Friday, October 26, 2012

No Shave November: How To Improve Contact Work With Facial Hair

This guest post is written by Jackson Powell. Jackson is a junior at James Madison University in Virginia and a volunteer leader at East Rockingham High School.  

Sorry Ladies, this one's for the Fellas!

So I know I'm not the only college guy leader out there who struggles with the idea of whether or not to participate in No Shave November. It's something that sounds like so much fun, but unless you can grow a really respectable beard, it can be pretty awkward with your high school friends (see photo to the left). This year, I think I figured out a way to do it right, and to have some fun with high school guys in the process.

It starts with a pledge, one that you write, and have the guys sign. The pledge should state the rules of the challenge, and have some uplifting manly movie quotes to get them pumped for it. I chose to use a Google Doc-- that way I can tweet out the link to all of my guys and they can just sign right there. You might get more creative, maybe print it on burnt paper and have them sign it in ink pen. The creativity part is up to you.

Some additional ideas: 
  • Come up with a name for your group; make it unique and inviting!
  • Bring your older campaigner guys in and make them commissioners; give them the role of encouraging and praising the commitment of others.
  • Encourage the guys to tweet pictures of their progress and create slideshows of the photos for club.
  • Set up a weekly "man meeting" of everyone participating.
Remember to make it clear that anyone is welcome, and give the whole thing a really uplifting feel to it. The point of this is to make them excited for it! (And to make your creeper stache a little less frightening.) While this may turn out to be simply a way to have fun this month, use it to set yourself up to share the Gospel!  Building relationships is the foundation of this ministry, and was the foundation of this idea. Hey, Jesus had a beard too!

Good luck and happy No Shave November.

-Thanks for sharing Jackson! This is hilarious. Everyone make sure to click on the link to Jackson's google doc contract above. Funny stuff!

1 comment:

  1. Great way to end No Shave November (or Manvember as we call it) is to have a Mustaschio Bashio where all the guys get together and shave their beards into crazy designs before completely going clean. You can take pictures or film it as a mock fashion show.

    Another tip on Manvember-make up extra rules such as must wear boots, jeans, and flannel every day to spice it up for your guys if that fits your situation.