Christeens Follow Up

(Dear reader, this is a niche post. It’s for youth ministers. And not just any youth minister. This post is for youth ministers who took their teens to Christeens last weekend. I know that’s a narrow window, and I appreciate your forgiveness. For you, the Bible study questions at the end may help you. Otherwise, see you next time 🙂

Your group had a great time at Christeens. Awesome! Now it’s time to make it stick. Here are a few things you can do to make sure the youth rally high transitions into life change for your students.

  1. Put a reminder on your phone to text your Christeens group every evening for the next month. A quick message reminding them to read their Bible each day can be the difference between them forming a habit and forgetting all about it.
  2. Invite them to read along with you each day. Since you’ll be reading the same thing, you can ask them questions that will both help them process what they’re reading and hold them accountable at the same time.
  3. Get parents involved. Honestly, the difference between a weekend high and life change will most likely hinge on what happens at home, not on your follow up. But I also know how much we youth workers struggle to communicate well with our parents. To that end, I’ve already created an email that you can copy and paste and send to the parents of your Christeens group. Edit the beginning to celebrate what was fun for your group, sign your name on the end, and absolutely take 100% of the credit for thinking to send this all by yourself. I won’t tell if you don’t 🙂

Begin Email:

Dear Parents,
This weekend at Christeens was AMAZING! The worship was energetic and deep, the lessons were solid and presented in a way that the teens could engage, and our group time together was a blast! I know that when your teens return from a trip like this and you ask how it went, you will often get one or two word answers. I also know how frustrating that can be. But fear not! I’m here to help. Read on to see how you can engage your teens in meaningful conversation about what they learned at Christeens and how you can help them apply what they learned so that the experience can continue at home.
What we talked about:
Christeens this year was about the importance of the Word of God. The speakers did an excellent job of reminding us of the importance of being in the Scripture on a regular basis. They also gave us a lot of practical tools for how to read the Bible in a way that makes it relevant to our lives and allows God to speak to us through is Word. Here are some things you can talk about with your teens.
  1. Ask “After going to Christeens this weekend, were you convinced that it’s important for you to be in the Scriptures regularly? Why or why not?”
  2. Ask “Have you been reading your Bible since you got home? If so, what are you reading? If not, why not? What can I do to help you remember to be in the Word consistently?”
  3. If consistent Bible study is something that is new to your teens, help them choose a place to start. I recommend reading the Gospel of John followed by 1, 2, and 3 John. If they read one chapter each day, by the end, they will have formed a habit.
  4. Spend a few minutes sharing why the Bible is important to you as an adult. If it doesn’t have a prominent place in your own life, talk to your teens about why.
The Christeens speakers gave us 5 questions to ask after our Bible reading to help us apply the Scripture each day. As you help hold your teens accountable to being int he Word each day (and maybe get back into Scripture yourself!), ask them these questions and discuss their responses.
  1. What does this passage say about God?
  2. What does this passage say about people/me?
  3. Is there an example in this passage for me to follow?
  4. Is there a command in this passage for me to obey?
  5. How can I apply something in this passage to my life today?
Know that I am praying for you and your teens as you have these conversations. Thank you for allowing, encouraging, and helping your teens join us for Christeens. With your help, this weekend can be a life-changing experience for them.
In Him,

 

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