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For many youth workers a big part of their job description seems to include “Think outside the box on a regular basis”… constantly coming up with new ideas and innovative programs that are bigger and better than last year, last week, and last night. And while there is certainly a place for risk-taking and improvement in each new season, sometimes what you really need is tried and true, solid stuff. Stuff that is actually totally inside the box!”

Ask yourself these questions as you look at planning the season ahead:

  • What has worked really well in the past year?
  • What is a “classic” that would be fun to revive?
  • What were people talking about after last summer?
  • What is MY favorite event of the year?
  • Where did we see the most life-change in the last season?
  • What is easy to plan but brings the ministry a big win?

There’s a fine line between tradition and boredom, so be careful as you plan—but sometimes, the best things you can do are ones that already worked in the past.

Here are a few examples of ideas that started off as new ideas and have become traditions in our youth ministry:

You Own the Weekend—This is a series where students completely run youth group. It has had an incredible response every year!

Pumpkinfest—We don’t do a ton of big events, so we tend to really do our best to go “all in” on just a couple a year. One is this fun festival in the fall that students now know and love.

Guys Trip / Girl’s Trip—These fun summer overnighters have become really popular with out students and were one of the highlights of just last year. So guess what? We’re doing them again this summer.

Take a second to think inside the box for your next season of ministry!

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.

Pumpkinfest is coming! This is one of the few large evangelistic events we host all year – here’s a fun video Parker made to help promote it. Epic!

JG



Pumpkinfest Promo Video

Josh Griffin —  October 5, 2012 — 2 Comments

Every year we have a great event at the end of October called Pumpkinfest. Getting the word out is crucial, so here’s the first promo video to raise awareness for the event. Love it!

JG

This weekend we did our best to make announcements memorable with ParkerBot the Awkward Robot. The idea was to announce our Pumpkinfest event coming this Friday night – so during the middle of the traditional announcement we had the robot come on stage and interact with the emcee. It was a funny bit – I think that the robot is going to make an appearance at the event, too.

Parkerbot Visits HSM from HSM on Vimeo.

Just saw that we posted a little video of it, too. Fun!

JG




Here’s HSM Fall calendar – we handed them out this weekend bundled along with a few promo cards for Pumpkinfest and our weekend services. Our hope is that students will keep the calendar and hand out the cards to their friends and invite them the church.

The calendar is a simple and clear design – we are only doing a few events so the focus is on on-going programs like our weekend services and Life Groups.

JG

Here’s the latest promo video for one of the very few events we do each year – our annual Pumpkinfest party. Going to be fun!

JG



Pumpkinfest promo video for this weekend’s event. Inspired by The Twilight Zone.

JG

Question of the week – what is your church’s position on Halloween? Curious, this year we’re doing Pumpkinfest night the Friday before, and a church-wide Blocktober party for the kids that Sunday night. You?

JG