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:
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.
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
Despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented to youth ministries, it has also created an opportunity to allow youth more involvement in worship. Although youth sunday will look very different this year, it is a great opportunity to empower our youth to be leaders. Youth’s comfort and familiarity with technology make them a great resource for churches who are seeking to move their worship services online for the first time.