Hints/Helps: “Successful Big Parent Meetings”

Parent meetings can be intimidating but they do not have to be.  So many youth leaders/pastor dread these meetings, as moments where they are put on the spot, questioned, or even feel like they are being critiqued.   Often younger leaders feel threatened, put-down, or disrespected as they walk away from these important meetings.  Parent […]

News U Can Use: “Will Teens Ever Be the Same After the Virus”

“There will be no graduation for the Class of 2020 — at least not one that would’ve forced seniors to wake up early and file into an auditorium with their peers, dressed in flimsy gowns and caps they’ve been told they can’t throw. Prom is canceled, too — so the budget that would’ve covered the […]

“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 […]

FREE Game Collection: “Five ‘Steal the Bacon’ Variations”

A Classic Game With Some SIZZLING and Silly New Youth Group Twists!  Perfect, Low-prep/No-prep Game for normal nights, events, or camp/retreats!  STEAL THE LEADER (or 6th Grader): Teams line up on either side of the playing area (gym, room, field..). A leaders or a 6th grader, (one person for each team) is placed in the center. […]

Free/Cheap Event Idea: “The Great Pizza Taste-Off”

WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN TOWN?  WHO IS THE ABSOLUTELY BEST PIZZA STYLE, SAUCE, FAVOR?  WHICH PLACE IN TOWN IS YOUR GROUP’S FAVORITE?  WHOEVER IS WILLING TO GIVE YOU THE BEST DEAL OR THE ONE THAT IS ACTUALLY THE BEST?  THERE IS A WAY TO FIND OUT AND HAVE A FREE EVENT NIGHT… “THE […]

“4 Duties You Still Need To Do During Quarantine Ministry” (Todd Jones)

Shelter in place, quarantine, and social distancing all make doing ministry the way we are accustomed to very difficult. Our weeks have been flipped upside down and our workflows are completely trashed as we all try to figure out what to do moving forward. Clearly there are many things we have to stop doing during […]

Top 10: Reasons Why Sr. Saints Love Online Church?

10. No One is Stealing THEIR Seat! 9. They Don’t Have to See the Youth Pastor’s New Skinny Jeans! 8. The Room is Always the Perfect Temperature! 7. You Can Doze Off At Any Point, Snore Loudly and Your Wife Doesn’t Have to Elbow You Awake! 6. No Problem Find a Parking Spot! 5. Two […]

At Home Family Game: “Feet Pictionary”

HERE IS A QUICK CLASSIC YOUTH MINISTRY GAME, THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH YOUR STUDENTS AND PARENT, FOR SOME AT-HOME FUN DURING OUR CURRENT “STAY AT HOME TIME”.  Supplies: – A large drawing pad or whiteboard – A Couple markers (dry erase if using whiteboard) – A Large Bandana Set-Up: – Divide the whole group […]

News U Can Use: “Digital Dating Abuse Among Middle School & High School Students”

“With February being Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, new research is illuminating how this problem is manifesting online. “Digital dating abuse” as it has been termed, uses technology to repetitively harass a romantic partner with the intent to control, coerce, intimidate, annoy or threaten them. Given that youth in relationships today are constantly in touch […]