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Summer Camp Student Leadership Promo Video

Here’s a video one of our former students made to help promote graduated seniors serving at our summer camp this year. It is so fun to see their passion and hear their stories of growth, too! This has been a GREAT way to help seniors stick to the end of their senior year!

JG

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4 Reasons Why We Have Small Groups

Last week I posted about the purpose of our youth group services, thought it might be good to followup with a post about they “why” of small groups as well. Our overarching philosophy is that we want students not to just be exposed to the purposes of the church (that’s the large group) but also have them experience them first-hand. This makes our Life Groups so critical to the discipleship process. Here’s a breakdown of why we do small groups:

Learn
A couple of weeks out of the month, the small group does significant and intentional Bible study. The leaders prepares a lesson selected from the materials provided/approved by the ministry, and concentrate on helping their students grow in Christian education and faith.

Grow
Throughout the month, the small group leader checks in on their students’ spiritual disciplines and holds them accountable to growing on their own. The idea here is to gently disciple students to a faith that they can take with them beyond high school. The leader looks for spiritual conversations and opportunities to challenge a student personally. Tons of resources are close at hand to help a student take a spiritual step forward.

Serve
At least once a quarter, maybe as often as once a month, the entire group spends time serving together. Care for one of the student’s teachers that lost a spouse recently, serve at a local shelter, help someone with yard work, adopt a city block, visit a home for the elderly. The ministry provide tons of options and ideas, but each group has the flexibility and freedom to create their own monthly service project.

Play
Take the night off! Pool party, lazer tag, pizza buffet, world series of poker marathon, sledding – whatever, it doesn’t really matter. Just something super fun and community – no agenda, just life on life happening.

JG

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First 2 Years: Christian Clubs

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A few years ago we got frustrated with the status of some of our Christian clubs. It seems like they had just turned into a group of high school students that met on Wednesdays to eat pizza and listen to a 10-minute talk. The clubs rarely saw any growth and weren’t really known for anything but being pretty cliquey. So about a year ago, we decided to ramp up our campus outreach efforts and work more directly with the student-led clubs. What this meant was we needed to push them to fulfill more purposes of the Church on their campuses. Here are a few things that have happened:

Worship- About 3 times a semester, a few of the local clubs put together a worship lunch instead of their normal program. They get a few singers, a guitar player or two, and lead their students to encounter the Lord during their break. They do such a great job! One club even puts together a PowerPoint with all of the lyrics!

Serving- We have had clubs looking for the specific needs of their school and the unique ways that they can serve. One of our clubs (named Cookies and Christ) made the entire football team cookies and gave them out to each player in a bag with their name and jersey number on it right before a big game. We had another school serve their ASB team during the busyness of the homecoming season. We also did a sticky note project at a ton of our local schools. It has been fun to see what they come up with!

Evangelism- We want our Christian club leaders to teach their students how to evangelize at their school. I think too often we just say to our students, “go evangelize,” but they don’t really know what to do with that. So empowering our club leaders to empower their clubs allows for some really cool life change. They have put a focus on relational evangelism this year. The results have been huge–one our clubs has even doubled in numbers!

What are the clubs at your local school doing that are breaking the norm?

Colton [Email||Twitter]

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POLL: When is the Best Time for Serve Trips?

This Spring we’re forgoing our tradition Spring Break mission trip to go on a shorter trip over a holiday weekend. I hope the gamble pays off! Our primary motivation for changing was we serve 2 different school districts with our youth group and this year they have very different calendars. Made me wonder when you’ve found is the best time for a serve trip with your students! Vote now!

JG

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Saddleback HSM Student Leadership Application

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We just started accepting Student Leadership applications again and we could not be more excited! For the last 2 years we have been using the same application, so we decided to give it a face lift and add a few things we thought were important. We made the mistake last time of making our application on Photoshop, so editing it was a total pain! This time, we made it on Word. It’s pretty long, but it separates the serious, committed students from the “on the fence,” floater students. I am so excited to see who might be joining our Student Leadership team this next year!

I attached two versions of it to this post, the PDF and Word.doc. Depending on what version of Word you have, the formatting might be a little off when you open it, but feel free to edit or mess with it and make it your own! The PDF one, however, should be formatted perfectly!

HSM Student Leadership Application (PDF)

HSM Student Leadership Application (Word)

Colton [Email||Twitter]

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IMPACT Spotlight Video: Serve in Junior High

Once a month we’re going to try to have an IMPACT video to encourage students to serve. Here’s the 1st video in the new series about having high school students serve in Junior High (Wildside) ministry.

JG

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GUEST POST: How to Get Students to Serve

I was recently challenged by a couple people because I said that I wanted to replace some of our “fun” and “outreach” events with service events. I said that they would be fun, “outreachy” and help fulfill the call to serve. One person outright laughed at me, while others were skeptical whether or not it could be done.
Tomorrow night is our second “Service event”. We will be baking goods and taking them down to a local shelter. The first time we did the event we had a bunch of students who rarely come out to events want to come because it is fun to bake, and they loved the idea of doing it for the homeless in our community. And a bonus is that we have the same kind of attendance for doing it again tomorrow.
So what was the trick? Finding a way your students would love to serve. I have a huge group of girls that love baking, even the girls who don’t love it come because their friends are into it. And then the boys come because the girls are coming. We even have group who come because they are passionate about Social Justice.
Students will serve if you find their niche. I had a student ask if we could get together as a group and bake some cookies and cupcakes… so I took that idea and simply added a service aspect. I am pretty sure if you looked at things your students were passionate about, you would find things you could turn into service events.
These times of serving could be run in a number of different ways. Have a small or mid sized youth group? Get all the students together and do it as a big baking party. Have a huge size ministry? Do it in pockets as a small group event.
This may seem like common sense but I know for myself, I have overlooked so many opportunities because I didn’t think to put a student together with a service option. I am still working on it and don’t have it all figured out yet, but the more I look, the more opportunities I find.
What are some ways you have found that gets students to serve?
Kyle Corbin has been serving youth as a volunteer or pastor for over 10 years and blogs exclusively here on LoveGodLoveStudents.com. He is currently the youth pastor at the Bridge Church in North Vancouver B.C. Hit him up on Twitter @CorbinKyle

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IMPACT Spotlight: Shake It! Greeting Team

Fun little video spotlight on one of our student serve opportunities: Shake It Greeting team. So proud of these students who serve so faithfully each week!

JG

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From Passive To Passionate

If we look at our student ministry, the reality is most of our students show up and then leave. That’s it. We hope and pray there is more along that comes with it and we hope there are small groups, discussions, and prayer going on at home when they leave. We all want a majority of our students to be passionate and be serving somewhere in the church and be on fire for the Lord. Truth is, a lot of students are passive. We want them to be passionate.

So how do we move students from being passive to being passionate?

  • Provide opportunities for them to step up- If we want students to stop being passive we need to give them opportunities to step up and give them things that will spark their passion. Whether it’s teaching, leading a workshop, a bible study, audio, lights, crafts, encouragement, serving with little kids or special needs, provide opportunities and they will step up.
  • Allow them to completely own it when they do- One of the hardest parts for us as leaders sometimes are letting go. If we give opportunities in which students become passionate about, we need to let them run with it completely. Let them learn and make mistakes. One of my favorite things is watching students learn. We should only step in if it turns into heresy, HA!
  • Mentor them along the way- When students turn from passive to passionate, they move fast because they are excited. For you or another leader to sit down with them just to talk things over and come up with a plan of action for them before they move could be a big help because you as their leader will be able to walk with them and maybe think of things in which they have not in order to help them succeed.
  • Equip them to succeed- I think why sometimes passion fizzles out is because students get discouraged because they don’t have what they need. It’s one thing to spark movement but to keep the passion going we need to do more than just encourage, we need to equip our students to sustain momentum. Whether that’s a constant meeting with them, constant supplies, training, etc.

It’s amazing what students can do once they become passionate about something. One of my favorite things is watching a student who was once passive become passionate and own a section of ministry and serving or just becoming more passionate about Jesus. That is what I have seen during our You Own The Weekend series we do every year, it’s incredible. It’s our job as leaders to make sure we spark that passion in students and help them keep it going.

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10% of the Church Should be Made Up of Students

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Have you ever heard this statistic before?

Youth group should be running about 10% of the whole church attendance.

Well … it turns out to be a pretty decent rule of thumb. And while it certainly doesn’t hold up in every case,  there is a range that seems to work out in most churches. Tony Morgan has done some great research in this area, and come up with several observations about the statistics as well. Here’s a clip, very much worth the effort to travel over that way for the rest:

Sunday Morning — It’s very difficult for churches to reach students if the programming in their Sunday worship services (teaching, music, media, etc.) doesn’t engage teenagers…and their parents.

Serving & Leading — Similar to adults, students will eventually checkout if all you expect them to do is attend “youth group.” Students will stick if they have opportunities to serve and lead.

Mimicking Services — On that note, it’s more challenging for some student ministries today. The teaching and music in many churches is strong on Sunday mornings. In those churches, you can’t just try to mimic the Sunday service on Wednesday night and expect students to show up…because they’ll probably get better teaching and music on Sunday morning. (Back when I was in student ministry, the better teaching and music was at youth group.)

JG

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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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First 2 Years: How to Isolate Yourself on a Team

I have been working since I was 16, and since I’m 23 that probably isn’t a long time. But in that time, I have been on tons of different teams in a variety of industries (customer service, entertainment, film, etc.). When it comes to working on a team, the pitfalls and bad patterns aren’t much different between a church job and a “regular” job. If you ever DON’T want to make it on a team, here is what you should do:

Don’t pitch in. We all know “that guy” that just so happens to be “busy” when your team is scheduled to put away all of the supplies from your event. When you choose to not participate with your team in the “not-so-shiny” parts of ministry, you are communicating to them that you are above that work. One of the best things I was told about team work was that while I have specific responsibilities on our team, there is an asterisk next to it. The asterisk is *whatever else needs to be done. We aren’t here to serve only when it is fun, easy, or convenient. We are just here to serve.

Don’t be friendly. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone on your team but you do have to put in some relational effort. You need to love and support your team. If you aren’t being kind, frustration will build on both sides. Let’s be real, if you aren’t building relationships with people (or at least maintaining them) no one is going to want to do things for you and your team will fall apart. If that sounds like too much to ask, you might be on the wrong team.

Don’t be trustworthy. If your teammates can’t trust you, you’re out. I’ve seen people lose trust in several different ways. I’ve seen them lose trust by being manipulative and twisting the truth to make themselves look better or to make someone else look worse. I’ve seen people continually not deliver when it comes to the work they are supposed to be doing. One of the most common things is just having an ulterior motive. Losing trust on your team is one of the hardest things to come back from. Sure, your boss may still believe in you but you have to re-convince the rest of the team to believe in you, too. Just remember to always be honest, humble, and quick to apologize.

Colton [Email||Twitter]

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Why You Need To Serve With Your Group

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A few weeks ago in our group we taught about serving and how that we are called to serve. We see  that Jesus is life and noticed that he said “I came to give them to serve”. I told my small group last week that we were going to go serve an event and they were all in. Here’s a few thoughts that I had about the benefits of serving with your group:

We are called to serve. There’s just something about not only hearing about this whole thing called serving but also actually going out and serving with your students. The something that happens I cannot explain but you can actually see you in the faces exceeded their action that they’re getting it. There something happens inside them when they first hear about that they’re supposed to serve but then actually serve and find out that they really do enjoy it. They actually get to feel like they are the hands and feet of Jesus in this world.

It gets them out of their comfort zone. Being uncomfortable is a great thing to teach our students. Sometimes we have to lead out in our discomfort to show that our students that it is okay to be uncomfortable at times.

The groups that serve together will last together. There’s something about when entire group goes and serves that but there’s a closeness between that group because they are in fact serving and doing what they’re supposed to be doing. It is almost, maybe even greater than, the summer camp experience of the cabin because serving does way more for the kingdom than just going to a summer camp and there’s that bond that you cannot break.

We had so much fun. What’s our students realize that it was okay to be uncomfortable they get way into it. They drop their guard, let down their hair, and just had fun with the people who they are serving there. Serving can be fun if you go into it with the right attitude heart.

So go serve with your group and you’ll find yourself being closer than ever and you will be doing what you are called to do of being the hands and feet of Jesus with your students.

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If You Don’t Go … Who Will?

We used this video this past weekend during our IMPACT weekend on service. It was a good break in the teaching and has a powerful message. Excited to see our students serve in our church, community and around the world!

JG

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Saddleback HSM Weekend in Review: Volume 218

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Weekend Teaching Series: IMPACT Weekend (1-off)
Sermon in a Sentence: We emphasize the purpose of serving to our new freshman and our whole student ministry.
Service Length: 55 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend was all about getting students involved in ministry – we took the name IMPACT from a great project that was started in our junior high ministry that was very effective in getting students into ministry here in the church, in our community and around the world. The message was a little shorter than normal and we hosted a ministry fair where students could walk through booths setup by the various ministries in our church and peruse missions opportunity planned for the upcoming year. That part of it was very similar to the weekend we did last year – and something we’ll continue to do on an annual basis in our youth group. The

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: The week we had a shorter service than normal, with very light programming to focus on getting students into the ministry tour outside the auditorium. We did have lots of students greeting, and I added a part of my message where we highlighted students serving even that weekend to encourage other students to get involved!

Music Playlist: 3 Months in California, We Are the Free, Scandal of Grace, Burning Ones

Favorite Moment: LOVE watching the freshman get excited about getting involved. I know there is a direct correlation between evangelism and student involvement I’ve also seen serving make a huge leap in how students stick for all 4 years of high school.

Up next: Worship Together Weekend: July

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