Top 10: Scary Halloween Costumes for Youth Pastors?

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SCARY TO WEAR THIS HALLOWEEN TO SCARE FELLOW YOUTH PASTORS?  HERE ARE 10 OF SCARIEST WAYS YOU COULD DRESS UP…  10. An Old 15 Passenger Church Van (Packed for a Long Trip)  9.  An Angry or Offended Youth Group Parent (#Triggered!)  8.  A Middle School Boy Drinking a Monster (run away…run away)  […]

Hint/Help: 15 Appropriate Halloween/Fall Movies? (Movie Nights)

Here is a list I have posted in the past and was recently asked about again, so I decided to repost it with a few updates here on the new site.  Obviously this is still a bit of delicate topic with “Halloween” parties vs. “Fall/Harvest” parties so please do not be offended. Here are a few […]

Hint/Help: “How’s Your Walk?” (Object Lesson/Illustration)

Quick Lesson Illustration 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 are […]

Game of the Week: “Slim Jim Shish-Kabob” (Up Front Challenge)

A quick cheap up front challenge.  The idea is simple, Using a Slim Jim “Giant Stick” shish-kabob as many FunYuns as you can in a minute! Supplies: -2 Slim Jim Giant Sticks -2 Snack size bags of FunYuns -2 Plates Set Up:  Sort through your bags of FunYuns, find only complete, unbroken rings, and place […]

“Un-blurring the Lines” (appropriate relationship with students)

I read another story this morning of a former youth leader caught and arrested for an inappropriate relationship with a student.   My heart breaks every time I read one of these stories. The evening news, newspapers, and internet seems like a running weekly ticker update on the latest teacher, coach and yes,” youth pastors” […]

Game: “Piggy-Back Polo” (Big Group)

Here is another wild and fun game that my groups have loved.  It just a quick twist on a classic youth group game, that will be sure to create some memories and laughs! It is called…PIGGYBACK POLO Supplies: – Hockey Sticks- enough for 1 per every 2 players – Street Hockey Ball or Any Small […]

Bonus Top 10: “Youth Group Games I Will Never Play Again”

WE ALL HAVE THOSE MOMENTS.  MAYBE IT IS THE LACK OF SLEEP OR OVER CAFFIENATED BRAIN SYNDROME, BUT YOU DECIDE TO PLAY A GAME THAT YOU THINK WILL BE AMAZING, BUT IT IS NOT!!  HERE ARE 10 GAMES I HAVE PLAYED IN REAL-LIFE OVER 25 YEARS AND I WILL NEVER PLAY AGAIN…MAYBE…YEAH PROBALLY NOT?  10. Smear the Christian? (must like […]

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: “You Might Be an Over-Protective Youth Group Parents”

I will not tell you which at least 6 of the 10  are real and which ones I made up?!!  You will just have to guess.  (*Hint: Truth is Stranger Than Fiction.) Feel free to use this at your next parent meeting or parent counseling session…maybe even your own personal therapy session! YOU MIGHT BE AN […]

Big Group Game: “TOE-Tilla TOE-Down” (Free)

It is Mexican Stand-Off… A Tortilla…Showdown!  You might even call it a “Toe-Tilla Toe-Down! A perfect game for your next Mexican-themed taco night!   SUPPLIES: Taco size soft tortillas, enough for every student GAME PLAY: Quick explanation: Players will have balance a tortilla on the toe of their shoe, while hopping on one foot and their hands behind […]