Just a reminder to all in student ministry that we HAVE got to get on their turf… Meaning go to their school, go to their games, go to where they are. This is the best way to show your students that you love
them and that you’re interested in what they are about. Don’t let the excuse of “the school won’t let us come.” You can go to games, recitals, plays, chess matches (well, maybe not that) but you get the point.
When I hear youth pastors say we just don’t have any students coming. I’m always asking youth guys when the last time you were involved in what your students do, in their extracurricular activities or a
school lunch. Remember that students just don’t SHOW UP!! They need to know who you are and that you care, and that you are putting effort into their life, once you do this they will be more open to coming to the student
ministry. So as you are planning the fall semester, plan to go to school lunches, to bring popsicles to football and volleyball practices, plan to get on their turf…
Remember ministry doesn’t happen in the office, if happens where the students are!
Michael Head is the Youth Pastor at Second Baptist Church Houston. Hit him up on Twitter at @mycoolhead.