You want to reach students and make a difference in their lives, but before that can happen you have to connect with them. Beyond that level of distinction, lies another level of distinction. There are some students who are involved in sports. Other students don't like sports, but are in the band. Still other students don't like the band, but are into gaming or something else.
Of course, the challenge is no different for the pastors who lead the adult congregation. The distinctions remain for adults, with regard to faith (from apathetic to passionate) and interests (from mostly introverted activities to mostly extroverted activities).
Here's the point:
Different Students call for Different Methods.
Some kids will love the sharing/caring environment of a small group, while other kids will not.
Some kids will love the crowded/anonymous environment of a large group, while other kids will not.
The solution is not in creating a one-size-fits-all environment that appeals to everyone...it CAN'T happen!
Instead, think about the guys, the girls, the younger students, the older students, the Christians, the non-Christians, the athletes, the band members, the ones whose parents forced them to come, and the ones who begged their parents to drop them off. With each those people clearly in your mind, dream of ways they can be reached and encouraged to take the next step on their journey with Christ.
But no matter the strategy or the program, the one constant in every student's life should be an adult who cares (see the video below).
What Are You Highlighting?
5 Questions Students Ask About You