@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.
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.
The last session at any ministry conference is always the smallest crowd. A lot of people leave early due to travel, so the last session is typically more intimate. And I’ve always stayed to end the for the part of any conference for that very reason. I woke up early, packed, ordered breakfast, and was ready for the last morning of Simply Youth. I decided to go to the JR High discussion panel for my last breakout time. It was awesome to hear so many great ideas on games, fundraisers, curriculum, and other things. I defiantly got my moneys worth for the entire weekend out of just this 90 minute discussion. I then made my way to the Soul Care booth to say some goodbyes before grabbing a few of the sessions on DVD to take back to my volunteers.
Tim Timmons once again led some incredible worship during the last session. That guy has a really cool sound and a big heart for God. Rick Lawrence blew us all away with his amazing creativity even though most of us in the room acted like middle schoolers before he even started with our trash bag like object lesson. He taught one of the simplest but greatest scriptures I’ve ever heard at a conference. Amos 5:4, “SEEK GOD AND LIVE!” Then Kurt Johnston closed out with helping us to learn how to embrace the mess. We too often try to fit all our lives into four equal boxes, but in reality we just need to embrace it and go with it.
The is so much from this past weekend I tried to digest on the way home and sitting in airports all day. I’m just still at “WOW” from this weekend. I have attend numerous conferences and seminars in ministry over the past 15 years, but nothing has been authentic as what I experienced during these past four days. God really worked on me this weekend. I got more out of it than I could ever fathom. And thats why I’ve already placed my $50 deposit down for next year. During the next three days I’m going to sit down and reflect and blog about how this weekend just changed me, grew me, and renewed me.