Football is back and so is a new season of youth ministry. And just like football there will be times when you need to make a last second change.
Maybe it’s a snowstorm or a shortage of volunteers. Maybe you are dealing with failed technology or low turnout. No matter the obstacle you need to be prepared to pull an audible. And the way you prepare is by:
As I’m planning for the fall and making sure leaders are contacting their small groups, I reflect on my own. It’s hard to believe they’ll all be seniors. It felt like yesterday that I was meeting them for the first time as scrawny little freshmen. Today they tower over me and make sure I know it. The most rewarding aspect of my group of guys is witnessing the depth that has occurred. What started as shallow guy talk has evolved over the year to true Christian accountability.
Small groups are an essential part to your ministry; however, they aren’t as simple as grabbing a group of teenagers together and asking questions. Small groups need to be able to go deeper, even when they aren’t meeting. That means making small groups a focus of your student ministry, and it also means:
Last night we started something new. We launched a young adult ministry gathering called Hanging Out that looks to walk with young people from adolescence into adulthood. The turnout was positive, the night flowed well and what took a lot of timing and planning got started on the right foot. Where it will go? Only God only knows and we cannot wait to find out.
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It takes a lot of courage to get start a new ministry, project or program. There are so many obstacles; however, with the right type of preparation can build the momentum your ministry needs. When you do something new you create new opportunities, environments and relationships for teens to grow in Christ. But you need a plan. Before you start something new be sure to: