10 Steps to a Horrible Youth Event

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Have you ever hosted a horrible youth event? Nathan Shoultz, from Word of Life Fellowship, has and he learned his lesson. He outlines the ten things that youth leaders do to make events fail, and shares great practical advice for avoiding these pitfalls.


Nathan is a former youth pastor  and worship leader who loves communicating God's Word to students. Word of Life is focused on reaching young people around the world with the gospel of Christ and teaching them how to walk with the Lord. 




Consider the missteps that Nathan has given us and assess your last event (#7). Use this space to evaluate how you and your team did. If you have not had an event recently enough for you to remember these things, apply them to an upcoming event.


1. Fail to Plan (and thus plan to fail)
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2. Forget Your Purpose
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3. Misunderstand Your Audience
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4. Break Your Budget
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5. Skip Communication
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6. Fail to Equip Your Students
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7. Don't Evaluate or Adapt
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8. Put No Effort or Thought into the Facility
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9. Forget the Flow
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10. Do It All Yourself
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Now that you have so thoroughly evaluated the event, do you think it was a success or failure? Do you have a different opinion of it now than you did in the moment? Remember these steps and come back to this page when you plan your next event, and prepare for a success that honors the Lord.


For more RightNow Media training posts and teaching videos with Nathan Shoultz, click here.