Transitioning from Summer to Fall

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Yep, fall is coming, just admit it. It’s coming and with it comes more of a routine for your students and for yourself. So the question always comes to me, “How does one in youth ministry prepare themselves for the transition from crazy summer to subdued fall?”

Youth ministry is about intentionality. Doing things in a very intentional way is very important to your ministry to students. This comes first by asking yourself some questions.

How do you want to start your students’ semester? If you could implant a truth about God into your students lives at the beginning of their school year, what would that be? For us in Cleburne, I wanted to started with the Sermon on the Mount for our Wednesday Night Live weekly gathering. So I came across a series on www.ministrypass.com entitled Divergent.

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The truth that I want to implant in my students heads to start their school year is Jesus calls us to be divergent. For four weeks we will take the sermon on the mount and talk with the students about:

Blessed are the Opposites (Matthew 5:1-14) – Your culture sets up a standard for how you should act, but what if Jesus were to turn that standard upside down and bless you for following it? This week we will talk about holiness and what it looks like to be a holy teenager. What media does a holy teenager use and how do they use it?
By Grace is the Only Way to Live (Matthew 5:21-27) – It seems impossible to live up to the standard Jesus gives, what is why you need his help. How do we lean on Christ in all things? Is Jesus’ standard even possible? Great chance to talk about Christian perfection and how God’s grace works.
Audience of the One (Matthew 6:1-5) – Pure, authentic giving, praying, and good works should be done in obedience to God, not to get attention from others. 
Give What You Want to Get Back (Matthew 7:1-5)
 – Taking time to examine your own life and repent will help you as you learn to approach others about their mistakes.

I want my students to understand Jesus doesn’t just want us to be smart, loving, compassionate, servant-hearted, or even brave. He wants all those things for us, he is calling us to be divergent, and being that means living by a Kingdom of God standard.

The sermon on the mount is so powerful because it applies to everything and it always will apply.

Another thing that we will do is a back to school picnic. This picnic is a great time for students to come and serve the church. We cookout and have hamburgers and hot dogs and the students serve the church and 3-5 students will share with the church in the different ways that we do ministry with our students. This event is completely run by students and when people leave they get the feeling that we are not just babysitting youth, but we are empowering them. When the church sees that, your support will soar and you will see all kinds of people that want to be a part of that.

How do you want to start your students school year?

Let’s share different ideas in the comments below.

As always my prayers are always with you and your ministry. If you have any prayer requests I would love to pray for you and help you in any way I can. We youth workers and disciples need to stick together in the love and grace of Christ. Please don’t hesitate to email me at brad@ywmovement.org so that I can pray for you and help you in anyway I can.

Thanks for all you do for the Kingdom of God!

Grace and Peace,

Bradley W. Alexander
Weekly Contributor
Youthworker Movement
brad@ywmovement.org

Director of Student Ministries
FUMC Cleburne
817.964.5307 (Cell)

About Bradley Alexander

My name is Bradley Alexander, I serve as the Director of Youth and Media Ministries at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, TX. I am married to the love of my life, Rev. Amy Forsythe-Alexander, who serves as the Pastor of Discipleship at Acton United Methodist Church. I graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Business Management. Currently I am working on receiving the United Methodist Church Youth Ministry Certification with the General Board of Higher Education. After receiving this I will continue my coursework at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas receiving a Masters in Youth Ministry. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to connect with you again in the future.

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