Are You Cheating? (An Emotional Affair WITH Your Ministry)

An emotional affair is defined as, “A relationship, which excludes physical intimacy but includes emotional intimacy. A relationship…. other than with ones’ spouse that has an impact on the level of intimacy, emotional distance and overall dynamic balance in the marriage.” Does that sound at all familiar to you? How about if I was not […]

Game of the Week: “Planks-Giving” (Screen Game)

A New Game Just in Time for Thanksgiving!  A Challenging Silly Trivia Screen Game Where Students Have to Decide if the Group Being Described is the PIRATES or PILGRIMS!?  A 10 Challenge Game, with 1 Bonus Tiebreaker! Includes: – 2 Powerpoint Presentations (editable and flat format) – Full set of all slides in JPEG format […]

News U Can Use: “What is Cyber Flashing? (Information for Parents)

“Sharing is caring! For many of today’s adults, we were taught about “stranger danger” and our risks of being exposed to indecency and danger were more physical than for today’s children because we did not have the internet. Today’s kids, however, face more insidious threats to their mental and emotional well-being that are constantly shifting […]

Top 10: Ways Toddlers and Middle Schoolers are the SAME!?

10. Will put anything in their mouth?…did you get that off the floor??! 9. Always want a snack? …you just had half a pizza, a bag of chips and a 2 liter? 8. In a constant state of mood swings?…why are you crying and laughing at the same time?? 7. Think that farting and burping […]

Game: “Block-tionary (Up-Front Group Game/Team Building)

Pictionary Meets Jenga Meets Charades Meets Your Youth Group!?  It is a quick silly upfront group game, that also can make a great icebreaker or team builder.    Here is the simple idea behind  “BLOCK-TIONARY”!  Supplies: – Children’s Wooden Building Blocks (or Jenga Blocks) – A Tall Table – Index Cards Set up: – Have a […]

60 Second Hints: Ways Keep Yourself & Your Ministry Culturally Relevant

Here is your 60 seconds to a more culturally relevent ministry and to keep yourself at least aware of popular culture, remembering that every area, group, and church is it’s own sub-culture . What is “in”, current and relevant nationally or other places may not necessarily always be what is current in your context, so […]

Top 10: Do You Remember When… (Youth Ministry Edition)

10. …You could play an upfront game using peanut butter and no one died? 9.  … You could serve soda and chips as a snack instead of celery sticks, saltines and water? 8.  …. You played dodgeball with over-inflated playground balls or under-inflated volleyballs? 7.  …. Taking a couple of your students out for ice […]

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 […]

Top 10: Favorite Ministry Podcasts

Podcasts are popping up everywhere right now and Youth Ministry is no exception!  People ask me all the time which ones I listen too.  I also get quite a few people asking, when I will start one, and it may or may not be coming!   I know my daughter, Jenna, REALLY wants to start […]

Game: “Fall Hoodie Goodie” (Up Front Challenge)

It is sweatshirt weather AND fall retreat season again! Time to put on that hoodie and also enjoy some goodies?  Why not combine the two for a quick completely ran-dumb game of “HOODIE GOODIE”!! Supplies: – 2 zip-up hoodies (L or XL) – 18-20 pieces of leftover Halloween candy – A couple of eggs Simple Explanation:  […]