Back to In-Person School Game: “School Rulz”

Just in time for the back to school season comes….SCHOOL RULZ!   Perfect for your fall kick-off night or the first meeting of the new fall ministry year!  Get to know how smart your student really are by using this interactive game where you get to test their knowledge of actual school rules!  A 10 Challenge Game, with […]

Game of the Week: “Banana Baseball”

SUPPLIES: A large number of bananas (at least 30-40) Scoop ball scoops 4 Baseball bases An Outdoor area GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: This is a messy game of baseball using bananas and a scoop ball scoop as bats  Before the Game: Pull bunches of bananas apart Set up baseball bases and playing area Playing: Divide the […]

Top 10: Ways You Might Be Losing Respect as a Youth Leader?

10. Your Pants.  Put some on! The cut-off jean shorts or your baggy basketball shorts were just not the right pick for doing grandma Jone’s funeral last week. 9. Your Car. Your students think ithe tinted windows and low riding is cool but your Sr. Pastor gets kind of nervous every time you say, “You got caught […]

Game Idea of the Week: “Bouncy Ball Blitz”

Supplies: – At least 100 small bouncy balls (“superball”/”high bounce” type”) in 4 different colors. – 1 large bucket or container – 4 smaller buckets or containers – A tall ladder, if you do not have a high place to stand above the playing area – An indoor playing area with a hard floor Rules: […]

Ten Youth Ministry Lessons from the DMV

My wife and I recently moved to a new area and ministry.  Last weekend we decided to change over our driver’s licenses to the new state going from Pennsylvania to Illinois.   We swung back the Panera to grab some breakfast and arrived at 7:30 am to quickly go through the process.  Knowing how DMV’s […]

A Leader OF Leaders OR A Leader WITH Leaders?

It was years ago, I sat on the other side of his desk.   I was new and it was just a few weeks into my new job.  I was excited because it was going to be my first time working in a church with another youth pastor on staff with me.  I had been additionally […]

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 […]

Top 10: More Things ‘They’ Can’t Teach You About Youth Ministry?

10. How to be a part of a staff team.  9. How to lead a group of volunteers. 8. When it is time to move on from a ministry.  7. How to raise your children, so they love Christ, the church, and ministry.  6. How to find a circle of trusted friends outside of your […]

The Missing Hole in the Middle of Ministering to the Whole Student?

“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “(Luke 10:27) We obviously work to minister to the spiritual side of our students. We even make efforts to build into their emotional and […]

Partner/Team Game: “Hold the Line” (Free)

A Teachable Teamwork and Communication Partner Racing Game, Where A Little Bit of Tension is GOOD!!?  SUPPLIES: – 4 Long Pieces of Rope (10-12 feet long each) if you are playing 2 teams, more if you have a bigger group with more teams – 2 Large Buckets or Tubs – A wide variety of tennis […]