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: 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 […]

Trip Hint/Help: Youth Pastor Box and Bag

For years I have created 2 things that have literally rescued my trips over and over again!   Whether it be summer camp, a mission trip, or a short retreat,   These 2 things have been my key resource for close to 20 years.   These are the “in-the-trenches”, “live-and-learn” resources that I have shared […]

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 […]

Game of the Week: “Test Your Luck” (St. Patrick’s Day Game)

Good Luck, because you and your students are going to need it for this St. Patrick’s Day Quiz.  A challenging trivia quiz to see how much everyone REALLY knows about this Magically Delicious holiday!?  Grab your shamrocks and a friend as you “TEST YOUR LUCK!” A 10 Question Trivia Game, with 1 Bonus Tiebreaker! Includes: […]

The Twelve Disciples in YOUR Youth Group?

12. Philip, The student that is excited to invite others to the youth group. 11. Simon, The Zealot. The student that is always trying to debate politics and issues. 10. James, the Other One. The one student that is faithfully there every week but doesn’t say a whole lot. They are there but no one […]

Ten Reason Why Key Leaders of Ministries Fail

I grew up in a pastor’s home. Some of my best friends growing up with were pastor’s kids. We would go to ministry conferences as a family growing, so I was able to quietly observed ministry leaders from behind the curtain.    I attended a private Christian school and was part of the youth ministry […]

“Three Lesson from ‘Over the Hill’ Youth Ministry”

Yesterday I celebrated my 46th birthday, and in November I celebrated my 26th year of youth ministry.  I am now into my 27th year of youth ministry, 23 years of full-time, on-staff church youth ministry.  Here are just three lessons I have learned from being “over the hill”. There is a growing trend among youth […]

Game of the Week: “Name That Gargle” (upfront/team challenge)

Another Classic, That Has Been Reborn with the Return of “Name That Tune!” , Hosted by Jane Krakowski & Randy Jackson on Fox!   We Also Brought It Back This Christmas During our December In-person COVID Shutdown.  We Made It Part of the Our Christmas Face-offs on our YouTube Live Show!  We Did It Using […]