This series is brought to you by our guest blogger, Brandon Hudson. Brandon is our Associate Student Pastor here at The Summit Church, specifically giving oversight to our Student Small Group Ministry.
MAKING STUDENTS STICK
A lot of attention in churches and student ministries goes towards getting new students through the door, whether that be a weekly event, Summer camp or a small group. We have special events, bring in guest speakers, go to school football games and think of every new way under the sun to reach that student who hasn’t come before. But how many of these students who are coming through our doors are coming back? After all, the goal isn’t a first time guest but a student being discipled and getting plugged into authentic Christian community. So how do we do that? How do we get that student back? How do we close the proverbial “back door”?
- If a student misses one week, the group leader sends a text or Facebook message within the first 48 hours (email is for old people).
- If they miss 2 weeks in a row, the leader will make a call to the student within the first 24 hours
- if they miss 3 straight weeks, the leader notifies a staff member who makes a call to the student and/or parents to check in.
The purpose of these contacts is to show care and support, not to condemn. We desire to see how we can come alongside the family to assist the student to stay connected, not point fingers and tell them where they are missing the mark. These simple measures let students and parents know that we care and are committed to their family’s and student’s discipleship.