Hint/Help: “Signs for Life: Finding God’s Will”

Do you ever have THAT moment?  You know the one, where you are driving down the road and you are completely lost.  You are desperately looking for a sign, any sign. Something to tell you what is coming up next and also some hint of where you are. I don’t know about you but I […]

At Home Family Game: “Feet Pictionary”

HERE IS A QUICK CLASSIC YOUTH MINISTRY GAME, THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH YOUR STUDENTS AND PARENT, FOR SOME AT-HOME FUN DURING OUR CURRENT “STAY AT HOME TIME”.  Supplies: – A large drawing pad or whiteboard – A Couple markers (dry erase if using whiteboard) – A Large Bandana Set-Up: – Divide the whole group […]

Top 10: “REAL Youth Group Prayer Requests”

PRAYER IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUTH MINISTRY.  WE NEED TO TEACH STUDENTS TO PRAY, OFTEN HOWEVER WHEN WE ASK FOR PRAYER REQUESTS, WE MIGHT GET SOME INTERESTING REQUESTS… ESPECIALLY FROM OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS!   HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE THE REAL MIDDLE SCHOOL ONES I HAVE HEARD OVER THE YEARS.  10. My lizard […]

“So You Want to Get Other Churches to Your Event?” (Jonny Radcliff)

You and your favorite youth leader have a historic epiphany around 10:30 pm while cleaning up aftergroup late one night. In the midst of the glow-in-the-dark slime, shattered glass, and confetti caked onto the wall, you both lock eyes and realize one thing: THIS WOULD BE AN AMAZING EVENT. The next day you jump into […]

Game: “Igloo Race” (Upfront Challenge)

SUPPLIES: A good amount of circle or square ice cubes 2 large bowls A table 60-seco4 egg timer or multimedia countdown clock GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: The player will have to build the biggest and best freestanding igloo using ice cubes. Before the Game: Fill 2 bowls with an equal amount of ice cubes. Place a table […]

News U Can Use: “Digital Dating Abuse Among Middle School & High School Students”

“With February being Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, new research is illuminating how this problem is manifesting online. “Digital dating abuse” as it has been termed, uses technology to repetitively harass a romantic partner with the intent to control, coerce, intimidate, annoy or threaten them. Given that youth in relationships today are constantly in touch […]

Top 10: There is Always That One Student…

THERE IS ALWAYS ONE STUDENT…. 10.  …that is waiting for a ride home 30 minutes after the event ends. 9.  …crying halfway through the middle school lock-in (*boy-getting hurt or girl- drama).  8. …. that read one book, one time, and now know all there is to know about a topic! 7. …. that is […]

“6 Proactive Tips for Middle School Ministry” (Kellen Roggenbuck)

I learned quickly when I started in middle school ministry that disruptions were par for the course.  Outbursts, fidgeting, non-sequiturs, and awkward smells were a normality.  It was like the moment we got into a groove with a lesson, someone would yell something, another would ask an unrelated question and through it all, the entire […]

Icebreaker: “The Chain Gang”

SUPPLIES: No Supplies Needed GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: Teams have to create a chain of players in order based on an announced assignment. Before the Game: Write down a few team assignments if needed (*suggestions below) Playing: Divide the group up into at least 2 teams, for a larger group you can divide the group into […]