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Students Have the Best Ideas

 —  December 20, 2012 — 2 Comments

POSTED by Katie Edwards

A few months back I started meeting with a group of my students to plan our weekend junior high church service. We meet once a month for an hour in my office to share ideas and plan. I try to get a good mix of gender, grades, schools, personalities etc. and it is typically never the same group twice. It’s a super low key/no frills meeting, but it has become one of my favorite times of the month.

How the meeting is structured:

– We start with snacks.  (An essential for any brainstorm session with students)

– Then we go to the whiteboard. (A second essential for a good brainstorm sesh)

– I throw the series theme/topic on the whiteboard, along with some basic service elements. “Elements” such as music, message, games, etc.

– Then we just start talking and sharing ideas.

– I ask questions like, “Would you bring a friend to this?”, “Do you think this is funny?”, “Will others students like this?” ,“How could you grow in your walk with Jesus from this?” and so on.

– At the end of our time together our students feel a sense of ownership in our ministry and I walk away with tons of ideas and a more relevant picture of what my students like/want/need.

Brainstorm Sesh

I know it’s tough to put one more meeting on the calendar, but this type of touch base with your students could be totally worth your time. Honestly, I walk away after each meeting feeling totally inspired and more in love with students.


Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards


Katie Edwards has been in junior high ministry since 1996, and currently leads the junior high ministry at Saddleback Church (Kurt just sort of drops in whenever he feels like it!). Katie's "sweet spot" is developing leaders to make a difference in the lives of young teens. She's a gifted teacher and leader who also likes to write silly jingles.

2 responses to Students Have the Best Ideas

  1. This is gold! I love it. I am passing this on to youth pastors in my sphere of influence.

  2. Great idea! I was thinking I needed to do something like this a few days ago, but didn’t know if it would work with jr. higher’s. Sounds like it does, so I’m going to try it! Thanks!

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