I recently received this great question from a fellow youth pastor:
“I was wondering what your position is on playing games during youth? I am not a huge advocate of playing games during or before youth group starts. However we have had a steady decline in the number of High School Youth that are attending our HS youth night. When I asked some of the students that are still coming why, the others had stopped coming they mentioned that they wanted to play more games. When I first arrived here back in March there was a large emphasis on games and the High School kids got used to that. With that said the High Students lack depth and they are the only group asking for more games. I believe that my purpose here is to develop depth within the youth group through the presentation of the Gospel each and every week and that a larger emphasis on a message and worship should and will be my primary objective. I fear that our HS group simply wants to come to be entertained and I am not interested in that. I do realize that youth should be fun and I’m not completely opposed to playing a game every now and then but I was wondering what your stance was on games with in your ministry and how you utilize them if you utilize them at all. ”
I love that honesty and his focus on the gospel. He is so right when it comes to the purpose, focus, and reason for gathering teens together for a worship service. Here’s my response to him:
“That’s a great question. Here are a few of my thoughts. I understand you wanting to shy away from games because of your heart for the Word and because of the past of your student ministry being focused on games. I’m in a little different situation. Continue reading →
If you’ve read our two earlier posts on our Middle School Only and High School Only “Back 2 School Bash” events, then you know what’s up! We love to throw a huge party for all the teens in our surrounding community. We don’t publicize it except for word of mouth by our students. God has used our students so greatly over the last few years, that we’ve had to go to 2 B2SB events as Middle School Only and High School Only. So here you go, here’s our event video of what all happened at our CBSM B2SB! Oh and by the way, FLAME will be coming to Capshaw Baptist on Wednesday, October 5!
We absolutely love this game at CBSM! Start your game off with this Light-Saber Intro Video. Then show the students how to do it. They grasp their enemy/opponents hand, and point out their index finger as their light-saber. All they have to do is touch their partner with their one light-saber anywhere on their body (except for their arm from their elbow to their hand on their light saber arm…that would be so cheap). Run 30 second light-saber battle rounds. Guys play guys, and girls play against girls. At the end of each round, losers sit and winners play each other until it dwindles down to the 2 championship rounds of the guy pair and girl pair. Play this mp3 to spice up your light-saber battles to epic proportions! Star Wars Light Saber Battle Song.mp3
This is one of CBSM’s most favorite videos of all time. I’ve met this dude before, and he’s a great guy. A youth pastor in California somewhere I believe. But about once a year, we’ll start out our youth service with this video. Then we’ll ask the whole student ministry to stand up and copy the Old Testament Dance (from 1:45 to 2:15 on the video). I’ll watch for the best dancers, and pick the top 10 to come up on stage and have an Old Testament Dance Off with the video playing with them from 1:45 to 2:15. The only rule we have is that the students don’t turn around with their rump shaking the crowd as “the booty drops like the walls of Jericho.” Your student ministry will love this! Give a free snack or drink to the winner.
I recently saw that “GAMES” is the most searched word on the internet when it comes to youth ministry. So I am going to try to start listing all of our youth group games that we do every week on the blog in order to be a free resources and blessing to other youth pastors. Here’s the game we played last week:
TUGGLE WAR: Tuggle War is a one on one kind of game. The students spread their feet shoulder-width apart. They face their partner, and they lock their right hands together. When the leader says go, they use that one hand locked with their opponent to push, pull, and yank their partner off their balance. The first one to move or shift their feet from the very spots they are standing in…LOSES. You cannot use your other hand or any other part of your body whatsoever to touch your opponent. The object is to get the other person to move, shift, or lift a food to put them out. We usually run one quick practice round. Then we go for real. The winners of the first round find another opponent from the other winners, and you keep playing out each round until you have an ultimate winner. We only let each round go about 30 seconds. We play high energy music during the rounds. And everyone has a blast. That is our CBSM Game Time: Tuggle War!