Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Game #165: "Pin the Pucker" (Upfront Game)

Another quick silly up-front challenge that is sure to bring a whole lot of laughs! 

Perfect for a series on Love, Relationships, Dating, Purity or just a fun upfront game around Valentine's Day! 

SUPPLIES:Png labels
- Red marker (or red lip stick)
- 3 blindfolds/bandanas 
- 1 stool

Quick explanation: A fun twist on the old "pin the tail on the donkey" but instead people will be "pinning the pucker" on another person's face

Before the Game:
- Draw or create red lips on circle mailing labels.   
- Set up stool upfront in center or on the stage so everyone can see.
- Set out blindfolds

- Ask for one male or female volunteer.   
- Seat the volunteer on the stool
- Ask for 3-4 volunteers of the opposite sex of the seated student
- Bring them to the front of the room and blind fold them.
- Tell them you will be playing a "kissing game"
- Before they get to freaked out explain that you will be handing them a circle sticker with a pair of lips on it. 
- Give them the "quick explanation".
- Tell them that the winner will be the person that comes closest to putting the lip sticker on the person's real lips.  
- Take volunteer one, spin them around a couple times and point them in the right direction and "Go!"
- After they have gone allow them to look and see how they did.
- Repeat until everyone has gone. 

- Blindfolded players cannot use their hands to feel for the person's face.
- One the label/sticker has been placed it cannot be moved
- Seated player cannot say anything, make any noise, help in anyway, or move. 

- Help players a little bit to guide them to make sure they are "Aiming High" and keeping the game PG!! 

- The player that gets their sticker closest to the seated person's actual lips.

Prize Suggestion? 
- Large over-sized Hershey Kiss or a bag of Hershey Kisses
- Large candy lips. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Philosophy of Youth Ministry Statement.

I have many people ask me about my philosophy of youth ministry. While interviewing last year, many times I would be requested to send along a one page statement. I know some of the youth ministry majors I talk to, are required to create one for one of their classes.
No matter the reason or requirement, I think it is important to sit down and think through your philosophy of ministry every so often. Take some time to come up with a concise statement of things that you believe are key to why and how you do what you do. Something that would fit one side of one page. Obviously you cannot fit every single thing on there, but the point is to have your key big overarching values, that guide you and your ministry.

It is helpful for you to have to share with your staff, leaders, volunteers, and even to provide to the parents of your ministry.  Here is my most recent one, that I provided to during interviews, offered to my current church leadership and have shared with the parents of my ministry.  (*feel free to steal, borrow, or tweak) 


The Church as a whole is to do the God-centered work of the sharing the gospel and ministering to the next generation spiritually, while also developing them socially, physically, mentally, and emotionally, so they can become mature successful, independent lifetime Christ-followers that server and love God, others and themselves.

Key Passages: II Tim. 3:10-17, Eph. 4:10-17

I. Systematic Biblical Teaching

A creative, systematic teaching of the scriptures is foundational for the spiritual growth and maturing of the youth of today’s church. Right belief (Orthodoxy) is what supports and moves forward right living (Orthopraxy). It is the power of the Holy Sprit and the truth of God’s Word that changes lives and brings belief.

II. Culturally Sensitive, Relevant and Relational Ministry

In an ever changing culture and society surround young people; the church must be willing to be culturally sensitive in it’s approach in reach the next generation. The truth of God’s Word is unchanging. It is not relative truth, but has always been and still remains relevant truth. The need for authentic community and connection with God and others is found in relational ministry where God’s word is taught and discussed.

III. Engaged, Enabled Parents and Adults

Informed, interested, involved and invested parents along with other caring adults create long-term faith and lifestyle that will last long beyond the youth ministry years. Parents are the first and most important influencers in a child’s faith and should be. They are the life-long disciplers. A youth ministry’s role is not to replace that God given responsibility but rather be a help along side of it. Strong parent and adult ministry in a church make a strong youth ministry.

IV. Equipping to Actively Serve and Minister

Faith that is believed and lived will be faith that is given away in both word and deed. Both inside and outside the church, youth should be equipped to be active participants in serving and ministering. Students should be taught and then sent locally, nationally and even globally to serve the spiritual, social and physical needs of others.

V. Organized and Intentional Ministry of Excellence

Clear vision and intentionality in pursuing ministry excellence is what the youth, the church and God deserve. Through professional demeanor, leadership, and the strategic focus on both the youth ministries and church’s core values a youth ministry will find success and respect.