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 […]

News U Can Use: “Digital Dating Abuse Among Middle School & High School Students”

“With February being Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, new research is illuminating how this problem is manifesting online. “Digital dating abuse” as it has been termed, uses technology to repetitively harass a romantic partner with the intent to control, coerce, intimidate, annoy or threaten them. Given that youth in relationships today are constantly in touch […]

Top 10: There is Always That One Student…

THERE IS ALWAYS ONE STUDENT…. 10.  …that is waiting for a ride home 30 minutes after the event ends. 9.  …crying halfway through the middle school lock-in (*boy-getting hurt or girl- drama).  8. …. that read one book, one time, and now know all there is to know about a topic! 7. …. that is […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Teaching Help/Object Lesson: “How’s Your Walk?”

Quick Lesson Illustration/Object Lesson On Your Christian Walk and Following Jesus.  Scripture Suggestions: – Micah 6:8 – John 12:35 – Gal. 5:16 – Eph. 5:1-3 – Col. 3:7 – I John 1:5-7 Illustration: – Dress Shoes: Your Christian Walk only comes out on Sunday, when you want to show off how spiritual you are.  You […]

“Let’s Pre-Teens Ask the Tough Questions” (Robert Quinn)

Our preteen ministry falls under our youth ministry. Part of what I get to do is help with our youth ministry. We just did a series that was inspired by a junior boy asking a question. The question is not important, but what hit me was soon after I had similar questions asked by our […]

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: […]