post, I discussed the different barriers that can affect student ministries in a small church context not to grow. If you are in this predicament, don’t sweat it; you still have the ability to make a major impact for the Kingdom of God! In order for you to do this, the first thing you need to do is redefine how you measure success in ministry. Since quantity isn’t playing a factor in the student ministry, than quality will need to become your new measuring stick. And truth be told, all of us should be measuring quality. The second thing you need to do is to discuss with your pastor, volunteer team, and other church leadership what success should look like in the student ministry. Its unfortunate that there are so many small churches that believe success is solely based on quantity, when in all reality they haven’t grown in 10 years. In order for you to change this paradigm, you’re going to have to have tough, honest conversations about the health of your church with prayer and humility. Once you do these two things, than you can start measuring your student ministry in a qualitative way. Here are 3 things your small youth ministry can make in impact for the Kingdom:
Go on Mission TripsIf there is one thing I wish I did as a part-time youth pastor, it is take my students on a mission trip. Unfortunately, I was young and dumb, and believed the only way to go on a mission trip was to plan one completely by myself. I had no clue where to start and had no money available. Now I know better, and know about organizations that are available to help with mission trips. Group, LeaderTreks, and World Changers are three organizations that put together affordable pre-packaged mission trips where all you have to do is pay and show up. They take care of all the details so that you and your students can go and serve. If you do want to plan your own mission trip, I encourage you to check out the blog posts by Keith Parker. He has a wealth of experience in planning mission trips, and I know he would love to answer any questions you may have. Finally, consider how you can do missions on a local, regional, state, national, and even international level!
Serving the ChurchThere really is an “all hands on deck” mentality when it comes to serving at a small church. All churches suffer when it comes to having volunteers, so imagine how difficult it must be for a small church to only have a handful of people who want to serve? Well guess what? If that’s you, then your students have an amazing opportunity to serve your church in way students in a big churches don’t get. Have your students serve in the children’s ministry as a way of growing them as disciples. Better yet, see if your students can help serve during the worship service by taking up the offering. There are many ways your students can serve your church; just look for where they’re needed most.
MentoringNot only do you have an opportunity to mentor a student one-on-one, your older students have a chance to mentor your younger students as well. Chances are you only have a few high school and middle school students, and they already know each other because of how small the group is. Use that to your advantage and develop a mentor ministry that can take place after your bible study time. Create questions for the high school students to ask the middle school students about the bible study, and teach your high school students how to ask various questions so they can get to know the middle school students better. Don’t miss out on the amazing opportunity you have to uniquely invest in your students, and how they can do the same for others.
Jesus only had 12 men he invested in, and at the end of his ministry there were only 120 people (Acts 1:15) that were left to carry on the cause.
Everything was against that small group, but by the power of the Holy Spirit they started a movement that can still be felt today. Big things always have small beginnings, and your small group of students can make a big impact for the Kingdom of God!]]>