I was so excited about the new powerpoint game I had just downloaded. I had visions of teens laughing, crying and cheering as we played the game. The night was supposed to end with them hoisting me on their shoulders shouting, “Chris, thanks for changing my life!”
Needless to say the game failed. There was some sort of error and issues with compatibility. As I tried to correct the error I sweat with panic. I thought to myself, “If I don’t get this game going the night’s ruined.” I don’t think Jesus would have agreed with me.
I don’t know about you but I have weeks where it feels like it’s over even before I get a chance to breathe. It’s during those times when I feel most overwhelmed. I wonder, “Am I doing enough?” and “Am I making a difference?”
If you’ve been there you aren’t alone and it’s the trap that busyness will place on you. To combat that feeling and really know whether or not you are doing enough you need to:
Games are a huge part of youth ministry. They’re fun, they break tension, form relationships and create memories. They are a big part of ministry; however, they can be a big distraction if done incorrectly.
That’s right there is an etiquette to games for your ministry. If ignored it will not only effect the outcome of the activity, but impact how people see your ministry. To master the art of the game you need to:
Ever host an event and was disappointed by the turnout? Maybe it was a meeting and no one came prepared? It happens to everyone, but why it happens isn’t always clear.
You might want to assign blame (5 Excuses Youth Ministers Need To Avoid Making), but before you do take a look at your systems. If the systems you have in place are broken, your programs, projects and events will fail. To determine if they are broken consider these 7 questions: