Part of ministering to youth in our generation is about making a space where they want to be. Its there that they meet with Jesus, meet with peers, and meet with you the youth workers. Life transformation takes place someplace. Most youth budgets don’t allow for crazy room makeovers that cater to teens. …And trying to take on that project can be intimidating anyway.
So here is some super simple and practical advice: get the right playlist. I’ve begun to find that the right playlist can completely change the feeling in the room on a youth night. As teens begin to trickle in and look around for their friends … they’re wondering, “Who’s here already? Who’s coming? Will it be a fun night?” The right playlist can change the mood in a room from “No ones here and nothings happening” to “There’s a party happening here.” The right playlist can create an environment that is upbeat, fun, and welcoming. It can make a room with ten teens feel more like a room with 20 and a room with 20 teens feel more like 40... and you get the point.
So what’s the right playlist? Well, that’s partially up to you. It depends on the demographic of your group, what they’re like, and what they like. When teens show up to our youth group I want their first impression to be one of fun, warmth, and energy…like something is happening here.
So what do I do? I use Spotify. Most of you know what I’m talking about. (If you don’t, Google it. :)) Spotify has a number of sweet pre-made playlists that are perfect for a youth night. My favorite is called “Christian Dance Party.” Search for it in Spotify and it will pop right up. I’ve also made playlists of my own that work really well.
If you’re having trouble getting started get some teens involved and turn them loose.
Josiah is a lover of Jesus, husband, and father. He and his wife Laura serve as the youth pastors at Zion Fellowship in Canandaigua, NY. They strive to love and serve teenagers in the same way Jesus does. Josiah has a passion for preaching God's Word and calling young people to authentic Christian living. Josiah has ministry credentials through Elim Fellowship and serves on the Elim Fellowship Youth Committee.