8 Ideas to Reach 8 More Students

Let’s face it

Most groups could handle 8 more students. I bet you at least 8 more students need your group! How do you find them and get them to attend? Once they are there, how do you get them to return and keep growing? Here are ten simple ideas that Student ministries are using effectively. Try one or all of them to reach more students in your community.

Why You Must Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

I love this amazing story

Charles Blondin was a tightrope-walker who in 1860 strung a tightrope across the Niagara Falls.  Before thousands of people he inched his way from the Canadian side of the falls to the United States side. He walked across the falls, several times… each time with a different daring feat – once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and blindfolded. One time he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope!

He finally went across, pushing a wheelbarrow holding a sack of potatoes.  When he got to one side he shouted “I am Blondin! Do you believe in me?” The crowd shouted back, “We believe! We believe! We believe!

Again, he quieted the crowd, and once more he shouted to them, “I’m going back across the tightrope, but this time I’m going to carry someone in the wheelbarrow. Do you believe I can do that?” The crowd yelled, “We believe! We believe!  He quieted them one more time, and then he said, “Who will be that person?” The crowd went dead. Nothing.

The point of the story is blatantly clear: Thousand’s people stood there that day chanting, “We believe, we believe!” but no one really believed in him and was willing to step out of their comfort zone. Here’s why you absolutely must…

Get Unstuck in Your Devotions

It is going to happen.

You’re going to get stuck with your devotions. You will feel that it has become a meaningless ritual and you’d rather not do them. At the same time you know that this is the source of your life and ministry. How can you get unstuck and find vitality in them? These ideas have worked for me when I had given up on devotions or was just going through the motions.

Cultivating Community in Your Youth Ministry

Student long for acceptance! Are they finding it at your group?

This past Friday night I walked around the youth ministry that I volunteer at and was reminded of the importance of creating an atmosphere of healthy community within a ministry. Students are looking for a place where people know who they are and that they are cared for and encouraged in their lives.  Youth ministry is an opportunity to demonstrate what true biblical community can look like. Here’s what they need to see in your ministry….

A Christmas Story: 6 Important Lessons

You’ve Got to See this…

Christmas is just around the corner, we are full on into the season.  Turn on the TV and there are multiple Christmas movies and shows to watch. One of my favorites is “A Christmas Story.”

This move tells the story of Ralphie Parker who only wants one thing for Christmas: A Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.  Throughout the movie, we are introduced to Ralphie’s quest and several colourful characters.  Throughout this movie are many funny moments that provides 6 important lessons for everyone!