Three church's combined forces, mixed up all of the teens (60 in all) and divided into three separate work groups. We painted a women's shelter, we installed playground equipment, and we painted a house (simultaneously) in just about 4 hours. A day of hard work was followed by a night of games, praise & worship, fellowship, and tons of laughs, in an all-night lock-in format. Homemade donuts were the highlight of the morning after.
This combined effort resulted in some incredible bonding between three different churches. To this day, many of my kids are in touch with many of the kids from these other churches. Many of these kids had never performed any community service and are now in tune with the heart of a servant.
Bob “SULLY” Sullivan, Director of Youth Ministry, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, West Palm Beach, FL
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.