Icebreaker/Game: “Palm Readers”

HERE IS A QUICK EASY GAME WITH MINIMAL SUPPLIES AND PRE-GAME PREP!  PERFECT FOR AN ICEBREAKER, MIXER, OR SOME GOOD OLD TEAM-BUILDING FUN!  SUPPLIES: • Washable Markers GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: Students will work together to spell words based on letters written on their palms. Before the Game: • Before the game starts, write a letter of […]

Top 10: REAL Summer Mission Trip Moments from Over the Years

10. Coming Out in the Morning to Find That the Church Bus Has Been”Tagged”. 9. Girl Yelling “Hey I Found a Bag of Oregano!” While Doing a Street Clean up. 8. Pulling Up to a Ministry Project Location To Find an SUV Engulfed in Flames in the Street. 7. Having a Very Nice Man in […]

Game of the Week: “Civil War Dodgeball”

Yet another twist on the old youth ministry classic dodgeball.  Just in case you are sick and tired of the same old week in and week out of playing dodgeball. “ A favorite around our 5th-8th grade ministries.  SUPPLIES: • Dodgeballs • Cones or a way to define a centerline GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: A game of dodgeball where players […]

Top 10: Things I Have NEVER Heard a Middle School Student Say?

10.  I stopped coming to youth group because I didn’t like your theological stance on _______.  9.  We all really feel like you should wear skinny jeans and get more tattoos, so you can be more relevant.  8.  Tonight was way too much fun.  7.  Please stop sending me personal handwritten encouragement notes.  6.  My parents realized that […]

Game of the Week: “Dad Joke Face-Off” (Father Day Game)

Who doesn’t love your dad and his amazingly cheesy jokes?   We have heard them all, right? Here is your student’s chance to see how well they know these classic dad jokes by facing off to see who can guess the correct punch-line first! A gut-busting and groan-worthy fun game perfect for Father’s Day or […]

“Why You Should Take Your Middle Years Students To Camp!”

In the era of summer mission trips to exotic places and high energy, huge conferences at the beach, is there still a place for summer camp?  Has the whole summer camp-thing seen its day?  Here are 10 Quick Thoughts, on WHY YOU SHOULD STILL TAKE YOUR MIDDLE YEARS (5th-9th Grader) STUDENTS TO CAMP?  10. Freedom to […]

Top 10: “Mama Always Said…” (youth ministry lessons?)

In honor of Mother’s Day, yesterday.  Here is a Special Top 10 List Dedicated to Moms and the Things They Teach Us… EVEN ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRY!?  10. Share Your Toys!- If you have a great idea or great resource share it with other people in youth ministry! 9. Clean Out Your Ears!- Stop talking sometimes […]

Cinco, Cinco De Mayo Games! (FREE)

Tortilla Snowflake:  Using a large burrito-size soft tortilla, give a group of up-front players 60 seconds to nibble their best snowflake design.  Think of the old fold-and-cut paper snowflake craft you did when you were a kid. Toe-Tilla Toe-Down:  A Mexican-themed “penny chinny” style big group, elimination game.   Every player is given a small […]

Hint/Help: Youth Ministry Lesson “Take-A-Longs”: Making Your Lessons Last

Everything is mobile and portable in our world, why not your lesson? We all want our lessons to be remembered. We always say things like “take this with you this week”. I know I am always looking for ways to make the ideas and lesson topics stick with our students. Why not create what we […]

Hints/Helps: Avoiding Youth Ministry Burnout!

Years ago, as a young youth pastor in my early 20s, I remember saying pridefully to an older pastor-“I would rather burn out than being blown out”.  He was trying to encourage me to stop working longer and longer hours, but I would not listen.  I was a dangerous combination of young and energetic meets unorganized […]