Staying Connected During the Summer (Chris Hargrove)

The school year has come to a close and the summer is here. For many, this is a break from work, school, and other things, but for those of us in ministry, we are gearing up for a whole new season and schedule. On top of all the responsibilities that come during the school year […]

Summer Game: “Sloppy Snorkel Flip-N-Sip”

SUPPLIES: 2 Snorkels 2 Snorkel Masks 2 Sets of Flippers 2 Large pitchers 2 two liters of soda or some other beverage A table Egg timer or multi-media countdown clock GAME PLAY: Quick explanation:Player will race to a pitcher of beverage, sip as much of the beverage as they can through a snorkel. Before the […]

Top 10: REAL Reasons Why My Child Can’t Go On the Trip?

I just left with my group for summer camp! Are you getting ready for your big summer trip or did you just get back?   Who didn’t end up going?  There is always at least one or two, last minute drop out.  What was their reason? Most of the time they are normal reasons for why kids […]

Tackling Tough Transitions (Kevin Libick)

Its transition time around my, church and everyone is moving up into their new ministries. We often talk about helping students navigate transitions in ministry, but where is the seminar to help youth workers navigate the transitions themselves? I think one of the main reasons youth workers don’t last in ministry is they have a […]

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. […]

Top 10: “Daddy Always Said… (Youth Ministry Lessons)

Father Knows Best… Go Ask Your Father…  Fatherly Wisdom…  In Honor of Father’s Day (yesterday) Here Are 10 things “Daddy Always Said…” Growing Up, that May Also Still Apply In Your Youth Ministry Life?    10. “Walk It Off….“- Sometimes in ministry you are going to get hurt and you might just need to walk away before you […]

6 Tips for Planning Your Youth Night (Todd Jones)

Ready or not here it comes. Youth group is going to happen weekly no matter what, and it is your job to have something awesome planned and ready to go! But let’s be honest, that can be the hardest part! Planning can be extremely difficult: coming up with new games each week, making sure your […]

Father’s Day Game Collection (for DYM)

Father’s day is almost here and we are offering up not just one but THREE Father’s Day games to choose from, create for “Download Youth Ministry”! Each of these fun games can quickly and easily be used for Father’s Day Sunday morning or for weekday youth gathers the week leading up to or after the […]

2 Minute Resource Review: “If…What If” Family Devotional (Myles)

Over the last 6 months, my 11 year old-6th grade son, Kaleb and I have been using the devotional book If…What If? by the Tony and Daniel Myles.  Because it is a devotional book written by Tony (dad) and his son teenage son (Daniel), it held immediate attraction for my son!  He was excited to use a devotional […]

Top 10: “REAL Things I Have Seen Adults Doing in Church Services”

Sometimes people come and complain to me about my students being distracting in church or doing something other than listening to the sermon. Well to be fair, here is a couple REAL things that distract me, that I have REALLY seen adults doing in church.  10. Playing Angry Birds (or other games on your phone…”words […]