youth ministry infographics

Mobile Marketing [infographic]

Do you use a texting service for your youth ministry?  If you don’t, you need to check out how you can mass text students.  There are tons of services out there from groupme, remind101, simplytxt, and sms360marketing.

A year ago, I starting using a texting service, and the results were amazing.  I couldn’t believe that 100% of the messages were delivered.  That is alarming compared to the 20-30 percent who actually see facebook messages and posts from pages or groups. When it comes to social media, and staying connected, nothing beats texting.  It is king, and will continue to grow.  That is why facebook just purchased whatsapp.

Here is what stands out from this infographic called: Mobile Marketing.  

1.  75% of mobile users would like to get offers via sms.  What is SMS?  According to, “SMS stands for short message service. SMS is also often referred to as texting, sending text messages or text messaging. The service allows for short text messages to be sent from one cell phone to another cell phone or from the Web to another cell phone.”

People prefer to communicate this way.  The great thing is that they are likely to see the message because a lot of companies are not using this technology yet.

2. 83% want offers only twice a month.  We only text the students once a week.  That is our promise.  If you send out texts too much, you will see a drop in subscribers.  This took a few months to figure out, but now we know what the students want.

Do you use a texting service?  What service do you use?  Leave comment below.   

Mobile marketing infographic

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All About Sexting [infographic]

One of the most destructive and harmful thing that is happening today in teen culture is sexting.  We checked out an infographic  in March called, Snapchat explained. [infograhpic], and we are recommending that every youth worker and parent checks it out.

With the use of cellphones on the rise and different social media platforms like snapchat,, there is a risk to teenagers, and their families.  Here are a few things that standout, and are alarming about this infographic.

1. 48% of teenagers have received a sexually suggestive message.  So, that means ever second student has received an image, or text message.  The question isn’t if a student will receive a sexually suggestive message, its when.  This is where the conversation needs to start with parents.  We need partnership with parents to help navigate the student through a digital world.

2. 17% of teenagers are passing an image they received to someone else.  I don’t think teenagers are thinking about this one.   I know the students I work with aren’t thinking that they are distrusting child pornography, but they are.  This is a serious offence and could affect the teenagers life forever.  This is scary and alarming.  It shows how comfortable teenagers are online, and with their phone.  Students today are comfortable enough to save an image or distribute it.

3.  Parents are losing the online battle.  The numbers are always up and to the right for students in the digital world.  Parents need help, and because they weren’t raised in a digital world, they are having to adapt to it.  I would love to know on average how often does a parent use twitter, instgram, or facebook.  The parents I talk to, or send articles to, are so thankful.  These parents are so desperate for information, it is like feeding a starving lion.  They will consume any information that might help them with their child.  Parents need more info, and you are probably the one to share that link, email it, or even facebook it.


What stands out from this infographic?

All about sexting infographic

The Hyperconnected Teenager [infographic]

Here is our weekly infographic.  Do you feel over connected today?  The reality is that we are.  We are living in a hyperconnected culture.  Every teenager I work with has a smart phone with multiple social media apps.  They are constantly connected.  This can be a great thing, but it can also be a disaster.  This infographic looks at both sides.

Here are a few things that stood out:

1.  The risk of losing face to face communication.  I think this is one of the biggest threats today for our culture.  Social media is a tool that helps build on the face to face communicate, not replace it.  Teens today are replacing relationships for digital ones.  They are similar, but face to face communication is critical and crucial in a church/youth group setting.

2. 95% of teen have access to the internet, and 74% have access to internet through a mobile device.  Youth pastors need to be navigators of the digital world.  Bible schools need to start developing online marking courses for youth pastors to learn professional communicate techniques.  We need to be online, and we need to develop a online presence in your community.

What stands out to you from this infographic? Please leave a comment below.  

The Hyperconnected Life

The Secret Life of Your Teenager [infographic]

Here is the weekly infographic.  Do you know what the teenagers you are working with are looking at online?  I doubt it, and I doubt that a lot of the parents in your church know either.  This is a staggering infographic on the secret life of the online teenager from zone alarm.

Here are a few things that standout: 

1. 91% of teens say their parents trust them online, but 56% of teens say their parents don’t know what they do online.    I think we need to be bold and ask teens where they have been online.  If no one is going to ask them what they are looking at online, you could be the person in their life that has the relationship to ask those difficult questions.  From time to time, I will ask a student where they have been online in the last day.  I will ask for highs and lows.  A lot of times I will get pat answers, but sometimes I will get the truth.  We need accountability when it comes to where we go online.

2. 32% of girls have chatted with strangers online, and 24% of guys have chatted with strangers online.  This is a freaky stat.  That means 1/3 of the girls in our youth groups are chatting with strangers.  I think we need to talk about this when it comes to dating/relationships because online relationships are relationships.

How can we protect the students in our youth ministries from entering into dangerous relationships?  One way we can do this is to talk about who they friend online, and how it’s not a popularity contest.  We need to work with parents to help the student.  Parents need to know who their students are friending and chatting with online.

What stands out to you from this infographic? 


The Secret Life of the Online Teenager


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