Tue, March 20, 2018

Audience Participation Stories

These are stories that require a little more from your audience. In David and Goliath the audience must listen for key words and respond accordingly. The Jonah story is really a directed play with people from the audience encouraged to take part in the story as you are telling it.


This is an audience participation story about David and Goliath. It is taken almost exclusively directly from the NIV text. In this story the audience responds by yelling or moving when specific keywords are read.


This is a comical retelling of the story of Jonah. Before the story you select members of the audience to come on stage and help you out. Then you read the story and as you get to key places the volunteers act out the story. It is funny and fun, and a good way to get the audience involved in the action.

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I don't have all of the answers and some weeks it feels like I don't have any of the answers. I forget students names sometimes and say stupid things that hurt their feelings. I often find a good word picture or object lesson and build the lesson off of that instead of the other way around. I have put the finishing touches on a Wednesday night Bible study on Wednesday more times than I can count. I don't always pray as much as I should and I never study as much as I should. I try every new youth ministry model that comes from the "experts" and I have had at least 3 mission statements over the past 5 years.

But I love students ministry. I love watching teenagers as they serve God. I love to see them worship and forget about themselves for a while. I love seeing someone wake up to the love of God if only for a little while. I love to see them out serving their community and sharing the love of Christ with others. I love to be a part of their lives and I love seeing the world through their eyes. Like I said, I'm an average youth pastor.

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For over 10 years now I have been trying to add creative ideas for use in the local church. In the early days Nailscars.com was just a place to publish some scripts, but it has become a collection of creative ministry resources for youth ministry and worship.

I began writing a blog more to process my own thoughts more than anything else. As I started writing the comments that I got back from people amazed me. As I was honest with my struggles most of them would write and say “Thank you.” “It is just nice to know someone else struggles with these same things,” was a common response.

So this has become a place where I share the struggles and successes of being in youth ministry. I hope that you find something that God can use in your life and ministry.