“Make sure you understand the game. Read the instructions carefully, make sure you have all the equipment you need, and if possible do a dry run.”
Others, on the other hand, are pure gold for all youth workers:
“Quit before they’re tired of it. Shut a game down when kids are really into it rather than waiting until everyone is sick of it.”
One tip that I would add to their list is “Explain the game every time.” If your youth group is like mine, they have their favorite games that they would play every week if they could. They do not want you to waste time by giving instructions to a game they know by heart; they just want to play! However, explaining the game every time is important for new or fringe students. If a new student feels left out by not knowing how to play the game, it may negatively impact his/her view of the ministry. By taking a minute and explaining the game to all, the new or fringe student will feel more welcome.
Be sure to check out the entire post, called “Tips for Leading Games Well,” on the YS blog.