Friday Night Flood In Review – 1/11
Programatically, it went off without a hitch. The game was well-received, the skit that presented our truth for the evening was presented very well, and the registration procedure continued its streamlining process. One of the other leaders even offered to lead an organized game for the second half of the evening (a first this year). No, the program elements of the evening were pretty solid.
What was rough was about a dozen students. These were not new students, either, but students who have been involved in the program as long as it has been running, most of them. And between attitudes and an inability (really a desire) to follow our two basic rules, it took a lot of our adult attention away from students who really needed it. We were forced into bouncer/police mode a lot with these students, and more that I cannot go into details about here on the blog.
After much prayer over the past few months, and a lot of discussion today during our leadership team meeting, we have decided to ask that these students not return to the program for the foreseeable future. Now, this does not mean that we are giving up on them in a ministry aspect, as they are welcome to check out our other ministry programming (Wednesday Night Live, Sunday School), and we do know how to keep in touch with them and will strive to do so. But the program cannot meet its goals as a safe place if we have to continually pour so much time energy and effort to becoming police officers week in and week out. There are so many other students who crave and truly need the attention our adults can offer that is being stolen by these other teens each week.
I wish that we did not have to take this step. But unfortunately we do. Please stand with us in prayer for these students and that we will as leaders continue to seek these students out outside of our programs. We all need that prayer.