)
  • Apple 30-pin Digital AV Adapter – To HDMI
  • Apple 30-pin to VGA Adapter – To VPU
  • HDMI Cable (if using either Digital AV Adapter)
  • VGA cable (if using either VGA Adapter)
  • 3.5mm Stereo Male to Male Cable (1/8th inch)**
  • Speakers**
  • An iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad
Connecting

You will need to know if you have an older iOS device with a 30-pin connector or a Newer iOS device with the Lightning adapter. If you are insure call Apple at 800-692-7753. (TIP: I prefer HDMI to TV because HDMI send video and audio, and I prefer VGA when sending to a VPU because most VPUs do not have good speakers so I use an external audio device**)

  • Connect the adapter of choice to iOS device (one listed above)
  • Connect appropriate cable (VGA or HDMI) to the adapter
  • Plug-in the cable to the appropriate TV or VPU port (ex. HDMI 1, HDMI 2 or VGA.)
  • Change the input on your TV or VPU to your iOS device (ex. HDMI 1, HDMI 2 or VGA.)
What You Need (depending on your device)
  • VGA adapter (Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter or Apple Mini DVI to VGA Adapter)
  • HDMI Port or HDMI Adapter
  • HDMI Cable (if using HDMI port or adapter)
  • VGA cable (if using either VGA Adapter)
  • 3.5mm Stereo Male to Male Cable (1/8th inch)**
  • Speakers**
  • Mac
Connecting

It is hard to pinpoint your specific needs with so many variables. Older Macs use different adapts than newer Macs. You will need to decide if you want to use HDMI or VGA. If you have questions about your Mac and what adapters your model needs call Apple at 800-692-7753.

If I have a choice I prefer HDMI to TV because HDMI sends video and audio giving a better TV experience. I prefer VGA when sending to a VPU because most VPUs do not have good speakers so I use an external audio device**.

  • Turn your TV or VPU on. If using a VPU wait for it to fully turn on
  • Plug-in the cable to the appropriate TV or VPU port (ex. HDMI 1, HDMI 2 or VGA.)
  • Connect appropriate cable (VGA or HDMI) to the port or adapter you will use on your Mac
  • Connect the adapter (if needed) to your Mac
  • Change the input on your TV or VPU to your Mac (ex. HDMI 1, HDMI 2 or VGA.)
  • Your TV or VPU should now be functioning as a second display

If your audio is not coming through your HDMI connection try switching out puts.

  • Go to Applications
  • Click System Preferences
  • Click Sound
  • Scroll down and choose your TV or HDMI under Type

If you are having screen resolution issues try adjusting your display

  • Go to Applications
  • Click System Preferences
  • Click Displays
  • Click Gather Windows (this will help you see the setting for your second display)
  • Adjust the optimizations until you find one that works best. (TIP: Remember what you chose for the next time you plug in)
What You Need (depending on your device)
  • HDMI Cable (if using HDMI port)
  • VGA cable (if using VGA port)
  • 3.5mm Stereo Male to Male Cable (1/8th inch)**
  • Speakers**
  • PC
Connecting

It is hard to pinpoint your specific needs with so many variables. Most PCs have a VGA port and many newer PC will have an HDMI port. You will need to decide if you have and want to use HDMI or VGA. If you have questions about your PC and what adapters your model needs call a local Best Buy or their customer service center at 888-237-8289.

If I have a choice I prefer HDMI to TV because HDMI sends video and audio giving a better TV experience. I prefer VGA when sending to a VPU because most VPUs do not have good speakers so I use an external audio device**.

  • Turn your TV or VPU on. If using a VPU wait for it to fully turn on
  • Plug-in the cable to the appropriate TV or VPU port (ex. HDMI 1, HDMI 2 or VGA.)
  • Connect appropriate cable (VGA or HDMI) to the port or adapter you will use on your PC
  • Connect the adapter (if needed) to your PC
  • Change the input on your TV or VPU to your PC (ex. HDMI 1, HDMI 2 or VGA.)
  • With turn your TV or VPU on first chances are yout PC will be auto discovered. If it is not look at your PC’s manual to see how to switch displays
  • Your TV or VPU should now be functioning as a second display

If your display is not filling the screen try changing the resolution on your PC. In Windows 8:

  • Right Click
  • Click Screen Resolution
  • Try different setting to see what is best
  • When you find on that works click keep changes
What's in the box?
  • Chromecast
  • USB Cable
  • USB Power Plug
  • HDMI Extension (for tight corners)
What's not in the box?
  • A Mac or PC to stream your web browser to your Chromecast
Connecting
  • Connect the USB cable to the Chromecast
  • Plug-in the Chromecast to a TV or VPU (Video Projection Unit) HDMI port (ex. HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc.)
  • Plug-in USB to a USB connection on your TV or VPU, if there is no USB use the USB power plug and connect to an outlet.
  • Change the input on your TV or VPU to your Chromecast (ex. HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc. selected above).

Contact Us

We are here to serve you. Call Matty or email him if you have any questions about Simply Youth Group.

Matty
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