Pranking the Youth Pastor II

Posted: January 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

This one is for Jon.  If you serve in youth ministry, what pranks have you played on your students?

When I was a junior in college, a freshman student came up to me and said he was writing a speech on “uses” (the local vernacular for pranks) and wanted to use me as a source. I told them him the three marks of a great “use” were they had to be harmless, you had to pull it off successfully, and you had to get the credit.  He used those points as his speech outline.

I still think those first two are a pretty good measure. And here is your chance to give yourself the credit if you missed out on that third opportunity.  🙂

  1. Jon Ferguson says:

    We had a couple of pretty arrogant freshmen on a mission trip who were giving a lot of grief to one of our older volunteers who can be a little gruff around the edges. We set them up for a mild curfew violation (leaving the cabin to help another student carry something in) and the volunteer was waiting inside for them. He overplayed his gruff image and acted really mad when they got back. He faked a phone call to their parents who allegedly demanded that they be sent home the next day. He hung up and said he was so fed up that he was taking them home right then. They had their bags packed and were almost out the door before everyone burst out laughing and told them it was fake. They had a new respect for the volunteer and were willing to look deeper than his surface persona.

  2. Brenda says:

    Excellent Hal. 🙂

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