Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paper Bag Pickup: A Low Prep Game For Club or Campaigners

Paper Bag Pickup is an easy game to do at club or Campaigners. If you got enough bags (1:5 people) you could do it as an all club mixer.

All you need is a large paper bag, which you probably already have in your house. If not, just stop by your local grocery store or you could also use a fast food bag.

Here's a video showing how it's done. 

  • If applicable, cut off handles of paper bag
  • Set down a fully open bag, right side up, in a fairly open space
  • Have one person at a time come up and try to pick the bag up off the floor using only their mouth
  • The only trick is, they must also only be standing on one leg!
  • They must grab the bag with their mouth and come back up without letting the bag fall out of their mouth
  • Once everyone has a shot at it, either take some scissors and cut off an inch or roll the bag down. 
  • After everyone has a turn trying to grab the bag at the new height, cut another inch off or do another roll. 
  • If you can’t grab the bag then you’re out and you don’t advance to the next round The winner is the person who can stand on one leg and grab the bag when it’s cut the shortest!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Young Life Costume Club: Music, Skits, & Games

Who doesn't love a YL style Costume Party? Below are a few ideas to help make it YL'd and festive. We're having our Costume Club next Monday, 4 days before Halloween.
Pre-Club Photo Booth 
Great night to get some solid photos to throw up on Instagram throughout the week. Delegate to a high schooler to shoot the pics and post them on Instagram.

Entry Music
Here's a video you could have playing on the screen as kids enter the club room. It's a Halloween light show to Gangnam Style.


Monster Video

Use JibJab to make a Monster video with pics of 5 of your YL kiddos. It costs $ to download the video. 

Costume Contest
Instead of the usual mixer, hold a costume contest. Build a run-way. Invite everyone wearing costumes to participate. Identify the best costumes before club starts, as those folks cross center stage, pull them aside. Once you have the top 5-10 and everyone else is sitting down, vote by audience applause. We're advertising 3 prize catergories: Creative, Insane, & Hilarious. Give a good prize.

No Costume Smackdown
You know those folks who are too cool to dress up for Costume Club, well this game is for them. Call up 4 folks without costumes and tell them you found the perfect costume for them to wear, then make them put on a sleeping bag. After they're wearing sleeping bags have a wrestling match. Pair off 2 at a time, winners face one another for the championship. Just a Costume Club spin on the old sleeping bag wrastlin' game. Make sure you don't do this on a hard floor. Carpet is key. 

Pumpkin Head
Carve out some real big pumpkins with some funny faces. Cut a hole big enough in the bottom where kids can actually wear them as masks (while holding them). The funny part is the people actually wearing a pumpkin head, once that happens, you can go a few different directions with the game. Either have a running race, which is hard since they can't see well. Call it the "Pumpkin Run.'  Or you could cover the pumpkin in cake icing or whipped cream and have kids throw Halloween candy at the people wearing pumpkin heads, seeing who can get the most stuck on their pumpkin.

Pumpkin Smash 
If your "Costume Club" happens to fall AFTER Halloween, you can get a good deal on pumpkins. Hold a pre-club "pumpkin smash."

Candy Apple (Onion) Eating Contest

All you need are 3 apples, 1 onion, 4 popsicle sticks and some caramel coating.  Cover the onion to look like an apple and have that eating contest. Pretty hilarious. Provide milk and breath mints for the contestant who draws the short straw.  

Pumpkin Prize
For one of the games or the costume contest, award a pumpkin with a crown on it as the award for being the 'Pump-king."

Background Music (to play on iPod during games)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Rock Lobster (B-52's) 
Ghost Busters (Ray Parker Jr.)
Monster Mash (Boris Pickett)
Thriller (Michael Jackson)

Club Songs (we're giving these a shot as club songs)
Thriller (guitar chords) Download the Thriller lyrics on ppt slides here.

Ghost Busters: It's pretty simple to play on guitar, just five chords. Here's a guitar chords link.  Download the Ghostbusters lyrics on PowerPoint slides here

Lean On Me: We re-wrote a Halloween version. You can download the lyrics and ppt slides here.

Check out more Halloween ideas on doing a Zombie Club from here.

What other suggestions would you add?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Need An Upfront Game For Club This Week: 'Tear It Up'

Need an upfront game for Club this week?

Tear It Up

  • Curtain rod 
  • 2 rolls of toilet paper
  • 2 empty soda cans with top attached
  • String
  • Slide two rolls of toilet paper onto rod with one roll on each end.
  • Tie one end of string to soda can pop top and other end of string to end of the toilet paper roll.
  • Repeat for other soda can and second toilet paper roll.
  • Have individual players or two teams of two shoot rubber bands at soda can.
  • First team to break the toilet paper wins.
I discovered this game here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Camp Musician Of The Month: Sam Heilig

We're starting a brand new page on featuring different Young Life Camp Musicians. Each month we'll add a new musician to the list. 

Our first artist is Sam HeiligSam first got connected to Young Life as a high school student in Snellville, GA. He later became a volunteer leader while in college at the University of Georgia. In 2008, Sam began leading club music at Sharp Top Cove for weekend camps. One weekend, the camp musician had a last minute conflict that kept him from playing, so Sam filled in and he's been doing it ever since. This summer Sam was the camp musician during 1st session at Crooked Creek Ranch. Sam has a brand new album, Broken Branches that just released. Download it on iTunes here. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What Content Songs Go With With What Young Life Talks?

I received an email this week asking advice on what content songs to pair with specific talks. Below is my first stab at creating a guide to answer the question. Many of these songs can work well before any talk, but some are particularly powerful when sung before or following a specific talk. The *starred* songs below are ones I love to do when giving that specific talk in the sequence. I'd love your input too... so please comment below with suggestions of songs that go well with each talk in the progression, or you can always email me here. -Drew

Download the chords and slides for all of these songs here.

Intro Talks/ First Talk of the semester

  • *Keep Our Eyes Open (Nashville Nine)
  • *As I Am (Lee Younger)

Person of Christ Talks

  • Keep Our Eyes Open (Nashville Nine)
  • As I Am (Lee Younger)
  • What If What They Say Is True?
  • *Let There Be Light (Nashville Nine)
  • *I Am Yours (Jenny & Tyler)
  • Amazing Grace/Peaceful Easy Feeling
  • One Of Us (Nashville Nine)
  • It's Amazing
  • *Your Love Is Deep (Jami Smith)
  • *You Won't Let Go (Nashville Nine)
  • Prince of Peace
  • *Amazing Love (Ryan Long)
  • *Enough For Me (Nashville Nine)
  • *Change Me (Ryan Long)
  • Only You
  • I Have A Maker
  • I'll Find You There
  • O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
  • One Thing Remains

Need/Sin Talks

  • *SOS (Ed Cash)
  • *The Valley (Ellie Holcomb)
  • *Where Do I Go? (Andrew Osenga)
  • *Enough For Me (Nashville Nine)
  • *Come And Lay My Burdens Down
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2)
  • Change Me (Ryan Long)
  • *You Won't Let Go (Nashville Nine)
  • *I Could Run Away (Waterdeep)
  • *I Will Never Be The Same (Nashville Nine)
  • You Will Find Me (Andrew Ripp)

Cross Talks

  • *Love Immeasurable (Ryan Long)
  • *How He Loves (Crowder)
  • O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
  • *Let There Be Light (Nashville Nine)
  • As I Am
  • One Thing Remains
  • *SOS (Ed Cash)
  • *It's Amazing
  • Your Love Is Deep

Resurrection Talks

  • *Beautiful Things
  • *Change Me
  • **I Will Never Be The Same (Nashville Nine)

Appropriation/Relationship With Christ/Commitment 

  • *Who Do You Say That I Am?
  • *I Am Yours (Jenny & Tyler)
  • You Will Find Me
  • Somebody's Calling Out Your Name

Download the chords and slides for all of these songs here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

So God Made A Young Life Leader

A video used on Leader Placement Night at UT-San Antonio in April of 2013.

Video made by Marcus Gabriel. 


Join the party and help celebrate Young Life’s 73rd birthday by wearing a Young Life T-shirt tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15th! 

Use #ylshirtday when you post on social media. It’s a worldwide event, so help us spread the word by inviting your friends!

Monday, October 13, 2014

How To Do A Prayer Walk For Your School

At the beginning of the school year we joined with parents of students for a Prayer Walk at our high school. 

Listed below is an outline one of the parents put together to help us pray. We broke up into smaller groups and prayed out loud as we walked together through the school. We prayed over each classroom and teacher by name. We prayed for every locker and the student that would use it. We prayed over the buses in the parking lot, the cafeteria tables, the administration and the housekeepers. 

It's not too late to do a Prayer Walk at your school! Even if you're not allowed inside, you can pray at night. We did ours on a Sunday afternoon after getting permission from the school administration. 

Areas of Intercession

Isaiah 55:7 - Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
  • Salvation
  • Purity
  • Protection against depression, suicide, immorality and illness 
  • Respect for parents, teachers and all authority
  • Find their passions, and for school pride
  • Relationships with friends

Staff & Administration 
Counselors, Coaches, Cafeteria Personnel, Custodians, Substitute Teachers
Philippians 1:9-11- And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
  • Salvation
  • Unity
  • Organization
  • Do jobs with joy, excellence and zeal to impact lives
  • Seek God for personal problems
  • Christian teachers/staff would stand firm in values against secular philosophies

Christians On Campus 
Matthew 5:14-16 - You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
  • Godly attributes
  • Continued growth in their walk/relationship with the Lord
  • Doors to be open for Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes or other Christian based clubs
  • Students would lead Bible Studies and prayer groups, walk bold in their faith and be leaders
  • Obey their parents and school authority in the Lord

School Board/County Commissioners
Proverbs 16:9 - In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
  • Positions filled with men and women of godly principles
  • Curriculum would be chosen wisely and include biblical standards and values
  • Guide all Guilford County schools well
  • Support teachers
  • New build contracts upheld and carried out with excellence
  • School maintenance and repairs to be done quickly and accurately
  • Fair distribution of monies
  • Help for failing schools

Against Evil, Violence And Bullying
John 17:15 - My prayer is not that you take them out of this world but that you protect them from the evil one.
  • Atmosphere of learning/motivation, obeying rules and respecting all authority would prevail
  • Purity of mind and body
  • Dress code
  • Bathrooms would not be destroyed, no hideout for skipping or sexual activity
  • Hall ways would be free of danger
  • No drugs or illegal substances
  • Respect one another regardless of race or religion

Land & Physical Building
Isaiah 54:2 - Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.
  • Protection for school campus
  • Safety with Sports
  • Transportation to and from school- Kids driving
  • Parking Lots
  • Greenway Safety
  • Holy Spirit to fill place and worship from Redeemer Church to infiltrate/linger

Matthew 11:28 - Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
  • Husbands & Wives would love one another
  • Against and end to poverty cycle and homelessness
  • Protection from evil and destruction of marriage union
  • Get involved and volunteer
  • Any family hardship would receive Godly counsel and compassion
  • Refuge families be protected, loved and guided
  • Clothing closet and backpack food ministry be effective and find right people

Closing Prayer
Read, Psalm 91:11
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.

Ephesians 3:20-21
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

You can also click here for a PDF version of the handout we gave to everyone who attended. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Need An Upfront Game For Club This Week: 'The Mad Dog Shake'

Need an upfront  game for club this week?

Mad Dog Game

  • 2 Full Tic-Tac Boxes
  • Ruler
  • Strong glue (i.e. Gorilla Glue, Super glue)
  • Scotch or duct tape (optional)
  • Secure breath mint boxes to the ends of the ruler with glue so they stand lengthwise, use tape if glue doesn't work.
  • Remove piece of the lid so that opening is unobstructed.
  • When the clock starts, player picks up the ruler with their mouth and begins to move their head in an attempt to empty both boxes of mints. 
  • Explain to participants they can not turn their head upside down or sideways. They must shake them up and out.
  • To complete the game, player must empty both mint boxes within the 60-second time limit.
Bonus Tip
  • If you use some of the larger Tic-Tac Boxes, make sure you place a very small strip of tape over the opening to ensure that the game is not to easy for the participants (but make sure they can still shake them out!), otherwise it will be over in a matter of seconds. A quick trial run will let you know if you’ve made it too easy or too hard.
If you do this game, shoot a 15 second video and post it on Instagram. Tag @YoungLifeLeader and you might just see it reposted and added to this page as well! 

I discovered this game here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dynamic Ministry Pyramid

A guest post from Andrew Cooper, Area Director for YL in Fairbanks, Alaska. 

The Dynamic Ministry Pyramid (DMP) is a tool developed to help Young Life areas and leaders seek spiritual and ministry health. Basically it's about priorities and time use. The base being where you as a Leader should spend most of your time and energy and the top being where you spend the least. Also the base being where the focus and priorities lay and the tip being where the least amount of focus should be.

The Base and the Tip
It might come as a surprise to some that at the base of the DMP is Christ and Church and the tip is Club. The thought behind the DMP is health. The goal being, if you are healthy in your walk, your YL club and the ministry as a whole will be better off... after all this is about Jesus right?! 

Here's a challenge for how this could practically affect your ministry: For every minute you spend on the top part of the DMP you spend at least that same amount of time on the next part down, i.e. 3 hours a week for Club, at least 3 hours a week on Christ and the Church. We encourage our leaders to be a part of a small group outside of Young Life. We want them to have people pouring into their lives who have no stake in them being Leaders. We also can't have leaders not being a part of a local church and having quality time with Christ personally. If we want to be effective leaders we have to lead ourselves well first.

The Middle
The middle of the DMP works like the base and the tip but focuses on where we seek as a ministry to spend our relational energy. The middle of the DMP goes from YL team up to Campaigners then to Contact Work/ Discipleship. So for every minute you spend at the high school, spend that or more with your Campaigner kids, and then even more so with your teammates. The goal is the same, if you spend time building up each other and ministering to your fellow leaders as a team is will be easier to reach out to and encourage your kids. 

The Whole Enchilada
So the overall goal is this, that Leaders stay healthy as they stretch themselves in ministry. Let's face it, this isn't easy work. It's joyous work but it's not simple or easily done. People are messy and complicated and as we pour out our lives we need to make sure we are putting time into the people and processes that will keep us running during the times when everything goes wrong.

Being effective and preventing burnout can be a reality. Don't forgot to take care of yourself, your teammates and your core kids before you put energy into club. Do not sacrifice yourself and your ministry at the alter of club. Make club simpler. Plan ahead. Take your personal walk with Christ as paramount. Lead yourself well... so in can lead others well.