Hi! Thanks for checking out FunNinja.org, my name is Kenny Campbell and my wife (Elle Campbell) and I have been leading the middle school ministry at our church in Buffalo, NY for almost 8 years. We also have created a few different websites to help resource youth pastors like us all over the world: StuffYouCanUse.org, ElleCampbell.org, InstafeedLIVE.com, SimpleWeb.cc, and now FunNinja.org.
We created Fun Ninja mainly for 3 reasons:
1. One of our passions is to create environments at church that middle school students love to come to.
2. We love sharing what we do with others.
3. We wanted to archive all the games we’ve played recently.
Also, I was getting jealous of all the fun Elle was having blogging on ElleCampbell.org and I wanted to join in :) Elle recently did a series of blog posts about fun, and we started getting all kinds of feedback and requests to expand on what kind of games we play and what else we do to create fun environments, so FunNinja.org is also a response to those requests – hopefully you find it helpful!
Every week I plan on posting the game we played with our middle school students and anything else we did in the name of fun: like contests, events, and special segments we do on Sunday mornings at our weekly environment. I also plan on blogging about why we spend so much time and energy on making things fun, how and why our ministry is structured the way it is, along with things like how to successfully plan a double elimination tournament or what type of game mechanics we love to use in our large group settings (in case you haven’t noticed, I’m kind of a mix between athlete and nerd).
Well, thanks again for checking out the site. If you have any requests for topics or games let me know, I’m always down to hear what would be most helpful to others! And thanks to all you youth workers out there in the world making it happen every week, your students are blessed to have you in their lives!