I’m always encouraging youth workers to build into students and find ways to connect with teens. In the past week, I’ve thought a lot more about how important it is for me to set staff up for success. If I don’t properly coach volunteers and share practical ways to do ministry, I’m inevitably setting them up to fail. With that in mind, I thought I’d jot down a number of quick ideas I had for developing relationships with students and share them with leaders.
Disclaimer: This list was written exclusively for small group leaders, but these tips could really apply to anyone who is looking to connect with teenagers.
2. Mentor them.
3. Post regularly (or even periodically) to the wall of your official Student Ministry Facebook page.
4. Host a “girls only” or “guys only” (whichever applies to your group) event and get them to invite friends.
5. Eat lunch with students (at school, on a weekend, etc.) or meet them for coffee or ice cream after school.
6. Have dinner with their family.
7. Attend their extracurricular activities (sports, dance, etc.). Students love when you support their interests. This is a great way to show you care … and let’s face it, sometimes you might be filling in the gap for their parent by sitting on the sidelines when the parent can’t make it to cheer on their child!
8. Send them text messages throughout the week (between Sundays\Wednesdays) to check in and encourage them.
9. Work on a service project together.
What other great tips and ideas would you add to this list?