Successful Student Ministry Calendars

Want to improve your chances for a successful slate of Student Ministry programming and events?

Get your students’ input before the event. In fact, have them help plan it.

This week I experimented that I have wanted to try for a while. Each month I will invite any of our adult leaders and any of our teens that want to help shape a month’s worth of ministry. We gathered for about 70 minutes in my office, and walked through September and October’s calendars, plotting out what our ministry in those months would look like. (Ideally it will only be one month at a time, I just missed an opportunity in June). Here’s how it worked:

We got together and started in prayer. I then pulled up the month’s programs that run regularly (in our case, Wednesday Night Live and Friday Night Flood). We walked through Friday Night Flood, and decided on topics for messages, goofy challenges, and even nailed down a couple of speakers, as well as a potential off-site evening at the end of October. For WNL, which already has teaching plotted out for the year, we decided on dates each month to host Real Talk Sessions after the program is done for the night, as well as a couple of service opportunities that will get WNL outside of the walls of the church. I also gathered input on music choices for WNL, and a couple of other ideas about the year’s theme as a whole.

It was a really solid gathering for us. Students got to share their thoughts, and have taken some ownership over the months of September and October. (Next month we will look at November, planning three months ahead each month). I can’t wait to see how these two months go.