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The fall is one of our favorite times in our youth ministry. Summer is over and everyone gets ready to go back to school. And in our ministry, it also means “back to church” (we have church during the summer but attendance is much, much lower)!
As our regulars interact with their friends from school, something awesome starts to happen—it seems like the same pattern every year—they start bringing them to church! The fall seems to bring tons of opportunities for friendship evangelism and a boost of momentum. It doesn’t happen automatically, we’ve worked to create this kind of culture. How do you build this type of culture in your student ministry? Here are some ways that work for us:
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Our goal is that every youth service is safe for nonbelieving students—we always include an element of fun and an understandable message. But for fall kickoff we go all out—bigger and better than normal—and most certainly will include a clear Gospel presentation. Last year we handed out a bunch of youth group branded school supplies for our students to share with their friends as the school year started. They turned out to be fantastic conversation starters.
Every fall, our high school ministry hosts Pumpkinfest, a massive outreach event at the end of October, and our junior high ministry runs an event called The 3 ( $3, 3rd Friday of the month, 3 hours)! We honestly don’t do too much outside of youth group in the fall—these are it! And for us, they pay off big time. A great activity will get people taking in the schools and on...
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