Friday, February 12, 2016

Welcoming & Initiating New Leaders

In many Young Life areas around the country it's that exciting time of year when new leaders are being placed on teams. What are some creative ways to welcome, 'initiate,' and introduce them at club?

Egg Roulette

You could follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Fallon, Peyton Manning and Magic Johnson and have your new leaders play Egg Roulette in front of club. See video here

Bad Lip Reading
Check out this 'Bad Lip Reading' video that Bull City YL made to introduce their new leaders at club. It's quite hilarious! 


Below are some more suggestions from leaders around the country. 

Delivery Guy/Gal
"Order pizza during club the "pizza guy/girl" shows up and decides to stay for club... and it's really your new leader." -Lucas Westblade

Leader Choice Awards
We did "Leaders Choice Awards" (like an awards show) and it was great! Leader teams announced the "winners" - it was a hit! -Elizabeth Cox (@Elizabethmcox) 

Random Traditions
"When we got new leaders my first year we forgot to get them a gift, so we went to Walmart and got them 99 cent fish. On the way to the high school, we stopped by a bridge and threw the fish into a lake. We did that throughout the 3 years I was a leader." -Brett Eckler (@Breckler23) 

"Walk through a wall of leadership (pictures of previous leaders), pray over them, then surprise with a fun celebration." -Chris Schneider (@Truth101)

Other Ideas
  • Have kids roll their car during club.
  • Syrup or Ketchup chugging contest. (via Danny Oulette)
  • Get baby pictures of them to show at club.
  • Stalk their Facebook profile and show any embarrassing pics of them.
  • "Go with the classic pie to the face." (Brad Schmitt)
  • Set them up to be heroes. Find out if they can do any stupid human tricks or cool skillz and set them up to show it off at club.
  • My personal favorite idea is The Random Bus Passenger. If you get a new leader at the right time to pull this off, ideally before weekend or summer camp. You could also tweak the idea and do it in town, taking kids to Mickey D's after club one night.

How do you 'welcome' new leaders in your area? Email us here and we'll add the ideas to the post. 

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