Events for youth can be fun; however, they can also be completely exhausting. You put in a lot of work recruiting volunteers, advertising to the community and putting together logistics. Despite the results you can be left wondering, “Is this worth it?”
If you want your youth ministry to grow at a healthy pace then you need to invest in small groups. The reason small groups are important to the success of your youth ministry is because:
Over the years our small group program has grown tremendously. Most of it has to do with the men and women who come in each week to love on teens and help them go deeper with Christ.
While our program has grown the journey it has taken was not always smooth. Early on their was turnover with our leaders and it was difficult to build momentum. Our problem?
Small groups work. They are where life change happens. Small groups are the place where teens form life long relationships. Small groups are the reason teenager will come back. That’s if you do them right.
While there is a lot of great small group content available it’s not always clear how to build the program. If you are looking to start or adjust a current small group ministry you need to make sure you:
I remember my predecessor showing me his youth ministry calendar. Without thinking I remarked, “How is your wife still married to you?” Every single weekend was booked with lock-ins, laser tag and other youth events. It was insane.
When Jesus commissioned the disciples to go into the world he didn’t say, “Go, and plan the most epic game of dodgeball.” He said, “Go and make disciples.” We know that, but the pressure to plan events is a reality for so many youth ministers.
Something we say a lot around Church of the Nativity is that life change happens in circles. We believe that small groups at the adult, teen and kid level are a powerful way of helping people grow in their relationship with Christ.
But, small groups is more than just rounding up teenagers in a circle. To make them truly life changing you need to invest in them by: