20141022_192610Some things just seem to go better with music.

Youth group nights are one of them. I’ve watched games go from “awkward” to “amazing” once there was an appropriate soundtrack to complement the moment.

Certain songs seem to be “just right” for the walk-in as students arrive, while others are better for games. There are likewise times that some quiet music works well, such as when you give kids a few minutes to write something down or brainstorm an answer together.

It’s actually one of the reasons why as a teenager I came back after my first youth group experience. Well, that… and the fact that there were cute girls everywhere.

Aside from my hormones, though, I remember how the first thing I consciously took note of was that “These guys are playing songs I know.” That was true during the competition time slot, as well as when we went into the main auditorium. A band got up and played two songs I would have heard on most any mainstream radio station… only at the end of our teaching time did they throw in something I hadn’t heard before, but by that point I was open to hearing it.

How much attention do you pay to the “soundtrack” that will minister best to your students?

  • What are your thoughts on Christian versus mainstream tunes at youth group nights?
  • Do you let students pick the music out, or do you filter it?
  • What’s your policy on trips when it comes to what’s played through the van?

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” – Martin Luther

Weekend Teaching Series: Worship (1-off)
Sermon in a Sentence:
The power and purpose of music.

Service Length: 78 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend our Student Ministries Worship Leader Taffy took over the services in HSM and created a fantastic weekend talking about the purpose of worship, the power of music and the trigger and emotion of what we listen to. It was a FANTASTIC weekend that carried incredible power with students understanding and participating in worship music.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend was typical for this time of the year – we’re typically down in the Spring but this weekend had great energy. We had a hilarious boy band parody video to kick it off, and a fun “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” type element in the middle of the message. Lots of students involved, a great student band, lots of weekend leaders, lots of fun.

Music Playlist: Divine and Holy, Grace, The Stand, We Shine

Favorite Moment: I love Taffy – he’s the best pastor at Saddeback and this weekend was the culmination of years of hard work caring for, pastoring, training and discipling students. SO proud of him!

Up next: XXXChurch (series premiere, week 1 of 2)



I’ve got a feeling this poll will be a little polarizing. Do you listen to secular music? Would love to know your thoughts about the type of music a youth pastor can listen to and vote in this week’s poll!

JG