"More on Leadership"

Couple of quotes from yesterday that caught my eye. Of poor leaders they say We did it despite them Of good leaders they say We did it with them.” Of great leaders they say We did it ourselves. And (at the risk of doing a Bernie), the difference between charismatic and inspirational leaders: They say after an audience with Hilter, you came out saying He can do anything. They say after an audience with Churchill, you can out saying I can do anything. The point of both is that you seldom hear of truly great and inspirational leaders, because what […]

"Growing Leaders"

I spent today in Leeds, at a Growing Leaders training day (“training the trainers”), and I’m really excited. I’ve been reading the book of the course, and there’s a lot of it that excites me because of what I believe to be my overall calling in life, but also that resonates with stuff that I think God has specifically been saying to me over the last few years. Two of the verses in the bible that excite me the most are Ephesians 4:11-13 (NKJV) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and […]

"Games to play"

I’ve been jotting down some of favourite games that we play at youthgroup. Most of these are good for all ages, and have passed the test of time (several times a term for 2 or 3 years). There are some newer ones we’ve done once or twice, but which seemed good. Games with no equipment or preparation (except possibly tables, chairs and a large room) Splat – An all time favourite game of quick reactions. Fruit Salad – completely barking. Honey, if you love me – a real giggle, and a good “getting to know you” game. Scream – loud […]

"Spoons (card game)"

Good explanation of this one on Uk Family and Wikipedia. The aim of the game is to make 4-of-a-kind, and pick up a spoon, OR to not be the slowest to pick up a spoon. Start with a deck of cards, between 3 and 8 players, and one less spoon than you have players. You need to play this at a table so that everyone can reach the spoons. The dealer deals 4 cards to each player, and then puts the rest of the deck on the table. He takes the top card, and adds it to his hand. He […]

"Irish Snap (card game)"

Requires a pack of playing cards. The aim is to lose all the cards in your hand. All the players sit around a table, so that they can all reach the centre. The cards are dealt out to all the players as normal. The person to the dealer’s left then puts his card into the centre, face-up, saying “One”. The player on his left then puts her card face-up on top of his, while saying “Two”. Play continues in this way (going “One”, “Two”, … “Nine”, “Ten”, “Jack”, “Queen”, “King”, “One”, “Two”, etc) until one (or more!) of the following […]

"Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009"

I feel like I need to make some comment on the passing of a pop icon. Unfinished Christian likens his death to that of Elvis or Lennon. I don’t think there’s very much doubt he was one of the world’s biggest pop-stars, certainly at his peak. I suppose I would sum up my feelings as “Flawed Genius.” His achievements and failings will no doubt be covered in great depth in the Sunday papers, and I’m not even going to attempt it. But he clearly went off the rails at some point (in the 90s?), and I find it hard to […]

"Hand jive (a game)"

Sit everyone present around a table so that there are no gaps. Each person puts their hands on the table so that their arms cross over/under the people either side, so if we have five players, A=B=C=D=E, the order of hands will be: B-LH, A-RH, C-LH, B-RH, D-LH, C-RH, E-LH, D-RH, A-LH, E-RH Now decide who is going to start, and which way you will go (clockwise or anti-clockwise). Assuming clockwise for a moment, the starting person taps one of their hands on the table, and then the hand to the left of that hand has to tap, followed by […]

"3 facts, and variations (games)"

These are quite a good “getting to know you” games. There are many other variations. 2 true, 1 false Give each person a sheet of paper. They must write their name on the top, then they must write three things about themselves, two of which are true, and one of which is made up. Gather in all the sheets of paper, then for each person in turn, the group has to try and guess which of the three “facts” is not true. Feel free to get the story behind any particularly peculiar or interesting facts. 3 Facts As a variation, […]

"Encore (a game)"

Divide the group into teams. The leader shouts out a word that is commonly found in songs (“love”, “road”, “river”, “girl”, “baby”, “need”, and so on.) The teams must sing a song in unison (together) using that word. The first team to do it wins a point. Play as long as they like it.

"Scream (the game)"

All the players stand in a circle, facing one another, but looking down at their feet. When the leader says “now”, everyone looks up and at someone else’s eyes. If they make direct eye contact with someone (i.e. person A is looking straight and person B, and person B is looking straight at person A), both people SCRREEEAAAAMMMMM, and then sit down. All the remaining players look back down at their feet, and the game continues until only 2 people are left. Gets the adrenalin pumping! 🙂

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