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Creative Chaos (7)

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In partnership with, here is another week of Creative Chaos. Be sure to visit Los’ blog for the rest of the Creative Guru’s idea’s.

Let’s see, I’ll call this, A Face In The Crowd

A couple years ago, while volunteering for a youth ministry, we decided to do a project to see how our students would treat a new kid. Here’s how it went down: (side note: our youth on sunday night consists of anywhere from 300-600 kids, which is held in a I believe 20,000 sq.ft. building with arcades, a skate park, basketball, bungee/rope swing, cafe, water bar, video games. just so you know the type of environment we’re working with)

We had one of our friends, a freshman in college, secretly come into our youth group on sunday night and hang out for a few weeks. Through those three weeks he would walk around, play some video games, sit by himself, and basically do anything that the other kids were doing. The basic concept here was to see how our students responded to someone new. Some questions we were trying to answer were this:

  • Would they talk to him?
  • Would they make him feel welcomed?
  • Would they make fun of him?
  • As christians were we reaching out to students who had never been to our group before, or just letting them come and feel unwelcomed?
  • The results were sad really.

  • Very little did anyone talk to him.(not to say nobody did, but not very many at all.)
  • He sat by himself during service time.
  • He by no means felt welcomed by the students of the program, and not so much by the leaders either that didn’t know.
  • Though the experiment featured sad results, the results were also very beneficial to the youth program as a whole.

    Written by vagabondrunn

    May 8, 2008 at 8:39 am

    3 Responses

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    1. Sadly I think a lot of churches are like this. Not just in the HS or MS ministry either. Folks get stuck in their bubble and don’t let outsiders in. I hope I’m never guilty of it.

      Good experiment.


      May 8, 2008 at 8:44 am

    2. My old church was definitely like this. On the surface my new one isn’t (warm faces at the door and throughout the church), but then again, like most people, I sit in the same spot, with the same people, and leave with the same group. I never pay that close of attention to who is new around me. Oh, we turn around and say hello, but is it an automated action or a real action…. Hmmm…. It is sad to think that this happens in a place that is suppose to be open and inviting. Accepting of all… hmmm…


      May 8, 2008 at 9:55 am

    3. What a great experiment! I’m already trying to think of how we could use this in Starlite. Thanks for the post!

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