A 2-Minute Resource Review: “Ministry Win” (by Scott Talley)

We all want to win!  In our culture, we all know for the most part what is defined as a “win”.  We play sports and video games and we look at the score to see if we won or lost.  We look around us and we know who is “winning at life” and who is […]

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 […]

Why Are You Hitting Yourself? (Dealing with Micro-Managing Leaders)

We all know the time-honored phrase and what accompanies it, “Why are you hitting yourself?”  It is repeated by older siblings, classmates, and others as they grab our hand, overpower us, and beat us silly.   While it may not happen physically to us, as we get older and stronger, it still does sometimes happens […]

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 […]

News U Can Use: “Gaming Company Join Forces Against Virtual Lootboxes”

“The three big console makers have just pledged to put an end to the “gambling” aspect of lootboxes, meaning the gaming industry might finally put this whole shady moneymaking operation behind us — and not a moment too soon. The Federal Trade Commission’s August workshop on lootboxes appears to have made some serious waves in […]

Ten Different Kinds of Youth Pastors/Directors/Leaders…

10. The Jock They are all about the game. Whether it is a sport, dodgeball, or something they just made up, it is on! They dress like your gym teacher and kind of act like them too. Lesson? Oh yeah we will hit that up at half time! 9. The Preacher Boy/Girl Straight out of […]

Why Kids Choose Sports Over Youth Ministry?

It is the that time of year again where we kick off our youth ministry year a few weeks behind all the end of summer sports practices and right around the same time as the all the regular fall sport season games.  We pour energy, time, and money into our new exciting youth ministry year, […]

Hint/Help: “Helping Us, Help You” (Parent Expectation)

Every fall, right before we kick off our youth ministry year. I started off with a couple things. I always seek to have a time of fellowship and training with all my leaders. This  is a time of connection, development but also to lay out what the expectations are for being a leader in our […]

“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 […]