Have you ever been in charge of a youth ministry event that completely flopped? If you have, you’re not alone. The truth is, even though events are a staple in youth ministry, they’re not always easy to pull off. In fact, putting together an awesome event that students will love can be one of the toughest things to do. In this episode, join youth leaders as they talk about the best and worst events they’ve planned and the things every leader needs to consider while planning their next big event.
- Today’s podcast guests share the worst event they’ve ever planned (3:18)
- Things you need to think through to decide whether or not to do the event (10:13)
- What to do when no one shows up to your event (17:45)
- The importance of clarifying the purpose of your event (21:52)
- The logistics needed to pull off a successful event (23:25)
- A seamless registration process should be a top priority (29:24)
- Why some events are better suited to be executed in a smaller group (31:00)
- The power of a transformational event (32:30)
- Building in one-on-one conversations with students and their leaders (34:20)
- What to consider in terms of keeping your students safe during events (36:27)
- Events don’t always have to be epic (45:01)
- Attending other churches’ events can be just as impactful (45:11)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
Your event should align with the vision for your student ministry. —Charlie Conder Click To TweetEvents help reshape teenagers’ vocabulary of God and church. —Ben Crawshaw Click To TweetSmall group leaders are the epicenters of student ministry. —Ben Crawshaw Click To TweetIf we are going to be churches who are going to reach unchurched students through our events, we have to be prepared for them to bring a little trouble. —Ben Crawshaw Click To TweetYou don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great event. Click To Tweet
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his amazing wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average).
Charlie is an XP3 Orange Specialist at Orange after spending the past 20 years working with students in educational and ministry settings. Most recently, Charlie spent 12 years as the middle school youth pastor in a thriving Methodist church in the Metro Atlanta area. Charlie grew up in rural Illinois but has been living in metro Atlanta, GA for the past 14 years. She lives with her husband Eric, her sometimes snarky but lovable daughter, and their three pups.
Ben is the Creative Director for XP3 High School. He graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN where he studied English and begged for food. Prior to working at reThink, Ben was the Creative Director of the high school ministry at North Point Community Church. In his free time, you can find Ben doing the Braves’ Tomahawk Chop, watching non-horror movies, or eating Reese’s Pieces.
Johnathan Baldwin is the Campus Director for Middle School at the Lawrenceville / Central Campus of 12Stone Church in Georgia. God has developed in him a passion for guiding and empowering leaders to lead students. Johnathan and his wife, Sara, have been doing doing ministry together since they got married in 2008. He loves his family (wife Sara and 3 boys), youth ministry, sports, summertime, great coffee (depending on the situation, not so great coffee works too), his dog, and lately, a good book.
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