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Monthly Archives: January 2013

What It Takes To Be A Game ChangerGames can be tricky. That’s one of the reasons we offer gaming tips and not just a list of games on our blog. I realize that more people visit for the games, but my hope is that we can also help leaders become better at incorporating fun and relevant games into their meetings. In this Thursday’s Tip of the Day, we will be discussing What It Takes To Be A Game Changer.

There’s nothing worse than playing a game just to play a game- especially if it stinks. What leader wants to consistently spend time digging out of the funk that was created because of a bad game?

Ministry is moved by momentum. I constantly preach about flow to our ministry team. Ideally, you want their to be a steady stream that leads us closer to God’s presence. In a gathering, most churches do this through singing praise and worship songs, as well as the preaching of a message. My challenge to you is to find out how games can actually enhance your ministry.

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Duct TapeCotton BallsToday’s Wild Game is Covered in Cotton. This is a simple game that involves one of man’s best friends… duct tape!

ITEMS NEEDED – 1 Roll of Duct Tape & 100 Cotton Balls per team (you decide how many)

GAME TIME – 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – 3-10 Participants Per Team

INSTRUCTIONS

This is a super simple and incredibly fun game to play with students. Once you’ve purchased the duct tape and cotton balls, select your teams. Explain to them that they will need to choose a “wrappee”, and that everyone else will be “wrappers”. Once they’ve selected someone, they will then wrap the “wrappee” in duct tape (give them 1-2 minutes) with the sticky side out.

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Who DatThis Tuesday’s Game of the Week is simply entitled, Who Dat?. This is Super Bowl week, and since the game is being played in New Orleans, we thought that we’d change the title of today’s game to honor the occasion.

Who Dat? poses either or scenarios. I first heard it while listening to Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio. If you decide not to use the lists below, it will require a fair amount of time to come up with a list of names, but other than that, the game is incredibly simple.

PREP TIME– None (if you use the lists provided), 30-45 minutes to create your own list

ITEMS NEEDED– None

PARTICIPANTS– 4 or play with either group

GAME TIME– 3-5 minutes

INSTRUCTIONS

Let’s say you choose Celebrity Baby or 80’s Hair Band?, all you will do is read a name and let them guess whether it is a Celebrity Baby name or an 80’s Hair Band. If they are correct, they will continue on to the next name. If they get three consecutive names right they win a prize.

If you want to play as a group, you can simply read the name and have them guess. If you want to narrow it down to one winner, have them stand for one side and sit for another. After the first name continue to advance the students who guessed correctly until you have only one person remaining.

Here are some sample lists you can use:

Super Bowl QB or Sportscaster

Celebrity Baby or 80s Hair Band

Hockey Player or Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Plant or Broadway Play

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Im Right ButtonDo you like to argue? I do. Before being saved and called into ministry, I was convinced I would become a lawyer- think of a young Matlock. I loved to debate anyone on just about anything. I was passionate. I was articulate. And I was right! At least that’s how I viewed things.

The reality was that I had a major problem. I was never wrong. I was so stubborn that I found myself arguing for things I didn’t even believe and about things I didn’t even care about.

I must confess that over the years I have had my fair share of mishaps and meltdowns as the result of an ill-advised argument. I’m not proud of my behavior or attitude, but I eventually had to come to grips with it if I wanted to be the leader God called me to be. After a while, I realized that I was the only common denominator in the equation. But as G.I. Joe says, “knowing is only half the battle”.

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Game Show BlogHappy Friday! Our Friday Favorite comes courtesy of Game Show Blog. GSB is the brainchild of Dave Harris & Steve Stone. These great guys are also affiliated with Digital Stache, Church Tech Talk & Stuff I Can Use (not to be confused with the Stuff You Can Use blog). I encourage you to check out some of their other work in addition to my review of Game Show Blog.

One of the first things you’ll notice about GSB is that the site looks extremely professional and its sleek look makes it easy to navigate. GSB also offers amazing graphics that you can use with each game. In all honesty, I have spent way too much time over the years searching for and creating graphics that I feel match the quality of the game we are playing. They take of that for you in one fell swoop!

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Test DriveThursday’s Tip of the Day encourages you to Take a Test Drive with your games. I must admit, I frequently break this rule and it has come back to bite me on numerous occasions.

Doing a brief run through of your game does a few things:

1. It Eliminates Duds

When you test drive a game, you see if the game actually has an engine to run. If it doesn’t ignite or is overly complicated from the get go, it’s time to find a new game.

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Donkey Kong Diddy Kong BananasYet another wonderful Wednesday is upon us, so that must mean it’s time for Wednesday’s Wild Game of the Week! Today’s game is Blindfolded Banana Bonanza.

In all honesty, today’s game is not as much a game as it is a bit of a fun prank. That being said, you may have the perfect person in mind by the time you finish reading this post!

PLEASE choose someone who can deal with being laughed at. I recommend older guys, maybe even a leader. You know your group best, but it probably wouldn’t go down real well if you caused a sensitive Jr. High girl to run out crying!!

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