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Lock-In Ideas

Robert Thomas Quiring —  September 2, 2015

Tis the season… Lock-In season! Lock-Ins are a really amazing tool in the youth ministry tool box. My motto is don’t take it too seriously and learn from each one – even if it is your 100th. Here are some fun and serious Lock-In activities I’ve added in recent years:


Fun Ideas

  1. Whip Cream Toss – did you know when you squirt some whipped cream in your hand and fling it up in the air it Whipped Cream Tosswill fly as one cohesive unit? Split youth into pairs, give each person a can of whipped cream, and then have them take turns trying to fling the whipped cream into each other’s mouths. It is a beautiful site to see. Warning: this can turn into a rather messy affair.
  2. Frozen T-shirts – put a T-shirt in a gallon zip lock bag. Fill the bag with water. Throw it in the freezer for 24 hours. Split youth up into small teams and then give them the frozen zip locked T-shirt. The first team to put the shirt on with the body, head, and arms in all the correct holes wins. I always say they can only use their hands and the sidewalk. I use some personal old T-shirts because these shirts will be destroyed.
  3. Pizza Delivery Race – a cool way to make snack time into an activity is to have a pizza delivery race.
    • Find 3-5 pizza delivery places – write out their phone number and what you want the youth to order on separate sheets of paper.
    • Split the group up so that there is a group rooting for each pizza place.
    • Have all of the orders placed at the same time.
    • Wait and cheer as each delivery person arrives as you are doing a different activity.

    Warning: If you are going to do this for dinner then remember that if the youth whose pizza place arrives first get to eat first and the youth whose pizza place arrives last get to eat last – you will have some grumpy youth. So, plan accordingly.

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Productivity. Getting things done. Saving time. Our society is obsessed with hacking time. I love finding new and creative ways to be more productive. I’ve actually written a couple of posts about doing just that – touch things once & spread yourself thick. However, our desire to be productive can be a double-edged sword. Sometimes we end up cutting corners in productivity’s name. We’ve all been there and suffered the consequences. It was in one of these moments that a mentor, Neill Morgan, taught me a line that has become a personal mantra, “Take the time it takes, it takes less time.”

All We Have To Decie Is What To Do WIth The Tme That Is Given To us

Now, this statement applies to a wide variety of situations, but I have found it most useful in relationships. So, here are three types of relationships and how this mantra has been helpful for me in each. Continue Reading…

MTP Reboot

Robert Thomas Quiring —  July 21, 2015

MTP is back in action! We’ve changed the look a little bit and we’ve also added an about page. Check it out!

We’re planning to post once a week. And more updates should be coming soon.

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