Top 10: Expectations for Your Ministry Volunteers

The school year is going to look different this year and so is the youth ministry year.  This does not mean however you shouldn’t have the same expectations you have always had for your volunteer team.  Yes, this may surprise a few people, but you do NEED to have some expectations (aka: “rules”) for your […]

Game: “Silly Sloppy Slingshot Scramble” (*Social Distancing Game)

Supplies:  – Water balloon slingshot: at least one- 2-4 for bigger groups, areas, or more of an advanced challenge – Towels (and/or old t-shirt): enough forever for one per group of 4 students.  This is where our old youth group t-shirts go to die. – A wide variety of food: preferably gross, weird or sloppy but soft […]

Hint/Help: “There is a New Sheriff in Town!?” (Starting Well in a New Ministry)

You know the scene.  The outlaw in the black hat walking down the dusty street, then out steps the guy in the white hat. He announces, “I am the new sheriff in town”, with his hand resting on the handle of his six-shooter. It is a scene that plays in my head when I step […]

Engaging Middle School Students in Small Groups

She was awkwardly staring me down, like only a middle school girl with a little too much attitude could. We had dismissed into small groups a while ago. I had asked her a simple question, “Why aren’t you in your small group?” She rolled her eyes, explaining she didn’t want to go to small group […]

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 […]