Last year we tried something totally new with the goal of reaching more students for Christ and to have a more intentional path towards helping them grow in their faith. There have been many (MANY!) conversations about what worked, what didn’t work, and what we can learn from our experience. We’re moving forward with the same goal mentioned above, and we’re excited about putting what we’ve learned into action!
Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect:
Sunday Night Youth Group
Sunday night will be a time for junior high and high school students to connect with each other and be equipped to reach their friends for Christ. If last year was more of an “auditorium” atmosphere, this we’re renovating for a “living room” feel to youth group. We want to be welcoming, low-key, and highly relational as we build our friendships with each other and grow in our faith in Christ.
Thursday Night Small Groups
Small Groups of 4-8 students will be one of the backbones of discipleship for this year and will meet at EBC on Thursdays. They will be broken down by gender and grade-level (JH Guys, JH Girls, HS Guys, HS Girls). Small Groups would go through a devotional study together, equip students to form “faith habits” of Bible reading and prayer for one another while providing a safe place for students to share their question, doubts and struggles together.
Note: September will be registration month and small groups will kick off in October. This way, if we need more High School groups we will have time to recruit another small group leader.
One of our goals for this year is to provide more space for students to serve and lead. We are actively working towards creating more places throughout EBC’s ministry where students can plug in, so stay tuned for more of those opportunities! High School Students who are “Faithful Servants” will have the opportunity to join the Youth Leadership Team (which meets monthly) as Student Leaders. Since Christian leadership is all about servanthood, it is an expectation that students who want to join the YLT would be faithful in their participation in worship and in youth group while also being committed to serving in the church at some capacity (media team, food pantry, worship team, youth ministry, Awana, etc.). These students leaders will be the ones leading games, giving announcements, and facilitating prayer huddles at Youth Group while also having the opportunity to help shape the youth group calendar and giving input on what topics are taught in youth group.