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Drama

It’s always been my belief that God talks to us in many ways. One of my mantras I use in my Christian life is “Does God Have A Sense of Humor?” The answer is, “Of course he does—just look in the mirror!”

People hear God’s word in different ways. I’ve watched many church services in my day and see people leave with that oh-so-common “Deer in the Headlights” look. It’s sad. God’s word is for all, not the few.

My belief is simple: Take God’s word and add some humor. You will be amazed at what happens.

The following are some really simple ideas that can and will make people want to be in it.

1. Recruitment. Yeah, I know. “Go ye into all the world.” No, what you need to do is go where the people are. One of my favorite parables is the Parable of the Talents. Now, they talk of gold, but I’m talking about personal talent. Everyone has something they are good at. I am good at singing and writing. I don’t bury my talents; I use them. Now, using that premise, you need to identify a core group. You need to get them on board. Once that’s done, you have got the ball rolling.

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2. Backing. One thing I’ve learned, sometimes the hard way, is that if the pastor isn’t on board, it probably isn’t going to get any traction. You have two ways to approach this. First is the DIRECT way, which is just going to the pastor and giving him your idea. The second is to have a few adults go and talk to the pastor. Either way is good so long as it’s not confrontational.

3. Commitment. This may be the hardest. I remember when I started going to youth choir. My mom said, “If you’re going to do this, then you’re going to early service!” To me, that was a no-brainer, but I understood what she was saying. If you commit, you commit totally. You can’t sing a song halfway, nor can you write a skit and not finish it. Get involved. A drama group is the best way to get people together. I did one of my skits at a school using the teachers. Some of them questioned why I wanted them. My answer was simple: It was because I knew they could do it and the people would enjoy it. And, even better, the kids would see a different side of them.

4. Finding Material. A Drama group doesn’t have to be dramatic. It’s been my experience that most churches want an active youth ministry. Now, some churches want a “be seen but not heard” type. What they need is a “seen and heard” youth ministry. It has been my experience that when the youth get directly involved in the church service, things happen. I have seen congregations that were as flat as a pancake come to life and get a new spark. Material for drama is out there, but you have to go looking.

5. Doing it. Simple is good. What I mean by that is that you don’t need sets and a stage and props and all the things that a professional company would have. What you need are basics. Work with what you have. Second, memorizing is nice, but it’s the material not the memorization that’s important. Reader’s theater, aka having a stand and reading the script, is fine. It isn’t “shoddy.” I promise you this. People will remember the material and NOT how it was delivered.

6. Involvement. Yes, I see this as a great youth thing, but I also see it as a great cross over. Get as many people involved as you can. Now, I’m not saying everyone should be an actor, but I promise you, there is more to this than meets the eye.

If I can make one thing crystal clear here, it’s that you need to be visible and vibrant. A drama ministry, be it actors, or puppets, or even a clown ministry, has to be visible. Use the drama ministry as a fund raiser for your mission trip or other worthy cause. Have a potluck dinner and a show.

If you are interested in starting a drama group, I have over 200 skits that have been done in over 3 continents. They are Christian slice-of-life and carry the message that everyone can understand. I am more than willing to offer my services to help you start, but, you have to want to do this and keep it alive. One and done just doesn’t cut it. This is a continual work in progress.

Peace.
Michael Humphrey

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8 COMMENTS

  • Mirella Camilo says:

    would really love to see your dramas

  • Virginia Lawrence says:

    My favorite part of being in the traditional church chior was the Christmas cantatas. I have always enjoyed drama,and wanted to be in drama ministry. Who knew God woyld call me to start one? I am so glad h
    He trains the called rather than calling those w everything already in place.Thank you for your excellent tips and guidance. Where do I find youe svripts,and how much do they cost?
    In His love,
    Luanne

  • Raymond daniel says:

    Am really blessed by your inspeard tips. It realy gives my dream and vision a success i have a pashion for establishing a drama ministry in my state. I keep asking my self a question how do i start? How do i begin? Please i need your councel

  • Ms. Johnson says:

    I am a young college student and I feel so passionate about starting up a drama troop in my church. We have a decent sized group of some pretty great youth in the youth group with SO much talent but no direction. How do I get started? How do I approach them? I am open to any and all suggestions!

  • Sam says:

    I am a young adult, who is serving in an amazing church and God is truely moving. We just started out not to long ago, we don’t do a lot of skits, spoken words or mimes. We haven’t done a drama or(play), yet. God has used us in many ways, its been great, but because we don’t do a lot with drama its like a part is missing. I’m trying to start it something and my Pastor said go for it. I’m not sure how to start, but this was helpful so thank you.

  • GODGIVES C YOUNG says:

    my aim of been here is just to understand the right way i should take, in leading on my drama crew, Through the of ministering God’s word all around the globe.
    GODGIVES C YOUNG,MD @ A G.C.YOUNG GLOBAL SACRED FILM PRODUCTION.

  • Dorothy Russo says:

    Hello. I am researching how to start a youth drama ministry in my church and I found your information very helpful. Our church is small and I would love to talk to someone about starting a youth drama ministry. Could you please e-mail me with whom I can talk to or call me at 719-493-7300? Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Dorothy Russo

  • udoka okonta says:

    Dear Mike,

    Haven just read through your write up, it seemed to give some ideas into re-building the drama ministry in my church.

    I have been the drama ministry leader in my church for about 3 years plus now and its been quite a great experience with ups and downs. We are currently at our lowest ebb as we havent presented or had a meeting within the past 6 months being that most of my members have been opportuned to get admission into the university and as such, we are less than 3 members available.

    We should have about 7 members available but they bulk of them are also active in other ministries within the church and as such have little or no time for us.

    I need to revamp this ministry and have regular skits for the growth of the church as my pastor is in full support of this ministry.

    Please advise how to go about this as I have made announcement in church requesting for interested members to join but to no avail.

    Awaiting your kind response.

    Thank you

    Udoka Okonta

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