Programs

1derful Wednesday

Discipling Youth by reaching children.

The idea seems too simplistic but it is a powerful transferable concept. As part of my Master’s Program of studies, I had to design an urban ministry. My concept was to run programs in a local park during the summer to reach disciple teens by reaching and discipling children, and then move the program to a school gym in the colder months.

I began with a few youth who helped put up posters in the neighbourhood on telephone poles. Kids were invited to a neighbourhood water fight. The first day 60 kids showed up. We had them all register to participate. The girl doing the registration was only 10 years old!!

All the kids were told to stick around after the fight to receive a prize. At the end I spoke for five minutes about Jesus, announced next Wednesday’s event and then gave out prizes. (on the first day a ten year old boy named John stuck around to pray the sinners prayer with me and volunteered to be a helper!)

In a few months we had twenty teens who wanted to volunteer and a dozen kids who wanted to be part of our discipleship program called DC (direct current)

The really 1derful thing about the Program was the way teens boldly took leadership and shared their faith. Over 6 years 2000 kids in that Toronto neighbourhood accepted Christ. Over 600 of these kids also graduated from our discipleship program that met on the same day half an hour before the event.

Today some of the teens who ran those programs are pastoring, leading Christian organizations, and being effective leaders in their churches.

Originally I asked teens in my youth group to devote one summer to Christ. Over time they came to devote their whole lives. If you want to hear more about this or would like some tips on getting started please email me at rpowell@vanguardcollege.com -Ron.

ACTS After Church To Somewhere

At least once per month, if not more often, go somewhere after your latest Sunday church service. Vary the location among restaurants, outdoor activities, home fellowships, etc. Encourage youth to bring their friends to the service beforehand.

Bible Quiz

Bible quiz.We frequently do this at our youth meetings. The idea behind is to encourage the youth to study the bible and to know it.

Youth leader. Set questions from the bible.
Have the correct answers with you, which you will disclose or check with, when questions are being answered.

Examples:
1 Please name all the 12 disciples whom
Christ Jesus walked with?
2.Name first books of the bible in their
order?
3.Give us the names of Moses’ Mother and
Father?
4.How many books are there in the Bible?
5.Complete this verse. “Be still and know
that I am God———”
6.From which book and verse of the bible do
we find this verse
7.What is the shortest verse of the
bible,were is it found
8. Which book of the bible comes before
the book of Philemon

Have as many questions as you can according to the time you meet
Divide the youths into two groups,i.e (Group 1 and 2)
Ask group 1 first question if they got it right give them 2 marks
Ask group 2 second question and if they got it give them their two marks.

You can give half marks if they got part of the question correct. It’s up to you to decide.
If one of the groups fails to answer, open it to the other group, for a bonus point of 1 mark. Then ask them also their question if they got it right, this will mean they will be a point ahead of the other group.
As you continue, they will be some competition, and one group will be better than the other or they will be equal.

I have just set these questions now and I know all the answers. For intrest’s sake how many did you get right without looking for the answers.
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15

Come To The Table

This is something that I did with my youth group in Friona, TX last summer along with Lessie Collins, we were summer youth interns. Every week (or every other week if schedules are stuffed to the brim) we would host a lunch. It can be anytime during the week or weekend. We usually tried to do them on Sunday after church. Lessie and I would cook for about 10-12 youth, make sure to mix it up and have people that don’t “hang out” often, and also have little cards with a verse centering around a specific theme; friendship, honesty, faith, etc. After lunch we would all gather and the youth would read their cards and tell us what it meant to them and then we would discuss the theme after everyone was finished. Later that same evening we would have all the youth at the church for dinner and a devotional. The youth that were at the Come To The Table earlier would then serve the youth that were not at the lunch. They could also be the ones giving the devotional for the dinner. It was a big success. It gave us a chance to connect with smaller groups at a time and break the ice between people who normaly wouldn’t associate with one another.

deCycles

One of the most powerful programs that my church has is called deCycles. deCycles are approximately 40 to 50 teenagers who get together for 2 weeks in July and bike ride throughout places,while staying at churches along the way.This bike trip helps everyone get a better and closer look to God and even helps people who are not familiar to God get a better view.This year many kids were Saved on the trip.It has helped a lot for all of them.This group originally started in Hartford City,Indiana in the 1970’s and at that time they would ride 1,000 miles (like we do now) but it would take at least 1 month or longer because the deCycles at that time rode to and throughout Canada.Now the deCycles are owned and operated by Shiloh Community Church in Orleans,Michigan. Shiloh Church purchased the deCycles in 1986 from the church that owned it in Hartford City, Indiana.

Girls’ Night Out

Once a month, we have a Girls’ Night Out. Sometimes we do a “Dinner and a Movie” night – we feed the girls and then watch chick flicks. Sometimes we take them out shopping, or to a nice restaurant. The girls love the attention – and my husband, the youth minister, gets lots of funny looks for being the only guy in a huge group of girls!

Memorial Day Service

Our youth this year will be giving a special service on Memorial Weekend. They will each be selecting a person from Fox’s Book Of Martyrs to present to the church. By doing this we not only memorialize these wonderful men and women who gave us the freedom we have, but the youth also get a sense of the importance of standing up for our God and righteousness! After the service we may reward the youth for their effort with some ice cream and fun games.

Monday Night Madness

Every Monday night during the school year, the teens in the church perform skits and play games with the elementary children. This provides a place to go for young and older children and it is exactly what the name means Madness!!! (It’s a great mentor program)

Party Of Five

Host a once-a-month dinner/party at your home for a short time in the evening where only five or so people in the youth group are allowed. Goof off, chat, have a great time, and just spend some quality time with these youth. Set up a rotational sign-up system to determine who can come so that no one is left out. Concentrate on new/unchurched youth.

Pre-Youth Orientation

Does your church host VBS every summer? And do you promote sixth-graders into your youth group at the end of each summer? Then take both of these ideas and form a healthy transition for you incoming youth group members from sixth grade. Talk with your senior pastor and VBS workers, and explain that you would like to “pull” the sixth-graders out of normal VBS activities and do something special for them during the same time they would normally be in VBS. Make it a “Pre-Youth Camp,” or something similar. Get to know the new kids. Reach out to the fringe kids who thought they were just showing up for simple VBS for a week. Share basic Bible studies with them in the fun ways you do in the youth group. Introduce them to all of the games, songs, and traditions that the youth group is so familiar with. This way, when they become official youth group members, they will have had a fun and memorable experience with peers and not feel so intimidated at their first event/activity.

S.E.R. Club

This is a program I started last summer to keep my teens interested in our youth group during the summer months. It can be used at any time. The S.E.R. stands for Soulwinning, Excitement, and Reward Character(as opposed to talent only). A teen could become a member of the S.E.R. CLUB by accomplishing the following: 1.) Win a certain # of people to the Lord through personal soulwinning (youth leader sets the #). 2.) Show excitement for the youth department by being at all church services and teen activities, as well as inviting & bringing visitors. The teen would fill out an activity sheet weekly to show the services attended, daily Bible reading, souls won, etc. 3.) The teen would be rewarded once they reach a specific level, such as a special meal with the Youth Director, Pastor & their wives; a very nice plaque of achievement presented to them in the Church service, and special privileges during Youth activities. Over a 3 month summer period last year, our youth group read an average of 28.75 chapters in the Bible per week, and won 27 people to the Lord. They accounted for 40% of our soulwinning crowd on Tuesday nights, and almost 15% of our churchwide Sunday School attendance.
If you would like particulars of the program, such as rules and follow-up reports, you may contact me at the e-mail above, call me at 336-785-0527 (Church), 336-918-0759 (mobile), or you may write to me at the following: Ben Streett (Youth Director) Berean Baptist Church 4135 Thomasville Road Winston-Salem, NC 27107

S.L.A.C

S.L.A.C – Sunday Lunch After Church

This is a great program for Jr. High but you can use it for any age. The title explains it all…you eat lunch after church and play games. It offers some good fellowship and a very informal time for the kids to hang out.

S.N.A.C.

S.N.A.C. (Sunday, Night, After, Church)

Once a month the youth meet at people’s homes. The homes are offered on a volunteer basis. This is a time for devotionals and prayer time leading into fun games the kids enjoy, such as “spoons” or board games. This has served the purpose of fellowship. The volunteers get to know the kids and relationships begin. This is how I organized our SNAC night.
Jr. High is every 2nd Sunday
High School is every 3rd Sunday

Volunteers usually prepare food. but you could have the boys bring pop and the girls bring chips or visa versa. This helps with the cost if you have a large youth group.

Sister City

Have your youth group join/adopt another youth group from another city. The primary purpose is edification and and encouragement. Keep up monthly correspondence with your sister city through a newsletter, videos, pen-pal letters (you could match up each youth here with a specific youth there), etc. Lift each other up in prayer, share ministry opportunities, plan simultaneous events or Bible studies and then share the results, etc. If possible, plan a trip to meet up with the other youth group at some point.

Survivor Summer

Our youth group was really dying last spring! The youth were uncommitted and not very excited about the activites. When we asked them what they would like to do, they would only state the same activites they were seemingly bored with. They didn’t want to think outside of the box. So in an effort to salvage the group, we planned ahead our entire summer worth of activities for the youth. Trips to the mall in the middle of the week, baseball games, concerts, scavenger hunts, fundraisers, mission trips, etc. Everything had a point value, including bringing a first time friend, volunteer work, Sunday School and Church Services. At the end of the summer we tallied up the points. Youth that got up to a certain preset amount of points were entitled to a free weekend trip to an amusement park. We had a prize for he person with the most points, too. And all the youth were invited to go on our weekend trip, they just paid the percentage of points they were short!

The youth were really excited about the points system and now for the fall have submitted several creative fun ideas of their own to try! God is so Good!

T.G.Y.F.

Thank Goodness it’s Youth Friday

A Teen youth fellowship at the youth pastor’s house on the last friday of the month. It is a pressure free atmosphere where we gather to eat, play games and get to know one another.

We started this at another church and it was successful now at both churches.
Teens are not only excited about getting together outside of church, but they are excited about the games and food as well.
We alternate the menu and hype up the food aspect. We have had Mexican night, Breakfast at night, pizza, etc.

One of the greatest aspects of T.G.Y.F. is that it gives young people an informal atmosphere in which to enter church. I have seen young people visit TGYF and get to know one another and then say later that it helped them be more comfortable when they came to church on that Sunday.

I would encourage others to start this program or one like if you don’t have something already. It is one of the few things I have done right in my short work with youth.
Let me know what you think.

T.N.T. – Tuesday Night Teens

Once a month on Tuesday night (or any other time — change the name if necessary), invite youth to come together for a time of formal outreach. Divide into groups, go and visit/share with visitors and unchurched friends, and then head out to something fun — like bowling, volleyball, etc.

Team Factor

I just thought I would share this idea with you that we are doing with our youth group. This year we have a number of newcomers and we struggled with how to build bridges between the newcomers and the regular teens in the group. We came up with the idea of Team Factor, which involves six weeks of team building activities. Instead of having our traditional game time each week, we now plan on major activity that involves a whole team. Last week, for example, I measured a number of items within our community such as buildings, signs, park benches with a banana. The team was given a list of the item I measured and 2 bananas and were sent out to measure and record their results. I awarded points for the team who came the closest for each item. Another important thing is that the teens do not get to choose what team they will be on. I broke the teens up by age and wrote numbers 1, 2 and 3 on three card (I have three teams) and had them come up one at a time and choose a card. After the six weeks we will stop and see how much the teens have learned about each other. So far they are enjoying Team Factor and we find the newcomers feel like they are a part of the group.
What I have given you here is just the concept, but it is up to the youth leader to decide how to use it. So far we are very pleased with the results.

Urgency Room

Once a month, perhaps in place of your regular Wednesday night Bible study, host Urgency Room, or UR. The name is related to the TV show ER and has a similar function, only on a spiritual level. This night will be a time to open up spiritually and emotionally and put problems “on the table” to be examined and doctored.
Here’s how it works. Divide your group into small groups of two to seven of the same age and sex. Make sure you have one adult properly prepared for each small group. Each person in the small group will now share the one thing that is troubling them the most (that they feel comfortable sharing with the group). The other peer members of the group will now do one of two things in response: they can either share what they would do (or did) in the same situation, or suggest a biblical passage/story that would offer guidance. No direct advice is offered — just indirect advice through sharing. The adult serves only as a facilitator and can steer the conversation away from rabbit-chasing or potential problems. One ground rule, what is said in the group stays in the group (unless it requires legal action). This gives every member of your group a chance to open up and share difficulties and discover that they are not alone.

W.A.R. Wednesday

This is something that our youth participate in every summer. The acrostic W.A.R. stands for: Worshipping God through godly music, Adherence to God’s Word through relevant lessons, and Recreation through fun games. These can be done in any order, but variety is the key. The name W.A.R is derived from the competition between teams through the summer. Every Wednesday night we spend time in worship, Bible study, and competitive games that add up to points. Teens really enjoy this and are encouraged to recruit new teens to be part of their teams. Who ever has the most points at the end of the summer receives a special prize, which should be relevant to your youth group.