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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 10: Things I Have NEVER Heard a Middle School Student Say?

10.  I stopped coming to youth group because I didn’t like your theological stance on _______.  9.  We all really feel like you should wear skinny jeans and get more tattoos, so you can be more relevant.  8.  Tonight was way too much fun.  7.  Please stop sending me personal handwritten encouragement notes.  6.  My parents realized that […]

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, […]

Ten Hilarious MAY Holidays to Celebrate in Youth Ministry

May 4th: May the Fourth Be With You: Star Wars Day! (The possibilities are endless!)  May 5th (Wednesday): Cinco De Mayo! (Celebrating this with my group this week, check out my game collection later this week) May 6th: National Mini Golf Day (Create a mini-golf course around your building/church!)  May 11th: Invention of Hostess Cupcake (Lots of cupcakes to eat, […]

Top 10: Ways To Keep People Coming After Easter Sunday!?

10. Bacon Sunday- a free pound of bacon for every friend you bring? 9. No Cover Charge Sunday- one Sunday a year, that offering WON’T be taken? 8. Give-Away Sunday- shoot polos and button-up oxford out into the crowd, throw adult contemporary CDs and Gospel cassettes out, have a drawing for a new gift card […]

Top 10: You Might Be An Over-Protective Youth Group Parent If?

LET PLAY FUN MONDAY MORNING GAME!  GUESS WHICH ONES ARE TRUE AND WHICH ONES ARE MADE UP?  10. You Want to be a Youth Volunteer because Your Daughter Might Get Pregnant During Youth Group?  (during the lesson or game time???) 9. You Cut Up Your 8th Grade Daughter’s Hot Dog into Non-Choke Pieces at the Pool […]

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 […]