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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR GAMES or FUN EVENT IDEAS?
Yes, we've got one of the largest collections of GAMES &
ICEBREAKERS on the web. But the key to our database is how it's organized. We've organized
the games for each particular situation you need. For example, if you've got only 12 kids meeting
weekly in the front living room of a house, you don't want a game that starts with the
instructions, "Get 20 hockey sticks and a big rubber ball!" You want games that don't require a
gymnasium or a big facility. That's what we call
ANYWHERE GAMES, games you can play anywhere ...
even a living room. Or what if you've got 500 students sitting in permanent seating looking at a
stage? You don't want a game that starts with the instructions, "Get everyone in a big circle!"
What you really want is an activity that an audience could do, without disassembling the crowd.
That's why we have an AUDIENCE GAMES page. And if
you want to find a game even more specific for your location, time for set-up, numbers, etc.,
then use our custom game search feature to create a custom game list just for you! Or maybe
you've never really thought through the logistics of leading games and you could use a few
pointers. Then check out Jonathan's SEVEN DEADLY
SINS OF GAME LEADING. All these game resources are on our
GAMES & ICEBREAKERS page. Check it out for even more topics like
SICK AND TWISTED GAMES,
UP FRONT GAMES ... and much more!
What about some FUN EVENT IDEAS? Events are bigger than just games.
Events are activities that might take an entire evening like a scavenger hunt, dinner events,
car rallies, and theme nights. So if you're looking for a quick game to play at your Superbowl
party, go to our GAMES & ICEBREAKERS page. But if you're looking for an entire
Superbowl party . . . then go to our FUN EVENT & ACTIVITY IDEAS page where
you'll find a ready-made Superbowl party with a sample Superbowl quiz you can give and a bunch
of other good ideas. Our FUN EVENT & ACTIVITY IDEAS page also includes sample
lists for video scavenger hunts or man hunts. Or something as silly as "Melon Night,"
a night with a bunch of games using watermelons and cantaloupes. All this is on our
FUN EVENT & ACTIVITY IDEAS page.
But maybe you’re looking for an event with a purpose. Maybe you’d like to reach out to your community with an event,
making an impact for Jesus. Then take a peek at our OUTREACH EVENT IDEAS page.
This page is dedicated to ideas that help your ministry reach out and point to Jesus in one of three ways:
Sharing Events, Serving Events, or Inviting Events. Take a peek for yourself on our
OUTREACH EVENT IDEAS page.
LOOKING FOR MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS, CURRICULUM AND OTHER DISCUSSION STARTERS?
Sometimes movie clips are a great way to kick off a discussion. In Acts 17 the Apostle Paul
preached a famous sermon where he creatively starts by referring to an idol that he observed
in the town earlier that day "to an unknown god" (vs 23). Paul used their idol as an
"opener" to introduce them to our one true God. Obviously discretion must used, but
video clips can be a good tool as an "opener" for discussion. Check out our
MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS page for some good movie clip ideas.
You'll also see a link to an article we've written about discretion when showing movie clips.
Maybe you don't want just a game or an event- you want some topical ideas for your weekly
program. Check out our CURRICULUM & JUMPSTARTERS page. You'll
find two different categories of resources on this page. Our
YOUTH OUTREACH AGENDAS are complete "ready-made" agendas for a weekly outreach.
Many include game ideas, discussion starters, small group questions and even an outline to a
quick wrap up talk you can give. Or maybe you're looking for something for a program other
than an outreach program. The second category on our
CURRICULUM & JUMPSTARTERS page is our OPENERS.
Find creative ways to kick off a discussion or topic for the evening like having everyone in
the youth group blow up a balloon, placing them all under the weight of a flattened table and
then watching as it holds up the weight of a bunch of big guys! What better way to kick off a
discussion on faith (if you're one of the big guys!)
LOOKING FOR BIBLE STUDY OR DISCIPLESHIP MATERIAL?
You might be looking for a new book to go through for a Bible Study or to disciple someone.
Check out our DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE page for some great
information on discipling believers AND a free book you can download called "Welcome
to the Family." I have taken brand new Christians through this book, and students who've
grown up in the church through this book. It covers some of the foundational truths often
overlooked like the importance of "reading your Bible, praying, going to church," etc.
Download this free book on the DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE page.
LOOKING FOR TALK OUTLINES OR SERMONS?
Let's face it- sometimes we are swamped and next thing we know we have a talk to give . . .
TONIGHT!!! Well check out our TALKS/SERMONS page full of
great resources for talks and sermons. Jonathan starts by giving us four of his talks written
specifically for youth groups. Then take a look at for sermons by his father, an incredible
preacher. Then take a peek at some great links to great preachers who put their sermons or
transcripts on the web . . . you won't be disappointed wit the
NEED TRAINING OR LOOKING FOR SOME ANSWERS OR
You might be looking for some training or needing the answers to some of the questions most
youth workers have. There are several places to find this training or the answers you need.
First- there is the page titled TRAINING TOOLS.
You can find it by using our ARTICLES & FREE TRAINING drop down menu on our blue navigation
bar across the top of the page. Then simply scroll down to FREE TRAINING TOOLS. This page has
articles about the biggest needs youth workers have: How do I reach unchurched students? How
do I get volunteers? How can my group grow and be more effective? How can I plan effectively?
Do I really need small groups? How do I plan a weekend retreat? etc. There much more! Plus, we
have it broken down into two categories: training for YOU and training for your ADULT VOLUNTEERS.
All this on the TRAINING TOOLS page.
You can also find more answers to specific questions in the
ASK THE SOURCE section. This is where people ask questions like, "how do I handle that problem
kid?" or "what can I use for interviewing my staff?" and Jonathan attempts to answer it, or find
someone who can. There are a ton of archived questions and answers on this page that are a great
LOOKING FOR SAMPLE APPLICATIONS, PERMISSION SLIPS, AND OTHER LOGISTICAL PAPERWORK?
Do you know how many youth workers re-invent the wheel every year creating basic paperwork
like "new person forms" and "student leadership applications." Don't start
from scratch. Go to our LOGISTICAL CRUD page and use
samples of all kinds of these logistical forms.
LOOKING FOR NEW IDEAS EACH WEEK?
Sign up for one of the first free resource EZINE's on the web. Jonathan's weekly EZINE has been
a hit with youth workers since the 90's when Jonathan launched JonathansResources.com. Enjoy new
game ideas, training tips, interviews with people you want to hear from, silly top-ten lists,
and articles that will tug at your heart. Simply fill in your email in the box at the top of the
screen and you'll start receiving this great resource.
Don't miss all of Jonathan's past EZINE articles on our
ARTICLE ARCHIVES PAGE. Find a gold mine of articles, training, funnies and other great
resources in these archives.
LOOKING FOR A SPEAKER?
Jonathan is an author and speaker who trains & speaks all over the country at conferences,
rallies, camps and events. Check out his
SPEAKERS page and who's recommending him. You'll want him at your next event.
Or maybe you're looking for a speaker for a small local event and you don't have a huge budget.
Check out our growing AFFORDABLE SPEAKER'S
NETWORK map to see if there is a speaker near you. This network provides the names of
speakers Jonathan has heard around the country and recommends to you.
LOOKING FOR SOME BOOKS OR CURRICULUM YOU CAN BUY?
We love to provide you with a bunch of high quality, truly-free resources. But let's be honest, most
of us are also on the lookout for quality resources that we can buy. That's why, of the thousands
of pages of free resources we provide, we provide one page that we call
"The Only Resources for Sale." This page has some books for sale, both in
the area of youth ministry development and ideas. You'll see Jonathan's first book,
The Top 12 Resources Youth Workers Want on this page. It has
been called "a one-stop-shop for youth ministry." It provides games, ideas, movie clip
discussions, as well as some great advice about programming, student leadership, small groups
and more. It's a fantastic resource. Jonathan's more recent book,
Do They Run When They See You Coming? Reaching Out to Unchurched
Teenagers is also on this page. It received the
"BEST OUTREACH RESOURCES" award in June of 2006.
This book dives into the heart of reaching the kids that aren't making it inside the church
walls. Then you'll also see a book from Jonathan McKee and Fred Lynch, called
What's a Fo' Sheezy. This book is more than just a
source for better understanding slanguage and today's youth culture, it is a tool to get
You'll find another recent book from Jonathan on the page called Getting
Students to Show Up. This book will challenge you to rethink your methodology when it comes to outreach.
But more than that, it'll show you, step-by-step, how to plan and execute a great outreach event for 10 or even
10,000 students. The most recent book you'll find on this web page is a book about recruiting, training and
managing volunteers. The book is called The New Breed
and is written by both Jonathan and his father, Tom McKee of
Hope you enjoy the site- it's all free- we're just happy to see you working for the kingdom.
1 Thes. 1:2-3
We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.
 We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor
prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Keep up the good work.
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