The BEST Nerf War Mission Ever

On Monday we had another massively successful Nerf War at the Kirk!  We played to the Star Wars theme this year, and one of our missions was trying to control Hoth.  This was easily the best nerf war mission we’ve ever created.

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Here’s how we did it:

Supplies –

  • 1.5″ PVC pipe (you can get these pre-cut at Lowe’s; qty. 5)
  • Black tape
  • Red tape

Rules –

  • There is a 20 minute time limit for this game.
  • Students knew the location of the bases, but at the start of the game, no base was controlled.
  • There are 5 bases spread throughout the church.
  • The goal of this game is to have the most bases under your team’s control at the end of the game.
  • To control a base, a team must have the PVC pipe with their team’s color showing (black tape on top or red tape on top).
    • The PVC pipes may not move.  They have a specific spot and it stays put (versus just a general “room” that it’s in).
  • If another team captures the base, they merely flip the PVC pipe to show it is now under their control.
    • We set it up so that if the “Flag Holder” was hit, the flag goes down.  Whoever grabs it “controls” it.
  • When a player gets hit, they must go back to a respawn point before rejoining the action.
  • If a player is hit in a base, they must fight their way back into the base to rejoin their team (no free passes).

Why it worked –

  • With 5 bases and the need for constant defense, NO ONE knew who was winning, NO BASE was ever “locked up,” and NOTHING mattered until the final whistle.  This was a highly strategic game because if you control a base, who leaves to go take another one?  Who stays behind to help defend?  How do you know if you still control one or not?
  • There were 2 areas that were under constant attack, but that left the other 3 ignored at times.  So what does your team do?
  • For most of the game it was 3-2 black, then 3-2 red, then 3-2 black, etc.  I witnessed one base change hands 3 times in 60 seconds.
  • In the end, black won 4-1

Try it out!  It’s an incredibly fun way to play!

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“SKIN” Series Arc

SKIN

Coming up in October at #KirkStudents we’ll be doing a series called “SKIN.”  Here’s the breakdown:

  • Week 1 – Pornography
  • Week 2 – Sexual Orientation
  • Week 3 – Marriage
  • Week 4 – Q&A

Everyone Leaves

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I’ve been at the Kirk since October 2009.

In that amount of time the interim Sr. High Pastor went to Arkansas, our first assistant got married, then our second one got married, then our third one went to Colorado to work in another ministry, then our Sr. High Pastor went to another part of Oklahoma, and our team leader got bumped up into a new role outside the youth ministry.

Since October 2009 I’ve seen one intern move to Colorado, another became a youth pastor in Tulsa, and our worship intern moved back to Costa Rica.

One pair of our volunteers took a youth ministry position in South Carolina, one volunteer moved to Louisiana, one moved to Chicago, one will be out of the country for 11 months, we had to “fire” two volunteers, one volunteer committed suicide, and five more “retired” from youth ministry after many years of service.

On top of all that, the sobering stat is that the average stay for a youth pastor at a church is 12-18 months, so it seems like every time I start to make new youth pastor friends in town, they move soon after.

Ministry is hard because it seems like everyone leaves.  It’s even more painful when we hear that our students have started attending somewhere else.  We do take it personally.  We do get frustrated.  We do get tired of the turnover.

But don’t let the turnover tame you.  It’s hard.  But it’s never boring.  Keep recruiting.  Keep doing contact work.  Keep making disciples.  Because despite the turnover, we still have a 16 person volunteer team with more combined years in youth ministry than the three pastors on our staff.  We have a support volunteer team of about 20 additional people, eager to serve and help us win.  We have a network of youth pastors that HAVE stayed in the area.  And we have a senior leadership at the church that is for us.

Everyone leaves.  But not everyone leaves a legacy.  Stay resolute.

Weekly Parent CUE :: KirkStudents

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Here you go parents!  Talk about any of these follow up questions around the dinner table, or on the way home from practice, or on the way to school this week (and if you have any stories of how your family is winning because of the Parent Cue, let me know so we can share some ideas with everyone!)

The Text: 1 Peter 4:12-19

The Point: Our faith won’t fail when we choose joy.

The Follow-up:

  • Parents, how do you typically respond when difficult situations come up?  In anger?  Resignation? Introspection? Something else?
  • What is the difference between enjoying something and rejoicing in something?
  • What is the best vacation we ever took as a family?
  • When have you suffered well?
  • What makes choosing joy in suffering such a hard (and uniquely Christian) thing?
  • Look at verse 13 together: why do we choose joy now?

Weekly Parent Cue :: KirkSTUDENTS

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Here you go parents!  Talk about any of these follow up questions around the dinner table, or on the way home from practice, or on the way to school this week (and if you have any stories of how your family is winning because of the Parent Cue, let me know so we can share some ideas with everyone!)

The Text: Isaiah 59:2; James 5:13-18; Psalm 34:17; Matthew 6:7

The Point: Pray for one another.

The Follow-up:

  • This Sunday we prayed for our friend Zach who is very sick.  Ask your teenager how they felt being in a room with people all praying for the same thing.
  • Would you want our student ministry to respond like this for you?
  • Have you ever experienced God answer prayer?
  • Do you feel like you have a “sea” before you and an “enemy” behind you right now?  How can we, as a family, pray for one another in this?
  • Why might unconfessed sin hinder our prayers (see Isaiah 59:2)?

Weekly Parent Cue :: KirkSTUDENTS

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Here you go parents!  Talk about any of these follow up questions around the dinner table, or on the way home from practice, or on the way to school this week (and if you have any stories of how your family is winning because of the Parent Cue, let me know so we can share some ideas with everyone!)

The Text: 1 Peter 1:14-19,22-25

The Point: Our faith won’t fail when we live a life set apart for God.

The Follow-up:

  • What are some ways you try to stand out at school?  In your group of friends?
  • On a scale of 1-10, how much do you want to be accepted by others?
  • What is the cultural caricature of someone who stands out for Jesus?  (What does the rest of the world think of followers of Christ?)
  • What is the most intimidating thing for you as you think about standing out for Jesus?
  • Parents: tell a story about a time you did what was easy instead of what was right.  Also tell a story about a time you did what was right instead of what was easy.
  • Have a conversation around this quote: “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” —Augustine (“Saint Augustine Quotes,” Brainy Quote, [cited 8 November 2013]. Available from the Internet: http://www.brainyquote.com.)