We’re running low on recurring series here at BCC (Scott B., I miss our Thursday Morning Quickies terribly), so I’m launching a new one. It’s called Church-Hacker—it’s basically Lifehacker, but for church. Each week, we’ll post an idea that you can try in your ward or calling to make the meeting block more engaging, more spiritual, or even more fun.
Here are some basic ground rules that we’ll be sticking to:
- The ideas won’t knowingly violate the guidelines in the church handbooks
- An idea needn’t be tried IRL to be posted about (unproven ideas are A-OK!)
- We’ll supplement our own list of ideas with your submissions (which you can
Let’s kick off the series with an idea that my ward actually does. Every third Sunday, we forgo YM quorum meeting and YW class, and invite a member of the ward to speak to a combined YM/YW.
The topic of the guest lesson is faith and career, and we encourage the speakers to discuss gospel insights that they’ve gleaned from their chosen profession. We’ve found that it’s a good way to familiarize the youth with potential role models (and vice versa), demonstrate the diversity in our ward, get the kids thinking about college/career tracks, and present gospel teachings in a new way.
So far, our guest speakers have been a pro photographer, a freelancer writer, and an advertising scumbag (that’s me). I scared the kids to death on Sunday, talking about how brands target youth markets to win long-term loyalty. “Nike desireth to have you, that it may sift you as wheat.”
The creative bent of the speakers we’ve had so far is not intentional. Long-term–assuming the program survives long term–we want to involve all kinds of people and all kinds of jobs, including (especially) SAHMs. Anybody who has insight and a testimony to share.