Leadership
Scott Cohoon

Kurt & Josh continue to offer great topics and content with SYM Today. I was both challenged by the thought-provoking journal questions and encouraged by the practical transition suggestions. This week they have out done themselves by including a Football analogy. So, in keeping with the “football” theme, I wanted to play a little Thursday morning quarterback.

It starts with the General Manager (Christian Education Committee) -
One way we have found to create harmony, is to know and develop together each departments 3 year scope. Knowing what other classes are teaching and what is coming next allows us to teach on the same topic or book of the Bible throughout the many classes. This doesn’t always work through “Big Church”, but if a series is known early enough we can connect to that topic as well. Leaving space for an “audible” to be called is important. Something that is relevant to now can make a huge impact instead of strictly going by the game plan. For example, taking time to work through the recent Boston Marathon tragedy.

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The roll of the Cheerleaders is crucial –
Kurt & Josh wrote about this briefly, but I wanted to emphasize the importance of cheering on our students when opportunity presents itself. We are small enough that all our Sunday School classes are at our “Promotion Sunday”. This is a great time to celebrate as our students move from one class to the next with certificates, pictures, applause, and smiles. Also, consider using this opportunity to connect with parents of students moving up to your team. Use every chance you can find to celebrate with students during their accomplishments.

The Head Coaches Play Book –
Our team is never afraid to call a trick play; you never know what will produce a win. Something we tried years back seemed crazy back then, but is still used today. In hopes of eliminating fear of the next class (HS’ers), we allow are current eight graders to have the best of both worlds during the transition summer. That means that they get to be the BMOC (or woman) at the MS group, but also the Rookie as they are encouraged to attend the HS group too. Another thing we can do to get our “players” connected to the church body, is to have them join other teams. On Sunday mornings, you will find our students anywhere from on stage to helping in toddlers church and many other areas.

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Having our students serving in other areas of the church, I believe, is one of the best ways to keep students connected to the church long after they have graduated from our youth ministries.

What things have you done that have created “Touchdowns” in your ministry?

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