Love the Games, Love the Players! (creating & running games)

“I hate games—organizing, running and trying to get my kids to play them.”  How many times have you said or thought something similar? On the list of priorities, game playing often does not rank high. You have precious little time with students. Why use it up on games?  Here is why. Middle Years Students still enjoy, need and […]

Icebreaker/Game: “Palm Readers”

HERE IS A QUICK EASY GAME WITH MINIMAL SUPPLIES AND PRE-GAME PREP!  PERFECT FOR AN ICEBREAKER, MIXER, OR SOME GOOD OLD TEAM-BUILDING FUN!  SUPPLIES: • Washable Markers GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: Students will work together to spell words based on letters written on their palms. Before the Game: • Before the game starts, write a letter of […]

Top 10: REAL Summer Mission Trip Moments from Over the Years

10. Coming Out in the Morning to Find That the Church Bus Has Been”Tagged”. 9. Girl Yelling “Hey I Found a Bag of Oregano!” While Doing a Street Clean up. 8. Pulling Up to a Ministry Project Location To Find an SUV Engulfed in Flames in the Street. 7. Having a Very Nice Man in […]

Ministry at the Crossroads of Culture and Creativity

Have you ever pulled up to a busy crossroad or stoplight to find that something has happened?  Maybe the power has gone out or there has been an accident? People are coming and going from every direction, but in the middle of all of it is stands someone redirecting and pointing people where they need to […]

Summer Game: “Sloppy Snorkel Flip-N-Sip”

SUPPLIES: 2 Snorkels 2 Snorkel Masks 2 Sets of Flippers 2 Large pitchers 2 two liters of soda or some other beverage A table Egg timer or multi-media countdown clock GAME PLAY: Quick explanation:Player will race to a pitcher of beverage, sip as much of the beverage as they can through a snorkel. Before the […]

Top 10: MORE Worship Clappers! (Part 2…The Clap Back!)

10. THE BACKHAND: one hand clapping on the back of the opposite hand. 9. THE BULLETIN BILLY CLUB:  one hand open palm and a bulletin clapping. | 8. THE KNOCK KNOCK:  one hand fist knocking on the chair or pew in front of the them 7. THE SQUARE DANCE (AKA: Holy Hoedown):  left palm up […]

The Difference Between Middle Years and High School Years

THE MIDDLE YEARS ARE NOT A TIME FOR ‘DRESSED UP’ CHILDREN’S MINISTRY OR ‘DUMBED DOWN’ HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY.IT IS NOT A TIME TO ‘WAIT & SEE’ OR ‘HOLD ON UNTIL YOU GET OLDER’ MIDDLE YEARS STUDENTS NEED A ‘YOUTH MINISTRY’ EXPERIENCE OF THEIR OWN UNIQUE AS THEY ARE! 10. Preparing For Spiritual Life vs. Repairing […]

“Get Your Head In the Game” (Baseball Screen Game)

Are Your Students Ready to Hit a HOMERUN in This Silly Fun Baseball Trivia Screen Game? See how much they really know!  Perfect for the beginning of the spring baseball season or just in time for the World Series! A 10 Challenge Game, with 1 Bonus Tiebreaker! Includes: – 2 Powerpoint Presentations (editable and flat […]

Top 10: Sunday Morning Worship Clappers?

10. THE SWINGER: Hands to the sides, then a quick swing forward into a clap, then back down to the side…and REPEAT! 9. THE TOY MONKEY:  Elbows slightly bent, hands directly in front of the chest, BIG Smile and clap, clap, clap! 8. THE STARBUCKS: Grande Latte in one hand, gentle tap on the lid in between […]

Deny Your Father and Mother (Following Your Ministry Calling)

Over recent years, I have been continuing to hear similar things in conversations with mostly younger youth workers, sometimes with the older ones as well. As I am processing their next step in ministry or looking back over a previous ministry position that did not work out, this a continued, related theme. Decisions limited by […]