Some well-intentioned things can backfire if you don’t think ahead.
With Christmas coming up, it’s possible that you may be winding down your ministry plans. What I’m about to propose to you may seem absurd, but I’ll offer it anyway.
Be intentionally busy, just a few minutes longer.
Think ahead and have a plan before Christmas for your spring and summer ministry.
It’s common for people to check out a church during the holiday season. You may be meeting parents and teenagers who need something tangible to look at and explore to give them a better sense of your youth ministry. Here are three quick tips:
- Have a 2-month calendar on paper: Be ready to hand this out to anyone you talk with. Better yet, create a team of students whose ministry it is to do this during weekend services.
- Make sure there is one big event coming up in January: Highlight it on the calendar, whether you end up doing an all-nighter at your building or a local serving opportunity.
- Ask a question on the backside of your calendar related to some larger serving experiences you’re considering: Link it to your webpage via a web address and a QR code, and on that page ask them what type of serving experience they would be most excited about taking part in. Here are some of my favorites:
- Group Workcamps: A 6-day, high-energy mission trip of up to 400 participants. Join other youth groups to repair sagging porches, rebuild unsafe steps and wheelchair ramps, and paint homes. No special skills needed…just a willing heart!
- Week of Hope: A 5-day trip of up to 100 participants. Campers are challenged to live as Jesus did while serving the needs of people through local ministries and non-profit organizations. You’ll serve meals to the homeless, work with disabled children, share stories with an elderly person, and more.
- Lifetree Adventures: An international mission trip that makes it easy to serve abroad. Send your youth on a trip to Haiti, Peru or Puerto Rico and get back teenagers who are more confident, more compassionate, and more appreciative of the advantages they enjoy.
Got any other favorite tips or trips to add to the list?