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, […]

Game of the Week: “Memory-ial Daze!”

This is crazy, patriotic-themed MEMORY challenge.  Can be played as an individual, partners, small group or even as an upfront face-off challenge. Perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, or any time you want to use it! A 10 Challenge Game, with 1 Bonus Tiebreaker! Includes: – 2 Powerpoint Presentations (editable and flat […]

“Why You Should Take Your Middle Years Students To Camp!”

In the era of summer mission trips to exotic places and high energy, huge conferences at the beach, is there still a place for summer camp?  Has the whole summer camp-thing seen its day?  Here are 10 Quick Thoughts, on WHY YOU SHOULD STILL TAKE YOUR MIDDLE YEARS (5th-9th Grader) STUDENTS TO CAMP?  10. Freedom to […]

“Down and Out in Youth Ministry” (Kellen Roggenbuck)

As a youth ministry coach, I have been receiving dozens of emails and calls revolving around the same issue and it’s important to talk about it as a community. Right now, and I know you are tired of hearing it, we are still in “unprecedented times.”  Many schools and church groups are still meeting virtually, […]

Game of the Week: “Celebrity Prom!”

YOU WANNA DANCE? Work up the courage and ask a special friend to come up to join you.  It is time to go toe-to-toe to see if they can guess the celebrity before you can!  The winner continues on, the loser has a seat. Who will be crowned the King or Queen of “CELEBRITY PROM”!? […]

Building Next Level Leadership Teams

We all want long-term, invested volunteer leaders in our ministries. We want to build a connected and cohesive team, willing to follow us.  I have people ask me all the time how I get to a point where I actually have a waiting list of folks who are willing to be a part of my volunteer teams. […]

Bus Games for Youth Group Trips (Free)

10. “Statue Charades”– 2 teams divided up by sides. One person comes to the front of the bus and is given something that they have to get their team to guess by simply “striking a pose”. 9. “Seated Relay Races”– Classic “stand in a line” relay races just seated. Like: “Over Under”- hand something back […]

Top 10: “Mama Always Said…” (youth ministry lessons?)

In honor of Mother’s Day, yesterday.  Here is a Special Top 10 List Dedicated to Moms and the Things They Teach Us… EVEN ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRY!?  10. Share Your Toys!- If you have a great idea or great resource share it with other people in youth ministry! 9. Clean Out Your Ears!- Stop talking sometimes […]