Outrageous Evangelism

By Justin Bundschuh | justinbundschuh@mac.com | Kauai Christian Fellowship | Koloa, Hawaii

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You have your evangelistic event all figured out. You know the youth in your town will have their lives changed. You gave it a cool name; something like “2016 Jammin’ For Jesus.” You have a slogan that you feel will build interest such as, “2,016 kids! 2,016 hotdogs! 2,016 ways to have fun!” You’ve transformed your church building into a “youth zone” with decorations that can be pulled down before the grayhairs see them on Sunday morning. You have thought of every little detail—the hip Christian band, the crazy activities, the ex-almost-pro sports figure willing to give his testimony, and the altar call.

It is the night of the event. The flood of kids you had imagined is more like a trickle. One of your helpful volunteers makes the famed comment, “Even if just one kid meets Jesus, it will all be worth it.” You hold on to that thought as the speaker goes into the altar call. You watch as a handful of kids stand. What you know, and the speaker does not, is that those kids stand for every altar call at every event. To make matters worse, you have 1,986 hot dogs going bad.

What went wrong?

Let’s start with what went RIGHT: your desire to share with kids the saving message of Jesus. After that – well, it pretty much went wrong. Youth ministry is full of well-meaning people who get the whole concept of an evangelistic event the wrong way ’round. Their thinking goes something like this: “If I can just get the lost kids here, I can get to know them and tell them about Christ.” Let me help flip you over and put you on your feet. If you get to know the lost kids, they will come. Your life will tell them more about Christ while you walk beside them. When you do have an event, all the youth you have invested in will follow you to that event.

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The ability you have to speak into the life of a young person is directly related to the investment you have in that kid’s life. You earn the right to be heard.

Long before you even consider an event, plan on doing the tough time outside the church to BE with kids. Be where they are, not invite them to be where you are. Where are wild kids? Here in Hawaii most of them are at the beach. For you it may be football games, soccer games, or hoops down the road. It might be at a skatepark or popular diner. If you can be on school campus…

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Abraham Lincoln and the Meaning of Thanksgiving

NOTE: This is such a powerful Thanksgiving message, we are reposting it again in 2016.

A note from interlinc President Allen Weed: My long time friend and co-laborer in youth ministry Ron Boehme sent me his Thanksgiving post this morning. His insights on President Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation blew me away! With Ron’s permission and our editor’s kind readjustment, Ron’s thoughts are here as a Guest Blog Post.

These thoughts and application points will be foundational for our family discussions over the next couple of days. I hope you will find them equally as helpful. Jesus Christ is the same – 1863, today and forever! Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family, and the kids in your youth ministry.


Thanksgiving is a uniquely biblical holiday (should we go back in time and rightly rename it a “holy day?”).

It is not simply a day off, with turkey and trimmings, time with family members or a good football game. Yes, it can involve all these elements, but it is much more than that.

Thanksgiving is a “reality reminder” day: There is a God. He is awesome, loving, and just. And everything we have and hope for comes directly or indirectly from him.

At least once a year we should “re-center” our lives and spend a day giving thanks to Him.

Abraham Lincoln, our most respected president, understood that truth. Here is his reminder, during a grim time in American history that can help us navigate our own.

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Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Lincoln has been out for over a year and is currently ranked at number two on the New York Times best-seller list (amazingly his new book Killing Kennedy is number one–and both are excellent reads).

Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln, starring David Day-Lewis, is also out in theaters this week and is getting excellent reviews. I am looking forward to seeing it as my “movie of the year.”

What made Lincoln a great president was his clear, uncompromising faith in God and his view that history is being guided by a Being who is worthy of our prayers, devotion, and thanks.

Here is his text for an 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation. I would encourage you to read it slowly to get the depth of his thinking. In between paragraphs, I will comment on his wisdom.

Washington, D.C., October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”

Lincoln reminds us that we tend to “forget” about God. Do you forget him in your daily life and struggles? Lincoln rightly reminds us that God is our “source” of everything good in our lives. He says that our gratefulness to God should “soften our hearts” and make us aware of God’s watchful providence in our lives. Is your heart soft toward God and his blessings? Do you realize that a Loving God is watching over your life as well as guiding the affairs of nations?

“In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.”

Lincoln is grateful that even during our nation’s darkest war, there was a peace and harmony in the world that only God could create and maintain. If left to ourselves, everything would explode or fall apart. But God keeps the world together with his ever-wise and loving care.

“Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.”

Despite the war and national travail, Lincoln is grateful that America is a fruitful, growing nation in which he expects a “large increase of freedom.” Do you expect same? Does your faith go beyond the horizon of your personal circumstances and national problems to thank God for his abundance?

“No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

Abraham Lincoln understood sin–and God’s anger against it. If you love people and truth then you must hate evil and its destructive forms. But he also knew that God was gracious–and that ALL the great things in America have come via his grace and mercy. Do you consciously realize that truth? Do you give God credit for all the good things in your life?

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.”

I love Lincoln’s word choices here. Solemnly–don’t joke away Thanksgiving or fail to give God serious thought. Reverently–with respect, prayer, and admiration. Gratefully–it only has meaning when it is directed toward someone. Gratefulness in general is just pleasant feelings. Gratefulness to God grows a loving relationship with your Lord and Savior.

“I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

Lincoln asks all Americans to observe Thankgiving day–whether they are atheists, pantheists, or believers in God. It will benefit all because, whether they believe it or not, God is there. You may not see the sun for the clouds, but it is there and you couldn’t live without it. Even more so with God in whom you live, breathe and have your being (Acts 17:28). He exhorts all Americans to the double barrels of joy–thanksgiving and praise. One recognizes what God does and the other, who he is. He is our Father whose home is in the Heavens (the ultimate destination of his children).

“And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.”

Lincoln finishes his Proclamation with three distinct admonitions:

1. That we have repentant hearts over our “national perverseness and disobedience.” What would Abraham Lincoln think of the evolution of those sins today? Do you care? Do you grieve over America’s perversion and turning away from God? In 1863, the president of the United States encouraged our citizens to repent.

2. That we reach out to the needy, hurting, and unfortunate in our society. God cares–so should we.

3. That we pray that God would heal and restore us to Him. Have you personally prayed today beyond bowing your head before the turkey is served? Were your prayers passionate for your family and nation?

“In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.”

“Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.”

“By the President: Abraham Lincoln.”

There’s no mention here of the phony definition of separation of Church and State. Abraham Lincoln, the President of the United States, calls all Americans to repent, thank God, praise Him, and serve others.

Will you act upon his timeless words?

Happy Thanksgiving–in the year of our Lord 2012 and of the Independence of the United States the Two-Hundred and Thirty-Sixth.

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Evangephobia

Five Reasons Teenagers Don’t Share Their Faith – and How to Help

By Greg Stier | Dare 2 Share | Arvada, Colorado | dare2share.org

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Do your teens have evangephobia? In their “live and let live” world, evangelism can seem like an antiquated idea. We shouldn’t be surprised that evangephobia has spread like an epidemic through our youth groups.

Jesus clearly stated that He came to seek and save the lost, and He’s charged us with spreading His message to those who don’t know Him. Sharing the Gospel is not optional simply because of the times in which we live. It’s something we’re commanded to be about until His return.

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So what’s a youth leader to do? I’ve identified five key reasons teens don’t share their faith. I’ve also uncovered a few insights that can help you address their evangephobia and help you mobilize them to share the Gospel with their friends.

 Reason #1: Fear – What will my friends think if I talk about Jesus? Fear of rejection looms large, but you can help your teens overcome their fear straight from the pages of Scripture. Show them that they’re not in this faith-sharing thing alone. God goes with them and promises to provide His power as they share His love and truth with others. 2 Timothy 1:7-8 assures us: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.” Help your teens learn to rely on God’s power and promises. Encourage them to pray for their lost friends and to ask for God’s assistance. This can give teens the courage they need to step out bravely.

Reason #2: Lack of Urgency – What difference does it make anyway? Hell is a very unpopular concept these days. But, Jesus spoke matter-of-factly about a literal hell. Jesus used the word gehenna (“hell”) eleven of the twelve times it appears in the New Testament. He never described hell as figurative, temporary, or anything less than horrific. The Bible describes hell as “for real” and “forever.”

Sometimes, the twenty-first-century version of the Christian God is just loving instead of just and loving. The just part of God (which demands absolute justice, holiness, and perfection) has been minimized and the loving part of God (which shows mercy, grace, and forgiveness) has been emphasized. As a result, teens have begun to view God as more of a cosmic Santa Claus who caters to their every whim instead of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) By helping your teens understand the reality of hell and the hope of heaven, the urgency of the message of the Gospel comes alive. They need to see that their friends’ eternal destiny hangs in the balance.

 Reason #3: Live and Let Live – Other’s spiritual beliefs aren’t my business. Sometimes teens think evangelism is all about standing on a street corner with a bullhorn and yelling, “Repent!” They may see spiritual conversation as inappropriate or intrusive. Evangelism, however, is actually about…

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Belonging Before Believing

6 Descriptions of The Gospel

By Jeremy White | jwhite@valleychurch.com | Valley Church | Vacaville, California

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Sharing the Gospel is hardly a cut and dried methodology. How can we best communicate both the simplicity and the complexity of the greatest story ever told to an American culture that seems to reject the very idea of Christian spirituality? How can the truth of the Gospel be relayed effectively in a system where the only thing for sure is that there is nothing sure? At the risk of oversimplification, one place to begin is with Matthew’s account of the first Easter morning.

When we think of Matthew 28, “the Great Commission” comes to mind. If the end of the chapter is the what of evangelism, then I suggest we go back to the beginning of the chapter for the how. We can’t follow the Commission if we’re clueless about the Mission. We need to understand the first few verses of the chapter – without which we cannot attempt the last few.

According to Matthew, the Gospel is…

1. Propositional – therefore, it is meant to be understood and believed. Because of our tendency to reduce the Gospel to a mere set of facts to be accepted, some have responded with scathing criticisms of a purely factual Gospel which is void of any life-changing substance. While I agree with these concerns, propositional truth has not become irrelevant to the preaching of the Gospel.

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The angel told the ladies that Jesus had “risen, just as he said.” This is a clear affirmation of the propositional nature of the truth of the Gospel. God proposes something (i.e. that Christ would rise), and we then receive or reject that proposition as a matter of our will. While the Gospel is more than facts, it nonetheless involves facts to be believed and accepted in order for faith to be genuine. Paul said that the facts of the Gospel were of primary importance in passing it on to others (1 Corinthians 15: 3). However, many people are either lukewarm or bored to tears with their Christian experience because their faith stops with the facts. As important as Christ’s proposition about rising from the dead was, the story would be incomplete if it stopped there. Thankfully Matthew goes on to tell us that the Gospel is not only propositional, but…

2. Experiential – therefore, it is to be participatory. The angel invited the women to “come and see the place where he lay.” One of the most satisfying realities of Christ-following is that we partake in a “come and see” kind of faith. The ladies were invited to experience the empty tomb for themselves.

Many youth ministries are finding something different from the traditional “believe-before-you-belong” approach. Not-yet-believing students are taking part in…

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Making Friends For Eternity

YLO105's "Letter From The Editor"

By Ken McCoy | JumpStart Ministries | Charlotte, North Carolina

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He was a sophomore in high school, blonde, with a ton of friends – mostly girls. He was known around school as a musical genius whose bedroom was crammed with keyboards and sound gear. When I wanted to start a band for our youth ministry, somebody invited him to come play with us. He showed up with a couple of synths, and you could sense the buzz of excitement around him.

Scott Kaser became an important part of that band. He could write, arrange, and play music like no other 15-year-old I’d met. His demeanor was usually cheerful, smiling, and happy. He and I became friends, and I soon figured out that he hadn’t yet met Jesus.

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One sunny afternoon, on the freeway back home from a shopping trip to a pro sound store downtown, Scott and I were chatting – and he let an “expletive” slip out. Immediately realizing that he was with the youth pastor, Scott looked over at me with an embarrassed expression.

“Oh! I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to say that.”

“Don’t worry, Scott. You’re not a Christian yet, so I don’t expect you to behave like one.”

“What do you mean, ‘I’m not a Christian?’ I go to church! Why aren’t I a Christian?”

“Well, I could explain it to you, but this is really important and I can’t do it while driving. We’d have to pull over.”

“Pull over! I wanna know!”

I pulled to the side of the freeway. There, beside the freeway with cars whooshing by, I explained the Gospel. Fifteen minutes later, Scott Kaser became more than a friend – he became my brother, and a friend for eternity.

Scott. Ron. Pat. Loren. Larry. Rob. Steve. Jim. Kevin. Darleen. Mike. David. Joy. Mark. They are just some of my musician friends who met Jesus when they were teenagers. They’re all still my friends – although some of them are now adults with teenagers of their own. The cool part is that we get to be friends forever.

To me, “evangelism” means “making friends for eternity.” It’s not just sharing information, as some would have us believe. Oh, sure – the information we share needs to be accurate, clear, and true. But, evangelism is far more important than communicating the right information. Evangelism is also more involved than just getting people to respond to the information we share. Although a response is necessary, you and I both know how easily we can manipulate a situation to get a desired response. No, evangelism is more important, more intricate, and more involved than just sharing information and calling for a response. Evangelism is making friends for eternity.

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I guess that’s what makes this issue of Youth Leaders Only so significant. Evangelism is the only activity of a Christian that has a time limit. All the other activities that Christians do – worship, fellowship, learning, and so on – we will do in Heaven. Forever. But, evangelism can only take place here and now. In eternity, everything changes.

My hope, and my prayer, is that you will use these resources wisely, and that you and your young friends will have plenty of company in eternity!

Godspeed,
Ken McCoy
Editor

PS. I called Scott and asked if I could use his story in this article. No names have been changed to protect anybody.

One-on-One

By Todd Pearage / New Hanover UMC / Gilbertsville, PA / toddp@newhanoverumc.org

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As a many-year veteran of student ministry, I’ll admit that I love the big events. I love planning them with my team and working out the details. I love the excitement of seeing a ton of students having a blast – in church. I love the crazy games, the loud music, and the free t-shirts. Throw in a Christian band and I’m in heaven.

However, in recent years there’s been a movement to shift away from the big events, and “programming” has become a dirty word. Youth pastors have been told to abandon the program and “just hang out with kids.” When you talk with youth workers, it does not take long before the conversation turns to the “program vs. relationship” debate.

Before we go and split the church over this philosophy of ministry (don’t laugh, it’s been split over far less important issues), let’s agree that both sides of this conversation have valid points. We have all seen the benefits of the big event, and I believe there will always be a place for them. But, I am convinced that impact happens person-to-person. So here are a few things I do to make an impact.

Get Out of the Office – I have two offices at my church – I have the “official office” which is really just a cubicle right outside my Senior Pastor’s office, and I also have a “secret office” which is in our student ministry area. Truthfully, I love my “secret office.” I can listen to Thousand Foot Krutch as loud as I want, search YouTube for the latest viral video, and even catch the latest episode of Duck Dynasty, all while getting my work done.

But as cool as my secret office is and as funny as it may be to watch Uncle Si’s crazy shenanigans, the truth is…

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SYATP

By Ken McCoy / JumpStart Ministries / Charlotte, North Carolina / kennymac@mac.com

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Today is See You at the Pole day – it’s about one simple act—prayer. Here are three reasons we have been a part of this movement since its inception 25 years ago.

1. Christian students discover that they aren’t alone. When they gathered at their school’s flagpole this morning, they met a bunch of people from other churches, kids they otherwise might not have known were believers.

2. The community takes notice. In an environment that is anything but friendly to Christianity, students who are willing to gather together to pray for their schools is a remarkable event.

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3. Prayer is effective. Prayer changes hearts, opens doors, and creates movement. Any time we can encourage students to pray, we’ll be engaged.

Seven Ways to Connect with Students

By Mandy Kyes / Southwest Community Church / Indian Wells, California / mandykyes@hotmail.com

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Establishing solid relationships with students in your ministry is one of the most essential pillars needed for a ministry that goes beyond the walls of a church and into a deeper foundation for discipleship. These relationships take more than one or two “group nights” a week to build; they require an intentional mindset and a willing heart. Here are seven simple ways to connect with your students outside of scheduled ministry programs. When you connect with them outside of the church building, they will feel valued, validated, and loved.

1. Attend a sports event, a school play, a band performance, etc. in which your student/students participate. Unfortunately, many students don’t get any support from the people who are closest to them, including parents. Your small act of showing up tells the student that he/she is worth your time.

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2. Remember their birthdays and show recognition through a phone call or card. I know how daunting remembering each one can be, especially when some of us can’t even remember what day of the week it is! Make it easy on yourself – when a student fills out a welcome card, make sure their birthday is listed, and then enter it as soon as possible in your phone calendar, office calendar, etc. Have a dry erase calendar board on the wall of the youth room and have students put their upcoming events (including birthdays) on that month. This will help you keep better track of the students’ activities (see number 1) and special days.

3. Take them out for lunch. I know budgets are slim and money is tight, but that’s a two-way street. Some students haven’t splurged on a greasy, cheeseburger for quite some time. So treat them! It’s a great way to have casual conversation in a non-threatening environment. This lets students know they’re worth more to you than your money. (Note: Although intentions are pure, remember that society looks at the interactions between older men/women and minors. Be above reproach; only have one-on-ones with students of the same sex. You can always bring lunch to the students’ schools and interact in small groups all while achieving the same goal.)

4. Encourage students through little notes, postcards, texts, etc. Students are surrounded by put-downs, criticism, and verbal abuse at school, home, and/or just walking in a store. Bullying is at an all-time high, and depression in youth is rising. Counteract the disease by encouraging students at every opportunity. Postcards and letters make great “trophies” that students often put in their binder covers. A little encouragement goes a long way with students. Show them how valuable they are through your words.

5. Provide ways for students to show off their talents. Noticing that Jenny and Angelica are creative geniuses could spark a craft day or art gallery showcase. Hearing Matthew’s guitar skills may bring a day of guitar lessons or even a youth band in which he helps other students find their musical abilities. Have a writer in your group? Ask them to write an article about the latest youth trip; better yet, add a student who loves photography and you can get a youth newsletter up and running. Whatever the case may be, provide opportunities for students to shine with their God-given talents.

6. Be real. Need I say anymore? If we’re honest with ourselves, we try to paint ourselves in the best light for students, but the reality is that students want to see that you have flaws and are working on them, that sometimes you don’t always respond the way you should, that you yourself are growing in Christ, just as they are. This doesn’t mean you divulge things that you share with your accountability partner; it just means that it’s okay to be real and open about some of the flaws you struggle with. This flips the script and lets students know YOU trust THEM.

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7. Be available. Plain and simple. Students have curveballs thrown at them left and right. When they trust you enough to reach out, reach right back! Return phone calls in a timely manner, text back when you can, and answer your phone. (You need to have time for your family and for yourself. So if your office hours are 9am-5pm, be available.) What students often need most is just for someone to listen. Be the one to step up and listen up.

Don’t feel pressured to implement all of these at once. Tackle them one by one and enjoy the ride!

The Video Music Awards scream SEX SEX SEX!

Is this MTV's attempt to rebuild their audience?

By Todd Pearage, New Hanover UMC, Gilbertsville, PA, toddp@newhanoverumc.org

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The MTV VMAs scream SEX SEX SEX! This night is clearly more about how many times you can twerk and how little you can wear and less about artistry of music and entertainment. Years ago we all screamed “I want my MTV”…today I’m screaming “just put some clothes on”.

I know this isn’t new, but (and maybe I’m getting older) it is getting worse. And the more we celebrate this hyper sexualization the more sexual these shows will become.

Why did DJ Khaled have a two different sneakers wrapped around his neck all night? Please tell me that’s not going to be a thing.

Finally Key and Peel were so not funny. I think I’ll tweet that.

Maybe they know, maybe they don’t, but MTV and so many of these artists make it very difficult for us to do our job. As youth pastors we try to teach our students to be an example in their speech, conduct, love, faith and purity. And then I watch this and wonder if that message is being heard and how to be even more effective.

Three Reasons You Should Embrace The Pokémon GO Phenomenon

Youth Leaders Should Have Fun Too!

By Ken McCoy / JumpStart Ministries / Charlotte, NC / kennymac@mac.com

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Unless you don’t know any teenagers, you’re aware of the Pokémon GO craze that’s hit North America this past weekend. People everywhere are using their phones to play an augmented-reality game that turns their city into a Pokémon-infested world where art sculptures are Pokéstops, coffee shops are Pokémon Gyms, and town squares are ripe with virtual critters.

Without getting into the “how to play” info – full disclosure, I haven’t really played it much, there don’t seem to be any Pokémon creatures in my neighborhood yet – I’ve thought of at least three reasons I need to embrace this phenomenon.

The Game Is Fun!
A whole generation of kids grew up with “Nintendo Thumb” from playing Pokémon on a handheld gaming console, and imagining how cool their world would be if Pokémon characters inhabited it. Now, they’re even closer to experiencing that reality. Using the camera on their phones, those kids (who are now old enough to be youth leaders) can now be in that world. How cool is that?

You Can Play With Friends
While there is no multiplayer functionality in the game yet, you can still go hunting with friends. I saw a dozen people gathered at a Pokéstop in my little town over the weekend. They were laughing, looking at their phones, and generally seemed to be having a great time even in the summer heat and humidity of North Carolina.

Players Get Exercise
Finding the fantasy creatures requires you to get out and get walking – or running – at all times of day and night. The more ground you can cover, the more creatures you will find. After decades of watching kids veg for hours in front of a computer or television, I’m all for getting outside and exploring – especially if I’m doing it with some of my young friends from church!

I recognize that I’m a geek – not a nerd, a geek – and an early adopter. Still, I’m pretty sure that Pokémon GO will be one activity that works its way into my schedule this week. How about you?