Youth & Children's Ministry

image5 ways to effectively EMPOWER students
Jimmy Smuda writes: "We know today’s generation is so multi-sensory enhanced, that a regular issue in student ministry (youth and college) is the attention span. It’s no wonder church’s reaching the student demographic are applying services that are either shorter, or sensory enhanced. This could be good and bad. What happens is the student minister over stimulates the student to the point when they are ready to move to adult ministries, there’s a sense of let down. It’s not their fault, it’s just they’ve gone from X-BOX 360, to Atari, Halo 4 to Pong (totally not dogging pong). So here is what helped me. I did not eliminate the multi-sensory parts of services that students love. Doing that would be ministry suicide. But there is something all student ministers can do to help the transition from student ministry, to adult ministry. EMPOWERMENT! When you start students off serving at a youthful age, then when they become adults their natural reaction is to serve. It goes like this..."

Thanks to Dave Travis for sending this to me. Can anyone relate?

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