I’ve Never Heard Of These Guys

061115_ylo100_30stories_blogsEditor’s Note: This is one of a series of 30 Stories that appeared in the 100th edition of Youth Leaders Only. Make sure you check out the other great stories  from this special edition celebrating 30 years of YLO. 

What in the world? Why is there a guy up on a stand yelling at me with a megaphone?

Mark Pittman on the lifeguard stand at an interlinc booth

Loud, fun, energetic and relevant… that was my youth room every Wednesday night at Scottsdale Bible Church. We would joke about how anyone walking on campus would suddenly turn their head to the second story room when the door was opened. So for many of the students that were a part of that ministry, there was an energy level associated with youth ministry.

Now, if you’re going to try and help serve youth leaders, what better way to engage with them than to bring that same sort of energy to the conferences and events we would be sharing with them. That ideal gave birth to the lifeguard stand …

It started out as a simple idea. We needed to get an old-school big, heavy TV up to eye height … then if we built it strong enough we could put the speakers on top and play our music videos for all to hear. Then the evil thought crept in – what if someone sat up on top, and since it’s supposed to be a lifeguard stand, let’s let him have a megaphone?

Remember “Psycho Santa”? (1997)

For the next few years we set it up, turned up the music, and some loudmouth sat up on top throwing fun and hilarious comments at anyone within megaphone range. The interlínc booth and lifeguard stand became a staple at most youth ministry conferences and many youth leaders would walk by and match wits with megaphone-man.

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