Game: BG Mingle

Type/Purpose: Board/Card Game, Community Builder, Event/Activity


  • A large room with table space for 4 to 6 players to sit around.
  • A Board or card game for each player (think ones that may take some time, and are more or less common)
  • Uno, Sorry, Clue, Phase 10, Monopoly, Bingo, etc.
  • A leader or someone who knows how to play each game, stationed at the table that has the game.


  • Find a leader or player who knows how to play each game to sit at that game’s table. Divide up the other players so that between 4 and 6 players are at each game, and that there are at least four games being played at one time.


  • Begin playing the games, and if a group finishes, encourage them to start a new round.
  • After about 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes, pause each of the groups. Half of the group (except for the game expert previously chosen) needs to stand up, and disperse, rotating to another game.
  • Encourage players from previous groups to not “clump” together, but to go to separate games.
  • Players will resume the role and playing position of the person whose seat they took, and play continues.
  • Play for as long as you like, or until the longer games (Monopoly, Phase 10, etc.) have progressed quite a bit.

Extra Ideas:

  • For smaller groups, or to change it up, play with two-player games. Games such as Checkers, Connect Four, Battleship, Jenga, Old Maid, Go Fish, etc. would work well.
  • If there is most likely not an “expert” at each table to explain the game to players who have never played, choose easy to explain games that most players would know.
  • Make a night of it:
    • Encourage participants to come dressed up as their favorite board game character.
    • Order food from Unos, Dominos, Checkers, etc. or eat Go Fish Sticks, Sorry Nachos, etc.

Teachable Moments:

  • Discuss what it was like to take somebody else’s position.
  • Discuss how Jesus took our sinfulness upon Himself on the Cross.

About the author

Sean Cramer graduated as a DCE from Concordia University, River Forest and served as a Program Assistant/Associate at Camp Lone Star in La Grange, TX. After moving back to his hometown near Rockford, IL, Sean currently works with Developmentally Disabled individuals. Aside from awaiting a Call in professional ministry again, Sean enjoys volunteering, reading, playing games, exercising and observing his dog be absolutely resistant to any new tricks.
View more from Sean

Related Resources

Engaging New Icebreaker Games

Engaging New Icebreaker Games

It can be important to have icebreaker games as a way to get your youth building community and encouraging joy together with your youth. This can be particularly true after Covid. Here are some encouragements and ideas for icebreakers.

Emotional Jug: A Listening Interaction for Youth

Emotional Jug: A Listening Interaction for Youth

Many teens spend time interacting with friends over the internet, and that can lead to feeling nervous our unsure about face to face interactions. In the same way, they may not feel like youth ministry is a place where they can be honest and share their thoughts and feelings. This activity helps you to practice having healthy discussions about their lives and feelings within the Christian community that can offer both Law and Gospel with a sense of warmth, challenge, and grace.

Balance of Play in Youth Ministry

Balance of Play in Youth Ministry

Healthy youth ministry should strike a balance between developmentally appropriate activities, time to build relationships, and study of God’s Word, prayer, and other spiritual practices. This article considers some of the important balances a healthy youth ministry needs to strike when it comes to play!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

How do I know if our youth ministry program is healthy and properly caring for our teens?

Discover how you can enhance your youth ministry and serve the youth in your church with Seven Practices of Healthy Youth Ministry.

Share This