It’s a new year and now’s the time to start preparing for a new transition in ministry. If your church runs like mine, promotion Sunday is in June. But the transition work begins right now. It’s so vital that the incoming junior high students feel like they’re already accepted before they officially move up in June. Those incoming high school students need to know that there’s some serious excitement about them moving up. The parents of all students who are promoting need to know that we’re not out to hurt their children. Here are some helpful things that you can do to help with the transition.
2). Visit the students who are moving up into your ministry now. Go to their Sunday school class and introduce yourself, starting to make relationships with those kids.
3). Start mailing out personal postcards. Twitter and Facebook will never be able to replace the feeling that comes when someone receives a personal piece of mail. Take some time to hand-write postcards to each of the students that are coming up.
4). Make commercials of events planned for the summer that will get the students excited about moving up. Then send them to their homes or have them played in their Sunday school classes.
5). Have a parent meeting in every single home of every single student. Life is crazy. If you’re like me you find that it’s hard to get a good number of parents out to a parent meeting. So because everyone’s schedules are filled, take the meeting to them. Videotape your parent meeting and send it to their home on a DVD or embed it on a Web site and email the link to the parents. At the end of sharing all of the information, tell them about a date and time coming up where any of them who have questions can come in and meet you.
6). Get students from within your ministry to start calling the upcoming students. Kids expect youth pastors to call. It means a whole lot more when their peers call.
Hope these are helpful.