Youth Group game: Snowball Fight

October 22, 2013    
Ben Read    

When I was 16 growing up in California, this was my all time favorite game to play at Youth Group. I pulled it from the memory banks recently and have no idea why it took me so long to remember this game to play now that I am a Youth Pastor. Snowball Fight is a game where the group is divided in half, with each team getting a half of the youth…    read more 

Talk like a Pirate Game Night

September 18, 2013    
Ben Read    

Yesterday, during our Youth Ministry Roundtable, Justin Herman dropped some knowledge that this Thursday, September 19th, is National talk like a Pirate day. That got me going with some games to play with our Middle Schoolers tonight, and since none of these require too much set up, I figured some other Youth Pastors could use these games in their Youth Ministries tonight as well!   So those are three that I came…    read more 

Youth Group Game: Pirate Sayings

September 18, 2013    
Ben Read    

For this game, you can either choose to make it a volunteer game or a group play. Stick with the same three teams from the last game, Scowl’n growl, and you’ll be all set! For the volunteer variation, you’ll need three podiums that each have some sort of buzzer (push lights work great!) and for the group version, just some way to know which group raises their hands first. Either way, the…    read more 

Youth Group Game: Scowl'n Growl

September 18, 2013    
Ben Read    

How do you talk like a Pirate? It takes a certain amount of skill to be able to perfectly pull off the lingo and the accent, but after this game, you’ll know who’s got the chops to join Jack Sparrow on his next mystical quest to the isle of tortuga. Our Wednesday Nights are our Small Group nights for middle school ministry, so we had students in clusters already. You’ll need to…    read more 

Youth Group Game: Peg Leg

September 18, 2013    
Ben Read    

This is a super simple game to play that was almost called Pirate Training, but we went with Peg Leg instead. Think of your basic Sharks and Minnows type game, one student in the middle of the room trying to tag others who have to run from one end to the other when the leader says. Peg Leg is a simple variation of that game to go along with National Talk like…    read more 

Youth Group Game: The Fury of John McEnroe

September 17, 2013    
Ben Read    

This is a great game that was submitted by one of our readers, and I love it. We’re definitely going to try playing this before it get’s too cold outside here in Massachusetts. If you’ve got a great game you think other Youth Pastor’s would love to play with their ministries, email it to and we’ll get it to the masses! I’m not sure how this game came about exactly, except…    read more 

Airborne Ice cream

September 11, 2013    
Ben Read    

Here’s a great game/event idea submitted by a member of our Youthmin Community, Aaron Thompson. I’ll let his words explain the event: Last night was our kickoff night for the ministry year.  Our goal was to make space for new kids to plug in, and to make the night memorable and energizing for the year ahead.  One activity our student leader team came up with was Airborne Ice Cream.  Here’s what we…    read more 

Youth Ministry Group Game: Sclaven

August 27, 2013    
Ben Read    

Here’s a game one of my adult leaders gave me that has been a blast to play, and is perfect from groups of 9-900, as well as appealing to guys and girls. Sclaven This game will require an open field, but if you have a smaller group, you could play it in a gym or Youth Room, depending on size, as well as goals. Whenever we play, we use a soccer field…    read more 

Guest Post: 6 ways we try and have fun as Students Walk through our Doors

August 25, 2013    

We try hard to engage students with fun from the moment they walk in our doors. Here are a few things we do… 1. We have greeters to welcome everyone and we give them fun t-shirts to wear that say things like “High Five” and “Fist Bump”. 2. We ask fun “would you rather” questions as students walk in and then show the results later on the screen with opportunities to win…    read more 

Free Game Idea: Seated-Basket-Foosball

August 20, 2013    
Frank Gil    

I played human-foosball at a camp last year and loved it. I wanted to duplicate it, however, the amount of wood, space, and time needed to create such a thing would be too much for me to do. I forgot about it, and then last Wednesday as I was getting ready for the night, I forgot to come up with a game (story of my life). So I sat there and began…    read more