Monthly Archives: October 2009

More 5th Quarter Party Ideas

Here are some ideas that may be more effective AND will save you money!

  1. 5th Quarter Party – Host Houses – The past two years, the biggest difficulty can be described in one word…TRUST.  From their parents, Sesame Street, and Bob the Builder, kids are taught about “Stranger Danger”.  So when you get a flyer to get a ride in a strange van (even though it is a church van) to a strange place (even thought it is a church), most students will decline because they don’t trust you.  So we came up with a solution to the “stranger danger” problem – host houses.  Here are the steps:  1.  Ask a set of parents to host the event at their house (one for each high school represented in your student ministry), 2.  Recruit food donations, chaperones, clean-up helpers from your church (don’t put everything on the host house!), 3.  Get the students involved in the planning – games/activities, prizes, flyers, 4.  Get guest speakers for the party- Sunday School teachers, Parachurch ministry speakers, etc.
  2. 5th Quarter Party – On the Field – In issue 3 of the Youth Minister Newsletter, Student Life has a great article how to save money in your ministry.  One great idea was to hold the 5th Quarter Party on the football field.  Here are some steps:  1.  Contact local high school A.D. and ask permission (don’t just show up), 2.  Have parents & church donate items for party, 3.  Have football themed activities, 4.  Get guest speakers for the party – Sunday School Teachers, Parachurch ministry speakers, etc. (FCA may be a good idea)

Hope this helps you save money and, more importantly, bring the gospel to the students in your area!


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No God allowed in the NFL?

I know people are trying to push God out of the schools, but the NFL?  Click Here

Why Leaders Fail?

Do we take the words seriously in Proverbs 4:23 to “ABOVE ALL ELSE guard your heart”?  This past Wednesday night we discussed how to avoid failure as a leader.  We see failure happen in our political leaders (see Bill Clinton, Mark Sanford), professional athletes (see Kobe Bryant, Plaxico Burress), and even in the leaders found in God’s Word  (see David, Solomon).  But how does this failure happen?  I would propose that the governor of South Carolina didn’t say one morning I’m going to have an affair with an Argentinian woman today.  Kobe Bryant didn’t walk out of practice and say I’m going to make court appearances after the playoffs because of this decision I’m about to make. 

This was a result of previous decisions.  These men did not guard their heart ABOVE ALL ELSE!  Take music for example.  Your teen would probably argue till they are blue in the face that music does not affect them.  Well try this on for size.  What about TV, that isn’t such a big deal, is it?  You tell me.  Don’t ignore what I am telling you.  What you watch, what you hear…they affect you!  Take God’s warning seriously in Proverbs 4:23, Guard your heart, AND guard your teenager’s heart too!