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This year we’re trying something new and we put our small groups all in the same space on campus.  We have a dinner and hang out time with volleyball and basketball for 40 minutes from 6:30 to 7:10ish pm.  We come in for a 20 minute large group co-ed time to set up the topic of discussion.  Then we head to gender specific small groups for the remaining hour till 8:30pm in various places on campus.

Tonight, we were talking about money and stuff.  So to start us off thinking about what you would buy if you had the money, we asked 2 questions in our large group.

  1. what did you have for lunch today?
  2. what was the last fast food item restaurant you went to? 
Then we showed this video just for fun.
And to follow it up, we told them to tell someone at their table this:  
Before anyone else could speak, some guy tells his group in the split second moments of silence before anyone else can speak up… quickly and confidently he says “SEX” loud enough for the entire room to hear.  
Note to self: “Dude, you’re getting old. You should have seen that one a mile away.”

I then had to clarify.  Um… “maybe think of stuff you might buy in a legit store, not on a street corner.” 🙂

Welcome to youth ministry. 
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Brian Berry is a proven veteran of student ministry. He serves as the generation ministries pastor at Journey Community Church near San Diego, California, where he works directly with the high school ministry and oversees a staff that is responsible for infants through teens. Brian is also a frequent blogger, writes and teaches for youth workers, and is the author of both As for Me and My Crazy House and Criticism Bites. He speaks at various conferences, camps, and retreats for a variety of audiences. He is married to Shannon, and they have five kids.