6.04.2008

CONTEST: You Might Be A Junior High Youth Worker If...

- You've ever been blamed for the new stain on the fellowship hall carpet.
- You've ever been caught toilet papering your senior pastor's house.
- You've ever found your left eye twitching uncontrollably during a lock-in.
- You've ever purposely hit a 7th grader in the head during dodge ball.
- Quality time away for you and your spouse really means driving in the same van to camp.
- Your day off is spent staring into the mirror and chanting, "I'm smart enough, I'm good enough, and doggone it, people like me" over and over again.
- You've ever blocked the jump shot of a tiny little 6th grade girl and shouted "In Your Face!" at the top of your lungs.
- You've ever been asked when you're going to get a real job.

Add one or two of your own...The winner will receive $50 in free resources from Simply Junior High.

33 comments:

Chris Trent said...

You've ever caught yourself singing songs from High School Musical... not that I have or anything...

Buz Hollingsworth said...

You've ever had someone openly laugh in your face when you ask them to be a volunteer

Chris said...

A good Junior High Meeting means there were no injuries.

Terrace Crawford said...

...you've ever used a "farting" sound effect as comedy relief in a message.
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...your hair has started going grey.
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... you've experienced a cannonball baptism.

Corey Willoughby said...

...you've ever been asked, "So what do you do during the week?"

...you have a budget category entitled "Damage Repair"

...you constantly tell guys that girls are dumb and tell girls that guys are jerks.

...you have your own designated dodgeball that only YOU can throw

...after a kid falls to the floor in dodgeball, you encourage everyone else to keep throwing at them

th08 said...

Corey - I like your, "What do you do during the week? Most jr. highers are dumbfounded that I actually earn a living as a jr. high pastor.

th08 said...

-You get that e-mail or voicemail asking what happened to the youth building last night. We are still cleaning up
-Once we held a jr.high class in a school and a teacher left a voicemail asking why she had slices of pepperoni pizza in her desk drawer

eric said...

You've ever been asked when you are going to do "real" ministry.

eric said...

You have ever had a parent call you because you cued up the wrong clip from Tommy Boy and some questionable language was heard by their MS student.

Lifeline Leaders said...

...you've ever been at church at midnight cleaning marshmallow cream out of the carpet.

...you've ever butchered a David Crowder Band song and nobody cared.

...every retreat or missions trip excites you because it means your wardrobe will be more diverse.

...you've ever had a parent ask you if there will be any adults at this retreat.

...you have students who are 12 years old at youth group, but 26 on facebook.

Ben S said...

You've had to explain that the lever on the back of the toilet is for flushing after cleaing up the 5the overflow

David Plumley said...

You've been accused of doubling the water bill even though you know it's not the teens because they don't flush.

Extra credit: The above is written in the board meeting notes for the entire congregation to see.

aaron said...

You spend monday morning hammering out dents on the church van from a rousing game of wallball.

You find that changing a tire on the church van in the pouring rain is a nice retreat from the chaos inside.

The only good night sleep you get seems to be during a lock in.

You've hid during a game and never revealed yourself until the end of the night.

You've ever had your head shaved by a 13 year old because of something you accidently promised months ago!

John the Red Wonder said...

You're jokes are bad, but it's ok because you have "youth pastor humor"

You're house got T.P. and you get excited because you know that people care about you

You can say the same thing that their parents say, yet you are seen as wise and cool

You and your wife are often mistaken as high school students due to your up-to-date (Teenage) fashion and hair styles

You have gotten a rug burn on your face (or other interesting places) during a game and you bragged about it

You have used "picking your nose" and other disgusting things as illustrations for deep theological principles

Playing pool, Wii, dodgeball, mini-golf, and just hanging out are some of the main things you should be doing for your job

You look forward to hanging out and talking with people whose voices are changing, harmonies are raging, have major life drama over a friend wearing the same shirt as them.

You love Jr. Highers and will take the time to do all the stupid stuff for those 30 seconds you can help them discover Jesus

mattbman said...

While on retreat, you have ever been woken up at 4 AM because one of your students had to go to the bathroom.

Lucas Miller said...

1) You're able to detect ADD/ADHD as it floats through the air

2) You know "how" to use duct-tape!

AirEelle said...

You've ever had to call your pastor after a weekend retreat where the boys watched porn because they "were trying to figure out what was happening on the screen."

Dusty said...

...You're surprised when someone answers the question "What's up?" with something other than "The sky!"

Folkestad said...

youth workers will do anything for free money! I love it! There hasn't been this many comments on a post for a month, offer free money and BAM!

That being said, here my attempt.
You've ever had to explain to the Emergency Room nurse that yes, you are the youth pastor, and yes you did tackle the kid.

Dre from SoCal said...

...you can explain to others who each individual Jonas brother is.

...you repeatedly have adults say 'you work with jr. high. Wow...you're a special guy."

Anonymous said...

your idea of a good time is hanging out with 12 year olds and you are not on megans law

Matthew McNutt said...

You think it's cool to have a conversation about the Jonas Brothers or Hanna Montanna.

You're disappointed you got beat by some eleven year old in a burping contest.

Matthew McNutt said...

you have learned the hard way that letting a dozen 7th grade guys eat a pile of taco bell burittos at midnight is not actually a good idea.

Jeremy Lokey said...

upon scrolling through your cell phone numbers, you realize that %70 of the people in it have no idea who Michael J. Fox is.

Joel Mayward said...

...you've built up calluses on your hand from overdoing the high-fives.

...your text message limit is in the six-figure range.

JoshLD said...

you never get a real vacation because, according to the SPR committee, you spent all summer on vacation taking Jhighers on trips.

White Men Can't Jump said...

You've ever worn boys size 8 Hulk pajamas to a dodge ball tourny, and you are a mens size 36.

Big Dave said...

You ever made a 7th grader throw up after the game...

You ever ate chocolate pudding out of a diaper...

If you have an endless supply of Youth Event T-Shirts....

rob's thoughtful spot said...

you've learned to pray with your eyes open

Bryan Pogue said...

You have ever blamed anything on the High School Ministry

erik w/a "k" said...

...You put the Wii you got on your "expense account."

...the facilities manager at your church has you as #2 on his speed dial.

...you put out fliers already for the "Let's go camping (at the theatre so we can be the first to get High School Musical 3 tickets)." And you have termed it as an "outreach" event.

jeremyzach said...

.....when you are giving your message, and a jr high girl accidentally farts out loud and you quickly take the credit for it.

....when at winter camp, no jr high boys take showers and they are not aware the entire cabin smells like sweaty and stinky socks.

....your jr high students do not know who DC talk is.

....when one minute a student hates you but the next minute they love you.

Pastor Matthew said...

if...
you feverishly practice playstation/xbox football/basketball/etc. so that you can beat your students

if...
your thumb hurts from texting with students