Radicalis Student Ministry Notes

12 Feb

  • Community– Never come to church
    • How many schools in a 15 mile (varies) radius? How many students?
    • Prioritize an evangelistic attitude with your leaders
      • Cast the vision to students during your message
      • Lead from upfront, you want them to evangelize, why aren’t you
  • Cont deliver grow messages to core students
  • Leaders raise the bar
  • Everybody wants to be invited somewhere
  • Appreciate the fear evangelism brings to most teenagers
  • Help them see the evangelistic power of a changed life!
    • Second greatest story ever told- tool for their story
    • Have students share their story during your message, so much power in a changed life of a peer.
  • Challenge your regular students with evangelistic baby steps
  • Reach
    • Risk
    • Extend
    • Ask
    • Communicate
    • Help
  • Utilize occasional special events to help evangelize
  • Use a design team core students and volunteers to design the weekend
  • Crowd– Attending
    • When planning think like a visiting, disinterested, or seeking student
    • Elements:  Understandable message, know the questions students are asking, simplify your message, title that is intriguing (Hosea, Does God want me to marry a prostitute?), Clear Bible passages in note form, tell personal stories, journal questions, positive environment, adults and students welcoming guests, photos of events on walls/videos, element of fun, easy access to getting involved without spiritual background check (get them involved!) are adults doing anything that kids could be doing?
    • Highlight relationships
    • Develop the 10min rule- Starts 10min before the first student arrives!!! Be prepared, not running around doing last minute stuff.
  • Connected– Connected in the body with people
    • Deepening the students God has given to you through smaller connections and authentic
    • Student life to an adult life in a small group
    • Three ways this can look:
      • Attachment
      • Significant part
      • Stand alone
    • Life on life creates opportunities for chaperones to become shepherds
    • Small groups in a big setting:
      • Students are known- easy to hide in a crowd, impossible in a small group
      • Students grow best in an environment of trust and acceptance
      • Accountability- to each other and to the leader
      • Personalized commitments
      • Intentional and personalized growth plans
      • Experience Christian community
    • What does a small group emphasis require:
      • Continually find, train and encourage leaders
      • Training- couple times a year, mostly one on one
    • Create a detailed plan and an infrastructure of what they look like
    • Constant promo and communication
    • Prepare for effort and problem solving
    • HSM structure:
      • Homes- comfort, families involved, empowerment, ownership, leader retention
      • Gender and grade
      • LIVE  Curriculum
      • Signups
      • Assimilation
    • Committed– Growing spiritually ON THEIR OWN
      • Not committed to a program or a person
      • Grow spiritually without a program
      • Traditional discipleship must be rethought
      • Kids must see leaders growing, model it
      • Spiritual habits NOT more programs
      • Helping them form habits:
        • Define habits of a committer follower of Christ
        • Consistent time
        • Accountability
        • Know scripture
        • Involved
        • Tithe
        • Understand scripture
      • Clearly define the HABITS
        • Hang time with God
        • Accountability with another believer
        • Bible memorization
        • Involvement serving
        • Tithing
        • Study scripture
      • Find or create the resource to help students develop the habits
      • Step further than teaching them to fish2
      • One Minute Bible Student Edition is a great tool- discuss the readings with them
      • Give the tools and resources as a gift, everyone likes gifts
      • Small group leaders to model, (resources, challenge students, talk about) the habits
      • Encourage parents to develop and model the habits
      • Be more concerned about application of the habits, not attendance
      • Keep growth expectations realistic
      • Provide supplemental teaching once the culture has been implemented
      • Core– Serving in the ministry and sharing with others
        • Ministry opportunities for all students
        • Promote your needs based opportunities for ministry
        • Encourage small group leaders to spot ministry leaders- congratulations you’re gifted
        • Spiritual Gifts test
        • Shape discovery- go one on one with the students who are interested in discovering their shape
        • Place interested students into an existing ministry, or help them start one
        • Prepare everyone for failure
        • Take spiritual pride in student ministers
        • Download do 3 things, not all of them, maybe 3 things

      Smaller churches discover where your kids are at and start there

      Crowd program (weekend) and Connected program (small groups)

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