“5 Thoughts on Kick Off & What is Next” (Jay Reynolds)

Explosions, Confetti Cannons and Slime!  It is kickoff season and we should start the school year off with a BANG, so much noise that makes a sound louder than a school bell. Whatever your programming looks like during the summer, the MUCH anticipated beginning of the school year is upon us. It’s the calendar killer […]

Back to School Game: “School Rulz” (Screen Game)

Just in time for the back to school season comes….SCHOOL RULZ!   Perfect for your fall kick-off night or the first meeting of the new fall ministry year!  Get to know how smart your student really are by using this interactive game where you get to test their knowledge of actual school rules!  A 10 Challenge Game, with […]

2 Minute Resource Review: “A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry” (Michael McGarry)

Disclaimer/Apology: I graciously received this book directly from the publisher before it even was available to buy.  Unfortunately I was in the midst of a surprise ministry transition, and was not able to sit down to completely read this book until recently.  I have carried this book in my backpack almost every day since I received […]

Top 10: REAL Reason for Being a Youth Ministry Volunteer?

I just wrapped up an amazing time over the last 2 weeks hanging out with and training a new team of volunteers at my new church.  I am so excited to hear the hearts of the team and why they are seeking to serve students   Over year, however, I have heard a wide variety […]

NEW Back to School Game: “Tray’D You!?”

It is Back to School Time again and that means back to those amazing school cafeteria lunches!? In this hilarious BACK TO SCHOOL game, we’ve compiled snapshots of school AND prison lunches and your group to see if they can guess which lunch belongs to the school and which one belongs in the prison cafeteria! […]

News U Can Use: “The High Cost of Kid’s Sports”

If you want to define a “super kid,” look no further than Marcy Barnett’s 7-year-old son, Malachi. During the summer in Washington, D.C., he participates in just about every recreational sport: basketball, soccer, flag football, sailing, tennis, swimming and golf. He also has tried ice hockey, pingpong and pole vaulting. Anyone else tired after just […]

Top 10: “New ‘PreachersNSneakers’ Wannabe Accounts?”

10. DeaconsNDockers: Following the fashionable board members of local churches across the country. Featuring the best in golf polos and double pleat khakis. 9.  MissionariesNMuumuus: For the fashion forward faithful servants around the globe, those dedicated men and women living the in the lap of luxury in 3rd world countries! 8. PreachersNPrivatejets: Not do be outdone by the “MissionariesNMuumuus” […]

Top 10: Reasons You Need to Take a Vacation This Summer

10. Your Spouse Needs IT!  (read into that however you like..) 9.  Your Kids Haven’t Seen You In Awhile. (If there is a picture of you on the fridge, just so they won’t forget what you look like during Camp, Mission Trips, and Summer Conferences…) 8. You Need a Tan. (the whole pasty white legs thing is really grossing everyone out, […]

“Middle Years Ministry Soul Care” (Caroline Smallwood)

A temptation in ministry is to go without stopping, give without receiving and work without ceasing. Although this usually comes from a good heart, it does not reflect Jesus’ ministry while on earth. When Jesus fed the 5,000 He gave more than He had to offer, but, immediately afterward He sent his disciples away so […]

Group Game: “Shaving Cream Baseball” (FREE)

Looking for a quick simple summer time twist on the classic whiffle ball game, consider adding some shaving cream for a super fun and messy game.  A few dollars for a whiffle ball, bat, and some shaving cream you have instagram-worthy fun night this summer!   A favorite around my ministries for years and we […]