Just Around The Corner

Well we are officially 9 days in to 2018 and as of today, January 9th, I’m 1 year older. I’ve been thinking a lot about what this year holds not only for my family but also for Fresh Ministry Consulting. As a team we have gotten together and dreamed and planned for where we want to go this year. Your going to see a renewed commitment to make sure there is new content on the site. Sydney and Michelle have some amazing ideas about how to equip volunteers and as always they are writing from a volunteers prospective. Matthew has some great ideas and I’m excited to see how he is going to contribute. I’ve also asked a few friends to join in and bring their expertise and experience into the conversation.

Our goal is to continue to ask the tough questions but not just for Pastors and Church Leadership but also for the volunteer and the front line worker in youth ministries all across the country. One of the way’s I’m going to be doing that is though our partnership with Youth Specialities. There will be more information coming soon but this partnership and projects are going to be the fulfillment of what I thought was an impossible dream, but God clearly had something different in mind. I’m excited and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

With all that said keep checking back, subscribe to the blog or follow us on Facebook. This is going to be a breakout year for Fresh Ministry and I hope and pray you come along for the ride.


Humans Vs Zombies

I received an opportunity to put a few game guides together for Youth Specialities. This one is Humans Vs Zombies. This is one of the best games we do every year. It’s super easy to play but can be a bit of work to set-up.

You can check out the original Youth Specialties post HERE. You are also welcome to download the full PDF.

IMPORTANT: This is not my creation. I originally got this from Youth Collection, you can see the original link HERE. All the graphics can be downloaded from there as well.

Enjoy – Jesse

Life-Sized Risk

I received an opportunity to put a few game guides together for Youth Specialities. This one is a LIFE-SIZEED game of RISK. This is a great team game and an excellent Small Group activity. It mimics the real board game but is much simpler to play. It can be played in any large or medium space and is super simple.

You can check out the original Youth Specialties post HERE. You are also welcome to download the full PDF.

Enjoy – Jesse

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada and I have so much to be thankful for in both my life and my ministry. So I just wanted to take a moment and thank some amazing people who have helped me get to and become the person I am.

THANK YOU Twyla: Almost 16 years ago an amazing person came into my life and chose to love me despite my perks and quirks. in 2003 we started a journey that would take us through LOTS of moves, adventures and our greatest journey being twin parents. There are so many moments along those 16 years that I doubted my ability, questioned my journey and wondered about my future. Through all of that Twyla has been my rock and partner in crime. Her support and love has never wavered and when I need her the most she  is always be there. Ready to tackle what ever challenge comes our way.

THANK YOU Ric: When I was 12 years old God brought Ric into my life. He pushed and pushed and pushed and when I final asked him why he cared so much he said “I love because Jesus loved me first and wants to love you today”. Those simple words change my life and God used Ric to transform my heart. I decided to go into ministry because i felt God calling me but also because I wanted to be like Ric. See I waned to give back to people what was given me and this October marks the start of my 18th year in Youth Ministry. That millstone is only possible because Ric chose to love and unlovable kid.

THANK YOU Students: In my office there is a box of student encouragement cards that now span almost two decades. Each cards contains a memory of a moment in time where God chose to cross my path with the path of a student. I don’t think I will ever know the extent of my impact on students, but their impact on my has literally shaped who I am today. God has used students time and time again to speak into my life. To challenge and encourage me. To push me to become better and reach a new levels. So much of what I do now and is a direct result of a lesson learned in the past. They say that the Youth Pastor makes the ministry. I think its more the Students make the Youth Pastor, and I will forever be grateful to every single student.

I am so thankful to the MANY pastors, teachers, friends, family, students, congregation Members and just random people that have each stop at some point in time to speak into my life. In many ways this is why I started Fresh Ministry Consulting. I wanted to honour those moments by doing what I could to give back to a new generation.

So with all my heart THANK YOU  

Jesse Criss

Fresh Ministry Consulting  

The Lock-In

A few months back there was a number of blog posts on some youth communities that called for the “END” of the LOCK-IN. I read all of the comments, I red the blog posts and I even jumped into the conversation a bit. However in the end I walked away with some strong feelings about what I was reading.

See I believe that the LOCK-IN is one of the best events we can throw as Youth Pastors/Leaders and Youth Specialties gave me the opportunity to express that belief. Check it out HERE

Like always if you have any questions shoot me an email and lets chat.

Blessings Jesse

Influence: Student Roles

A few weeks back I had an amazing opportunity to write a Blog Post for Youth Specialties. It was based on the idea that we need to harness the power of “Influential” students for leadership in our programs.

It was a fantastic opportunity and fits in with the work Fresh Ministry Consulting can do for you and your ministry. Take a look at the post and feel free to email me if you have any questions.


More To Come

Well it has been been a few months since Fresh Ministry Consulting launched and so far its been an exciting time. God’s been opening doors, bring people into the conversation and just laying down a foundation of good things to come.

Our content so far has been about “Transitions” and I encourage you to check out the guides/videos we have already made. However there are a lot of exciting things still to come. Our next series focus is coming in September and its called DNA. We are putting together a series of guides/videos that will help you get the foundations down for some of the key things we all do in Youth Ministry; events, retreat, calendar planning and worship. I’m also excited because we are partner with some amazing people to create that content.

Whenever I get a chance to talk to people about my hopes and dreams for Fresh Ministry Consulting, I’m told my eyes light up. I’m excited about the future and believe that God truly has something for all of us. As a team we are still working out the kinks and it’s going to take time. But I’ve never promised polish, perfection or even good grammar. My promise and commitment to you is this…


So if you need something let us know. You can email me HERE or go over to the Consulting tab and fill out the contact form.

Know I’m praying for you and Thank You for your support as we start this journey together