So in 2005 I quit my job as a youth minister in order to take time off and grieve the death of my first child. It was needed, and it was healing. Life since then has been a rather circuitous route, taking me places I’ve never dreamed (see this previous post for some detail).
But, I find myself back in the saddle again as a youth minister. I’m pumped. I’m excited. I feel like I come back to the position (with the church I left in 2005, no less, so it’s literally the same position) with fresher ideas, a better leadership style, a truer faith, and more wisdom.
I just don’t know what to do with my kids for fun.
I mean, I do – I know the old stand-bys, the tried-and-true staples that every YM has in his bag – but I’m curious to know what other guys are doing. How are you innovating the fun quotient of your ministry? What are things that you’ve taken your students to do that caught you by surprise when the kids loved it?
I want to hear from the creatives among us, and especially those who’ve been with a particular ministry for over five years. Shoot, those who have been with one ministry for over ten years would be ideal.
So how ’bout it? What are some fresh, fun things you do with your students? Where do you find your ideas?