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Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.

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By the time most of you get around to reading this post, our student ministry team will be on our way to our 3rd annual “Staff Camp”. Staff Camp is a two-day working retreat with our paid team dedicated to long-term planning, dreaming, vision casting, story sharing, and laughing.

Each year, I introduce a few areas in our ministry that I would like us to “Boost”…these are typically aspects of our ministry that already exist, but need to be re-focused, re-tooled, re-emphasized and given a little boost to take them to the next level.

Here, in their rawest form, are the areas that our student ministries (junior high, high school and college) will be asked to “boost” this year:

1. TEAMWIDE COLLABORATION
How can everybody benefit from what you do best?
What changes might we make to help facilitate collaboration?
how we spend our time….
how we arrange our suite….
Etc….

2. FRIENDSHIP EVANGELISM
Re-tool and re-introduce classic FE
Create a culture of evangelism

3. OUR STUDENT’S ASSURANCE/CONFIDENCE OF FAITH
Christian/Jesus worldview
Helping them understand basics of faith/apologetics
“anchored” in truths of scripture
How well we accomplish #3 will radically affect #2.

4. PARENT MINISTRY
“Parent Hub” website
Becoming more Proactive than Reactive
Adjusting team roles accordingly

QUESTION TO PONDER: Now that you are one month into the new year, are there pieces of your ministry that you know are being neglected? What can you do this year to boost important areas of your ministry that need a little extra attention?

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