@jake_rasmussen the other day and said this to him…so decided to make a meme out of it!
Two weekends ago at Simply Youth Ministry Conference, I learned a new group dance called the Interlude. Last Sunday I tried it out at our youth group and my students loved it! So this past weekend we used it with 2,500 students at the South Carolina United Methodist Youth event Revolution. Here is the video for it.
Here is the link if you would like to use it for you group from the gameshowblog.com:
The ‘Interlude’ is a simple and really fun dance sweeping the nation. It was originated from the University of Northern Iowa. You can read all about the interlude dance hereand there is an instructional video here. It’s a great way to get students out of their seats and have some fun.
So many youth workers…really ministry workers in general do not take care of themselves first. We are more concerned about feeding our flock instead of taking care of ourselves first. Last week at Simply Youth one of the speakers made the analogy of being on an airplane. They discussed how when we are ride on a plane, a flight attendant instructs us that if there is a loss of cabin pressure and the oxygen masks drop, to put yours on first before trying to help someone else. But we never do that. We are more concerned with making the best small group lesson, the amazing illustration, or getting our five points in our message down. We fail to get into the Word like we need to. We consider picking out and reviewing what scriptures we use for the upcoming week’s lessons our feeding. Most of us in ministry take care of our ministry’s spiritual needs but fail to work on our own. We talk the talk, but too often do not walk the walk.
During these past few weeks I have finally gotten back in the habit of reading my Bible again…and not just for lesson preparation. I’ve also been reading several books on the side as well dealing with soul care. And let me tell you that I have not felt this way for almost ten years. Yes! I said ten years! It was before I let life get a hold of me and before I let ministry become more work than anything else. Last weekend I learned one really important thing at Simply Youth…. God called me first to be His before God called me to be in ministry. And thats my new look at life and ministry.
I really enjoyed my learning time through all the breakout groups, labs, seminars, and my pre-conference option. The best part compared to “other” conferences I’ve been to in the past…it was about learning and growing together and not about trying to sell me a book. In the past I have been to labs where they basically read the back of their book cover, teach the first chapter and tell you that they just released a book that you can purchase in the conference book store. This wasn’t the case. It was about group learning. Almost every presenter that I attended was writing notes from other youth workers in the room when they shared ideas. There was great feedback and discussion in our breakout groups during all my labs.
All of the presenters were “Authentic”. They shared their struggles, they didn’t take the time to brag about their groups, and they expressed that they have real problems as well. They took the time after to stand and answer and ask questions with participants. They weren’t in hurry to get somewhere else. They walked and talked with you on their way to session if you still had more questions. They made themselves available into the late hours.
Over the past couple years I have heard from other friends in youth ministry about the “All-Star” youth pastors…the ones that write books, speak at events, and have large groups. But let me tell you that this was the first conference that I’ve experienced that didn’t have “All-Stars”. Everyone was equal here and were very approachable. We are all in the trenches together. We are all on the same team. Everyone there were “Kingdom” minded.