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Missional Youth Ministry: Making an Impact in Public Schools

Meet the coaches and teachers who are involved in FCA. Offer services to the coaches throughout their many weeks of practices. Shag foul balls that go over the fence or offer to tutor students in different subjects. Bring snacks to coaches doing film work for the next game.

Funnel, Part 3

The last practical item serves as the final part of the funnel principle. Take students with you when you spend time with others! The door to long-term ministry at a school is the administration, not the students. But students matter too. The smallest part of the funnel is the students. If you’ve established great relationships with other entities, then students will start to wonder who you are and why you’re there.

Involve Students in Missional Youth Ministry

The best way to have influence on local students is to use the kids already in your local church. When I was a youth ministry intern (and not filling up a water cooler with ice), I frequently told kids what games I’d attend and what days I’d be serving on campus. This didn’t happen every day, but when it did I had much more influence than when I went alone.

One day when I took freeze pops to the volleyball teams, I asked Aaron, a senior, to come along. Sure enough, there was great rapport because several players knew who he was. This sparked a great relationship between me and the volleyball coaches and players.

Today, as a student pastor, I tell students when I’ll be at their campus to accomplish missional youth ministry and the building up of God’s Kingdom. It’s truly amazing when students get excited about sharing their faith because they’re seeing you attempt to do so.

If you’re not willing to get out and get busy sharing the gospel, don’t be surprised if your students aren’t either.

What types of missional youth ministry are you doing at local schools? A long-term commitment to serve students can reap a great harvest!

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Alvin L. Reid (born 1959) serves as Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he has been since 1995. He is also the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism. Alvin and his wife Michelle have two children: Joshua, a senior at The College at Southeastern, and Hannah, a senior at Wake Forest Rolesville High School. Recently he became more focused at ministry in his local church by being named Young Professionals Director at Richland Creek Community Church. Alvin holds the M.Div and the Ph.D with a major in evangelism from Southwestern Seminary, and the B.A. from Samford University. He has spoken at a variety of conferences in almost every state and continent, and in over 2000 churches, colleges, conferences and events across the United States.