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Jonathan's Answers to Tough Questions

QUESTION:

Jonathan,

I have been given the exciting task of doing one Scripture Based game at our youth group meetings on Friday nights got any fun ideas?

Meghan, Sudbury,ON

ANSWER:

Meghan,

Thanks for the email.

This is a little hard to answer because I'm not entirely sure what your purpose is on Friday nights. My guess would be that this would be a time of outreach. Although, I have seen some groups running a Friday night program with the intended purpose of just building up their Christian students. If this is the purpose (spiritual growth for your believers) then maybe I could see some Bible quizzing, memorization, etc. But if this is a typical mid week youth group that students can bring their friends to- I personally would not use games to prove a point. Games for me are just an ice-breaker or opener- just like if I served pizza to get students there. If someone asked me for an idea for a "scripture-based" food or a "scripture-based" swimming pool we could use for an event . . . I wouldn't have one of those either. I'm all out of John 3:16 diving boards.

I use games so kids will have fun and want to come back. But when I say games- I don't mean standing up in front of a room of rowdy outreach kids and announcing, "Ahem . . . can I have everyone's attention. It's time to play a game. Who wants to pin the tail on the donkey?" A lot of today's students would head for the door if I said that. So, I avoid my seven deadly sins of game-leading:CLICK HERE, the first of which I just broke in that example.

Then I use discussion starters (video clips, openers, etc.) to introduce a topic and share God's Word. I've seen a handful of games that can open discussion- but I definitely don't look for only games that do that.

If you want plain ol' games- I got plenty on my GAME PAGE on the web site.

You could also check out my OPENERS on my CURRICULUM & JUMPSTARTERS page. They are "tricks" or "attention getters" that introduce a topic.

Hope that helps.

God Bless,
Jonathan McKee
The Source for Youth Ministry
www.TheSource4YM.com