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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.

One of our favorite parts of youth ministry is the opportunity to be creative. Creativity is the thing that makes senior pastors fear us, parents question us, and students dig us. For many of you, creativity is one of the key markers of your youth ministry. Have you thought about using the same creative energy in your marriage and family?

Rules and creativity are often at odds, so here are are a few of our “suggestions” for creativity:

  1. Use what you have. As youth leaders, you’ve probably got experience at taking three busted ping-pong balls, a five-gallon bucket, and a pool noodle, and creating a rousing game of “Chicken Noodle Flush.” How can you use the ordinary things around you—locations, supplies, experiences—and create an extraordinary date night?
  2. Work as a team. We do our best creative planning with others. Do you have a group of creative people in your life who help you brainstorm and plan your youth ministry experiences? What would it look like to ask this same group to help you plan your next family adventure?
  3. Be surprising. In writer’s circles, it’s called the “third door.” The “first door” is something expected—dinner and a movie. The “second door” is something unexpected—concert tickets and a surprise hotel stay. The “third door” is the thing that makes people say, “I can’t believe they just did that!” How cool would it be to hear our spouse or family fall into bed after an amazing day saying those words?

Here’s our challenge: Use your creative powers and come up with an amazing list of family adventures and date ideas. Send them to us, and we’ll put them all together to share with the world. Let creativity become a key marker of your marriage and family as well as your ministry.

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