Can it really all be catch free?

Jen Bradbury
Aug 27 · 5 min read

In response to last week's post, “What's the Catch?”, Kyle asked a great question:

I love the catch-free scenarios that we can come up with. The only thing I struggle with is making that connection of a kickball game attender to something else inside of our ministries. I'm in favor of catch-free, but what happens when he comes back to the next event, which can't always be programed as catch-free? How do we keep that tension in check?

Here's the thing, though.

I think our programs can always be catch free.

Here's what I mean.

As a youth ministry, you likely have worship events. You probably have Bible studies. Maybe you even have small groups.

Most people – even kids – expect those things out of our youth ministries.

Worship, Bible studies, and small groups aren't catches. They're what we do.

We just need to be honest about what we're doing.

So when you invite a teen to worship, worship. When you invite them to a Bible study, make sure you actually crack open the Bible and explore it together.

By the same token, when you invite a kid to slip 'n slide kickball, make sure that's what you're doing.

Maybe this doesn't sound earth-shattering to you, but it certainly was to me when I first began doing this about 7 years ago. At the time, I'd been at my church for a year. And that year was ROUGH.

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