Improv Case Studies | UMC YoungPeople
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March 2019

Improv Case Studies

By Scott Meier

Having students think through how they should act in a certain situation can be facilitated by engaging their creativity. this activity will help students explore what it s like to act according to two realities: living as a follower of Jesus and living in the world.

Break your group into smaller groups of 3 or 4 people. Give each smaller group one of the examples below and ask them to come up with a brief skit, acting out first how to deal with the given situation as the world would deal with it, and then acting out how we, as followers of Jesus, should deal with the situation.

Here are some examples (you can also come up with additional ones that better fit your context of ministry):

  • Welcoming someone new to your school
  • Being pressured to break curfew
  • Observing someone being bullied
  • Being invited to a party where you know drinking and drugs will be involved
  • Seeing an elderly neighbor outside struggle to shovel snow on a winter day

Come back together and share each group’s two skits and discuss what might tempt someone to choose the world’s actions rather than living as a follower of Jesus should.

Scott has served in student ministry for over 30 years, the past 24 years at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman, Oklahoma. Having grown up in an incredible and life-changing youth ministry at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Walla Walla, Washington, Scott got his start at Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman, Washington while a student at Washington State University. Scott has a passion for missions and leadership development, and desires to create life-long disciples for Jesus Christ. Scott and his wife Kristin have a little girl, Laurel Kate.