Race, Grace, and Place (A Personal Youth Ministry Story)

We sat quietly looking at our Sr. pastor, sitting across from us in our living room.    On the coffee table sat a stack of brand new Bibles and a neat stack of papers with a shortlist written on them.   It was late and he had just arrived at the church’s home that we were living […]

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: […]

Free Mario Brothers-Themed Lesson: “Level Up”

Here is a quick FREEBIE lesson called “Level Up” just in time for Tomorrow’s Hilarious Holiday, National Mario Day! It is a lesson I taught last week at a local Christian school chapel.  The lesson is based on Romans 15:13 and the theme of “Hope”.  It is a quick exposition of the passage based on […]

Game of the Week: “Mascot Madness” (Food Edition)

Do you know Captian Crunch’s REAL Name?  What about the Lucky Charms guy? In this version of Mascot Madness, take a walk down the grocery aisle and get to know who is really looking at you from the off the shelf! A 10 Question Trivia Game, with 1 Bonus Tiebreaker! Includes: – 2 Powerpoint Presentations […]

“Don’t Walk This Tightrope Alone?” (The Nets of Youth Ministry)

Would you ever venture out on a tightrope without a safety net below? If you would, you are a braver person than me! I like my safety nets and for that fact my legs and face intact!    Isn’t that sort of what we do in youth ministry.  We put ourselves on a tight rope, up high in […]

Ten Quick Real-Life, In-the-Trenches Youth Ministry Hints

10. Never Buy More than a Couple Extra T-shirts Than You Have Kids and Leaders. (the leftovers will haunt you for years) 9. Never Pre-Buy Tickets for Events, Before You Know Who is Going. (you will lose money every time, pre-sign up & pre-pay always) 8.  Always Bring a Fully Stocked First Aid Kit with You. […]

Top 10: “Discipleship Is and Is Not….”

10. Discipleship IS Small Groups. It is NOT Cliques. 9. Discipleship IS faith involvement. It is NOT faith information. 8. Discipleship IS a guide on the side. It is NOT a sage on the stage. 7. Discipleship IS an invitation to come and see. It is NOT an invitation to look at me. 6. Discipleship […]

Youth Ministry Game of the Week: “Oh Captain, My Captain!”

Oh, Captain, My Captain is a quick silly trivia game to test how well you know your “captains”?   Is it Captain Hook or Captain Crunch?   Can your students tell the differences and do they know the names of these famous American Pop Culture Captains? Come on Captain Obvious, aren’t these all obvious??  Maybe […]

Hints/Help: “Make EVERY Youth Ministry Night Special”

Tired of the weekly question from your parents and students- “Is there anything special happening this week?” Now you can answer honestly…” EVERY WEEK IS SPECIAL!!” by actually making every week special, unique and fun. It is really not that hard or expensive.  Below are all REAL “in-the-trenches” Youth Ministry Nights I have done or I am doing! Here […]

February Lesson Series: “GPS: God’s Perfect Scripture”

A NEW 3-Week Series about the Bible! Each lesson challenges students to understand, study and apply God’s word in their own personal lives.  Lessons: – “Why Should I Follow God’s Perfect Scriptures?” – “How to Follow God’s Perfect Scriptures?” –  Taking a Personal Trip?”  Included: – Title Slide – 3 Sets of Slides (JPG Format), easily […]