6 Tips on Engaging Youth in Service


My friend, Kevin Mahaffy, shared 6 tips on how to get teenagers involved in their communities and I thought these were very helpful.  I will share 4 of them with you here on the blog, and you can get the link to the full post at the end.

        • Make it fun. If serving is a drag, students will not want to do it. It can be hard and challenging, but it’s never dull. Find ways to make service fun. Build fun competition, crack jokes when things aren’t going as planned, give them fun incentives, etc. Give students shirts when they register. Host a swim party after a long day of serving. Take students out for a Slurpee or a burger on the way home. Be creative and show them that serving, especially together with their friends, can be fun.
        • Make it short. The best way to introduce healthy elements into your ministry is by starting small. For “Love Long Island,” I knew that if I asked students to sacrifice their whole spring break, our participation would have been minimal. By making it a two-day commitment on the front-end of the week, they still had five days to sleep in, play video games, or whatever they wanted. Our service days were only 9am-3pm so they still had their evenings on those two days.
        • Make it affordable. Service projects are built into my student ministry budget. I purchase needed supplies, etc. using those funds. For “Love Long Island,” I just charged students $25. For the two days that covered their t-shirt, bag lunches, chaperones, and transportation. Even if you don’t have a budget, you can keep the cost low. Again, be creative. Have students bring personal work gear, tools, and even their lunch.
        • Make it regular. Through the years I have always looked for ways to make service a constant on our calendar. In addition to our annual events and mission trips, we also designate monthly or bi-monthly “Serve Nights” for our small groups. On those nights, rather than having regular small group meetings, they plan and implement service projects as groups. Through the years they have made care packages for kids with cancer, wrote Valentine’s cards for veterans, visited nursing homes, cleaned the church, delivered goodie bags to local business owners, and picked up trash around town.

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#ThisWeekinYM – Links of the Week!

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You may be familiar with the brand-new This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast … but this is This Week in Youth Ministry LINKS!  Each Friday I’ll be bringing my favorite (and notable) posts from around the blogosphere to you right here!


3 Ways to Send Your Seniors Off Right by LeaderTreks – [click to read]
4 Questions to Ask About Your Ministry Program by Justin Knowles – [click to read]
4 Traits of a Healthy Volunteer Team by Aaron Helman – [click to read]
5 Actions to Get More Out of Your Team by Chris Wesley [click to read]
How Do You Define Your Role as a Youth Worker? by Andy Blanks – [click to read]

FROM THE PODCAST — links from  This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast.  Check out these resources\partners for some great stuff!

LeaderTreks with Doug Franklin- [click here]
Start Here Books by LeaderTreks – [click here]
LifeWay’s Gospel Project  [click here]

If you missed the Podcast this week, check out the latest episode [here].   My guest was Doug Franklin, president of LeaderTreks, and our topic was How to Build a Student Leadership Team  [ps] We’ve landed an Official Podcast Sponsor (details here!) but there’s still room for you.  Contact me if you’re interested in details about our growing audience or rates or [click here] to visit our advertisers section.

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#ThisWeekinYM – Episode 8

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The eighth episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.

from the description:
This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 8: How to Build a Student Leadership Team with Doug Franklin. Terrace Crawford and Doug Franklin talk about how to build a Student Leadership Team from scratch!

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