Saturday, December 27, 2014

Re-Post: Game #44: "Don't Drop the Ball" (New Year's Trivia)

* Here is a quick re-post, that I originally posted last year right around the same time.  Hope this will be a quick easy resource to add to your New Year's Eve Party or whatever you have going on this week at youth group!? Regular posts starting back up after the New Year! 
 Quick Little Group Fun, Powerpoint Trivia Game to Kick Off the New Year and Your First Youth Group Back After the Holiday!!

* Sorry for the Formatting, Uploaded Weird and Without the Original Fonts, Transitions, and Extras?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Youth Ministry Holiday Hipsters!

Hey All You Youth Ministry Holiday Hipsters! 

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and your youth group!  Please take time in the middle of all the holiday church craziness to rest and take time to breath.  You know it is a time of "peace on earth", but actually find some time in the middle of Youth Group Christmas Parties, Youth Group, New Year's Bash, and Staff Holiday Square Dances?? to rest and find some peace with the "Prince of Peace".   
Check back here the first week of January for fresh new posts, resources, and ran-dumb silliness, because I am taking my own advice and spending time to rest and reflect. 

Dan (the JH Uth Guy)  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last Minute JH/MS Ministry Christmas Survival Kit (FREE)

It is the end of December and You Are Scrabbling to Find that Last Minute Game, Lesson, Media, OR EVEN EVENT IDEA!!
Here is your last minute emergency survival kit for your Jr. High/Middle School/Pre-Teen (or yes even High School, we will let you guys use it too...if you are here snooping around?) Ministry.

Hope this helps and comes to your rescue so you can have more time with your family and friends during your Christmas Break.  Please Take One!!  Happy HOLYdays!! 



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Game #69: Snowmen Vs. Santas

Quick Ran-Dumb Christmas Twist on a Youth Ministry, Camp, Playground Classic!

Played it Last Week and My MS Students Loved it!!


- None, unless you really feel like you need a PA/Microphone to yell? 

Rules/Game Play:

* Basic Explanation: A Christmas themed twist on the youth ministry classic- "Crows vs. Cranes".

- Divide the group into two equal teams.

- Have teams face each other across from an imaginary line in the middle of the room/space.

- Assign one side to be "Snowmen" and the other to be "Santas"

- The leader stands at the end of the group in the center so all players can see and hear him/her. The leader calls out either "Snowmen!" or "Santas!."

- If "Snowmen" are called, the "Snowmen" must turn and run a short distance to their "base" or/a wall before the "Santa" team tag them. If any "Snowmen" are tagged, they become then become "Santas", and head to the other side for another round. The same applies when "Santas" are called....and so on!

- Play back and forth, and mix it up randomly so no one know which will be called. Play until everyone is on one side or the other

- OPTIONAL FUN: Occasionally yell something completely confusing that starts with an "S" like "Sandwich",  "Snow Cone" or "Sierra Mist", or.... "Carlos Santana" ? 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Game #68: The Price is Nice: Christmas Powerpoint Game

A quick silly whole group game for the Christmas season.  Testing your Christmas shopping skills.  Players or teams are shown a SILLY Christmas time gift item and a price, then have to decide if the price is Naughty (to high) or Nice (to low or a good deal)! 

CLICK HERE (to get it!)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Top 10: Youth Pastor Christmas Gift Ideas (Bacon Edition)

#10: Shirt                                         #9: Cologne                            #8: Socks


 #7: Candy                                              #6:Shirt                                              #5: Candy Canes

#4: Scarf!                                                                               #3: Towel                              

#2: Shirt                                                      #1: Ornament! 

Christmas Quiz/Lesson (FREE)

Originally Posted 2 Years Ago Around Christmas Time!  Here is a a quick re-post of a Christmas time classic resource. ---------------------------------------------------"Here is a fun Christmas Quiz that I used with my Jr. Highers on Sunday morning. I have tweaked it from similar quizzes.  It is a great resource to teach your students the difference between Biblical truth and cultural truth.  We have many ideas about what we think we know about many of our Christian beliefs, but especially in MS/JH our students need to be aware and taught what is actually in the Bible.   I have also included Bible verses for the correct answers.  It can be used a stand-alone lesson or can be used just for fun.  Feel free to download and use however you like. It is available at Slide Share:

Friday, December 12, 2014

Free Media #67: "20 HD Winter Themed Media"

Winter’s Daybreak Video Pack is a free collection of winter themed video clips from Dan Stevers. PRODUCT FEATURES Over Twenty Individual Clips Perfect for Song Backgrounds or Custom Video Pieces.

- Rain
- Snow
- Plain Variations

All in 720p MPEG-4 Format Download

CLICK HERE (to check it out!) 

Youth Ministry Invention #30 : "Phone Lapel Mic" (for videos)

Trying to quickly shot some video for your youth group using your phone, but the audio is just not great?  Check out this handy-dandy little invention!  Even though it is not invented for youth ministry, it truly is a "youth ministry invention"!!? 

Buy the Loud and Clear Lapel Mic at the Photojojo Store!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Resource #68: "Teenagers and Cyberbullying" (Infographic)

FROM YOUTH MINISTRY MEDIA ---  1. 81% of teenagers say that online bulling is easier to get away with. How is this possible? Teens today resonate with social justice issues, and yet 1 in 3 students are being threatened online. How can we help students to become the whistleblowers of what is happening in their schools?

Also, how can we help parents to protect their kids from being set up in a situation where their kids will be bullied online. I think of online programs like, and other things where I often see students setting themselves up for being bullied. Just because a online service is out there doesn’t necessarily mean a teenager needs to be on it.

2. Face-to-face communication between teens is becoming unnecessary. I would love to know the stats of how many friends that you have on Facebook would actually call you a friend. Marshall McLuhan said, “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” I have to wonder how our iPhones and other technology is shaping an entire generation. We need to have goals for how we use technology. Face-to-face communication is the key. We need to help students prioritize building real relationships in a digital world.

3. 1 in 5 cyberbullied teens think about suicide. This is alarming. Warning lights should be going off in your head. Teenagers in your youth ministry, in my youth ministry are thinking about ending it all because of a photo, or a conversation, or something online......" 

CLICK HERE (got see the "InfoGraphic")

Teaching Clip #26 : "Who Is Jesus?" (w/lesson series link)

If you are looking for a lesson or a lesson series on "Who Is Jesus?"  Check out my 5 week lesson series: "THE ORIGINAL SUPERMAN" 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Chaos Night (Games and Fun!)

Here is a quick PDF list for a NEWLY UPDATE COLLECTION OF  30 Christmas time upfront challenges, group games, and relays to try out with your group during the holiday season in the coming weeks.

They are not all originals or purely my own, but they are all field-tested on my own groups over the year. All of these are ones that my groups have loved! They were all part of my Crazy Christmas Chaos Night coming up next week!

Use the whole thing as one big event night or use just the ones you think you will work as part of your Christmas Party, New Year's Eve, or other event you have coming up! 

Hope it helps and saves you a couple minutes looking around or trying to brain-storm up your own list? 

CLICK HERE (to get the FREE PDF)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas/Stewardship Lesson Series: "Uncommon Cents" (FREE)

Series Overview and Idea:
The Middle School and Jr. High Christmas Series About Possessions, Money and Giving Using 3 Popular Christmas Time Movies: "It's A Wonderful Life", "A Christmas Story", and "A Christmas Carol

The Series Outline Includes:
- Key scripture passages & study
- Video clip suggestions
- Discussion questions

Lessons Overview:
#1:"Uncommon Cents: Possession and Stuff
#2:"Uncommon Cents: Money and Spending"
#3:"Uncommon Cents: Giving and Receiving" 

News U Can Use: "Middle Schoolers Making Blankets for the Homeless"

" Shawnee Heights Middle School students Emily Reb and Patricia Jones tied strips of fabric into knots around the edge of a large blanket Tuesday morning in the school’s library.

The seventh-grade girls were among several students who worked that morning on blankets that will be taken on Dec. 4 to the Topeka Rescue Mission and distributed among its residents. In all, the students plan to donate 25 blankets, each wrapped in cellophane and with an accompanying Christmas card...."


Monday, December 8, 2014

Top 10: Rudolph Was a Jr. High Boy Reindeer?

10. Wild Young Buck? 

9.  Clumsy Playing Games with Others?

8.  Shy and Struggled with the Girls, But Still Tries to Show Off Anyway? 

7.  Mood Swings with Fits of Rage and Depression?

6. Bullied by those Who Were Cooler and More Popular?

5. Group of Weird, Misfit Friends? 

4.  Tried to Run Away from Home? 

3. Girlfriend's Dad Thought He was a Freak and Made Them Break Up? 

2. Weird Red Thing on the End of His Nose that Almost Glows!?

1. Grew Up and All the Things That No One Got, End Up Being a Part of His True Calling!? 

Monday Morning Inspiration "Leaders Eat Last"


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas and Winter Media Freebies!

A quick little collection of 20 Christmas Time and Winter Time Motions and Countdowns...FREE! 

Motion Backgrounds


Motions, Countdowns, Illustrations, and More by Using the  MEDIA RESOURCE Tab Above!! 

Teaching Clip #25: "What is the Gospel?"

Looking for a lesson series about sharing the gospel?  Download my FREE 4 week lesson series:  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Free Game Resource: "10 Christmas Minute to Win It Games"

From the Christmas Time Ministry Elves over at CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DEALS comes another holiday treat just in time for your Youth Group Christmas party, Staff get together, or a Romantic Date Night with your Spouse???

Games Included:
- Look Ma, No Tape!
- Nut Stacker
- Carol of the Bells
- Tree Cups
- Red Nose
- Wreath Race
- Fishmas Time Is Here
- Christmas Is Back
- Whipped Trees
- Snowball Fight

CLICK HERE (to start getting your Christmas Time Cheer On!!)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lesson Series: "Connect" (Relationships)

A Newly Updated, and Recently Taught SIX Lesson Teaching Series About Our Relationships and Our Connection With God That Leads to Better Connections with Others.  Based on Luke 10:27.  

- Lesson 1: "Connect With God"
- Lesson 2: "Connect With Others #1: Faith Connection"
- Lesson 3: "Connect With Others #2: Friend Connection"
- Lesson 4: "Connection With Others #3: Frenemy Connection"

- Lesson 5: "Connect With Others #4: " A Just Being Friends Connection"
- Lesson 6: "The Connection in You" 

(*Lesson include brief outline for the lesson, along with scriptures.  Also included is some additional suggested ideas, object lesson, video clip links, movie illustration suggestions)

CLICK HERE (to check out lesson #1 and download the all lesson outlines-PDF)

New U Can Use: "Shoes With GPS Tracking"


" For a reason unknown to parents, kids are constantly doing their best to get lost or wander off into some sort of danger. In the past we’ve seen the Sync Smartband send alerts to parents if their child moves out of their sight. Created in China, Budiu are a pair of kids’ sneakers that feature embedded GPS locators so parents know where they are....


Monday, December 1, 2014

December Featured Resource: "Youth Ministry Answers"

My Friends and Partners in MS/JH Ministry Resourcing,  Kenny and Elle Campbell Are Back With Yet Another Great Youth Ministry Resources! 

 The People Who Brought You Great Things Like "STUFF YOU CAN USE" and "FUN NINJA" Return With Their Newest Project "YOUTH MINISTRY ANSWERS"!! It a Twice a Week Podcast Answering All of YOUR  Questions on Youth Ministry! 

Check out the quick introduction video below or CLICK HERE to go directly to the site to start recording your very own questions now!!? 

Youth Ministry Answers from Kenny Campbell on Vimeo.

CLICK HERE (to get it on I-Tunes)

Top 10: Santa is a JH Youth Pastor?

10. He Is At Least 2 Feet Taller Than Anybody He Works With? (hello- little 7th grader way down there.)

9. Tummy That Jiggles Like a "Bowl Full of Jelly"? (more like a bowl full of pizza!?)

8. Hip Cool Facial Hair? 

7. Is All Into Giving Away Stuff? (who wants a cool Free t-shirt or the new LeCrae CD?)

6. People Are Always Leaving Him Cookies? (all those sweet little old ladies at the church, baking around the holidays!)

5. He Knows When You Have Been Naughty or Nice? (just because you are sitting in the back row doesn't mean he can't see you talking though my lesson?)

4. Is Always Carrying a Big Bag of Stuff? (cinch sack, messenger bag, backpack,...)

3. Christmas Is His Busiest Time of Year
? (enough said...)

2. Works At Macy's? (has to work an extra part time job on the side?)

1. Is A Grown Man But Has An Office Full of Toys? (they are ALL object lessons and for illustrations...really?)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Ministry Partner Cyber Monday Sale!!

CLICK HERE (to Get All"Bundled" Up!)

Still Not Sure or Have Never Heard of Parent Ministry. Net.  Check out the quick video tour below!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Game #67 "Peanut Butter Rudolph"

A quick easy silly Up-Front Christmas time game.  

For the beginning of youth group or as part of your Christmas party! 

- Small jar of Peanut Butter
- 2-4 Ping Pong Balls
- Optional: Red Permanent Marker

Explanation/Game Play:

Simple Explanation: Player will bounce a ping pong ball and try to catch it using only peanut butter smeared on the end of their nose.

Game Play:
- Ask for 2-4 volunteers.
- Bring the volunteers to the front
- Smear a large amount of peanut butter on the end of the their nose
- Hand each a ping pong ball
- Explain the simple rule: "bounce the ping pong ball and try to catch the ping pong ball with the end of your nose.  No hand allowed for catching!

Using a red permanent marker color the ping pong balls red!

Example Photo: 

News U Can Use: "UGG's Targeting Success to 17 Million Tweens"

" In a time when most marketers are just starting to ramp up mobile investments to target millennials, UGG appears to be well ahead of the curve by targeting iPod Touch-toting tweens. And the footwear brand shared results with Adweek from a recent campaign, shedding light on what promise such a strategy may hold for marketers with younger-skewing demographics...." 
CLICK HERE (to Read the Rest from ADWEEK)
** THOUGHT: Part of the continuing conversation and thought for those of working with the "Middle Years" (10-15, 5th-9th grade).  What would happen if we "jumped ahead of the curve" and starting thinking beyond just doing ministry and church for the mom and dad millennials and started truly considering the future rising church? The age and group that beginning to throw its weight in every marketplace, see my past thoughts in "Keys to the Kingdom..."

Monday, November 24, 2014

10 MORE: Hints to Transitioning into a New Youth Ministry!

10. Have a Fun Event for the Students Just Let Them Get to Know You, Your Spouse, and Family. (Make it Pure Relationship Building, Not Programming) 

9.  Drive Around the Area Around Your Church.  Get to Know the Area (Allow Yourself to Get Completely Lost) 

8. Send Out an Email Introducing Yourself to All the Parents and Kids.  Share More Than Just Your Ministry Experience and Qualifications.  (Make it Personal and Real) 

7. Walk Around and Introduce Yourself to All the Secretaries.  Spend a Couple Minutes Talk to Each.  (*They are one of your greatest assets and allies) 

6. Volunteer to Serve In Two Other Ministries In Church Other Than Your Own for A Week. 

5. If The Church Doesn't- Ask To Come Up on the Stage with Your Family Have 5 Minutes to Introduce Yourself During Service(s) 

4. Find the Nearest Place, To the Church with Truly Good Coffee.  (you will not regret it) 

3. Find Out Where All Your Students Go to School.  Call the School With in the First 6 Months and Introduce Yourself to the Principal.  

2. Get a Current Head Shot of Every Regular Attending Students.  Memorize their Face and Get to Know Their Name.   (quiz yourself or come up with a system to get to know names and faces until you do) 

1.  Establish a Regular Date Day/Night/Time In Your Schedule Immediately! (*if you are not married, this still might apply??) 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Game #66: "Duct Tape Head" (big group/team/icebreaker)

Just Another One of Those Fun Upfront Team Games That Has Been Floating Around The Files for Years.  We Usually Play It the The First Night of A Retreat or Other Time as A Quick Silly Low-Activity Team Competition. 

- A Small Roll of Duct Tape

Game Play and Explanation

Explanation: It is simple update on the old "Bring Me" game (see Here or Here). Two teams compete to be the first group to be able to have someone bring something to the leader. 

Set Up: Divide the group into 2-4 equal teams.  Dividing them up by gender, grade, or randomly.   Ask for each team to send a volunteer up to be the "Duct Tape Head".    Have the volunteer either sit or stand at the front of the room.  Take one large long piece of duct tape and create a "head band" around each of the volunteer's heads.

Game Play: Explain that you will be asking each team to be the first group to be able to "bring up" an announced item and stick to their team's "Duct Tape Head".   A point will be given to the team with the first item brought up and stuck to their person's head.  

List of Suggestions: 
- Money, candy, a rubber band, a hair ties, chewed gum, a sock, a shoe, a long hair, a watch, a wallet, a gift card, a necklace, a paper clip, an arm pit hair, a booger.... and So On!!  Be creative and have fun! 

Here is an example

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

News U Can Use: "11 Facts about Sexting"

1. Teenage girls have a few reasons for sexting: 40 percent do it as a joke, 34 percent do it to feel sexy, and 12 percent feel pressured to do it.

2. Who will see your sext? 17% of sexters share the messages they receive with others, and 55% of those share them with more than one person.

3. While nearly 70% of teen boys and girls who sext do so with their girlfriend or boyfriend, 61% of all sexters who have sent nude images admit that they were pressured to do it at least once.

4. Nearly 40% of all teenagers have posted or sent sexually suggestive messages, but this practice is more common among boys than girls.

5. Sending semi-nude or nude photos is more common among teens girls. 22% of teen girls report sending images of this nature, while only 18% of same-age boys have.

6. 15% of teens who have sent or posted nude/semi-nude images of themselves send these messages to people they have never met, but know from the Internet.

7. Sending or receiving a sexually suggestive text or image under the age of 18 is considered child pornography and can result in criminal charges.

8. 24% of high-school age teens (ages 14 to 17) and 33% of college-age students (ages 18 to 24) have been involved in a form of nude sexting.

9. Sexting is defined by the U.S. court system as “an act of sending sexually explicit materials through mobile phones.” The messages may be text, photo, or video.

10. In the U.S., 8 states have enacted bills to protect minors from sexting, and an additional 14 states have proposed bills to legislation.

11. 11% of teen girls ages 13 to 16 have been involved with sending or receiving sexually explicit messages.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Top 10: Hints to Transitioning into a New Youth Ministry

10. Make Sure Your Personal Family Finds Their Place in the Church & Ministry Immediately!

9. Do Not Be Afraid to Ask "Dumb" and "Obvious" Questions About Everything! 

8.  Find Out the Written and Unwritten Expectations, "Rules" and Policies Quickly!

7. Have Lunch or Coffee With Every Single Other Pastor/Leader on Staff as Soon As Possible.

6. Set Up and Unpack Your Office Within the First Week. 

5. Have a Parent Meeting Within the First Month, That Includes A Transparent Questions & Answer Time. 

4. Have a Volunteer Meeting Within the First Month! 

3. Have Lunch with the Head of Maintenance and Let Them Take a Couple Hours to Show You around the Building! 

2. Listen and Find Out the History and Experiences of the Church, Ministry, Area, and People!!

1.  Spend One Week Locked in Your Office After You Have Done #10-#2, Praying, Working Through, and Writing Out a Vision and Direction for Your First 6 Months, Including a Calendar Events, Teaching Scope and Sequence, and List of Things That You Would Like to Accomplish. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Youth Ministry Meme #73

Use as just a quick helpful reminder for your students for your WEEKLY youth group night?? 

Youth Ministry Invention? #28: Light Socket Wireless Speakers.

" These cool new Audio Light Bulbs are wireless, illuminated speakers that install as easily as screwing in a light bulb!

 Just dock your iPod/iPhone or other music player into the transmitter and the bulbs play back crisp audio wirelessly from their full-range, 10-watt speakers. Don't worry about losing light sources, they even double as regular 60-watt light bulbs with integrated super bright LEDs. 

You get a set of two speaker light bulbs that are expandable up to eight, and a handy remote that controls the audio and even dims the light.

CLICK HERE ( to check them out and maybe buy a couple for your youth room, office, or...bathroom?? )

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Time Game: "Pop-SICKLE"

A Quick Ran-Dumb, Bit Gross Thanksgiving Time Up Front Game to Add to Your Collection.  

A classic that I posted a while back that many people tried out!

It is a youth group favorite that continue to Live On Over the Years! 

- Popsicle makers, similar to what is shown, but if you can find ones that are not see through it adds to the fun
- A Jar or 2 of Turkey (or Beef) Gravy
- A Freezer

Instructions:As if you can't already figure out where this is going. You are going to create 4-6 "Pop-SICK-les" using our Beef Gravy, instead of the normal juice or Kool-Aid.  The frozen gravy, freezes well and looks very similar to a fudgesicle or other chocolate frozen treat!

You can either call up 2 volunteers to each eat 2-3 or as many volunteers as you have "pop-sick-les" and have everyone just eat one. 

You can tell them that it is going to be a "brain-freeze" challenge to see who can eat their Popsicle the fastest. 

 Ready, Set, Go...and let the funny faces and surprise begin.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The JH Uth Guy Thought of The Week

News U Can Use: "14 Year Old's Cyber-Bullying Invention" (Article & TedxTeen)


ARTICLE: " Trisha Prabhu, a 13-year-old from Chicago, won a spot as one of Google's 15 Global Science Fair finalists for her project about stopping cyberbullying by making teens and tweens think before posting hurtful comments. 
The science behind Prabhu's idea is simple: Teens are impulsive and, because of their brain structure, more likely to post hurtful messages without pausing to think about the consequences...." 
Read more: