Kyle Goings
Thursday, 02 April 2020 / Published in Games, Ideas, Training

COVID-19 has completely changed the ministry landscape, and more and more churches and ministries are moving to online programming.  It’s a new day and you are probably feeling like the rest of us – completely overwhelmed.  You don’t know where to start and you see that some ministries are moving to the “live model” using Facebook and Instagram live features to do their teaching and games.  Others decided to use something like google hangouts or the Zoom app.  In fact, the Zoom company reported over 2.5 million new users in the past two weeks.  And since most are unaware of what the Zoom app offers, here at USMB Youth decided to give you some tips and tricks of using the Zoom app.

The Gospel can be preached almost anywhere.  But with this new reality comes a whole new need for a new type of games, digital games.  Dodgeball no longer can really work with digital programming.  So we started collecting the best games to use with the Zoom app.  We will be updating and adding to this list as we go.  If you have any ideas or would like to add different versions please email us at  If you are looking for pre-made games or using the sidekick app with zoom we recommend going to  There is also some other great game ideas at

Why we choose using ZOOM over a social media “live model”:

  • The Zoom app has a free feature (but you can only do a 40-minute video max) or a $15 a month feature which is well worth the investment.
  • It is a more controlled environment with only people you share the link to can join (if you have the proper settings set up)
  • It’s way more interactive than social media options
  • Zoom allows up to 100 people in one video (better for smaller groups rather than larder ministries)
  • You can mute all or unmute all (great for middle school boys)
  • There is a poll feature you can make and launch in the middle of your video
  • There is a chat feature that can be used to send everyone or just certain people a message
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY: It has a “breakout rooms” option where you can have small groups at the end of your program

Other Tips You Should be aware of:

  • If you are wanting your other leaders to use a meeting without you be on at the same time make sure you choose “enable join before host” when you schedule the meeting
  • If you control who sees/gets the link no need to set up a “require meeting password”
  • You cannot schedule meetings that meet at the same time with the same host (no overlapping)
  • Most usually choose the “waiting room option” so they can control who joins or not.
  • Tell your participants to put their username as their first name and grade so it’s easier to divide into small groups
  • Adance settings: (under “settings” on the right-hand side)
    • Turn on “mute participants upon entry” (worth it)
    • Turn on”polling” (default is off)
    • IMPORTANT – under “screen sharing” choose “host-only” so no-one will ZOOMBOMB you and join your meeting show inappropriate things when they screen share their screen
    • Turn on “breakout room” feature (so you can use it for small groups)

There are many other options that you can use so feel free to experiment before you go live with your ministry.

If you need help learning the zoom app we recommend you CLICK HERE.


Game IdeaHow to PlayFromSupplies
Digital CharadesSend a private message to the person to act out the action without using words. First-person to guess it gets a point. First to 5 points wins!AXIS student ministryList of things to act out
Reverse CharadesSend the clue in the chat to everyone and then everyone acts out without talking. The leader on-screen (should not see the chat) has to guess the clue in 10 seconds or less. Have 2-3 leaders try to guess at the same time.AXIS student ministryList of clues to act out.
Bring It!Share an object people can find around the house. They are to leave their phone and bring the item to their phone. First-person to do so gets a point. (example items: toothpaste, sibling, stuff animal, pet, something yellow,, etc.) Alternative versions: “boggle” style of saying a letter and find an object that starts with that letterAXIS student ministryList of items to collect
Wheel UnfortunateUsing the voting feature. Come up with questions everyone has to answer opinion based (like do you bite your nails). Before revealing the answer have 1-2 leaders write what they think the majority would vote for on a whiteboard. THen reveal both answers. If the leader gets it wrong they have to spin a wheel with “punishments” the leader has to do. Or they can just have a list of punishments they do. (examples: spoon full of mustard, pie in the face, 30-second karaoke, put makeup on, clothespin face, cell phone awkward text, lick afoot, redo hairdo, draw a mustache on your face, etc.)AXIS student ministryWheel of punishments and supplies for it | questions for the poll feature
PictionaryUsing the whiteboard feature. Send a private message to the contestant they then draw the object while everyone else or in teams guess what it is for a point. Give them 30 seconds to do it.AXIS student ministryeach person needs some paper and a pen
Leader’s PictionaryHave your participants send private to another leader Pictionary ideas (can be with categories or just random) then one at a timeshare that to another leader who will draw on a whiteboard the guess. First-person to yell out the right answer gets a point. (You cannot guess the task you sent in).AXIS student ministrywhiteboard and markers
Speak OutUsing the board game SPEAK OUT board game has leaders try to say words that the rest of the people have to guess. The first one to get it right gets a point.AXIS student ministryspeak outboard game
Strike a Pose(using screen share) Find 4-6 poses that students have to act out. Show all of them on the screen at the same time. Then each person has 3 seconds to pick a pose and do it. Then show one of the poses on the screen. if anyone matches that pose they are eliminated. (after a few turns show less poses available until you only have 2 shown until there is a winner). Alternative: use emojis or just faces they have to makeAXIS student ministryFind 4-6 poses or faces | Powerpoint
Last on the ShelfBlindfold 2 leaders. Then have one of them eat an object (hidden from the view of everyone, like have them turn backward to the camera) then that leader has to describe what they are eating in 30 seconds or less to the other leader who has to guess it. People watching can also use the chat feature to guess what it is. First-person to do so gets a point.High School Ministry (Saddleback)Food objects on a spoon on in a cup. About 5 in total.
Whisper ChallengeHave one leader wear headphones with loud music. The other leader has to whisper a phrase that the leader wearing the headphones has to guess out loud.From late Night with Jimmy Fallenheadphones with music playing
Box of LiesHave one leader take a box of objects you put together and only that leader can see what is in the box. That leader has to either lie and describe something else or tell the truth and describe what is in the box. The other leader and the people watching will guess if he/she is telling the truth. Feel free to use the poll feature.From late Night with Jimmy Fallen2-4 boxes of funny weird objects
Jeopardyuse the free website to create or find a game of jeopardy and then play taking turns. Keep track of points off-screenchoose the game on
Masked SingerJust like the tv show. Do a karaoke competition with one of the well-known leaders or adults in your church, the reveal them at the end of the song. Have students guess who it is in the chat during the song.Masked Singer TV showmask/costume and song
Trivia nightUse HQ Live or come up with your own trivia questions and then have students either use the chat OR write on paper and show the camera their answers.Trivia questions and prizes
Build a storyPick an order and then each student adds one sentence to the story. Either verbally or using the chat feature.Orange Student Ministrypick a theme for the story
Tour My RoomGive students 5 minutes to go around their room and give everyone a tour. Have students use the chat to ask questions.Orange Student MinistryPick a student beforehand so they have time to clean
Costume or theme partyHave everyone dress up for the camera and play games with that theme (like PJ’s, Halloween, tv character, etc.)AXIS student ministrycostumes
Guess Where I amUse the virtual background feature with one leader in front of the camera and the other leader asking leading but not direct questions (like the scene in who’s line is it anyways tv show). The leader on camera has to guess what the location is on the background.AXIS student ministryRequires the leader NOT to see their own screen so a camera facing them without a screen is required. and choose 5-6 funny backgrounds beforehand (try picking locations like office space, zoo, moon, etc.)
Virtual toursFind a zoo, aquarium, or park that gives virtual tours. Then use the screen share feature to experience it together and discuss your experience.Orange Student Ministrya free virtual tour online gamesUse the games that come with 1-5 packages either from or steam.comjackbox.tvpurchase several games
zoom extreme bingoEmail everyone a bingo card. Then play a normal game of bingo but then add a task for every 4th ball called. (things like doing jumping jacks until your next ball, have to hold your pen in your mouth until your next ball, etc.)AXIS student ministryBingo cards and a bingo machine
kahoot!design a Kahoot and then do a screen share for trivia questions. (the only downside is people using their phone for both)

Churches, businesses, and organizations are on a crossroads of change as these two generations (Millennials and Generation Z) are turning out to be vastly different from all generations before them.  Right now they represent 50% of the US population but they will be 100% of the future.  There is a new reality thought with almost 60% of Millennials (1980-1996) raised as Christians have walked away from the church and experts are expecting even higher numbers for Generation Z (1997-2012). What can we do to reverse this trend? For these two webinars, we looked at the latest research and tried to analyze what should we do to have a greater impact on future generations.

Better understanding leads to a bigger impact.

Click below to watch the recording of the webinar and also the corresponding PowerPoint in PDF format.  Feel free to use it as you or your staff’s personal resource.  If you would like to use them in a different setting or want the direct Powerpoint file please request permission by emailing Pastor Kyle at  


Part 1: Defining the Generations 
In order to effectively reach these young people, we must learn more about them, recognizing differences between previous generations and each other. Distinct characteristics and challenges facing each generation will be analyzed and discussed.
(Click on the logo for the recording)
Part 2: Digging Deeper
Armed with the latest information, we will engage in an open discussion regarding how ministries can effectively impact these generations. Moving beyond church programs/social media strategies, we will discuss practical ministry ideas and hear what some churches are doing to reach these generations.
(Click on the logo for the recording)
In week 2 I mentioned the Churchome app, find it HERE.
Brought to you by USMB YOUTH:
Kyle Goings is the national director of USMB Youth and is also the Student Ministries Pastor at First MB Church in Wichita, Kansas. Russ Claassen is the director of the USMB Youth Workers Network and also the Southern District Youth Minister.
Links & Resources Mentioned in the Webinars (click on the link):
You Lost Me by David Kinnaman
Gen Z by Barna Group
Faith for Exiles by David Kinnaman
Meet Generation Z by James Emery White
Generation iY by Tim Elmore
Kyle Goings
Thursday, 21 November 2019 / Published in Uncategorized

You are invited to USMB’s and The NationalYouth Workers Network’s next free webinar called Millennials & Gen Z: A Crossroads of Change.

Almost 60% of Millennials (1980-1996) raised as Christians have walked away from the church and experts are expecting even higher numbers for Generation Z (1997-2012).  What can the church do to reverse this trend?  In these two workshops, we will look at cultural trends, analyze the latest research, and dive deeper into effectively impacting these two generations.

Led by Kyle Goings, Student Ministries Pastor a First MB Church in Wichita, KS and national director of USMB Youth.


Part 1: Defining the Generations 

Thursday, January 9 | 11am CST / 9am PST

In order to effectively reach these young people, we must learn more about them recognizing differences between previous generations and each other.  Distinct characteristics and challenges facing each generation will be analyzed and discussed.

Register for part one.



Part 2: Digging Deeper

Thursday, January 16 | 11am CST / 9am PST

Armed with the latest information, an open discussion regarding how ministries can effectively impact these generations. Moving beyond church programs/social media strategies we will discuss practical ministry ideas  and here of what some churches are currently doing with these generations.

Register for part two.

Kyle Goings
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 / Published in Uncategorized

(The Top 5 is our quick list of resources, recommendations, or reasons that we feel you should know).

Finding ways to encourage students to bring their friends can be a constant struggle.  There are a lot of different ways a youth ministry could do outreach and many are successful.  With this post, however, we won’t be going into theology or how to create a culture that is having youth constantly bringing their unchurched friends.  Rather it’s sharing five out-of-the-box ideas I have seen work in various ministries around the US.  This list does not include events as I think that is a totally separate list.  I am sure there is many more.  Please leave a comment if you have any ideas we could add to this list?

ONE – Get on the fringe social media platforms

Are you or your youth ministry on SnapChat or TikTok… because your students and their friends are?  65% of SnapChat users are teenagers and Snapchat now has over 301 million active users a month.  TikTok is getting even bigger with 450 million active users monthly (world wide).  Posting on Instagram and other social media platforms is fine but if you want to reach a completely new audience go where the teenagers are heading.  Yes, there are inappropriate things on SnapChat and TikTok so so do all other social media platforms.  Going on these platforms are like going to their schools 20 years ago.  It’s their world and sometimes it’s good to see a positive influence on it.  Several youth workers have already jumped on board and one of the best ones I have seen on TikTok is @tejaymac.  His #1minutemessages are a good way to spread the Word of Jesus in a new way.

Brady Shearer from Pro Church Tools has a great podcase explaining about what church’s need to know about TikTok CLICK HERE.

TWO – The High 5 Hoodie Drive 

This is from a church called GracePoint.Youth.  Basically it’s an attendance drive.  Each student is challenged to bring 5 new friends to youth group during a certain period and if they do they earn a free hoodie.  They share why they do it as from their motto “names not numbers” which means “we want to be an outward-focused youth group where students are always thinking of ways to help their friends meet, know, and follow Jesus.”


THREE – Walking S’mores Wagon 

This was seen from a new church plant up in South Dakota. Renewal church walked around with wagons full of s’more stuff and little candles inviting people on the street to roast a marshmallow and then have a s’more.  From the THIS VIDEO it seems like a very easy thing to do and who would pass up on making a s’more without getting all of their own camping gear out!  A great way to meet people and hear their stories because roasting a marshmallow takes a few minutes which gives you an opportunity to share the gospel!

FOUR – Meet Offsite

Take your youth group to the streets!  The summertime is a great time for you to switch things up.  Basically, all you have to do is do your normal (or what you call normal) youth group but in a public space. Set up in a park or even in a parking lot of a busy intersection.  Have lots of signs inviting people and program the night where people can stop by and join it at any time.  Bring a small sound system with you and have worship, speaking, even some games.  You will have to adjust a few things since you want it to be visual and inviting but it’s one of the easier ideas to pull off.  I have seen this work several times at coffee shops or donut places.

FIVE – Go & Tell Ping Pong Drive 

This was seen from a fellow youth worker Jared Menard.  He would have each guest that comes to his youth group write their name on a ping pong ball and put it in a clear case.  It’s a good visual to inspire his youth to pray and invite friends.  It also helps with building an outreach culture in his group.  Sometimes having a weekly reminder to invite sets an expectation that students rise to once reminded.  Plus it’s a great way for new students to make their mark and feel special (being new is hard).







From Kyle Goings – national director of USMB Youth and full-time Student Ministry Pastor at First MB Church in Wichita, KS.