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The longer I’m in youth ministry, the more I’m reminded that post-graduation ministry can be a scary place to think about. It’s full of uncertainty and is out of our control. (But honestly, how much of high school ministry is within our control anyway?) These feelings of uncertainty and lack of control can leave some youth ministers to feel helpless.

And honestly, I’m okay with that.

When we feel helpless, we tend to trust in God more. When we feel helpless, we remember that we are not superheroes who can change the world with one powerful event.

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Help Your Grad’s “Thrive” In College
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Helping students post graduation starts long before they’re seniors. One reason youth ministers are scared for students after they graduate is because we’re nervous that they won’t be able to connect to a congregation. Sadly, sometimes we’re afraid they won’t be able to connect to the congregation outside of the youth group they’re involved with now. One of the best things we can do in our youth ministry is to help students connect to the adults in the congregation. We need to help them integrate into the whole church, not just our one area.

When we can help students connect to the body of Christ, we’re giving them the tools they need to connect to the body of Christ when they’re in college. While they’re in high school, one of our goals should be to purposefully connect them with caring adults and others who will be there whether you still are or not.

Maybe one of the best things we can do in our post-graduation ministry is to let other caring adults take the front seat. If there are relationships formed between the students and the adults in the congregation, then we know there will be conversations happening outside of our control. One of my goals is to create a culture within my church that values the youth and sees it as a priority to stay connected to them no matter their age.

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Help Your Grad’s “Thrive” In College
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As you strive to improve your post-graduation ministry, think about implementing some of the practical ideas that Kurt and Josh offered. And always remember that you have one super powerful weapon for ongoing support: prayer. Always remember the students are in God’s hands.

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