Game of the Week: “Civil War Dodgeball”

Yet another twist on the old youth ministry classic dodgeball.  Just in case you are sick and tired of the same old week in and week out of playing dodgeball. “ A favorite around our 5th-8th grade ministries.  SUPPLIES: • Dodgeballs • Cones or a way to define a centerline GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: A game of dodgeball where players […]

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 […]

Trip Hint/Help: Youth Pastor Box and Bag

For years I have created 2 things that have literally rescued my trips over and over again!   Whether it be summer camp, a mission trip, or a short retreat,   These 2 things have been my key resource for close to 20 years.   These are the “in-the-trenches”, “live-and-learn” resources that I have shared […]

February Lesson Series: “GPS: God’s Perfect Scripture”

A NEW 3-Week Series about the Bible! Each lesson challenges students to understand, study and apply God’s word in their own personal lives.  Lessons: – “Why Should I Follow God’s Perfect Scriptures?” – “How to Follow God’s Perfect Scriptures?” –  Taking a Personal Trip?”  Included: – Title Slide – 3 Sets of Slides (JPG Format), easily […]

Game of the Week: “Name That Gargle” (upfront/team challenge)

Another Classic, That Has Been Reborn with the Return of “Name That Tune!” , Hosted by Jane Krakowski & Randy Jackson on Fox!   We Also Brought It Back This Christmas During our December In-person COVID Shutdown.  We Made It Part of the Our Christmas Face-offs on our YouTube Live Show!  We Did It Using […]

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 […]

Top 10: “Santa Might Actually Be a Middle School Youth Pastor?”

10.  He Is At Least 2 Feet Taller Than Anybody He Works With? (hello- little 6th grader way down there.) 9. Tummy That Jiggles Like a “Bowl Full of Jelly”?  (more like a bowl full of pizza!?) 8.  Beard? (Hipster Beard?) 7. Is All Into Giving Away Stuff? (who wants a cool Free t-shirt or […]

Hitting a “Home Run” Lesson Every Week

The conversation would be similar each week as I walked through the plan for that night and it would always end the same before I left the office. I would be asked about my lesson. Each time I would hear the same thing… “Is it a home run, a triple, a double, or a single? […]

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, […]

Top 10: “Other December Holidays to Celebrate with Your Students”

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO CELEBRATE WITH YOUR STUDENTS DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!?  WANT TO CHANGE IT UP A BIT OR LOOKING FOR A THEME FOR FOOD, GAMES, OR EVEN A LESSON?  CONSIDER THESE HILARIOUS HOLIDAYS FOR DECEMBER  10: Dec. 5th: Day of the Ninja  9: Dec. 7th: National Cotton Candy Day 8. Dec. […]