Ever give a message to a group of teens and afterwards think, “That message was great, I need to add that message to my THAT JUST HAPPENED folder” and then immediately brought back to earth by a kid like this?

I want the messages I deliver to point to Jesus not me…I am not as arrogant as the statement above, but I do have those moments when I think I finally “got through.” I want teens to get it and just when I think I had a break through there’s always the kid who gives me the ” Oh yeah, I guess that was ok…”  LOL, there is no sermon here, this video just made me laugh when I started thinking about kids in my youth ministry.

Videos like this are great for youth ministry announcements, leader meetings, and in our messages, I found this video on wimp.com. If you are looking for fun, funny and interesting videos block off a little time and click over to wimp!

How and where are you finding videos you use in your ministry?

This video is from the D6 Conference this week – again courtesy of Kirk and Tyler. All of the info is already outdated of course, but loved to see how a simple-but-well-executed video with a good idea can make announcements so much fun!

JG



Trying to have some fun with announcements – been kinda dry lately, this got a good laugh and possibly also helped give the announcements. Fun!

JG

Announcements are dead. There, I said it.

OK, maybe not totally dead, but on their last legs because we’ve been killing them for years in our churches and youth groups. Simply put, if you bore people they’ll tune out. If you treat the announcements as an afterthought, your students will as well. If you have too many anouncements, they’ll hear the first one, then die a slow death as you drone on for the next 12 simultaneously forgetting the only one they remembered for a few fleeting moments. Is there another way?

Split up the announcements
If you HAVE to have more than 1-2 announcements, split them up to give people a breather from the information barrage.

Work the announcements into the message
Sometimes there is a way to ‘hide” an announcement in the message – like talking about the Spring Break mission trip during a talk about selflessness, serving, etc.

Use the screen and/or bulletin
These are the tools for announcements, but too often the effort and planning required stop us from doing it. Change your systems to utilize them.

Make a creative video
A video grabs attention like no other. Study your students faces next time you give announcements vs. a creative video.

Use your small group network
Instead of using a shotgun approach with announcements what if you considered communicating with your leaders and having them encourage students to attend an event. Think of it as a personalized push rather than a mass announcement.

Facebook for the win
Social media … when used right, is unstoppable. Never tell people they should Tweet or Like something – create something so incredible and life-changing they have to Tweet.

Snd a txt msg
We hve a txt list tht goes out 2 a tn of stdnts. Gr8 wy to kp ppl n the knw.

What are other ways to help fix announcements or another great way to get the word out?

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 is the announcement video from the opening session of the Simply Youth Ministry Conference. We used Xtranormal (recently featured in an GEICO ad and an EVO commercial). Fun!

JG



A highly edited, movie quality promotional video for our HSM choir. Vocal auditions!

JG