6 Ways We Have Fun As Students Walk Through Our Doors This content is restricted to site members. If you are an existing user, please log in. New users may register below. Existing Users Log InUsernamePassword Remember Me New User RegistrationChoose a Username*First Name*Last Name*Address 1*Address 2City*State*Zip*Country*Day Phone*Email**Required field Facebook Twitter Pinterest 17 Comments T.J. Woodard on July 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm Would love to hear more about #2, not necessarily examples of questions but how you are collecting/displaying answers and how that plays out later. Kenny Campbell on July 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm I knew people would want to know how we display results on the screen, and the reason I didn’t elaborate is because we had something built in-house. I literally searched and tried every polling website and software I could find, and nothing had the functionality of what I was looking for. If you want to see what we built you can view it here… http://shine.ms/poll/poll.php Username: kenny Password: crosspoint500 I wanted the functionality to vote on the ipad with an easy 1 touch vote where the page doesn’t reload every vote. And then we needed to view it on the big screen with a dramatic “reveal” with an animated bar graph. So there it is. Unfortunately we don’t have a way to offer it to anyone else at this time. Maybe a developer out there would build it for us and we can offer it on this website? If that’s you, let me know! Tabitha on October 27, 2013 at 1:16 am Has there been anything developed further where this might become available on your site? It is very cool :) Kenny Campbell on October 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm Hi Tabitha, Not yet. I will be doing it soon though, hopefully before the end of 2013 I’ll have a functioning voting website available that will be made specifically with youth groups in mind. Lori Mcdonald on July 8, 2013 at 11:09 am hey Kenny – we have a hard time getting students to our Senior High Programming. Senior High is really tough – they dont like to play games, ect … any ideas? Josh Ward on July 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm Hey Lori! I’m Josh, the creative elements/environments guy for the High School Ministry at The Chapel at Crosspoint (aka where Kenny works). Here is how we engage our students to come (and stay) at our gatherings. We like to start off with this question: How can we create an environment that is attractive to the unchurched, yet still spiritually helpful to those who are? For us, we’ve found that engaging students is by designing and enhancing the idea of small groups. And then challenging them to bring their friends! We’ve used incentives before by offering maybe free food or gift to first timers; We’ve also done random prize drawings with only the new kids’ names inside. But it is the push and dedication of our small group leaders that drive students to bring their friends and to keep on coming themselves. We put a lot of emphasis on our welcome center– whether it’s themed for the night or what not; it’s their first impression. And a student will have already decided within the first 5 mins of them being there if, whether or not, they will come back. We have dedicated leaders who greet them- and if they are new- learn their name, info, and make them comfortable. Lastly, our whole first hour is tailored to the typical high school student. We offer a very sociable environment through our cafe, game room and open gym. This allows kids to come early, talk to their friends, hang out and what high schooler isn’t attract to food? Also the type of music we play is a subtle way on having kids feel like their simply at a coffee shop. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com! I’d be happy to talk to you about this more. Gina Abbas on July 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm Thanks for sharing this. I am currently working with high schoolers (after working with middle schoolers for a LONG time). It’s funny because half of them ask “why don’t we do games like the middle schoolers?” and the other half is so over games. We do a lot of on screen games, where HS students can participate or not…up to them. Also…Josh and Kenny…if you have small groups as part of your Sunday program, what do you do mid week? Just curious. We have a regular youth service on Sundays and home groups midweek. And for polling we use “Poll Everywhere” for now. It’s really fun!! Josh Ward on July 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm Hi Gina! We actually don’t have any programming for High Schoolers on Sunday Mornings. We push for our students to be active in serving in other ministries on Sundays. Gina Abbas on July 11, 2013 at 11:23 am I don’t want to hijack this thread…but would love to read more about that if you ever blog about the pros and cons of that. A large church near me does that (no Sunday am for high schoolers….instead serve) and so many of their high schoolers show up at my Sunday am program because of it. Kenny Campbell on July 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm Gina no worries, it’s all good – I love the conversation. I will write a post about it either tomorrow morning or Monday morning. Thanks for bringing it up, it’s a great topic. Kenny Campbell on July 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm Hey Gina, that post is up now… http://funninja.org/why-we-chose-sunday-morning-to-be-our-only-weekly-gathering/ J.C. Hitzing on February 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm Hey Josh! I’m interested to know more about what you do with your high schoolers on Sunday mornings. Did you guys have a traditional sunday school class at some point and decide to make a change? How was that met initially? What do you do when new high school kids come on Sundays? Did you create the areas for them to serve or encourage them to participate in areas that already exist in other ministries? Would love to hear your thoughts. Sorry for all the questions. I’m just in a tough spot with Sunday School and am pretty discouraged. Lookin to make some changes. If it’s too lengthy I’d be interested to chat more through email and pick your brain. firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks! Josh Ward on February 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm Hey J.C. Hitzing, I’ll try to follow up with you sometime this week. Thanks for reaching out – I hope that I’ll be able to be an encouragement for you. Keep trucking, my friend. Valleys stink, but are usually the best time for soul growth. Kenny Campbell on July 10, 2013 at 2:50 am Our middle school group doesn’t meet mid week. We do everything on Sunday morning and have found that to be the best time for middle school ministry for a lot of reasons. Look for a blog post soon about why we chose Sunday morning as our only weekly gathering time for middle school. Kenny Campbell on July 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm Hey Lori! – High School is definitely a tougher nut to crack. Josh has some good stuff to say, and I’d add that relationships are key. If you could find a group of college students or adults that love kids and want to pour into them along with you, that’s honestly the key. It’s tough to make specific suggestions because every context and culture is different, but I would encourage you to keep investing in kids and trying to create environments that they love coming to. That might not even be at your church, maybe the best environment is a house group or something, it really depends on your culture and context. And don’t be scared to take risks, have fun and keep doing what God has called you to! Your students are blessed to have someone that loves them and wants to see them grow in their relationship with God! Jeff on July 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm Did you have the t-shirts made or did you find them somewhere? Kenny Campbell on July 10, 2013 at 2:47 am We designed the t-shirts ourselves and use spreadshirt.com to print them. We use spreadshirt because they allow small quantities and a quick turn around. Every time we have a new person join the greeter team we order them a couple. The volunteer chooses the color and phrase.