August is here which means that "school-year" ministry is quickly approaching! With that in mind, I wanted to take a moment to talk about what school-year ministry looks like here at Woodside on both a campus-specific and multi-site level. Grab your pencils, we're heading back to school!
I'd like to share what the format and structure of the meeting is and how we determine who attends and what will be on the agenda for that meeting. We only meet once a month as team so there is a lot for us to cover and a lot that I'd like to see accomplished.
One of the aspects of retreat planning that has caused for great success has been dividing up specific roles and responsibilities to individual staff members or key, high capacity volunteers.
I want to focus on how we align ourselves in the summer and the ownership we give to campuses when it comes to planning & scheduling their summer program. That word, ownership. has been the biggest lesson we've learned & greatest key to alignment.
Small group leaders who are committed to faithfully pouring into the lives of students as they share & show them the love of Christ is one of the major keys to any ministry. Here's a little piece of what the ask for commitment looks like for our SGLs and how we got to where we're at today
One of the biggest keys in allowing us to have alignment like this is that we start having conversations and praying over what we will teach the following school year (2018-2019) in November of this year.
The question of "When & how often do you meet with the other members of the student ministry team?" is one of the most common questions I receive. It's a great one and one that comes with more layers than a 8th grade girls small group so let's unpack it a bit.
An incredible, live-action take on a classic game that will ensure your students whether watching or playing will have a done of fun!!
One of the key parts of retreats is creating an opportunity and space for students to respond to the work that God is doing in and through their lives. Throughout the years we have approached the response portion of retreats in various ways.
We did this game at our last High School (Wake) Fall Retreat and it was nothing short of ridiculous, epic, and every other adjective a student ministry guy or gal could dream of.
We put some beats and slides together for you to use as you try out the Youth Group Collective's great game idea, Dr. Seuss Rap Battle
Tasty Thursday is an intentional, individualized gathering with a focus on relational connection and friendship.
For years we had no decor up on the walls and had no great idea as to what to put in that space to not only fill it up but to make it feel welcoming.
Every year we ask our small group leaders (SGLs) to recommit to the year ahead, this year we decided to up the game and have a little fun as they recommitted
For the longest time one of the biggest problems I had was with prizes; what to give away and keeping prizes in stock.