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When was the last time you did a detailed cleaning of your Youth Space? Odds are, it’s been a while (unless you don’t have a space, or it’s shared with adults). Do some routine housekeeping in the Youth Space. More than that, what are things you can change/rearrange to bring a whole new look to the space in the fall? Two thoughts on Youth Spaces I always come back to, 1 – Subway restaurants are required to remodel every 7 years, to change the look of the inside of the store to keep from getting old and boring. I think a great practice in Youth Ministry is to do this every 4 years. Even just a simple coat of paint goes a long way. 2 – Vision trumps all other senses. Does the way your room look communicate visually your mission? I don’t just mean put words on a wall, but the entire layout of the space.
But aside from simply freshening up the look of things in the youth room, freshen up the things students and families see of your Youth Ministry. This statement may offend some in our community, but Grunge fonts really have no business being printed on anything. I know many people who believe that the way something looks ultimately doesn’t matter, they could fill a 4×6 postcard with a hundred different fonts and Parents aren’t going to care how it looks. Maybe I truly am just really weird and get obsessive over fonts. But I know that when done poorly, graphic design of print materials can take away from the message, and when done excellently, clarifies the message and makes it stick. No one is going to get saved because we spend money on fonts, and no one is going to not get saved because you keep using comic sans. But, vision trumps all other senses. Don’t damper your communication by letting poor communication get in the way.
So those are three simple ways to make the most of the summer in the office right now. What are things you are working on to improve your ministry to students in the fall?