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Great Game Ideas

Chris —  March 4, 2014 — 3 Comments

Who couldn’t use more game ideas for Wednesday Night?  Last week the YS Idea Lab featured the king of youth group games, Les Christie giving some fun ideas.

What’s your favorite youth ministry game?

Need more games ideas, check these out:

Ball and Game Bundle - Physical
Games - Video Edition - Physical
Absurd Holiday Games Vol 1 - Digital

Son of God Movie Resources

Chris —  February 24, 2014 — 3 Comments

The Son of God movie from Mark Burnett opens this week, and I saw this awesome version of the trailer done in LEGOs.  It might be a fun way to introduce your students if you plan on taking a group.  You can also download a ton of FREE resources from the film’s site.

Do you plan on taking a group of students?

Flappy Crowd Youth Ministry Game

Chris —  February 21, 2014 — 3 Comments

If you are looking for a super fun new game for your youth ministry, you need to check out Flappy Crowd.  You may not be able to get Flappy Bird in the App store any more, but you can still get your students playing a fun version on the screen in your youth room.  Get the crowd flapping to keep the bird in the air and collect coins and power ups.

This is how it works:

Check it out over at DYM.

Don’t Miss NYWC

Chris —  October 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

NYWC in San Diego wrapped up last week, and it was an awesome weekend.  Here were some of my highlights:

  1. The Big Rooms – The speakers and worship leaders were just great.  There’s a lot going on in my personal life right now (check my Facebook page for more on that) and God just orchestrated exactly what I needed to hear.  Plus worship with people like Rend Collective, Digital Age and Audrey Assad was so uplifting.
  2. The Idea Lab – This was something that we started at NYWC last year, and it really came into it’s own this weekend.  It’s such great practical training in an intimate setting.  The talk backs with the speakers and artists were also a great insight into who they are and why they do what they do.
  3. Just being around youth workers.  There’s nothing like spending the weekend with thousands of other youth workers.  I love catching up with friends that I usually only get to see in person at these events.  It’s a giant gathering of so many my Facebook friends.

If you were there what was your highlight?

There’s still time to join us in Nashville.  It’s my favorite Youth Ministry event in one of my favorite cities.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  If you register by Friday you can still save up to $50 a person.

I hope to see you there.



Are you excited for the new Superman movie?  I know I am, and I came across a pastor’s resource website for the movie. It has free talk outlines, downloadable clips and images.  Everything you need to plan a fun summer lesson based on what will likely be one of the biggest movies of the summer.  It would also make a great father’s day lesson.

Click HERE to check out the resources.

Badgify Nametags Made Easy

Chris —  May 14, 2013 — 1 Comment

Have you ever needed to make name tags or badges for an activity, event, meeting or trip in your ministry?  There’s a great new app for your PC or Mac that makes it easy, plus the badges look amazing.  It’s called Badgify, and it’s available at Download Youth Ministry.

Here’s what the creator at pdesigns describes it:

Have a new volunteer? No problem! Just enter their name and BAM! You have a new, printable badge for them to wear! Making the process quick and painless is our primary goal. In fact, we designed it to be so easy, a volunteer with absolutely no graphic design experience, can knock out badges for an event with no effort whatsoever.

You’ll be able to create a badge for any occasion in less than 10 seconds. Once your badge is created, it will save to your computer as a JPG that you can print on any printer. No need for any training or graphic experience. Just a few clicks and you’re done!

Tired of boring badges? Want something more than a white square with a name (we’ve been to too many boring badge conferences)? Our badges have been designed with “Oh that looks really cool” in mind. Choose from six unique designs and easily swap between them without having to retype your info.

After playing with it for awhile, I can confirm, that’s it’s as easy as the description says, and it looks way better than something I might throw together. Here’s a screen shot of the app making a name tag for myself:


You can see the options are very simple and straight forward. You have fields for First Name, Last Name, Church, and Position, but if there’s one you might not wish you use you can turn any of them on or off for the badge you are working on.  Once you have everything typed in, the app creates a PDF for printing. There are currently 6 styles of tags to choose from, but the developer says more are on the way.

Here’s a quick video about how it works:

Right now you can pick up Badgify for only $12.  I’m not sure how long that price will last, so I would act fast.

To learn more or to BUY, visit Download Youth Ministry.

If you haven’t read these great books by Kara Powell, Chap Clark, and Brad Griffin, this is your chance to pick them up for only $2.99 on the Kindle store.  I don’t know how long this offer will last, so I wouldn’t wait.

This is a great curriculum too, it’s not $2.99, but still a pretty good deal at $6.64.  Great to teach your seniors before they graduate.

From now until Christmas the iPad iBooks version of The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse by Michael Gungor is free. I haven’t finished it yet, but what I’ve read is great.  It’s been a both thought provoking and funny look at how we are all creative.  The iPad version is also full of great visuals and audio to accompany it.

From the Publisher:

The_Crowd_the_Critic_and_the_Muse_A_Book_for_Creators.225x225-75“We are all creators. Whether or not we create is not up to us. We are human, and creating is what we do. Every interaction, movement, and decision is creativity at work. We are all artists. We all order creation around us into the world that we want to make.”–Michael Gungor

In The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse, Michael Gungor takes an uncompromising–and humorous–look at our creative selves and the world that we have fashioned around us. Through story and reflection, Gungor shows how our deepest beliefs and assumptions about the universe affect how we order creation.

An award-winning, globetrotting musician, Gungor also reveals his personal journey as an artist and creator, a tale of moving from innocence to wisdom, from simplicity to complexity and back again, a tale of leaving home and
returning in a new, better, and more creative way.

The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse - Michael Gungor

Weekend Worship Review #5

Jon —  November 12, 2012 — 1 Comment

Sunday marked the second week of our All Out War series! I’m gonna keep this post brief because it’s a crazy busy week for me.

Gimme 5:

Yesterday we played Gimme 5. This is one of our students favorite challenges! We have all the students grouped at tables during our worship services, and this challenge pits tables against one another. Basically the host of our service, a volunteer named Michael Johns, calls out questions like, “Gimme 5 weapons of war,” or “Gimme 5 words that have to word WAR in them”. Students then work with their tables to write down 5 answers. As soon as they have 5 they have someone run that list across the room to me. The first 3 lists to make it to me are read off in order. We have a judge who has a buzzer determining if the answers are legitimate. You can purchase a Gimme 5 book by Les Christie here.

Here is a free graphic I created for Gimme 5. Enjoy.

Gimme Five


Weekend Worship Review #4

Jon —  November 9, 2012 — 2 Comments

A Topic Teaser video, Slide for Joust, and much more!

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