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GratitudeGratitude is contagious. However, so is ingratitude. Over the years I have noticed this to be true in every walk of life. Youth ministries, work places, classrooms and homes are all impacted by the attitudes we choose to have.

In just a few hours I am going to a funeral for a 47-year old single mother who passed away from cancer. She leaves behind two daughters and a teenage son.  Through this time, the family has come back together and become stronger than it has been in years.

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dont be that guyWe hope you had an incredible weekend! In today’s Monday Minute we are talking about how to deal with that guy. You know who I’m talking about- they guy who thinks that your ice-breaker is the Super Bowl, the guy who yells at a Jr. High girl because she giggled during your message, the guy who thinks they know better than everyone else. In fact, you’re probably picturing someone right now… if you’re not, you might be that guy! Seriously though, that guy can ruin your ministry if you fail to deal with them.

I’m all for being competitive, but then again, you don’t want to wind up being the crazy Little League parent that screams and yells at 8-years-olds. In all seriousness, you have to guard against allowing these types of people into your ministry. While we need to develop and train young leaders who have potential, we must also guard our students from people who are potentially harmful, even if it is unknowingly.

Here’s a few quick tips in dealing with people like that:

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The Source for Youth MinistryHappy Friday to you all! We hope you’ve had a great week! Today is Friday, so we want to once again share with you one of our favorite websites: The Source for Youth Ministry.

The Source has incredible resources and information that has been compiled by Jonathan McKee. He started another website in 1999 and found out that there were a ton of youth workers around the world that were craving a site like this. While many sites have launched since, The Source remains one of the elite, providing materials that are relevant and up to date.

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Austin McCann BlogNow that the holidays are over, Friday’s Favorite makes it’s return! This week our favorite is featuring another great blog for a vast array of student ministry related topics. I encourage you all to check out Austin McCann’s Blog.

I was first introduced to Austin’s blog through the another blogger, Josh Evans. I read Josh often and figured that any recommendations from him would be helpful. Austin provides a plethora of information on issues dealing with games, media, theology, leadership and a ton more.

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eyeTime for Thursday’s Tip of the Day! It’s been said that “seeing is believing”. While that’s not true for everything, it is true for games. It may seem obvious to you, but don’t forget that the audience actually wants to see your games.

If you have two-person teams, don’t have one person with their back to the crowd, turn them side to side so the audience can see their faces. There is nothing worse than having a wildly entertaining game that no one sees. Frustration, intensity and happiness are often expressed through facial expressions, so let the crowd appreciate it.

Also, I don’t recommend lying down on the floor unless you have some sort of elevated platform (or you can put people on a table), because only the front two rows are going to be able to see. Always remember, you want to accommodate the audience, not the other way around.

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ClothespinThis week’s edition of Wednesday’s Wild Game is a quick and simple.  After a quick trip to the store and you’ll be in business and able to play CLOTHESPIN COVER UP!

PREP TIME – 1 Minute

ITEMS NEEDED – 200 Clothespins (50 per team)

GAME TIME – 2-3 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – 12- 4 Teams of 3

INSTRUCTIONS

This is a simple, cheap and quick game to run if you don’t have a lot of time. Choose 4 teams of 3. Hand each team a bag with 50 clothespins in it. Then explain that each team must choose one member in their group to be the “pin-ee” and the other two will be the “pin-ers”.

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Today is Tuesday, which means it is time for Tuesday’s Game of the Week! This week’s game is entitled, NAME THAT NERD.

Under most circumstances, I simply explain a game to you, but today is your lucky day because I’m giving you this one!

If you would like to use this game directly from PowerPoint, click: Name That Nerd PowerPoint Game, go to “save as” and then open up PPT on your computer. Once you’ve done so, go to “open” under the “file” tab and select “name-that-nerd1.pptx”. That should do the trick! (If you can’t get the file, you can email me at studentministrygames@yahoo.com and I will send you the file)

Once you have the file open, you can play one of two ways:

1. Let students guess as individuals just for fun. You won’t need to keep track for this.

2. Divide your group into groups or sections and have them work together as a team. If you decide to go this route, keep in mind that there is a tie-breaker at the end that you may need to use. This question is not only about answering correctly, but it is also about speed. The first team to answer correctly wins!

This is one of the games taken from our Nerd Night, in which we played a few fun games, had students dress up like nerds and shared a message centered on salvation with all the students. I have to say that our students got really into this. We still have some of the pictures from the night hanging in our youth room at church.

So embrace your inner (or outer) nerd and get ready to have a good laugh with this quick and easy game you can integrate into this week’s youth meeting. Good luck and let me know how it goes!!

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