Engaging Middle School Students in Small Groups

She was awkwardly staring me down, like only a middle school girl with a little too much attitude could. We had dismissed into small groups a while ago. I had asked her a simple question, “Why aren’t you in your small group?” She rolled her eyes, explaining she didn’t want to go to small group […]

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 […]

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 […]

“6 Proactive Tips for Middle School Ministry” (Kellen Roggenbuck)

I learned quickly when I started in middle school ministry that disruptions were par for the course.  Outbursts, fidgeting, non-sequiturs, and awkward smells were a normality.  It was like the moment we got into a groove with a lesson, someone would yell something, another would ask an unrelated question and through it all, the entire […]

Big Group/Upfront Game: “Unicorn Spelling Bee”

SUPPLIES: 1/3 to a 1/2 of a pool noodle A bandana Index Cards 30-60 second egg timer or multi-media countdown clock GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: An upfront player, the “unicorn” using only their magical “horn” (pool noodle) tied to their heard, will have to try to spell out a word in the air, that their team […]

Game: “Clownfish, Blowfish, Goldfish” (Gorilla, Man, Gun Alternative)

Looking for an alternative to the ministry classic “Gorilla, Man, Gun”, without the “Gun” and also don’t want to just do “Rock, Paper, Scissors” here is a quick silly game that might be a great alternative for any age group, elementary all the way up into students!?   SUPPLIES: No Supplies Needed GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: […]

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) […]

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, […]