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Helping Your Student Leaders Set Goals

I’m so proud our our student leaders.  We’re just wrapping up two plus days of intensive leadership training at #SLC2014 and they’ve been soaking it all in.  They’re taking notes, building relationships and learning how to be students leaders at home, at church and in the community.  Right now they are all amped up.  The problem is once they go home they’ll start facing reality.

When your teens have an experience like a student leadership conference it’s important to set them up for success on the way home.  One of the steps every youth ministry should take is to help them set goals.  Goals that will help them:

  • Practice the material they learned.
  • Build on the emotional and spiritual energy they’ve captured.
  • Continue to go and grow deeper with Christ and each other.

To help your student leaders set goals you need to:

HAVE THEM WRITE THEM DOWN: When you write down your goals you are more likely to achieve them.  Have your student leaders write down their goals and share them.  Challenge them to write down tangible dates and make a plan to keep them accountable.

PARTNER THEM UP: Partner your student leaders with other students who have gone through the experience.  Challenge them to check-in with each other over the next few months.  And, partner them up with an adult in your ministry.  Have that adult ask them about their experience and pray with them.  Give them accountability to keep on going.

FOLLOW UP WITH THEM: Plan a time 2 or 3 weeks after the event to sit down with your student leaders.  Check-in with them to see what challenges they have faced to continue growing.  Pray with them and cheer them to continue to grow as disciples and student leaders.

COACH THEM THROUGH FAILURE: Some of your student leaders will struggle to meet their goals.  Life will happen, Satan will attack and it will just get difficult.  Write them notes of encouragement, and let them know that failure can be a part of the journey.  Show them how to fail forward and lean on God to receive his grace.

PRAY FOR THEM: Remember that you are embarking your student leaders on a spiritual journey.  Ask God to walk with them and to be a part of their lives.  Do what you can as their youth minister and trust that God will do the rest.

When you student leaders set goals and achieve them they’ll grow confident in their ability and in God’s.  Set them up for success by using the energy from an experience and putting it in a tangible plan.  Walk with them, cheer them on and watch them go.

How have you helped teenagers set goals?

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GUEST POST: Plans Change, Goals Remain

Making goals and setting plans to achieve those goals is a valuable task for anyone who wants to learn and grow to become a better them. But an important part of making goals is being open to a different road toward achieving those goals. Plans do not always work out as planned, life happens and sometimes God sees a better direction for you to get there and plans fail.

Just recently, I was denied admission to my college of choice. I may have been denied admission, but my ultimate goal has not been denied. This is a time for me to look back at what steps toward that goal have been set and with God’s guidance, tweak them some. For example, I had plans of moving, working and getting established in a new city over the Summer, then start school in the Fall. Although sometimes plans failing means a complete re-evaluation, the plan here hasn’t changed much at all. Still moving, still working over the Summer…only with the new plan, I will reapply until I gain admission, have longer to establish my son and myself in the new city, and work until I receive admission. All of which leads to more cash flow and less of a rush getting established before school!

See, God has a way of working all things together for our good. Even if I did not realize the good in this plan, there is good in every one of God’s plans. God sees life from a unique perspective that we cannot grasp. He sees situations with eternity in mind, not just the here and now. That’s why Jesus was able to bear the cross for our sins. Because He wasn’t looking at the pain, He was looking at the victory to be won! When plans fail, don’t give up on the vision God has given you. Seek God for the new path you should take. “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5)

What encouragement can you give to someone to keep going after their goal even after their original plans have failed? 

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.

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Setting Goals For Small Groups

I am a goal setter. It’s how I can tell if I am successful in what I am doing. I think successful small groups are the ones that set goals for the year. A lot of the time, leaders do not really set goals for the small groups they are leading. They just simply meet. Which is great. Which is part of it, but not all of it.

When leaders set goals for their groups, they know what they are striving for. When students set goals for the group, they know what they are striving for. Goals can be different for each group, leader, and student but going on for the year without goals you will never know if your group is growing the way you want it to grow.

Here are some great goal ideas leaders and students to go through the year:

Numerical Growth Goals: As a leader I love to see something grow. Setting a numerical goal might be something you and your group want to do. Maybe you want to see more students come to your small group. So put it out to your students in the group that you want a 3 person growth by the end of the semester. Set that goal. Have the group go for it.

Scripture Goals: Set what books of the Bible the group wants to go through and in how much time. Maybe it’s a goal to memorize a Bible verse a week. Students can help come up with the goals in the beginning of the year and see if they can reach them before the summer time.

Serving Goals: Have you and your students set a goal on how many serve projects they want to complete for the year. You can check to see what your church has to offer for local community service. I do have to say, the times I serve with my boys are some of the great moments our group has had. It pulls them out of their comfort zones and right into being the heads and feet of Jesus.

Parental Goals: Being a small group leader of students means you are going to be dealing with their parents. Think of some parental goals you might want to set for you as the leader. Some goals I set for myself with my parents is to make sure I send out an email with our study materials once a month. To make sure to talk with them every time I drop one of them off somewhere of if they are being dropped off somewhere.

Setting goals for your group will help you determine growth and to see where you have been. I would suggest you and your group set some sort goals to make sure you are growing in some way.

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