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Summer Idea Lab

 —  June 11, 2012 — 5 Comments

Summer is a great time to try new things…and that’s what we’re doing! Here are a few things we’re kicking off in this next season that might inspire you to try something new as well. Share what you’re excited about in the comments, too!

Worship Together Weekends
Starting in July we’re going to cancel our “youth group” services and worship as a whole church—young and old. Our pastor is going to do his best to address students in his message, and the various other service elements are going to be designed to include or at least acknowledge the whole church worshiping as one.

We’re so excited about this change in our church, because in our setting it doesn’t happen naturally. Chances are your church could use a little “inter-generational kick in the pants,” too. Summer is a great time to something a try.

Youth Ministry Instagram Account
We just created an Instagram account for our student ministry—fun pictures taken on the spot at summer events or up at camp will instantly be shared with parents and other students. We’ll have them dropped onto our Facebook page as well. A simple, fun way to instantly connect with people who aren’t on the trip or waiting for word back home.

Prayer Walk at High Schools
This past weekend our student leaders organized a prayer walk at the main high schools represented in our youth group. The idea was simple but effective—kind of like a “See You at the Pole” but we didn’t want to wait until the fall. So we met at the flagpole, prayed together and then walked through the campus (empty since it was on a weekend) and prayed for the students, teachers, and staff that are represented in each area you walk. Football field: Pray for the athletes.

Walk by the school office? Pray for the principal, etc. Then after about a half hour everyone met up for food at a local fast-food joint, too. So fun! In the summer, you could pick the most convenient day of the week for your group.

So there are a few ideas from us—look for a handful more tomorrow as well! What new ideas are you most excited about this summer?

This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.

Josh Griffin


5 responses to Summer Idea Lab

  1. I’m trying to figure out the best way to ‘share’ instagram access. Do you just set it up and multiple people sign in to the same instagram account?

    I’m also trying to figure out how to post the images to our ministry’s facebook page instead of my own profile. Is there an automated way to do this (app or setting I’m missing), or does it have to be done manually?

  2. I have the same question (been wondering about this for a while).

  3. The way we’ve done it is just give the name/password to a few people … and there is a way to save Facebook access right in the app so when you post it you switch it to “on” and it’ll land right on your wall. Hope this helps a bit!


  4. But I don’t want it to go to MY wall… I want it to go to the wall of our youth ministry’s page…I may just be out of luck

  5. This summer we’re using the idea of hunger games “districts” to experiment with breakout groups after our main student service. Awesome stuff… looks like it will be continuing this fall, too!!

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