Hard Times Roundtable

  In youth ministry, there’s no shortage of rough patches. You think you’ve got the lock-in planned, scheduled and effectively organized, and the location calls at the last minute and cancels your res...

Reimagining Small Group Ministry

If you’re like me, small group ministry with students has been a bit of a challenge. In at least one of the ministries I’ve lead, my entire youth group would have been considered a small group. (ha!). Mor...

Name Red Rover

Divide the group into two equal teams, and have them stand across from each other in a typical Red Rover style. Choose one team to start, have that team choose one person from the other team to "come over." Aft...

Q Tip War

You'll need: Army men, cotton swabs, drinking straws. Divide your group into two or more smaller groups, giving each an adequate number of straws, a box of Q-tips, and a set of plastic army men (or farm animal...

2017 Themes

We're excited to announce our 2017 themes for YouthWorker Journal! YouthWorker Journal publishes a monthly digital magazine, and a quarterly print magazine. We also publish fresh content weekly over at the Yout...

Safe Sanctuaries

I was a teenager when I was first immersed in the sexuality conversation. A family member and I had an honest conversation about their struggle with homosexuality. This was back in the 80’s in the Midwest, wh...

Take the Advent Adventure

Quick Backdrop Advent. Some church traditions observe an Advent season while others do not. Regardless of your tradition, the season of Advent is an opportunity to filter out the busyness and distractions of t...

Game: Thanks-living

For this learning game you will need a globe—and is best played by a small group or as a prelude to a more intimate time of prayer. Invite each of the teens to spin the globe, and as it is spinning, to stop ...