- Christopher Wesley
Do you ever get excited seeing someone new walk in the door of your youth ministry? You feel like you're seeing a long lost relative. Then you panic when they leave at the end of the night, wondering, “Are they coming back?” We all want consistency in our ministry because it creates a healthy foundation to go and grow deeper. To achieve consistency means creating a ministry where students feel loved and connected. It means providing: PROFESSIONAL LOOKING ENVIRONMENTS You might not have total control over your space; however, you can ensure that it is clean and set up before teens arrive. If teens come to your space and it’s a mess or disorganized, it isn’t going to entice them to come back. Start investing in your space by keeping it clean on a regular basis and allocating your resources to comfortable (and quality) furniture. It might take time to make this happen; however, it’s worth it.
A WELCOMING ATMOSPHERETeenagers walking into your ministry for the first time are fragile. They aren’t sure what to expect and they don’t know if they’ll fit into the group. As an adult you are responsible for breaking down those barriers. Start by:
- Greeting teens at the door.
- Connecting them with teens who will show them around.
- Collecting contact information.
- Checking-in with them at the end of the program.