From time to time we play a game in youth group that requires a contestant or two on stage. Here’s a quick principle that I’ve seen work over and over again:
The right contestant makes a good game great.
Picking a great contestant on the fly from stage is really difficult – the host feels pressure to pick a contestant right away and the person that typically immediately responds to the call for a contestant doesn’t usually make a good one. Since the right student is so important, here’s what I suggest: pick them ahead of time. During the countdown to your service starting (or whatever you use to kick things off) take a second to scan the crowd and select a solid person to play the game. It will save you from that awkward moment when you don’t have anyone volunteering or the same kid raises their hand eagerly every week. Pick them ahead of time and you’ll get variety. skill and personality like never before. Try it and you might never go back.
Any advice for youth workers picking a student to play a game?