The Missing Hole in the Middle of Ministering to the Whole Student?

“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “(Luke 10:27) We obviously work to minister to the spiritual side of our students. We even make efforts to build into their emotional and […]

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: Things That New Youth Workers Need to Learn.

10. Learn that “it” will get better…no matter what  “it” is or what is going on…trust me! 9. Learn To Laugh..you are going to make mistakes, thing are going to happen sometimes you just have to see the humor in life and ministry! 8. Learn to say “No!”, it will come in handy in A […]

Hint/Help: “There is a New Sheriff in Town!?” (Starting Well in a New Ministry)

You know the scene.  The outlaw in the black hat walking down the dusty street, then out steps the guy in the white hat. He announces, “I am the new sheriff in town”, with his hand resting on the handle of his six-shooter. It is a scene that plays in my head when I step […]

Father’s Day Game Collection (for Download Youth Ministry)

Father’s day is almost here and we are offering up not just one but THREE Father’s Day games to choose from, create for “Download Youth Ministry”! Each of these fun games can quickly and easily be used for Father’s Day Sunday morning or for weekday youth gathers the week leading up to or after the […]

Ministry to Parents Featured Post: “The Top Three Mistakes Small Group Leaders Make”

“Small group ministry is an integral part of church life today. In the pre-pandemic world, small groups met on-site as part of the usual ministry programming time, as well as off-site in private homes or even local coffee shops. Currently, they meet online via Zoom or Facetime.  As the ministry leader works to establish their […]

Engaging Middle School Students in Small Groups

She was awkwardly staring me down, like only a middle school girl with a little too much attitude could. We had dismissed into small groups a while ago. I had asked her a simple question, “Why aren’t you in your small group?” She rolled her eyes, explaining she didn’t want to go to small group […]

Game of the Week: “Summer Bummer” (Screen Game)

Summer is finally here, but you better watch out for these SUMMER BUMMERS!  The crazy things that could totally ruin your summer!   Perfect for your end of the school year event or summer kick-offs.  Maybe a time filler or killer at summer camp or just a rained out event! A 10 Challenge Game, with […]

Top 10: Christ-Centered Youth Ministry or Student-Center Youth Ministry

Like many homes where adults choose to make the children the center of attention and decision making, there are ALSO many youth ministries and churches that are doing the SAME thing.   Like homes that are consumed with making sure children are not bored or unhappy, we as youth ministries may also be unknowingly doing the […]