Love the Games, Love the Players! (creating & running games)

“I hate games—organizing, running and trying to get my kids to play them.”  How many times have you said or thought something similar? On the list of priorities, game playing often does not rank high. You have precious little time with students. Why use it up on games?  Here is why. Middle Years Students still enjoy, need and […]

Game of the Week: “Civil War Dodgeball”

Yet another twist on the old youth ministry classic dodgeball.  Just in case you are sick and tired of the same old week in and week out of playing dodgeball. “ A favorite around our 5th-8th grade ministries.  SUPPLIES: • Dodgeballs • Cones or a way to define a centerline GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: A game of dodgeball where players […]

Hint/Help: Youth Ministry Lesson “Take-A-Longs”: Making Your Lessons Last

Everything is mobile and portable in our world, why not your lesson? We all want our lessons to be remembered. We always say things like “take this with you this week”. I know I am always looking for ways to make the ideas and lesson topics stick with our students. Why not create what we […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

COVID News U Can Use: “Teens Aren’t Acting Up, They’re Trying to Grow Up”

“Teens tend to respond to significant unwanted restrictions in one of two ways: with devastation or defiance. Eyes brighten with wetness; tear-stained faces swell; anger reigns — until, that is, desire to see anyone or do anything fades away as depression sets in. This has been the reliable trajectory over the last year for conscientious […]

Top 10: If We Allowed Restaurants Chains to Run Our Church?

10. McDonald’s: Parents put up with going there, because the kids love the playland?   9. Burger King: Have It Your Way Sermons?  8. Taco Bell: Same sermon content every week,  just with a different title and packaging?  7. KFC: Original or Extra Crispy Theology of the Final Judgements?   6. Dunkin’ Donuts: Full-Immersion Baptism, Of Course?  5. Wendy’s: Known for […]