Some 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