“Don’t Walk This Tightrope Alone?” (The Nets of Youth Ministry)

Would you ever venture out on a tightrope without a safety net below? If you would, you are a braver person than me! I like my safety nets and for that fact my legs and face intact!    Isn’t that sort of what we do in youth ministry.  We put ourselves on a tight rope, up high in […]

National Oreo Day Game: “Oreo Twisted Trivia”

NATIONAL OREO DAY, MARCH 6TH IS COMING UP, NEXT WEEK! ARE YOU READY?  A twisted and fun trivia screen game about America’s favorite cookie OREOS!! This is the perfect anytime game to be played as small groups/teams, as individuals, or even an up-front face-to-face challenge. Find out how much your students really know about this […]

Ten Quick Real-Life, In-the-Trenches Youth Ministry Hints

10. Never Buy More than a Couple Extra T-shirts Than You Have Kids and Leaders. (the leftovers will haunt you for years) 9. Never Pre-Buy Tickets for Events, Before You Know Who is Going. (you will lose money every time, pre-sign up & pre-pay always) 8.  Always Bring a Fully Stocked First Aid Kit with You. […]

Top 10: “Discipleship Is and Is Not….”

10. Discipleship IS Small Groups. It is NOT Cliques. 9. Discipleship IS faith involvement. It is NOT faith information. 8. Discipleship IS a guide on the side. It is NOT a sage on the stage. 7. Discipleship IS an invitation to come and see. It is NOT an invitation to look at me. 6. Discipleship […]

Youth Ministry Game of the Week: “Oh Captain, My Captain!”

Oh, Captain, My Captain is a quick silly trivia game to test how well you know your “captains”?   Is it Captain Hook or Captain Crunch?   Can your students tell the differences and do they know the names of these famous American Pop Culture Captains? Come on Captain Obvious, aren’t these all obvious??  Maybe […]

Hints/Help: “Make EVERY Youth Ministry Night Special”

Tired of the weekly question from your parents and students- “Is there anything special happening this week?” Now you can answer honestly…” EVERY WEEK IS SPECIAL!!” by actually making every week special, unique and fun. It is really not that hard or expensive.  Below are all REAL “in-the-trenches” Youth Ministry Nights I have done or I am doing! Here […]

Top 10: Youth Ministry “Sacred Cows”?

10. We still feed kids junk food, even though we know it’s bad for them—Our body is the “Temple of the Holy Spirit,” except at youth events. 9. The churches that worry more about the Jones memorial carpet, couch, or…. The youth room pipe organ, than students.- The one thing that Grandma Jones left behind […]

Bonus Valentines Game: “Pin the Pucker” (FREE)

Another quick silly up-front challenge that is sure to bring a whole lot of laughs! Perfect for a series on Love, Relationships, Dating, Purity, or just a fun upfront game for this Sunday… VALENTINE’S DAY!  SUPPLIES: – Printer labels – Red marker (or red lipstick) – 3 blindfolds/bandanas – 1 stool GAMEPLAY:  Quick explanation: A fun twist […]

February Lesson Series: “GPS: God’s Perfect Scripture”

A NEW 3-Week Series about the Bible! Each lesson challenges students to understand, study and apply God’s word in their own personal lives.  Lessons: – “Why Should I Follow God’s Perfect Scriptures?” – “How to Follow God’s Perfect Scriptures?” –  Taking a Personal Trip?”  Included: – Title Slide – 3 Sets of Slides (JPG Format), easily […]

Free Game of the Week: “Heartbreakers” (Valentine’s Icebreaker)

A Quick Simple Silly Game To Get Your Night Started Around Valentine’s Day! Supplies: · Red construction paper · Scissors · Optional: Pre-made valentines paper hearts or valentine’s cards Game Play: Quick explanation: Players will work to find other players with pieces of the same “broken heart” and “heal the broken heart” Before the Game: […]