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Surviving Youth Ministry

At a recent youth worker convention, one presenter made the observation that the average youth pastor has a four-year tenure before experiencing frustration, failure and burnout. This is a sad commentary on the...
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Water Hose Relay

For this wet and wild outdoor game you simply need a water hose attached to a spigot, various-sized water containers, and a stopwatch (or app on a cell phone).  The game is best played on a hot day, with two o...
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Game: Grid Ball

This dodge-ball style game is best played with large Nerf balls. Create a four-square grid in the parking lot or your gymnasium, and divide the teenagers into four teams (one team per grid). Give each team two ...
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Cat Virus!

Now that cat videos on YouTube are going viral, use this trend to play a fun game.  Download several of your favorite cat videos (or clips) and load them onto a laptop that can be shown on a larger screen befo...
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Teens and Summer

Psalm 4: Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge (Psalm 16, NIV) Sadly, high school graduations and summer breaks frequently lead teenagers into poor decisions.  Car accidents, alcohol and drugs, p...
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Musical Balloons

This is a variation of the classic game musical chairs. But for this version, air-filled balloons (of the same size) will be needed.  Make sure to have enough balloons on hand for your group size.  Play like ...
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Praying the Lord’s Prayer

Perhaps the most formative prayer of the church is the Lord’s Prayer.  In Catholic tradition this prayer is know at the “Our Father”.  Many congregations pray this prayer every week.  Some Christians p...
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Sponge Out

During the dog days of summer heat, outdoor water games can be popular, and Sponge Out is a blast. Divide the group into teams, give each team a box of sidewalk chalk, and then instruct each team to create a la...
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Frustrations

Not long ago my wife and I experienced a series of frustrations in our house.  First, our electrical system began to develop problems—with lights going out, or not coming on at all.  Then, our furnace stopp...
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Balloon Olympics

In the spirit of the winter Olympics, here are three indoor games that can be played with balloons. Some are individual games, others require teamwork. Balloony Toons This game will require the long variety...