Game of the Week: “Super Soaker Masterpiece” (FREE)

A fun, summertime up-front challenge!  Tapping into the creative side of your students will letting them shoot a water gun…WIN! Quick-easy-silly-creative fun! Great for all ages. Perfect for your summer cookout, picnics, and other events!  SUPPLIES: 2 super soaker-style water guns 2 Kool-Aid mix packets 2 easels 2 large white bed sheets or bath towels Egg […]

News U Can Use: “Increase in Social Media Use Ties to Rise in Teen Depression”

“(CNN) Spending too much time scrolling through social media and watching more television has been linked with symptoms of depression in young people — and a new study reveals to what extent screen time and depression may be intertwined. For every additional hour young people spend on social media or watching television, the severity of depressive […]

Top 10: Ways NOT to Let Your Church Know Your are Leaving?

I have just recently left a church and started at a new church. Over the years, I have heard of some crazy stories about how Pastors/Youth Pastors have quit or announced they are quitting and leaving their church.   Summer it seems is time of year, where churches and staff are parting ways.  I thought as a help and […]

“5 Ways to Value Your Middle Schoolers” (Scott Talley)

The Middle School Years are some of the most challenging years for those students within your ministry. Middle School students sometimes can have a bad reputation within our ministries. Throughout the years I have found the value in our sixth to eighth graders and here are five ways that you can value you Middle School […]

Game of the Week: “Steal the Water Balloon” (Free)

SUMMER IS FADING FAST, BUT IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SQUEEZE ONE MORE “WATER FUN” GAME DURING THIS LATER SUMMER HEAT WAVE!  HERE IS A QUICK LITTLE SIMPLE GAME THAT TAKE AN OLD CLASSIC TO A WET N WILD NEW LEVEL.  SUPPLIES: 30-40 water balloons 1 kiddie pool 4 cones GAME PLAY: Quick explanation:This […]

“Why You Should Involve Your Daughter in Your Ministry!”

I love being part of a new church where the staff children are loved and embraced. I love the fact that are kids are cherished. It is amazing for us to watch the adult sons of our Sr. Pastor, leading and living an example for the younger staff kids…  It is even more significant after […]

Top 10: Ran-Dumb Youth Ministry Summer Boredom Busters?

Summer time seems to have become a time for youth ministry and a many other ministries around the church to take a break? I have been talking to a variety of people in youth ministry around the country that are taking a “break” for the summer?  SO…I figured I would come up with a quick […]

Why We Choose to Lead Together as a Family

I recently did a podcast interview with my friend Jeremy Lee, from Ministry to Parents, for the D6 Ministry Podcast.  that he hosts. We talked about “Doing Ministry as a Family”.   Since the podcast was posted last week, I have received a mix reaction from people, many with questions.   I thought it might be helpful to offer a few thoughts in the […]

Partner/Team Game: “Hold the Line” (Free)

A Teachable Teamwork and Communication Partner Racing Game, Where A Little Bit of Tension is GOOD!!?  SUPPLIES: – 4 Long Pieces of Rope (10-12 feet long each) if you are playing 2 teams, more if you have a bigger group with more teams – 2 Large Buckets or Tubs – A wide variety of tennis […]

Top 10: “Awkward Moment As a Youth Pastor”

10.)…You say something in a lesson and realize it means 2 VERY different things!  9.) …You get caught slapping your wife’s butt at church!  8.)… You are in your office alone and fart, then immediately someone comes in!  7.)… You run into a student in public and completely forget their name!  6.)… You are at Walmart, […]