Ten Quick Real-Life, In-the-Trenches Youth Ministry Hints

10. Never Buy More than a Couple Extra T-shirts Than You Have Kids and Leaders. (the leftovers will haunt you for years) 9. Never Pre-Buy Tickets for Events, Before You Know Who is Going. (you will lose money every time, pre-sign up & pre-pay always) 8.  Always Bring a Fully Stocked First Aid Kit with You. […]

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? […]

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. […]

New Lesson Series: “Young”

A 3-Week Series about what God has to say about being “Young”. Each lesson is written uniquely breaking up the upfront speak by using discussions throughout, instead of all at the end either with a partner, small group or as a big group discussion.   These questions can easily be used or moved to the […]

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. […]