We are starting an experiment for students in our ministry who choose to participate: the T3 challenge! During this nine-week experience, our teenagers will discover how God can use the three T’s of stewardship: their Talent, Treasure, and Time.
One of the foundational ideas for the T3 challenge is that our young people are the church of today, not just the church of tomorrow. The student-groups will put this truth into practice as they explore biblical teachings about stewardship and then serve our community through their projects.
I want you to be aware of three important ideas about the projects our teenagers will do during the T3 challenge over the course of the next two months:
- Each group will raise or gather the finances needed to accomplish a project. Whatever money each group raises doesn’t belong to the students—it belongs to God, who entrusts it to the team to use it wisely on his behalf. The Youth Ministry will match up to $50 of what the students fundraise (if a group rasises $40, they receive $40 more).
- The students will invest the resources in something or someone that advances God’s kingdom and purposes. The plan is between the team and God. Pastor Mike will serve as a guide and an aide, but will not be heavily involved in the planning of each group’s project. Our teenagers will spend a lot of time talking and praying about the best way each team can honor God and serve others.
- At the end of the T3 challenge, the groups will have the chance to share with the youth group (and hopefully EBC too!) what happened to the initial money and how students saw God multiply the resources and minister to people’s lives.
I’d encourage you to take a few minutes each day to pray for these groups. God will give our teenagers incredible opportunities to impact people’s lives. Pray that they’ll be ready and available and willing for everything God wants to do.
I’m convinced God can use this experience to leave a lasting change in our students’ lives as they discover how to use their Talent, Treasure, and Time to make a difference in people’s lives!