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GIVEAWAY: The All-New GroupGames App for iOS

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If you’re a you’re a youth group leader then chances are you’ve got a few great games in your back pocket you can pull out at a moment’s notice. Well, what if you could literally pull a few more great games out of your back pocket! There’s an app for that and it’s called Group Games.

Group Games is a database of over 120 fun, tried and tested youth group games for iPhone and iPad and it’s recently received a major update! Watch the video below for details.

I love the idea that in a pinch you can grab a great idea, or when you’re all out of ideas you can find 120 there waiting for you. Calum, the youth worker behind the App, has generously given me 10 free download codes for the App (normally $1.99). All you have to do to claim a download code is be one of the first 10 people to comment on this post!

Jump in the App Store to get it or check out the GroupGames homepage, too!

JG

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POLL: Games at Youth Group

This week’s poll is all about youth group games! How often do you play a game of any kind in youth group? And if you’re looking for some great games for this week at youth group, we’ve got you covered right here for around $3!

JG

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Looking for Games? Be Inspired by Hollywood Game Night

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I was on my way home from a recent YS Team Training event and saw a game show on the airplane I haven’t ever heard of before that looked PERFECT to inspire some new youth group games. Like Minute to Win It before it, Hollywood Game Night looks like a winner – check out their website right here for ideas you can lift and make your own! Some totally won’t work, some are easy and perfect!

Also, if you’re looking for ready-to-go games, we’ve got a ton in the DYM store, too!

JG

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Youth Ministry Fun for March Madness

March Madness is in full swing – a fun time of the year where college basketball reigns supreme and a new national champion is named. If you’re interested in grabbing some fun resources that will work now (and honestly most any other time of the year, too) be sure to check these out:

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Ultra Brackets - Kick your games up a notch with the greatest bracket app of ALL TIME! UltraBrackets replaces the need for a whiteboard to keep track of who wins in a tournament-style game! Dodgeball, school wars, sword-drills, etc! If it needs a bracket, we’ve got you covered!

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Shoot 2 Score - Think your students know all there is about sports? Want to have a little fun this March Madness season? We’ve got the perfect trivia game with questions from both college and professional basketball. It’s a slam dunk!

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Starch Madness - While March Madness gets all the glory this month, we’ve put together an amazing trivia game based on the core building block of so much of our food. Starch! It’s Starch Madness!! Even if you’re gluten-free, this is the game for you!

JG

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YS IDEA LAB: Game Time with Les Christie

No one knows youth group games like Les Christie. Here’s a fun and simple couple of games from the games guru of youth ministry!

JG

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2 Really Great New Youth Group Games!

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Lamentations of Taylor Swift Lyrics: Volume 2
This is the sequel to what is far and away the most popular game we’ve ever had on Download Youth Ministry. Students have to guess if the statement on the screen is from the Bible or from a Taylor Swift song lyric. Incredible. Incredibly funny.

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Biblical King or Prescription Drug
Another insanely funny game where students have to guess if the name shown is either a king from the Bible or a prescription drug. Now that I type that out I guess it is pretty self-explanatory.

Two really great games new this week in addition to our Crowd Control Bundle ($69) and Best-Selling Game Bundle ($49), too!

JG

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Youth Group Game Crazy Week at DYM

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We’re going game crazy this week, introducing a ton of new games and some huge games bundles. Be sure to check it all out, head over to our Games category right now!

JG

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HSM Olympic Torch Run

The Olympics are here! We’ve been doing Olympic-themed games for the past few weeks, and this fun video always kicks it off. As the video ended, the student runs into the room live!

JG

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Best DYM Youth Ministry Resources: January 2014

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Every month we do a quick highlight of some of the incredible youth ministry resources that arrived online here at Download Youth Ministry. There’s so many – we’ve found that people miss them from time to time! This month alone we had over 20 new resources land on the site, here are some of our favorites:

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In Touch with Your Emojis Game
Are you the sensitive type? Or do you suppress your feelings deep deep down where no one can ever tell whether you’re smiling or frowning or maybe just constipated? Well none of that really matters while playing IN TOUCH WITH YOUR EMOJIS! How well can you identify a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE solely on interpreting emojis? Are you thinking to yourself, “YES! I knew I minored in Egyptian hieroglyphs for a reason!”

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Help Your Volunteers Avoid Burnout Video Training
This short, video training is intended to provide some basic, youth ministry training. Show it at your volunteer leader meeting and discuss, or send your volunteers a link to watch it from their home/work/dorm/etc. Also, included is an outline for you to use as it or edit to fit your training.

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Best Year Ever
What will the New Year bring? Undoubtedly lots of new births and deaths, some new gadget and new dance craze, but it also brings all sorts of potential and hope. Where do we start, how do we make this the best year ever? We turn to the Bible and Jesus’ words to find out more.

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Defining the Relationship
Jesus doesn’t need a “DTR” to know where we stand with him, but often we need
to pause and reflect on the condition of our spiritual life.

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This one off message is based on Judges 2:11-3:15 and examines a period in Israel’s history characterized
by a seemingly unbreakable cycle of sin. This historical reality is often painfully parallel in our personal
lives as we struggle against our habitual disobedience against God.

JG

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Great Youth Group Game: Egg Roulette

This week we played one of our favorite summer camp games at our youth group. It was so great – if you haven’t seen Egg Roulette, yet, watch this fun clip from host Jimmy Fallon and celebrity guest Tom Cruise. Makes for a great youth group game … but be careful to turn the egg correctly so it breaks easily because the other way will give you a knot on your forehead … just ask my friend Justin Knowles. Ouch!

JG

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Fun Free Youth Group Game: V.U.B.

One of our DYM friends, Rob Terry, sent us this fun, free youth group game you might want to try out sometime soon:

I invented this game about 4 years ago and the kids seem to love it. It is called V.U.B. becasue it has parts of volleyball, ultimate frisbee and basketball all rolled into one. You play with a volleyball and it is usually played in a gym with basketball goals. If you don’t have a gym then you just make up two goals. The only way to score is to make a goal in the opponents basket. Below are the rules.

1. You cannot dribble the ball
2. The only way to get it down court/field is by passing it. (if the ball hits the ground it goes to the other team)
3. You can take three steps once you have the ball. (ultimate frisbee rule)
4. If you take a shot and miss then the ball goes to the other team.
5. Any kind of deflection which causes the ball not to be caught and the ball goes to the other team.

Sounds fun!

JG

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Top 10 Youth Ministry Resources of 2013: #1-5

This has been an incredible year for Download Youth Ministry – we’re so thrilled that you have jumped in as monthly members, annual members and picking up great youth ministry resources all year long. We’re also thrilled to really see some standout tools to help youth workers, teach, train and laugh with teenagers in their ministry. Aside from the amazing membership deals, here are 5 of the Top 10 youth ministry resources of the year. If you haven’t picked one of them up yet, know it is a winner waiting to happen!

  • Christian or Disciple? 1-off message
    This 1-off message from Doug Fields helps to bring a little clarity to what the word “Christian” actually means. For so many people, being a Christian has become nothing more than merely believing a few things to be true and if we believe those things … then we are “Christian.”
  • Games Bundle: Christmas Edition
    The following 5 games are including in the Christmas Game Bundle Extravaganza!
  • Instahack Youth Group Game
    Get your hands on the youth ministry game that will have your students hiding their phones! Instahack is a game where a contestant risks their Instagram reputation at the chance of winning awesome prizes by answering a series of multiple choice questions. If they get a question wrong, one of 9 awful things may happen to their Instagram!
  • Psalm or Crazy Bieber Fan?
    This is the game you’ve heard all about, where we show you a quote and you have to decide if it’s… a passage from the book of Psalms …or an actual Tweet from one of Justin Bieber’s 35,000,000 totally insane fans.
  • Lamentation or Taylor Swift Lyric?
    We show you a quote, and you have to decide if it is 1) a passage from the book of Lamentations, one of the more depressing reads in the Bible, as it details the destruction and demise of Jerusalem or 2) or a lyric from a Taylor Swift song, one of the more depressing songwriters of our generation, as she details every breakup and slight she’d ever suffered.

JG

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Top 10 Youth Ministry Blog Posts of 2013: #1-5

There are over 1,970 posts here on the Love God, Love Students blog on DYM. What a year it has been! As we countdown the year together, I thought it might be fun to post a few of the Top 10 posts of the year (read #6-10 here). Enjoy the list … and if you haven’t read these posts yet, they are some of the best of the best:

  • The 40-Year Old Youth Pastor
    Looking back, I thought they were the golden years of youth ministry for me….I was close in age with the students and was often confused for being a teenager by parents. I thought this is it…it will never get better. I related to their world and I didn’t have to try hard to be cool…I was cool (notice the past tense.) Now as I prepare to celebrate my 40th birthday…I can’t help but feel that I am a better youth worker than I have ever been.
  • Fun Free Youth Group Game: Jiggapuff
    One of the best new games we’ve done in a long time – Jiggapuff! The premise is simple – don’t do the same pose as the person running the game! You don’t need props or prep – just announce the game, show this slide on the screen and you’re all set!
  • Being an Introvert in Youth Ministry
    As I would eventually find out, there was a name for my disposition. There was a diagnosis for my condition. I was an introvert. And the reason I struggled through youth group was that it had been cultivated in an extroverted culture— or so it seemed. The energetic, small talk-heavy, high-octane world of youth ministry clashed with my reserved, reflective, one-word-at-a-time disposition.
  • Getting Stronger Speaking
    Writing a message is one thing; however, to deliver it is a totally different skill.  Speaking is important in ministry because it’s how you can motivate your teens, parents and volunteers.  It’s how you cast vision, encourage and challenge them to grow in their faith.  While some people are naturally talented at speaking others have to work hard at it.
  • Take Your Kids to Camp
    My kids know camp. My kids love camp. They should… they are children of a youth pastor. They tagged along to camp before they could walk and have seen just about every time of camp/mission trip/overnighter there is. I loved having them there and they loved being there.

JG

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Christmas Extravaganza at DYM!

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We’re super excited this week to introduce 5 new games for the Christmas season! We’ve got 2 mega games – Total Recall: Christmas Edition and Instahack: Christmas Edition as well as 3 other fun trivia games introduced this season. You can grab them all separately of course, or the Christmas Games Bundle for $15 (normally $24).

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We’re also proud to introduce Steve Spence’s Starry Night, a series of devotionals to help students better understand the Christmas story. Short lessons that you can make your own quickly and/or empower small group leaders to run with through Advent.

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One final big hit already this December is Christmas Through the Carols ($12):

Open their eyes with three-part study for the weeks leading up to Christmas. It includes a small group leader guide with an opening activity, in-depth study and closing application. Add even more impact with a creative service activity and 25 days of “textable devotions” with a thought and a link to a verse. Help students really take the advent season and think about this baby, “God with us,” who was born to die to save us from our sin.

JG

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New Resource Tuesday Every Week at DYM!

If you haven’t figured out the cadence to the new releases on Download Youth Ministry yet, every Tuesday we load up the store with new youth ministry goodness for you to check out. If it looks like it will help your ministry, that’s what we’re all about! Helping Youth Workers Win.

Here’s a few highlights of some of the fun games that have come out the past couple weeks:

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Total Recall - Parker and I made this fun screen game with some classic funny videos and follow-up questions. We played it this week in our high school ministry with great success. Super fun, easy winner. Volume 2 is already in the works! $10

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Name That Mustache is the winner of DYM’s 1st Annual Game Contest! Great game showing you a famous ‘stache and asking if you know the owner. Really simple, fun winning game. $3

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Dumbledore or Proverbs is one of the best-selling games this month, another winner from Aaron Helman. $3

Enjoy all of the new stuff on DYM this week, especially these fun games!

JG

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