Over the last few weeks, I have watched previews for NBC’s new shows. One show in particular caught my attention (and the attention of the rest of the youth ministry world) “Minute to Win It.” Basically, contestants have one minute to complete a game using simple household items. If they complete ten games, then they win 1 million dollars. As I watched the commercials, I kept seeing games I have played with my youth groups. One is the “shrinking grocery bag” game (where the bag keeps getting shorter and shorter and you have to pick it up with your teeth.) I like the single player version better than the way I played. At a 30 Hour Famine we played where you went around a circle and everyone tried to pick it up. My version is not nearly as sanitary as the games version.
If you have not heard of “Minute to Win It” you need to check it out. It’s on Sunday nights at 7 central. You also need to check out the website for the game. Up until a few days ago, I knew about the game, but I had not realized that the show’s website would be a great help to youth workers until I read Youth Ministry Geek’s post. You need to go check out the game vault and use a game or two.
Before I hit “publish” I feel I need to offer this word of warning to youth workers everywhere. Please do not saturate the youth ministry world with an abundance of “Minute to Win It” games or retreats or evangelism events. These games will be a great addition to your events, but DO NOT overdue it. I saw it happen with youth ministry versions of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (and many other pop culture things) and students get tired of it.
Remember that moderation is a good thing.
One last comment (question). I know there will be a t-shirt soon based on “Minute to Win It,” but I just can’t figure out what it will say. Do you have any thoughts?