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Do we really need to wear nametags at youth group? We’re in the middle of refocusing on them right now in HSM so I say yes and here’s why:

  • Nametags say: you want to be introduced
  • Nametags say: everyone is equal
  • Nametages say: bring friends
  • Nametags say: I’m a leader
  • Nametags say: you can ask me a question
  • Nametags say: I know where the restrooms are
  • Nametags say: you expect people not to know you

What do you say about nametags?

JG

4 COMMENTS

  • Chris Haney says:

    I think I agree with everything you listed about what name tags say. But when I think about name tags, the first thing that I connect with is retail shopping. Retailers have their employees wear name tags because it creates a welcoming and helpful environment for the shopper (good for youth ministry…to an extent). But the employee (name tag and all) are just “fixtures” to the shoppers experience, and not there to make any real connection with the people in the store. And that’s where I have trouble with tags in our ministry.

    As welcoming and helpful as they might be, I feel like the name tags would create a disconnect between our adults and students. Our leaders would become strategically placed helpers for the program rather than influential presences in the lives of our students.

    Maybe I’m way off in my thinking, but I would love to hear some other comments about it.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post.

  • Tom says:

    We use them in our Jr. High youth ministry as well. We also have a separate color for the name tags that our students serving on our welcome team wear. It’s also a great way to bring some added “Legit-ness” to our ministry in the eyes of parents dropping off their first-timer jr. high students. Any way to build a safe atmosphere in the eyes of a jr. higher’s parent is great! In response to Chris’s reply, I think if your leaders are investing in students relationally, the name tags are a non-issue in that regard.

    Great post!

  • Erik w/a "k" says:

    I like nametags. For everyone! Have a different color for leaders (maybe even laminate those and put them on a lanyard). Students with name tags really helps you as a leader. This is especially helpful with larger groups.

  • Love nametags! All of our students get nametags (auto-printed when the check in) at our main program. It makes it possible for me to call every teen by name…a huge plus when I bring teens on stage for a game.

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