Abigail Van Buren was the pen name given for Pauline Phillips, the author of “Dear Abby” an advice column that has been around since 1956. As you can imagine, I have been addressed as “Dear Aaby” way too many times to count. Redemption day is here now! Today we’ll use the correct spelling (Aaby) and I’ll offer some advise in response to a great question from a youth pastor, Tom, who wrote:
We’ve been encouraging students to bring their unchurched friends to our regular youth group, but few seem to be finding success. Without blowing a budget do you have any programming ideas that would help our students feel comfortable inviting their friends to our weekly gathering?”
I took the time to answer Tom’s question in the video below…
If you or your students were to put together a very intentional scavenger hunt such as the one I described I’d suggest that you create a list that has a lot of fun tasks, but make sure to reserve the highest point value for “bring a student who was not in attendance at the beginning of the hunt.” Students will likely prioritize the highest valued items.
We found the best way to end the hunt was to have a student share his or her story and the gospel so that these new-high-point-valued students get to hear the points about our most-high God!
How have you seen other common youth group games used for gospel-purposes? What are some other ways to motivate students to bring their unchurched friends to a regular youth group event?