Transition Tips for Success
We thought we’d pass along some important principles that we’ve discovered to help your student transition into our Student Ministries program.
1. Expect it to be Different
Your students are growing up, and we design our program to meet the new needs of your student as they enter into their teenage years. We are creating a program that helps to bridge the gap between childhood to adulthood by allowing them to be kids at times, and other times helping them to take the next steps towards spiritual maturity. We are not KidVenture, and we are not “Big Church” we are right where your students are…in-between. Some of your students are SO ready for this; and others will be hesitant at first. However they feel it’s okay, we just ask that as parents you would pave the way by getting them excited for this new phase of life and ministry and encouraging them to jump into JHM, HSM or CM!
2. Get to Know our Team
We believe wholeheartedly in our team and their love for Jesus and students. We also have a very active volunteer leader team who serve in very hands-on ways with your students. Each of those leaders has been through a thorough screening process, which includes application, fingerprinting, background checks and personal interviews. We love “doing life” with our leaders, and we pride ourselves on being able to look parents in the eye and with full confidence to say “I would completely trust any of our leaders with my own children”. Our staff and leaders look forward to getting to know you, and hope you will get to know us.
3. Make Sundays at 11A a Priority
Sundays used to be sacred, reserved for church and family. That isn’t the case anymore. Student’s activities will push for every moment of your free time. As parents, you will have to help your student prioritize their schedules to make church and time with God a priority. We want their time in JHM or HSM to be the best part of their week! A place they are encouraged to worship God freely, accepted for who they are, and of course have fun, because we believe God is fun! Each week we will worship God through music, games, videos, laughter and Bible teaching. We encourage students to bring their friends, especially those who don’t know Christ.
4. Get Your Student to Camp & Events
Our Sunday service (or Tuesday for College) has many students and only lasts about an hour. It’s next to impossible for a student to get fully connected if that is the only time they come to church. The key reason we provide many events over the summer, and small groups during the school year, is for students to get connected. There is nothing more connecting than spending time together with your church family at camp, or if you can’t make it to that…come to the many fun activities we have for students over the summer. It’s a great place to make new friends and get connected, especially over the summer where most people are new and establishing friendships!
5. Parents, Get Involved in Serving
We love it and encourage parents to get involved in serving in Student Ministries! Even if your student says they are “embarrassed” that you’re there, we have plenty of ways to have you serve and not “embarrass” your student, from Group Life leaders, to helping with our Sunday mornings. If your time is strapped, or you’re just not that into serving with students, we could use you on our Resource Team that helps with the practical needs of running the ministry like shopping, cooking, and loaning resources needed for the ministry. Click here to fill out a form and get involved!