4 Tips To Welcome New Teens

I moved around a lot as a kid.  The hardest part about it was being the new guy.  Especially going to school, I was never sure if I was doing the right thing or in the right place.  It was overwhelming.

Big or small your ministry is going to experience new teens.  The question you have to answer is:

How are you going to welcome them?”  

While it’s not rocket science it does take intentionality.  Here are four steps you can take to make your ministry more welcoming to new teens:

GREET THEM AT THE DOOR

You never know when a new teen will show up.  Greeting people at the door is a great way of letting them know that they are in the right place.  Station people at the front door, open it for them and simply say, “Welcome, glad that you are here.”

It sounds too simple, but the truth is that it’s very effective.  Teens are looking for a place where they are acknowledged.  No better place to start than as they are walking in.

FOLLOW UP WITH THEM

We assume that once a teen comes they’ll be back for more.  The truth is that they need encouragement and a reminder.  Follow up a new teen’s visit by:

  • Sending them a thank you card
  • Giving them a phone call
  • Shooting over an email.  

Let them know you are glad that they stopped by and if they have questions they can contact you.

CONNECT THEM WITH OTHERS

Some of the new teens walking into your ministry will recognize peers from school.  But, don’t assume they are friends.  Pick out a few teenagers in your ministry that can serve as hosts.  When a new teen walks in partner them up with the host.  Say, “This is Jen and she’ll show you around.”  

It might seem goofy at first, but then it eliminates the fear of being alone.  If the teen declines then let them know if they need anything just to ask.

DO NOT SINGLE THEM OUT

When a new teen walks into your ministry it could be very exciting.  Make sure they feel welcomed but don’t over do it.  Putting the spot light on them might be the very last thing they are looking for.  They are simply looking to connect.

When you have a strategy for new teenagers there will be a higher chance of them returning.  Create environments, opportunities and relationships to ensure a new teen knows they are in the right place.

Question:  How do you welcome new teenagers into your ministry?  You can leave a comment by clicking here.