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 […]

Defining Success In Youth Ministry!

People all the time ask me “how do you define success?” or “how do I know I am being successful?”  It fills blogs, books, and staff meetings.  It is the make or break for many in youth ministry, and often is the difference between keeping or losing a job. It is tricky question with a […]

Upfront Challenge: “Baked Bean Bubble Blow”

IT IS PRETTY MUCH WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE! A LOT OF BEANS, A LITTLE BIT OF BUBBLE GUM! A WHOLE LOT OF LAUGHS AND INSTAGRAM-ABLE OPPORTUNITIES!  Supplies: – 2 Extra Large Cans of Baked Beans – 2 Pie Pans/Bowls – 1 Bag of Chewing Gum – A Tarp or Drop Clothe Set Up: – Unwrap an equal […]

Christmas Game of the Week: “Stocking Stuffers”

The Stockings Are Hung By the Chimney with Care, But Can You Tell What Is In There!? A Christmas Game Stuffed with Surprises That Will Be Sure to Get Your Students Laughing and Guessing. A Simple Game Where Student Must Guess Correctly What the Strange Shape is Hidden in the Christmas Stockings!  A 10 Challenge Game, […]

New Lesson Series: “Connect” (Relationships/Friendship)

A NEW 4-Week Series on Friendship, Relationships, and Connection is Now Available in Our Lesson Store! This is a field-tested lesson series that has been taught numerous times in various forms in real-life youth ministry settings over the years. This last fall the content of this series was used as an addition to the Orange […]

Holiday/Black Friday Deal: THREE FREE GAMES

TO THANK EVERYONE FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS OF LAUNCHING THIS NEW SITE, I WANT TO OFFER YOU UP A THANK YOU! HERE ARE THREE FREE GAMES ON US!  PICK WHATEVER YOU WANT, INCLUDING ANY OF OUR NEW NOVEMBER GAMES AND OUR NEW CHRISTMAS GAMES COMING OUT EACH WEEK BETWEEN […]

Top 10: Ways That Senior Saints and Youth Group Students are the SAME?!

10. Forgetful, easily distracted, and often wander off for no apparent reason?  9. Groups of “Catty” gossiping females?   8. Clothes that look like it belongs in a thrift store?  7. Words, lingo & jokes no one else get?  6. Just want to hang out and talk in their cliques, and get annoyed by the […]

Top 10: Ways Toddlers and Middle Schoolers are the SAME!?

10. Will put anything in their mouth?…did you get that off the floor??! 9. Always want a snack? …you just had half a pizza, a bag of chips and a 2 liter? 8. In a constant state of mood swings?…why are you crying and laughing at the same time?? 7. Think that farting and burping […]

The Potential Energy of Middle Years Ministry (Matt Sprinkle)

The middle school years (11-14 years old) are one of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated developmental periods of human life. They’re misunderstood by adults in general, to be sure; and they’re misunderstood by churches more often than not.” -Mark Oestreicher & Scott Rubin This just happens to be the first two sentences in the introduction of Middle […]

Easter/Lent Freebie Resource Collection!

Here is a “One Stop Shop” of Easter Time FREEBIES!   A collection of: – 10 Graphic Resources – 8 Video Resources – 15 Game Resources  – 11 Teaching Resources Enjoy, hope it saves you a couple minutes during this busy week!  MEDIA GRAPHICS: Easter: Greater Than (lesson series package) Easter Changes Everything (graphics) Celebrate Easter (graphic) Resurrection Title […]