The Best Kept Secret in Your Church: Youth Ministry

This is a guest post by Josh Griffin. He is the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church and blogs at www.morethandodgeball.com
What I really respect about Josh (besides the Griff Bomber’s ability to defend his title as Kill Ball Champion of the World) is that he articulates a vision for youth ministry that’s practical yet visionary. He’s also a great friend and dad. If you don’t believe me, check the evidence on Instagram: joshuagriffin  
 
I recently realized that our youth ministry was one of the best kept secrets in the church. I walked around the adult services last week and read every word in the church bulletin – and found hardly a mention of our high school ministry. Now certainly in a megachuch with so much cooking you could explain away this news, but I know from my 7 years in a smaller church this happens everywhere.
 
Here are a few questions to get you thinking about raising the visibility of your student ministry:
  • What is the most visible print piece our church does?
  • Can you find us incredibly easy on the website? On the church app?
  • Should we create a basic 1st timers/visitors pamphlet?
  • Where are the highly trafficked hallways where we could place materials?
  • Is there a place for us to be featured in the new members class?
  • Are we represented in the church annual report?
  • How can we increase word of mouth with parents and families that have had a great experience with our ministry?
  • Would a “welcome lunch” or “orientation meeting” help in some way?
  • Is the right contact information listed? When people DO find us is it in a format we will actually follow-up on?
  • Is there a chance we could host a service every quarter?
  • Is there a way for us to be better integrated on stage?
  • Could a representative of our ministry do the welcome/bible reading/announcements?
  • Do we have a champion on the elder board / leadership?
Don’t let your ministry become the best kept secret in your church! What other questions would you add to the list?
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Brooklyn Lindsey
Brooklyn recently founded The Justice Movement, a church youth movement that helps teenagers help others. Her priority is to inspire and resource youth to break cycles of poverty through faith in action. An ordained pastor, Brooklyn has served in full time youth ministry for the last 16 years, authored numerous books, contributes and communicates for Orange Leaders, and speaks at camps and conferences. She, her husband Coy, and daughters Kirra and Mya live in Lakeland, FL where they like being outside, playing with their dog Marley. www.brooklynlindsey.com @brooklynlindsey/ www.justicemovement.com @thejustmove