Dating games for youth ministry

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For each letter, the person has to find out something about someone else in the room.

For example, for the letter A, a person could write, "Bob likes Apples or Jen has a broken Arm." The number of responses each person can use depends upon the number of people in the group.

In youth ministry we’ve begun to notice that two things occur as our youth programs become increasingly self-sustaining and disconnected: the adults in our congregation feel left out, uninformed and unappreciated, and the teenagers in our groups fail to become a part of the larger church family as God intends.

Having taken classes from Chap Clark while pursuing my M. at Fuller Theological Seminary, I decided to attend the learning lab on Sticky Faith, led by Fuller Youth Institute’s Kara Powell and Brad Griffin, at last year’s National Youth Workers Convention.

I’m certain, like me, many have wondered how marriage fits into this already full and exhausting schedule.

In fact, I’ve often pondered if it’s fair to bring someone into my life knowing the nature of my work and the strain it can place on relationships.

If you are looking for easy mixers that will help people get to know each other, the following games are perfect for tweens and teens.

Each member of the group will have a preprinted piece of paper that has the letters A-Z on the left hand side of the page and a line to write on next to each letter.

Our very first Ministry Mixer was a joint mission project creating sleeping mats for the homeless population of downtown Dallas using “plarn,” or yarn made by cutting and connecting the scraps of plastic grocery bags.

Each person will receive three blow pop rings or candy necklaces when they enter the room.

“Pastor Shaun, you were right…we should have listened.” Those were once words that would have brought me much joy and pleasure. In the very moment these words were being said to me, I was hoping I had been wrong all along.

As soon as I returned home I began to see this phenomenon of separation in our own church, and began to talk about it with our parents and adult leadership team.

Together we agreed that an intergenerational approach to our youth ministry would be a win-win for everyone.

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