FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP)–Most youth ministries aren’t blessed with a professional-quality worship band willing to commit to a weekly service on a youth ministry budget. So one middle school youth minister has some ideas.
Alternative methods for creating an effective multi-sensory youth worship experience, as recapped by Paul Teller of Clearview Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn., include:
— Always look for ways to incorporate music with visual images.
— Incorporate products like “Fuel,” from LifeWay Christian Resources, that have prepackaged multisensory messages.
— Play a worship CD as background during Scripture readings.
— Use projection screens whenever possible.
— Play music quietly during prayer times.
— Be concerned with quality control. Unprofessional music and multimedia components can be more of a distraction than enhancement.
— Engage as many senses as possible. Consider whether scent or taste are applicable to the lesson in addition to the obvious sight and sound elements.
— Create a focus group of students who can offer opinions and ideas to help you stay in touch with the youth group as a whole.