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

In honor of Mother’s Day, 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 and […]

Top 10: Things That MIGHT Have to Change in Youth Ministry After the Quarantine?

10. How We Do Food? We MIGHT have to rethink big bowls of snacks, where students stick their dirty hands in to grab a handful of chips.  We may even have to think about how we serve pizza and other items.  Most importantly, we MIGHT need to put some food safety & health guidelines, similar […]

“Welcome To Our House: Engaging Gen Z”

The shift has finally happened.  It has taken the church and youth ministry 10+ years to catch up to what the world, marketing, and research has been talking about, Generation Z.  This is a marked improvement to the previous turnaround time for the church when it came to Generation X and Millennials.  Thanks, in great part to […]

Top 10: “Things to Understand About Generation Z”

THERE IS A SHIFT THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN, ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. WE NEED TO STOP TALKING ABOUT, OBSESSING ABOUT AND SHAPING OUR YOUTH MINISTRIES AROUND MILLENNIALS. ESPECIALLY THOSE OF US WORKING WITH STUDENTS IN THE “MIDDLE YEARS”. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT GENERATION Z. 10. Generation Z Students are More Realistic and Understand that Opportunities are […]

Top 10: “REAL Youth Group Prayer Requests”

PRAYER IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUTH MINISTRY.  WE NEED TO TEACH STUDENTS TO PRAY, OFTEN HOWEVER WHEN WE ASK FOR PRAYER REQUESTS, WE MIGHT GET SOME INTERESTING REQUESTS… ESPECIALLY FROM OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS!   HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE THE REAL MIDDLE SCHOOL ONES I HAVE HEARD OVER THE YEARS.  10. My lizard […]

Game: “Igloo Race” (Upfront Challenge)

SUPPLIES: A good amount of circle or square ice cubes 2 large bowls A table 60-seco4 egg timer or multimedia countdown clock GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: The player will have to build the biggest and best freestanding igloo using ice cubes. Before the Game: Fill 2 bowls with an equal amount of ice cubes. Place a table […]

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 […]

Icebreaker: “The Chain Gang”

SUPPLIES: No Supplies Needed GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: Teams have to create a chain of players in order based on an announced assignment. Before the Game: Write down a few team assignments if needed (*suggestions below) Playing: Divide the group up into at least 2 teams, for a larger group you can divide the group into […]

Game: “Clownfish, Blowfish, Goldfish” (Gorilla, Man, Gun Alternative)

Looking for an alternative to the ministry classic “Gorilla, Man, Gun”, without the “Gun” and also don’t want to just do “Rock, Paper, Scissors” here is a quick silly game that might be a great alternative for any age group, elementary all the way up into students!?   SUPPLIES: No Supplies Needed GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: […]

Hint/Help: “Be Focal, Buy Local”

Let’s be real, we spend money, whether we are the big church in town or small fry around the corner we are spending our church’s (*God’s money) or the parents of our ministry’s money.   Why not be more “Focal” in our spending by buying “Local”? Whether it is the next graphic order for yet another […]