Top 10: Things That MIGHT Have to Change in Youth Ministry After the Quarantine?

10. How We Do Food? We MIGHT have to rethink big bowls of snacks, where students stick their dirty hands in to grab a handful of chips.  We may even have to think about how we serve pizza and other items.  Most importantly, we MIGHT need to put some food safety & health guidelines, similar […]

“Welcome To Our House: Engaging Gen Z”

The shift has finally happened.  It has taken the church and youth ministry 10+ years to catch up to what the world, marketing, and research has been talking about, Generation Z.  This is a marked improvement to the previous turnaround time for the church when it came to Generation X and Millennials.  Thanks, in great part to […]

Top 10: “Things to Understand About Generation Z”

THERE IS A SHIFT THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN, ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. WE NEED TO STOP TALKING ABOUT, OBSESSING ABOUT AND SHAPING OUR YOUTH MINISTRIES AROUND MILLENNIALS. ESPECIALLY THOSE OF US WORKING WITH STUDENTS IN THE “MIDDLE YEARS”. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT GENERATION Z. 10. Generation Z Students are More Realistic and Understand that Opportunities are […]

FREE Game Collection: “Five ‘Steal the Bacon’ Variations”

A Classic Game With Some SIZZLING and Silly New Youth Group Twists!  Perfect, Low-prep/No-prep Game for normal nights, events, or camp/retreats!  STEAL THE LEADER (or 6th Grader): Teams line up on either side of the playing area (gym, room, field..). A leaders or a 6th grader, (one person for each team) is placed in the center. […]

Free/Cheap Event Idea: “The Great Pizza Taste-Off”

WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN TOWN?  WHO IS THE ABSOLUTELY BEST PIZZA STYLE, SAUCE, FAVOR?  WHICH PLACE IN TOWN IS YOUR GROUP’S FAVORITE?  WHOEVER IS WILLING TO GIVE YOU THE BEST DEAL OR THE ONE THAT IS ACTUALLY THE BEST?  THERE IS A WAY TO FIND OUT AND HAVE A FREE EVENT NIGHT… “THE […]

Top 10: Reasons Why Sr. Saints Love Online Church?

10. No One is Stealing THEIR Seat! 9. They Don’t Have to See the Youth Pastor’s New Skinny Jeans! 8. The Room is Always the Perfect Temperature! 7. You Can Doze Off At Any Point, Snore Loudly and Your Wife Doesn’t Have to Elbow You Awake! 6. No Problem Find a Parking Spot! 5. Two […]

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 […]