Students are not an ADD on
Over the last 20 years I have spent working in churches I have always felt that students have ben looked up on as just an add on to what we do as the church. I was always asked as a pastor to students to make sure that we had something for the students to do on Sundays and then something to do during the week. It always felt a little like we were just to add something on for them. Just to keep people happy or keep the students out of the way.
Well when we started Elevation here in Aurora we felt that students shouldn’t be an add on but a big part of who we are as a church team. So this is what we did:
- Students are included in the main times on Sunday. We try real hard to make sure that we have communication that will involved them and encourage them as followers of Jesus.
- Students are asked to serve on our Dream Team just like the adults. The middle school students need to serve with an adult. The high school students can serve any where as an adult. (Sometimes better just because they can grasp technology quicker and they are quicker to reach out to new people.)
- Students are invited to be a part of the church as Team-mates just like everyone else. They are not just an add on they are team-mates.
- Students still need some time with there own age so we do that in Community Groups. Just like we do the adults.
Students are not the church of the future they are the church of today. So why not let them be a part of the church instead of just being an add on. Let’s help them identify as being a part of the body of Jesus not just something in the back hall that as long as there are no stains on the carpet or holes in the wall we are doing something good. What can you do to help make sure that students are a part of the church? How can we do things differently to enable them to grow as the body of Jesus?