Bad Ideas in Youth Ministry #1…

If you are a youth worker, you’ve probably been in a situation before where something happens and you realize that it probably wasn’t such a good idea that you let it happen. I will be continually adding to this “bad ideas in youth ministry” topic, though if I don’t, it means that things are going great and I am a perfect youth pastor. But I’m not, so I will most definitely be continuing this topic…

With that being said, allow me to begin the first installation of my bad ideas series…

After I was done teaching youth group last Wednesday, some of my students asked if they could go play dodge ball in the gym until their parents were ready to go. I saw nothing wrong with this. Dodge ball is always a good time no matter what age you are. When I got downstairs though, I saw that it was a two on two dodge ball match. Two older students against two younger students. Ok, no problem there. Wait, yes there is. One of the older students is an extremely good baseball player. A good baseball player means a well developed arm that is capable of throwing fast moving balls. As soon as I walked in, I saw the ball whip past my line of sight and knock one of the younger students onto the ground. I laughed, as most people probably would…because it looked funny and everyone else was laughing.

dodgeball_logo4001The hurt student was pretty shaken up. It looked worse than it actually was.

The moral of this story is…don’t let your older youth group members who play baseball fire the ball at a younger student. Make sure you pick even teams. This has been an installment of Paul G’s bad ideas in youth ministry. See ya next time…

– paulg

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One Response to Bad Ideas in Youth Ministry #1…

  1. 12th Grader's Dad says:

    Great. Now my own kid is being a bully!!!!

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