Is a bored, dulled-to-death middle or high schooler sitting in the pew twiddling his or her thumbs an omen to a slow death in the life of a worship center? Probably not, but if you can think of 50 ways to use a church bulletin by simply observing, then it might serve as a sign that your worship services re-learn how to engage an ever-changing youthful landscape.
The following ideas aren’t the total revolution, as some of the best ways to take our young teens back are simple get-back-to-basics. But as any youth ministry deals with its own nuances, the following offer some alternative activities that are both new and old school.
Keep it simple and be sure to always ask your group for suggestions and ideas. But overall, instill courage, invite risk-taking, and accept failure, and both the teen, parent, instructor can reignite the desire to achieve.