The third mistake I have made is to not covering my bases. I am big into doing crazy things. I love pushing the envelope in creativity. For example, I once put a leader on top of a speaker in the sanctuary, which is where we did YG each week. The speaker was huge, so he was able to lay up there. Now, when I say "up there", I'm talking two to three stories high. So, on came the flashing lights, a game, then into a video clip of Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible when he is lowered through the ceiling to steal something. A voice comes over the speaker that says, "Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to free Becky and give her the announcements." Then the Mission Impossible music begins to play and I have some students come from the back of the room dressed in black sneaking up to the front. They all pause and look up. Just then the spotlights hit Mark on top of the speaker. He turns around backwards and jumps off the speaker and repels down. He then fights off the bad guys, unties Becky and gives her the announcements to read. Amazing!
Then there was the indoor slip-n-slide. I have done this twice with great success and a little mess. Some, however, might say a big mess. Both times we have done the indoor slip-n-slide there were events the next night in the building we were using. The first year it was a children's Christmas concert, and then next time was one of our dance ministries' rehearsals. Both times required me going and renting some of those big air blowers to dry the carpet. By now you might be asking what mistakes I made and what I learned. The mistake was not telling anyone of the "mess" we made. In both of these scenarios I got an early phone call from someone at the church asking why the carpets were all wet. I have since learned that if you make a mess, break something, or change a room, etc. to let the appropriate people know immediately. This saves you from frustrating other people. People are glad to know ahead of time that something has happened, and they usaully are more excited about how the event was a success than the mess that was made. Lesson: cover your bases and make the call.