One of the most frequently asked questions people ask through the blog is how to visit the Student Ministry at Saddleback Church. It is a great question and one that I’m happy to answer. We have visitors on a regular basis, and if you would follow this process, it would help a ton:
Plan to visit during a weekend
My favorite part of what we do is the weekend service – it is a normal part of most youth ministries and the easiest to see us in action. I would love to show you a small group, but it just isn’t possible. So much of what we do is grassroots or organic – so when you come to “see” something, this is usually the best place. Services are every weekend – 4:30 or 6:30 on Saturday nights, 9 or 11:15 on Sunday mornings. The services are all identical.
Spread yourself around a little
There’s a ton to see and do at Saddleback when you visit – so maybe plan on seeing the junior high ministry at 4:30pm on Saturday night, then HSM at 6:30pm right after. You’ll have lots of questions for when we connect after the services. Maybe try to hit an adult service on Sunday morning, then go detox and chill at the beach Sunday afternoon.
Please let the team know you’re here
There’s nothing worse than getting a thank you afterwards, and we never met! Please let someone know you’re coming, in advance if possible, so we can make sure you questions get answered and you’re taken care of. Part of our calling in youth ministry is to serve you, not just our students.
Know we’ll try to be as accomodating as possible
Usually if it involves buying any one of us a meal, we’ll be even more accomodating. It isn’t always possible for one-on-one interaction of significant length, but we’ll do our best. If you have particular questions or thougths, sometimes it is easier to pair you up with one particular person so you walk away with a few ideas or answers.
Do your best to fit in
When you’re here, do your best to fit in. Be discreet, don’t be “that guy” especially if you’re a camera junkie. Sit in the back, be cool. If you’re bringing students, spread the word.
Please … take everything you want
Anything you see … well, almost everything … is an idea you can steal or a pamphlet you can pick up. Some youth workers in town for a local missions conference this weekend picked up one of every pastoral care brochure and calendar we had – and that’s super cool. I would do the same if I visited your ministry!
Here’s the bottom line – we would be honored and humbled to have you come check out things at Saddleback sometime. Not to mention it IS California and was 80 degrees yesterday in the middle of winter. Just something to think about!