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Youth Specialties
January 31st, 2011

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Teens love to look at themselves. Just watch when a digital camera gets into one of their hands. About half of the time the lens is facing inward, not outward. I think next generation leaders need to step up and turn this narcissistic behavior on end and put a positive spin on it. Maybe I’m preaching to the choir, but why aren’t more of us taking lots of pics and video of our ministries and posting them on Facebook, Flickr, Vimeo, and YouTube accounts? I’m so baffled as to why so few actually do this.

I know: be wise in how you do it. Get permission on event forms and/or permission slips to share media of students. That’s a good idea.

But here’s the thing. I know students who still regularly look at pics and video from events as far back as the student ministry site goes: my two teenage daughters! They love to remember the fun times, the spiritual milestones, the laughs, the tears, and yes, look at themselves while they’re at it. And I know they are not the only ones.

There are many reasons to get on the ball with sharing your group’s memories right now…

  • you will be effectively helping students remember highlights and impact felt from your events
  • it’s easy promotion: if it’s online, chances are it’s being shared by your students
  • it keeps students coming back to your site (for years to come)
  • it’s a great way for parents to get a look at what you are doing
  • it’s an easy way for new visitors to get a feel for what your ministry is like
  • it’s a great way to get students talking on your social media sites

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So, what if you’re not a photog or don’t have any video shooting / editing knowledge? Simple. Odds are pretty good that you’ve got a student or volunteer in your ministry that does! Ask around. Get a camera in their hands and start capturing and sharing the memories!

Youth Specialties

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