Change It Up

Youth Specialties
April 14th, 2014

We all get stuck in a rut from time to time, whether it’s in our personal lives or our ministry lives. When you’re feeling like you’re stuck, check out these suggestions to change it up and get back on the right track—with some serious traction!

Change up the order of service

Always do the same thing at youth group? Change it up! Try the message first, or songs at the beginning or end of the program. Keep students on their toes—making them guess just a little bit will keep it fresh AND help jump you out of a programming rut!

Change up where you do sermon preparation

Always follow the same routine when you write your talk? Change it up! A change in scenery can give you a burst of creativity and a fresh energy as you prepare your message. Consider a different coffee shop, or a place with some natural beauty.

Change up how you do your personal devotions

Often, my walk with Jesus can get into a rut. So change it up! You might be surprised at how a new devotional book can invigorate time with God. Combine this with a new location and you’re really in for a fresh perspective!

Change up your teaching

Do you speak most of the time? What if you asked one of your key volunteers to teach this week, or (gasp!) the senior pastor to take a series? What if you used some fresh voices, like a panel, or parents, or a series of shorter talks instead of one longer one?

Josh Griffin is the high school pastor at Saddleback Church and co-founded Download Youth Ministry with friends Matt McGill and Doug Fields. Use the promo code letitgo for 10% off your order this month!

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