Ways to T.P. #KidMin13

Tony Myles —  October 10, 2013 — 2 Comments

kidminThis weekend is a great one for Children’s Ministry.

Thousands will gather for Group’s KidMin conference… all to better learn how to grow with God and serve children better.

It’s simply awesome.

Let’s T.P. them.

By “T.P.” I don’t mean let’s show up in Columbus, Ohio and throw toilet papers at their Enterprise rental cars (because as youth workers we have to use the ghetto cheap car companies that no one has ever heard of).

I mean let’s “Twitter Plunder” the #KidMin13 feed.

I’m talking some appropriately snarky posts that are the equivalent of when someone T.P.’s your house… full of love, but also some playful jabs.

For example, you could randomly post these throughout the weekend:

  • “At #KidMin13. I heard @OfficialPetra is signing autographs. Anyone know where?”
  • “A little help? Looking for the closest Starbucks. #KidMin13″
  • “MY FLIGHT IS DELAYED! PLEASE TELL SOMEONE AT THE #KIDMIN13 MAIN STAGE NOT TO START YET!”
  • “Found a small piece of feather in the hair of the woman at registration. Picked it out. She said to put it back. #KidMin13″
  • “Still haven’t found a Starbucks. Anyone know where there’s a Dunkin Donuts? #KidMin13″
  • “I’m all for creative object lessons, but why are there radial saw blades on the chairs in the main room? #KidMin13″
  • “Just met a children’s worker from France who spit in my face. Somehow it still felt romantic. #KidMin13″
  • “People… I need coffee. Is there a Panera Bread anywhere? An overpriced Italian Bistro? I have the church credit card. #KidMin13″
  • “The worship leader has us doing VBS motions for every song. This is the best day of my life! #KidMin13″
  • “Need to go to the bathroom… are we supposed to raise our hands first? Can I just go? #KidMin13″
  • “I… NEED… CAFFEINE…. NOW… NOW…. NOW…. #KidMin13″
  • “About to attend ‘How To Run A Non-Halloween Halloween Event’ then ‘Ways to Avoid a Background Check When You REALLY Need Volunteers’ #KidMin13″
  • “Won the Sword Drill! Got a bouncy ball! And a light-up bracelet! And Strawberry Starburst! And Chinese Finger Traps! #KidMin13″
  • “Who is this ‘Bob the Tomato?’ #KidMin13″
  • “Met a woman who has been doing children’s ministry for 4,926 years. #inspiring #KidMin13″
  • “Smuggled Mr. Muggles into my hotel room. Yay! #Ilovecats #ClapClapClap #KidMin13″
  • “Totally blown away with new perspective. Going home and installing white carpet in all the kids rooms at the church. #KidMin13″
  • “There’s a guy at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference booth with better hair than I’ll ever have. He must know where some coffee is.”

Of course, be nice… and pray for them. Children’s workers are our comrades .We want them to have a great conference.

Just… not without us, right?

#kidmin13 is about to become a weekend trend. Let’s help them out. :)

Got any other appropriate tweets?

Have you ever felt like a failure? Okay, we all have at some point, because we all fail. We all do certain things that may be great ideas, but go about it the wrong way, and utterly fail. One thing that I desire is for others’ to learn from my mistakes and failures. I try to do this with learning from others’ failures, and hopefully they can learn from mine as well. Today, I want to give you the top 5 failures that I have committed in student ministry:

  1. Epic Fail #1- Train and Equip Parents- As I have grown in student ministry (not going on 7 total years), I have learned that the parents represented in our ministry is as important as the students we are ministering too. Now, I am trying to teach, share resources with, and help parents become better parents to effectively parent the teens of today’s culture. If you are first starting out in ministry, go ahead and begin equipping the parents to build stronger families.
  2. Epic Fail #2- Recruit a team of adult leaders- In my earlier years of ministry; I had a couple of leaders, but did not set up an adult leadership that would take us to the next level like I should have. Regardless of the number of students in your ministry, it is important to begin building a team to take your ministry to the next level.
  3. Epic Fail #3- Inform parents when disciplining a student- There have been some times where a student gets in trouble, and I do not inform parents, and then the parents come back with a twisted story from their teenager, and I have to backtrack a bit, and build their trust and relationship back. I have learned that when a student gets in trouble or has to be corrected in our student ministry on an event or on Wednesday night, it is always important to mention it to the parents. I do not care how small, but in doing so, it builds relationships with the parents, and builds a greater trust from them to you.
  4. Epic Fail #4- Think through games and pranks- I am a prankster, and am personally okay with pranks. My failure is that we have not totally thought through pranks in our ministry. At camp we decided to play “human clue” and fake a real murder with the students. It seemed like a fantastic idea, but when it played out, we had students crying, had a girl faint, had a young boy call his mom for a lawyer, and upset some families that were at camp. What seemed like a fantastic idea was horrible, because it was not thought out. Think out your ideas of what could happen, and it will save you a lot of problems.
  5. Epic Fail #5- Building relationships with the local schools- Do this first. This should be one of the top things in your ministry that you are consistently doing. I have wasted time in this area at my ministry, and now am trying to play catch up. Building relationships with schools takes a great deal of time, and it is important that you stay at it, and consistently plan time to build this relationship.

So, do not fail at these things, and try your best to learn from the epic fails that I have done in our student ministry.

Josh Evans is the student pastor at Union Grove Baptist Church in the Winston Salem, NC area. He has been a mentor and pastor to students for 4 years. You can connect further with Josh on his blog or send him a direct email at joshhevans@gmail.com.



Sorry to break it to you but the iPhone Shuffle is not real…but you knew that. I love all the April Fools gadgets and gizmos that fly around the web on April 1st. There were a ton but here are just a few of my favorites.

 

Assassin’s Creed for Kinect
(stay for the last 10 seconds)

Electronic Hungry Hungry Hippos for iPad

Keurig K-cupâ„¢ 5-Star Meals Video

Google Maps 8-bit for NES

Chrome Multitask Mode

Introducing Gmail Tap

The YouTube Collection

“Starbucks Listens to Customers
Requests for More Sizes”

Introducing Shapes by Toshiba



Most students love seeing themselves in the spotlight.  Here’s a video I made to show at our junior high program a few years ago.

I held the camera in one hand and an air horn ($10 at Wal-Mart) in my other hand down by my hip.  They were so focused on the camera they never saw the air horn.

Please steal the idea and and pass on the video.