How to Pull off a Perfect Color War Event

Why should you host a Color War event?

Let’s Talk About Disney World. Have you ever found yourself confused by people’s behavior? As the sun was setting on a recent trip to Disney, I noticed a long line forming just outside the exit of the park. Naturally, I assumed it was a line for pretzels, a ride, or a man in a mouse costume. I was confused when I realized this line led to a purple wall. That’s it. Literally, just a purple wall with zig-zagged lines and dots.

People were waiting in line to pose in front of this wall and snap a photo for Instagram. After further investigation, I noticed that the purple wall was extremely popular — it has its own official location on Instagram with hundreds of thousands of photos. It’s a viral sensation!

We live in a world where people will wait in a long line to take a selfie with a wall. There are museums that solely exist for people to take creative Instagram photos. Recent research suggests that over half of young travelers say that “Instagram-ability” is very important to them when picking a vacation destination. Simply put, teenagers now think of experiences in the context of their Instagram grid.

We found the same true in our youth ministry too. Students got excited about things that were fun to share online — whether a goofy game they could post to their stories, photo booths at a Christmas party, or a Color War event full of vivid selfies. I have seen tremendous success with the later in my ministry career. Our Color Wars events have always been our most well-attended activity of the entire year — at least 3x the normal large group attendance every time.

When you download the Color War Blueprint, you will receive:

— An eBook ready to help you pull off the perfect event.
— Practical Tips & Tricks.
— Three graphics bundles you can use to promote your Color War on social media, screens, and website headers. All graphics come in 16×9, 1×1, and 9×16.

You might also like this Thrift Prom Event Guide or these 5 youth ministry games that come together in seconds.

This event is featured in the CIRCLES curriculum — A Year’s Worth of Free Sermon Series, Small Groups & Devotionals for Youth Ministry. Click here to view the full CIRCLES curriculum calendar and download sermon outlines, small group discussion guides and devotionals all for free.


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