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 […]

Top 10: Youth Ministry “Sacred Cows”?

10. We still feed kids junk food, even though we know it’s bad for them—Our body is the “Temple of the Holy Spirit,” except at youth events. 9. The churches that worry more about the Jones memorial carpet, couch, or…. The youth room pipe organ, than students.- The one thing that Grandma Jones left behind […]

Top 10: Things We “Settle For” in Youth Ministry?

10. Mid-90’s 15-Passenger Van as Your Ministry Transportation. 9. $5 Little Caesar’s Pizzas as the Meal for Every Event. 8. The Smallest Staff Office (*cough: closet) 7. Only Being Allowed to Speak on Holiday Weekends? 6. Outdated, Garage Sale Couches as Youth Room Furniture. 5. Hand-Me-Down Sound Equipment and Tech from Adult Ministry. 4. Sleeping […]

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 […]

News U Can Use: “Gen Z Teens Talks COVID, Politics and the Capital Attack”

“Their parents’ generation experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall, the brutal beating of Rodney King by police, Operation Desert Storm, war in Bosnia and the 9/11 attacks. But today’s teens are experiencing a lifetime of disturbing news compressed into the span of just nine months and counting. They’ve been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

“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 […]