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?)