Celebrating Summer with the Whole Church

BY: Dietrich Kirk

 

For every youth ministry summer trip, there are more “God moments” to share than you could fit into a 15 minute conversation.  Sadly, most of these stories are never shared within the youth group and certainly not shared with the whole church.  As we come to the end of another summer where youth have traveled all over the country and around the world in the name of Jesus, I want to share some practical ways that you can share what God has done with the entire church family.

All of these suggestions are ways to help you get God’s story out to others.  One thing to remember is that you are sharing God’s story. All these suggestions are opportunities to help youth testify to something God did in their lives or someone else’s. I have seen many a mission moment ruined as teens shared an insider’s story about something funny that happened. They are trying to share something significant that happened, but the way they share it will shape how it is received. The emphasis should always be on God’s activity. Each of these is an opportunity to help youth recognize and acknowledge God’s presence in their lives.

Here are some questions that you can use to help youth as they learn to recognize God’s activity:

  1. Where did you see God at work this week?
  2. Where did you see people in need of God? How did the people you served impact you?
  3. When did you feel God’s presence the most?
  4. When did you see someone show Christ’s love to someone else?
  5. How will you live differently because of something you experienced this summer?
  6. What did you learn about God’s love?
  7. How can our church help those in need?

There are several reasons for sharing these stories with the whole church. They create space for conversation between youth and adults in the church. They make the church aware of what is happening in the youth ministry. But most importantly, they share manna from heaven with a world that is hungry to know God is with us.

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