Game of the Week: “Pumpkin Face” (Up Front Partner Challenge)

Supplies: – 2 Rolls of Orange Crepe Paper – 2-4 Sheets of Black Dot Labels Set-Up: – 2 Chairs Up Front  Explanation/Play: Simple Explanation: One player will quickly wrap another player’s face completely in orange crepe paper and then using black stickers to decorate them as fall “jack o lantern”!  GamePlay: – Have 2 teams […]

Hint/Help: 15 Appropriate Halloween/Fall Movies? (Movie Nights)

Here is a list I have posted in the past and was recently asked about again, so I decided to repost it with a few updates!  Obviously, this is still a bit of a delicate topic with “Halloween” parties vs. “Fall/Harvest” parties so please do not be offended. Here are a few that MIGHT work for […]

Top 10: Your Youth Pastor is SO Out of Touch…

10. They Think Instagram is Putting Your Grandma On Speed Dial? 9. They Think Snapchat is when they Snap Their Fingers at You When You are Talking During Their Lesson? 8.  They Got a TikTok Account to Post Videos of Their Watch & the Times When Youth Group is Meeting?  7. They went to Starbucks […]

Game of the Week: “Use Your Noodle Charades”

QUICK, HILARIOUS EASY GAME, WITH LITTLE PREP. GREAT FOR REGULAR YOUTH GROUP NIGHT OR A WAY TO USE A FEW OF THOSE LEFTOVER POOL NOODLES FROM SUMMER…  SUPPLIES: • 2-3 long pool noodles • Pack of index cards • Pen/Marker GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: A twist on the charades where teams will work to guess what the […]

Game Idea of the Week: “Bouncy Ball Blitz”

Supplies: – At least 100 small bouncy balls (“superball”/”high bounce” type”) in 4 different colors. – 1 large bucket or container – 4 smaller buckets or containers – A tall ladder, if you do not have a high place to stand above the playing area – An indoor playing area with a hard floor Rules: […]

PK Podcast Episode 3: “Moving”

The PK Podcast brought to you by MYM Resources.  A new podcast about being a PK (Pastor’s Kid), hosted by Dan Istvanik and Jenna Istvanik. In this episode, we talk about the big topic of “MOVING”.  A huge part of the life of being a Pastor’s Kid!   We have taken the show on the road…literally. […]

Top 10: More Things ‘They’ Can’t Teach You About Youth Ministry?

10. How to be a part of a staff team.  9. How to lead a group of volunteers. 8. When it is time to move on from a ministry.  7. How to raise your children, so they love Christ, the church, and ministry.  6. How to find a circle of trusted friends outside of your […]

The Missing Hole in the Middle of Ministering to the Whole Student?

“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “(Luke 10:27) We obviously work to minister to the spiritual side of our students. We even make efforts to build into their emotional and […]

Hint/Help: “There is a New Sheriff in Town!?” (Starting Well in a New Ministry)

You know the scene.  The outlaw in the black hat walking down the dusty street, then out steps the guy in the white hat. He announces, “I am the new sheriff in town”, with his hand resting on the handle of his six-shooter. It is a scene that plays in my head when I step […]

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 […]