Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12
Our leadership team has some exciting ideas for the new season of ministry this school year. Through the leadership conference, our students came up with some fantastic ideas inspired by the verse 1 Timothy 4:12. Let’s take a look at how our students are strategizing to be leaders in the following areas.
Speech- New to our youth space will be a welcome table before worship. Most student visitors come with a friend, but we will still ask them to sign-in and offer them a t-shirt repping our youth group. Our leaders will also send a welcome postcard to the visitor and encourage everyone to wear name tags, especially for the first few weeks.
Conduct – Our students have asked to double down in serving with ministries like WelcomeHouse and Azala Estates. These two mission opportunities are close to the heart of our student leaders, and we are investigation more regular participation in serving God and our neighbor through these avenues.
Love – This year, we will introduce a Big/Little mentorship program between our high school and middle school students. On our first Wednesday, students will take a short quiz to help us match them to their ideal Big or Little. Throughout the year, students will be encouraged to hang out together, support one another in extracurricular events, and attend church events together.
Faith – Part of leadership meetings will be a time of prayer over student’s joys and concerns. We now have a box and individual cards for students to submit prayer requests. These can be anonymous or have a name attached. The prayers will also be shared in worship each week if desired.
Purity – One series this fall will specifically talk about dating and relationship. “Your Better Half” will help students develop skills as good judges of character as we discuss what purity in dating looks like inside and out.
Special thanks to the Legacy Campaign for making this trip possible and enabling our students to grow as leaders in Christ. Our newly equipped Student Leaders will surely leverage our new youth space well in providing a Jesus-centered community for young people.