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This weekend I talked through the 5 things we’re doing this Winter/Spring for extended discipleship in our youth ministry. These is in addition to weekend services, Life Groups and the regular stuff we do. Some of these are very new, some of these are very old. Either way, we’re really pushing students to grow this next season:

  • Winter Camp – our spiritual growth retreat happens next weekend – there will be plenty of snow, student-taught workshops and main session teaching by some fantastic adult speakers.
  • Examine the Evidence – in a week our adult ministry is putting on a class in The Refinery for seekers, doubters and believers. The topic for the night is the Four Crucial Questions About Christianity. I’m excited to promote an opportunity for our students to grow in an adult environment, plus it is zero work and potentially a huge return for us.
  • Apologetics Series – In 2 weeks we start a new series called “Q” with one of the world’s-leading apologetics teachers Sean McDowell. He’ll be teaching us in our weekend services for 3 weeks.
  • The Grow Booth — this ongoing effort in HSM is packed with Bibles, studies, books and journals to help students grow on their own. We’ve given more stuff away this year than we have in a long time – Life Group leaders also have a “Grow on the Go” tub as well (more details on that here) so as they identify students who should take another step they have a resource to give them immediately.
  • Life Group Workshops – In March we’re launching a brand new idea for Life Groups, offering a series of workshops on topics you can attend only with your small group. One of our adult teaching pastors is teaching a 4-week study on the End Times, and one of our Life Group leaders will teach another set of classes on cults and other religions a few weeks later.

What are you doing to help students grow this Winter/Spring?

JG

2 COMMENTS

  • Brit Windel Brit Windel says:

    I really like your “Grow Booth” I hope to revisit this idea with our ministry to create a better resource for our students.

    We are doing two Winter retreats for Middle & High School ministries for relationship building with their new small group leaders.

    Sex & God weekend: Weekend retreat tackling the tough topics about sex & God.

    Summer Immersion: a 4 day crash into the world of homelessness. Staying on our campus, sleeping out side, not showering, having a $5 allowance per group to provide their meals for the whole time. Morning going out into the community to help with clean up projects and home repair. Each night working with homeless & food shelters

    the FiLL John 6.35: Our weekly worship for youth will be gathering for a 8 week series, New Years Revolution: His Identity Made Mine, His purpose Made Mine, His Legacy Made Mine. Each FiLLup group will given the charge of impacting the community, state, nation or world this spring. Our leaders help guide but the students come up with mission/outreach ideas of how to impact their cause for Christ. Each group is given a grant of seed money to get it going.

    Graduation weekend: Celebrating our seniors in worship with an incredible blessing. Pulled together resources from Group & SYM to give each student as they journey into the next chapter of their life, powerful videos from young adults, small group leaders, and younger youth.

  • Anne Yackit says:

    We are really digging in and looking at the basics of topics like peer pressure by hosting circle discussion groups. This is more of a coffee-type chat. The teens seem to love it.

    Anne Yackit
    http://yackitup.com/parenting-and-lifestyle/teens/youth-group-bible-study-peer-pressure/

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