This Sunday night we kick off our new school year in The Loft. We are changing things up (see previous post). I'm looking forward to the change, the "experiment". A few things I'm focusing in on as the youth pastor this school year.
1. 50! I see no reason why our youth group doesn't have 50 students on a regular basis. (I really think we could have 100) So my prayer is that our students get passionate about sharing their faith with their friends. I want them to invite them to youth group but more importantly I want them to share their faith, build relationships with their peers and seek out the opportunities to share their faith.
This goal will require at least 3 things of me:
a. teach on how to share your faith
b. grow our volunteer team. (why expect God to send
us more students to disciple if we aren't equipped and
c. A and B are the easy part. I need to be a witness and
I need to set the example
Why focus on a number? That number represents 50 students who need to come to faith in Christ and be discipled.
2. Student Leadership. In the past I have attempted to create student leadership teams. I created something that looked good on paper but administratively it was not a fit to who I am. I think sometimes we get caught up in great ideas but we try to replicate what others are doing in ministry without consider the fact that God created each of us differently. Sure we should work on our weaknesses but we should focus on our strengths.
This school year we are going to go for a more organic approach to student leadership. Look for opportunities to draw students into ministry. "Hey. Can you help me and grab those 10 chairs and set them up in a circle over there?" Those kind of moments and build from there.
In "big church" we serve each other. Why is it that most youth ministries it is the adults serving the students? We have been guilty of this. It should be us equipping the students to serve other students.
3. Think Tank. I'm going to invite our students to join me and our middle school dude, Ramon, in a "Think Tank". Sit down and talk with students and get their input on message series, directions to go, events, etc. Invite the students in to help pull these things off.
Now it's time to pray!