Let's Go Fishing: A guide for student ministry leaders on getting students in church post pandemic.




For the past 6 months or so I have been listening to Student Ministry Leaders discuss the pains of rebuilding after the pandemic. I've heard them say things such as funding, and the lack of ministry leaders support for the youth, is what they believe is a huge hindrance. I have been a leader in the youth field for over 37 years. And I know that it takes major effort to accomplish anything dealing with young people especially in ministry. I know that feeling of being excited to deal with the youth in the beginning and then come to the realization that it's not as easy as you thought it would be.


All is not lost. For the Student Ministry leaders that really care and are committed and commissioned by GOD to do this task, I have some tips for you that will not only help you get your Students back but have them bringing in others.


3 TIPS on fishing for youth after COVID19


We all know that this day and age a lot of parents don't make it mandatory for their children to go to church. Now the choice is up to the children if they want to go or not. It is our job as the Student Ministry leaders to capture their attention enough to make them want to come. I've seen where youth have caught taxi's to get to church because they didn't want to miss the message from their youth leaders. But how do you get that reaction from the youth in your area? Let's answer this question via Social Media, Community and being an Angler.


Social Media

Community

Angler (fisherman)

 

Why Are Our Student Ministry Lacking Students?


Once the pandemic hit it shut the world down. Churches doors were closed and it took a while for us to realize that technology was the way that we had to go. By doing "online services" it still provided a way to reach our congregations. However a habit was formed...


Youth started making the decision between looking at church or scroll their favorite Social Media platform. This became the ultimate habit. Even worst, if we as youth leaders didn't take the time to stay in touch with our students during the pandemic, their choices and focus most likely went to "chilling on their devices."


Bait To Bring Students In: Social Media, Community, Anglers


Social Media

95% of students use YouTube and 19% use it almost constantly, according to the Gospel Coalition.