“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 […]

“Three Lesson from ‘Over the Hill’ Youth Ministry”

There is a growing trend among youth workers. They are staying in youth ministry longer. They are choosing to continue on in youth ministry as a lifelong profession and calling. There is an increasing group of what some might consider “over the hill” youth workers still rocking it in youth ministry instead of rocking in […]

Big Group/Upfront Game: “Unicorn Spelling Bee”

SUPPLIES: 1/3 to a 1/2 of a pool noodle A bandana Index Cards 30-60 second egg timer or multi-media countdown clock GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: An upfront player, the “unicorn” using only their magical “horn” (pool noodle) tied to their heard, will have to try to spell out a word in the air, that their team […]

News U Can Use: “The Hoop App, the New Tinder for Teens?”

“Snapchat’s developer platform is blowing up as a gateway to teen social app users. Hoop is the latest Snap Kit blockbuster, rocketing to No. 2 on the overall App Store charts this month with its Tinder –esque swiping interface for discovering people and asking to message with them over Snapchat. Within a week of going […]

Top 10: “Things You Don’t Want to Hear…YOUR WORSHIP PASTOR SAY!?”

We’ve heard from the custodian, our wife, and even our senior pastor!  This week we are going to find out what TEN things you DON’T want to hear your Worship Pastor Say!?  10. And Now… Our Kazoo Ensemble.  9. What Are Your Thoughts on the Polka? 8. I am Think About Starting a Gregorian Chant Team! 7.  The Choir […]

“When Having ‘Cool Kids’ Became a Trap for Parents” (Mel Walker)

I’m a member of an exclusive club in that I’ve been a youth worker for approximately 45 years. I first started working with teenagers in the mid-1970’s and accepted my first position as a full-time youth pastor in 1976. This past Spring, I turned 65 years old, and I still am actively involved in local […]

Teaching Help/Object Lesson: “How’s Your Walk?”

Quick Lesson Illustration/Object Lesson On Your Christian Walk and Following Jesus.  Scripture Suggestions: – Micah 6:8 – John 12:35 – Gal. 5:16 – Eph. 5:1-3 – Col. 3:7 – I John 1:5-7 Illustration: – Dress Shoes: Your Christian Walk only comes out on Sunday, when you want to show off how spiritual you are.  You […]

Top 10: “Things You Don’t Want to Hear… YOUR SENIOR PASTOR SAY?”

Here it is another “Things You Don’t Want to Hear…” top 10 list!  I hope you have enjoyed the last couple of weeks! Look back to see our ones dedicated to our custodians and our wives!   Enjoy this week’s dedicated to our Senior Pastors!  10. “Do You Know Who Toliet Papered My Yard Last Night?”  […]

“Let’s Pre-Teens Ask the Tough Questions” (Robert Quinn)

Our preteen ministry falls under our youth ministry. Part of what I get to do is help with our youth ministry. We just did a series that was inspired by a junior boy asking a question. The question is not important, but what hit me was soon after I had similar questions asked by our […]