Hints/Helps: “Successful Big Parent Meetings”

Parent meetings can be intimidating but they do not have to be.  So many youth leaders/pastor dread these meetings, as moments where they are put on the spot, questioned, or even feel like they are being critiqued.   Often younger leaders feel threatened, put-down, or disrespected as they walk away from these important meetings.  Parent […]

The PK Podcast (a pastor’s kid podcast)

After a year of conversation and a bit of begging from my 15-year-old daughter, Jenna, last week we launched a podcast.  It is called “THE PK Podcast”.   Our new podcast is about being a PK, a “Pastor’s Kid”.  We think this will hopefully be unique in the crowded world of podcasting, even inside of Youth […]

“Welcome To Our House: Engaging Gen Z”

The shift has finally happened.  It has taken the church and youth ministry 10+ years to catch up to what the world, marketing, and research has been talking about, Generation Z.  This is a marked improvement to the previous turnaround time for the church when it came to Generation X and Millennials.  Thanks, in great part to […]

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 […]

“So You Want to Get Other Churches to Your Event?” (Jonny Radcliff)

You and your favorite youth leader have a historic epiphany around 10:30 pm while cleaning up aftergroup late one night. In the midst of the glow-in-the-dark slime, shattered glass, and confetti caked onto the wall, you both lock eyes and realize one thing: THIS WOULD BE AN AMAZING EVENT. The next day you jump into […]

Icebreaker: “The Chain Gang”

SUPPLIES: No Supplies Needed GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: Teams have to create a chain of players in order based on an announced assignment. Before the Game: Write down a few team assignments if needed (*suggestions below) Playing: Divide the group up into at least 2 teams, for a larger group you can divide the group into […]

Top 10: “Things You Don’t Want to Hear…YOUR WORSHIP PASTOR SAY!?”

We’ve heard from the custodian, our wife, and even our senior pastor!  This week we are going to find out what TEN things you DON’T want to hear your Worship Pastor Say!?  10. And Now… Our Kazoo Ensemble.  9. What Are Your Thoughts on the Polka? 8. I am Think About Starting a Gregorian Chant Team! 7.  The Choir […]

Student Ministry Game of the Week: “Gummy Bear Beard”

SUPPLIES: 2 cups of water 2 large bags of gummy bears (or gummy candy of your choice) 2 bowls 2 chairs 60-second egg timer or multimedia countdown clock GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: Player will have to create a beard out of gummy bears on their partner’s face in the time allowed by wetting the gummy bears […]

Top 10: Things You DO NOT What to Hear Your Custodian Say…

Dedicated to our hard-working staff of custodians around our churches, that put up with us and our students.  They are the unsung heroes of youth ministry.   I have actually had some of our maintenance staff as small group leaders, over the years. A super-smart move on a bunch of levels (*free hint!!)  10.  I was thinking […]

Game of the Week: Rubber Chicken Basketball (Big Group Game)

A Classic That I Have Been Playing For Years With My Groups… Because When All Else Fails, Add a Rubber Chicken to Your Game!?? Supplies: – 1 rubber chicken (*preferably one with a noisemaker) – Basketball court with 2 hoops (OR 2 large clean trash cans) – Whistle – 2 large sticks (broomstick or something similar) […]