Minute To Win It = Great Games for Student Ministry

One of the TV shows I love to watch is Minute to Win It. Ever seen it? It’s on NBC and it’s a ton of fun. Search YouTube and you’ll see tons of people attempting to do the games at home. I got to talking with the youth pastor at my church and we decided the games used on the show would be great for games (and particularly a “Game Night”) at our church.

So two weeks ago, Jay (our youth pastor) and I browsed YouTube for the games we wanted to do on Game Night, downloaded the intro videos (as seen in this blog post) and then went off to the store to gather materials. The result? The youth loved it and most were familiar with the TV show and excited to get to attempt the fun games.

Yesterday, I did a secret shopper at 12Stone Church in Atlanta and they played Minute to Win It games in their children’s ministry. My kids thought it was fun and funny.

So, go to YouTube, search Minute to Win It and start incorporating some new, fun games for your kids/youth!

YouTube and U2 Make History

Sunday night I stayed up late (with my wife) to see U2 again – this time live via the web. YouTube made history when it broadcast U2’s Rose Bowl concert live over the internet to the entire world. Millions watched and if you missed it, you can watch it HERE.

By the way, I think U2 is genius for giving the world what they want: a free live concert. This was a smart and strategic move and should be applauded by all for those that made it happen. It will be interesting to see what YouTube continues to do in the realm of live streaming.

Below are some screenshots I captured while it was happening live…

1. This is the band hanging out backstage before they went out. Note the links to buy their album, join their newsletter, visit their website and donate to RED – a passion of Bono’s:


2. This is how close the cameras got:


3. Of course the event incorporated live Twitter feeds – which was very cool:


4. This is a view of their sweet stage and set from a distance:


5. Actually, this is how close the camera got:



What inspires you? Different things inspire me – I look for inspiration from other churches, American Idol, The Grammys, concerts, conferences, things like Blue Man Group and KA in Vegas, etc. My friend, Pace, from Fellowship Church sent me THIS link to something they did this past Christmas. I was inspired. I was encouraged and I was proud that The Church is using it’s gifts and creativity again. Check it out!

Each Friday I check out the “Video of the Week” from my friend, Bill Seaver’s blog: MicroExplosion. This week’s video was on giving a presentation. I thought it was great and would love for all preachers/presenters to watch it.

PresenTired: “The Voicemail” from Scott Schwertly on Vimeo.