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Outreach in Student Ministry

February 13, 2017
Outreach in Student Ministry

 

  • Preparation:
    • Communicate, to the students, the need for evangelism
    • Train your students to share their faith
      • Share Jesus without Fear (by William Faye; http://www.sharejesuswithoutfear.com/)
      • Friendship Evangelism Challenge (by Doug Fields; Purpose Driven Youth Ministry)
      • Or any other method of training
    • Ready your students and parents of students for the interactions with lost teens
      • Whether it will take place in the context of the church or in another context
      • Preach it
      • Model it
      • Keep the focus on the Great Commission
    • Choose the method of outreach (i.e. Come and See events, Go and Tell Events, Van Ministry, a Relational Evangelism method, etc.)
      • In doing so, know your target audience
      • Which method will best reach them?
    • Promote the event
      • To your students and parents at the church
      • To the community
        • Consider tools like
          • Flyers in the schools
          • Social media
          • Mail outs
          • Newspapers
          • Tv
          • Radio
          • Posters in public places
  • Situation:
    • Place students in situations to engage the lost
      • No matter the event type or the evangelism method, have your teens engage the lost
    • Encourage to give courage
      • Be the biggest cheerleader
      • Allow your teens to do what you trained them to do
  • Investigation:
    • Get information on all touches made with the lost
      • Use registrations cards for "Come and See" events or bus ministry
      • Use decision cards for relational evangelism
      • Somehow get information in an organized professional manner
    • Follow up with the information
      • Have a follow up team trained and ready before the event ever takes place
      • Begin following up within a day of the event
        • Ideas
          • Phone calls
          • Emails
          • Face-to-face
          • Postcards
    • Do not settle for just contacting the name on the card
      • Make an effort to reach the parents, siblings, and any one else in the home
      • Have materials and information about various ministries within your church ready to give away
  • Celebration:
    • Tell your teens in service and your church in a Sunday service about the victories for the Kingdom
      • Salvations
      • Recommitments
      • Just the fact that X number of teenagers shared their faith
    • Celebrate those victories as a ministry and church
      • Let it lead to praising God

 

Appendix

Ideas for Events

  • Come and See
    • Superbowl Party
    • New Years Eve Party
    • Theme Night on a Wednesday Night
    • Coffee Shop Night
    • Old Fashioned Crusade
    • 5th Quarter
    • Dodgeball tournament or any other type of tournament
    • Any wild and crazy idea that can draw teens but leads to a Gospel presentation and allows for teens to interact with lost students and present the Gospel
  • Go and Tell
    • Mission Trip (anywhere from local to foreign)
    • Block Party (Parking Lot Party for a modern name)
    • Tailgating before a big game
    • 5th Quarter on school campus
    • Concert in a special venue
    • Going to a public place and sharing the Gospel
    • Anything that takes your teens out of the church and engages lost people in their own context