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 […]

Free/Cheap Event Idea: “The Great Pizza Taste-Off”

WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN TOWN?  WHO IS THE ABSOLUTELY BEST PIZZA STYLE, SAUCE, FAVOR?  WHICH PLACE IN TOWN IS YOUR GROUP’S FAVORITE?  WHOEVER IS WILLING TO GIVE YOU THE BEST DEAL OR THE ONE THAT IS ACTUALLY THE BEST?  THERE IS A WAY TO FIND OUT AND HAVE A FREE EVENT NIGHT… “THE […]

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 […]

Top 10: “Things You Don’t Want to Hear…YOUR WIFE SAY!?”

Here it is PART NUMBER TWO of the “Top 10 Things You Don’t Want to Hear…” Check Out Last Week’s “Top 10 Things You Don’t Want to Hear Your Custodian Say”!   10. Does This Youth Group Shirt Make Me Look Fat? 9. Did I Ever Tell You That Triplets Run in My Family? 8. […]

Running The Race Together (Why My Wife is Involved in My Ministry)

Her Talents are not my Talents. I am not being sexist, your wife does things better than you do. She is going to have natural abilities and gifts that you don’t have, that is why God has brought her into your life. She “completes you” or I hope so?  She is my BFF.  Ministry is […]

Student Ministry Game of the Week: “Gummy Bear Beard”

SUPPLIES: 2 cups of water 2 large bags of gummy bears (or gummy candy of your choice) 2 bowls 2 chairs 60-second egg timer or multimedia countdown clock GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: Player will have to create a beard out of gummy bears on their partner’s face in the time allowed by wetting the gummy bears […]

The Difference Between Program and Ministry

Years ago, I sat in at Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention, listening to Kara Powell, talk about her research connected to the new Sticky Faith book. I remember her on the main stage talking about programs being a tunnel to ministry but not being our ministry.  She warned the crowd to make sure to […]

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 […]