Crisis! You’ve got 10 minutes to come up with a great youth ministry game for your students. What do you do? Chances are, you reach into your back pocket and pull out an old standby game that works time and time again. Here are a few classics that can be ready in an instant.
Cell Phone Shootout
The game host has a cell phone and the first person to call the number on the screen and get connected wins a prize. It works best when everyone in the crowd has access to a cell phone and you’re okay with them breaking them out during this part of the service. If you want to spice it up, have the first person to text in a specific message on the screen to the host win.
Sit Down If…
Another instant classic you can make up as you go. Have everyone in the crowd stand up. The winner is the last person standing. Begin to call out things that, if they are true about that person, they need to sit down. Here are some examples:
- Sit down if … you are wearing jeans.
- Sit down if … you didn’t brush your teeth today.
- Sit down if … you are wearing a hat.
- Sit down if … you can’t roll your tongue.
- Sit down if … you have ever been to a Justin Bieber concert.
You can spice it up and even throw in some “Stand back ups,” which always get a laugh as well. Keep going until there is just one left and give him or her a prize!
The classic rock-paper-scissors game that can be played at the crowd level. Everyone picks a partner and on the count of 3 uses their hands to display rock, paper, or scissors. Rock beats scissors; paper beats rock; scissors beats paper. If the two people both pick the same item, they are BOTH out! Repeat with everyone until you’re down to the final two for an ultimate showdown up front. Play 2 out of 3, and in the final round the same item is a redo. Epicness from such a simple, classic, and instantly ready game.
This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.