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Tim and Tasha Levert

Tim and Tasha have been in youth ministry since 1992, though they look much younger. They both earned PhDs - Tim in adolescent spiritual formation and Tasha in marriage and family counseling. Tim is currently the Student Pastor at the Vineyard Church of New Orleans. Tasha is a writer, speaker, worship leader, and counselor. They have three beautiful daughters and a dog named Gumbo.

Being a youth worker is quite possibly the best job on the planet. When Tim was lead pastor for an eight-year stint in Maryland, he felt like he took a demotion! We admit that we’re a bit biased, but seriously, where else can you budget funds for an elf costume, 1 gross of ping pong balls, 70 lbs of dry ice, and the ingredients to make slime? Tim and I have spent years perfecting our “white elephant” gift swap strategy – all in the name of career advancement. Working with students is FUN.

However, it’s easy to lose sight of the fun in marriage. With the chaos of kids, ministry, calendar, and messy games night, finding time to have fun with our spouse can be a challenge. 

Struggling to come up creative and fun date ideas? We’ve got you covered. Below are 50 fun dates to get you started:

  1. Host a couples’ game night.
  2. Goof off in the bouncy house the children’s minister rented and then asked you to return.
  3. Watch a sunrise (or a sunset if you’re not morning people).
  4. Take a cooking class.
  5. Build a snowman (or sand castle).
  6. Get lost in a bookstore together.
  7. Take a road trip.
  8. Go to a concert – without your students.
  9. Mud wrestle – without your students.
  10. Go to a toy store and try to get kicked out.
  11. Go camping.
  12. Go to a bookstore and browse.
  13. Go to an auto race.
  14. Climb a tree.
  15. Ride bikes together.
  16. Go skinny dipping – DEFINITELY without your students.
  17. Attend a baseball game and eat peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
  18. Go fishing.
  19. Do a community service project.
  20. Go shopping and buy each other new outfits.
  21. Work out together.
  22. Go to the zoo.
  23. Take a couples’ massage.
  24. Learn to dance.
  25. Go dancing.
  26. Go skating (roller-, in-line-, or ice-).
  27. Watch fireworks.
  28. Make your own fireworks.
  29. Go to an arcade.
  30. Go to an auction.
  31. Make a couples “bucket list.”
  32. Stroll along a beach … a lake … an apartment complex. Just stroll!
  33. Fly a kite. Homemade ones are best.
  34. Start a food fight.
  35. Test drive new cars only your lead pastor can afford.
  36. Finish a project.
  37. Spend a day playing in the park.
  38. Visit a nearby city.
  39. Eat at a new restaurant (and speak to the server in a weird, made-up accent).
  40. Take a pottery class (yes, this is a total “Ghost” reference).
  41. Go to an amusement park.
  42. Share an ice cream cone.
  43. Play touch football.
  44. Celebrate the date of your first kiss. If you don’t remember when it was, make up a date!
  45. Go play paint ball.
  46. Watch meteors and shooting stars.
  47. Visit a grandparent.
  48. Hold hands in a movie.
  49. Go through a car wash and make out.
  50. Go on a hike and if you find a secluded place, go for IT.

Marriage takes a lot of work, but it also takes a lot of play. Use your youth worker creativity and playfulness to have some fun with your spouse this week!

- Tim & Tasha

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