Time Change Blues
This weeked we “Spring Forward” and change our clocks ahead an hour. I found this hilarious “movie preview” about the time change.
Go ahead. Click the link and watch the video. I’ll wait.
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I told you it was hilarious!
And, it points out an issue that every youth leader deals with every Sunday morning – it’s just that this Sunday morning, the issue will even be more pronounced. The issue is: “morning” and “teenagers” don’t easily mix.
(I’m fully aware that some people, through a freak-of-nature accident somewhere in the gene pool, wake up early and with great enthusiasm. I am not one of those people. And neither are most teenagers – especially the guys. If you are one of those who wake up early and energetically, I have a Bible verse that you should memorize – Proverbs 27:14 says, “If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.”)
The problem with Sunday morning is Saturday night. And that’s a problem for a youth leader trying to get some ministry accomplished on a Sunday morning.
Here are three ideas that might help you to be as effective as you can be, given the “morning” you have to work with.
1. Set the ambiance – and provide food
Sunday morning isn’t the time to have the music blaring, video screens rocking, and lots of energy crackling throughout your youth room. (Notice the word “loudly” in Proverbs 27:14?) Kids need some time to hang out, get some food and coffee in them, and slowly ease into the day. So, tone down the sound system, get out the cereal, milk, paper bowls and plastic spoons, and ask the kids to tell you what happened on Saturday night. They’ll be more receptive to what you do later in the meeting if they can adjust to the morning a little more slowly than usual.
2. Have the band reverse their set list
Usually, the songs the band has the group sing start with an energetic worship song, then goes to a medium-level song or two and finishes with a more introspective, quieter song. What do you think about reversing that order on Sunday morning – especially the Sunday when we move to Daylight Saving Time? You might find that the kids will engage more as the the songs progress, and will be receptive to what’s next.
3. Keep your talk short, and practical
I’ve discovered that if I keep my speaking to 30 minutes, the kids think I’m okay. If I go for 25 minutes, they think I’m pretty good. And if I speak for 20 minutes, they think I’m one of the best speakers ever! With that in mind, keep your talk short on Sunday morning. Plus, make sure that you answer the two-word question that every one of the teenagers listening to you are asking, “So what?”
Yeah, Sunday mornings. Most churches require that something great happens for teenagers every Sunday. Maybe these three ideas will help you be more effective with your Sunday morning opportunities. Let me know what you think in the comments section below!