Once upon a time, there was a Facebook group. It was the greatest youth ministry Facebook group in all the land. It was called Stuff You Can Use: A Youth Ministry Community. One day, the inhabitants of the Stuff You Can Use Facebook group banded together to respond to one simple question:
"What was your biggest youth ministry fail?"
After only a few days, hundreds of youth pastors, youth workers, and volunteers had gathered to tell their very worst stories. They told tales of overflowing baptistries and accidental curse words, games that had gone awry, and teenagers that had been misplaced (and a few offering buckets, too). There were broken bones, broken-down vans, broken toilets, and broken trust falls. Days passed and still the stories continued to be told.
Youth pastors from far and wide flocked to the Facebook group to humbly share their own stories of embarrassment and shame.
Okay, actually, they mostly came to laugh at each other. Because these stories were very funny.
When all the stories had been told, and the people had dried all their tears of laughter, the people had one request.
"Can this be a book?"
"I'll take ten copies."
"TAKE MY MONEY."
"This is going to be the best book ever written."
And so we (Kenny and Elle) took it upon ourselves to turn the dreams of the people into a reality.
So here we are, launching this campaign on April Fool's Day (the perfect day to celebrate our collective stupidity), and working hard to make this book a reality.
The hundreds of stories that were submitted are now being edited.
New stories are still being submitted (you can submit yours here)!
The book is being designed.
The pages are being laid out.
Forewords are being written.
We're figuring out how ISBN's work.
And we sometimes have to take a break because we can't see our computer screens through our own tears of laughter.
Because these fail stories are amazing.
Risks and challenges
Risks are low! Yay!
We are already working on creating the book and are working with an on-demand printing service for the paperback versions.
The digital versions of the book will be relatively easy to produce. The paperback versions will be a little more complicated, which is why we've come to Kickstarter! Our backer support will help us determine how many copies of the book to produce (and give us the funds to produce them).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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