We all know it’s important to connect with students during our weekly programs. But what about the rest of the week? The truth is, sometimes we spend so much time focusing on our weekly programming, we forget about the opportunities we have to reach students throughout the week. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about why reaching students during the week matters and what you can do to inspire your volunteers to invest in their students outside of weekly programming.
- What is the purpose of showing up randomly in a student’s life? (4:00)
- It’s not about us seeing students; it’s about students seeing us. (8:00)
- Connect with your students throughout the week by using a group message app. (20:00)
- How do you create accountability with your Small Group Leaders to reach out to their students during the week? (23:30)
- What you celebrate gets repeated. (25:00)
- Invite students into things you are already doing. (32:30)
- Talk about your rosters, not just your attendance. (33:00)
- Show up predictably. Show up mentally. Show up randomly. (36:00)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
“Showing up randomly in a student’s life communicates that you care.” - Elloa Davis Click To Tweet“Showing up randomly isn't about us seeing students; it’s about students seeing us.” -@coachshef Click To Tweet“When you show up somewhere you don't have to show up, it gives credibility to everything you say when you have to be there.” - @crystalcchiang Click To Tweet
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his amazing wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average).
Tom Shefchunas is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Previously, Tom was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. Additionally, he is the co-author of Lead Small with Reggie Joiner. Tom and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey, and Cooper.
Crystal currently leads the XP3 High School initiative at Orange. Before that, she spent 10 years as a high school teacher and student ministry leader, doing everything from leading small groups to speaking to curriculum design. Crystal and her husband, Tom, live in Alpharetta, GA with an ill-tempered chihuahua named Javier.
Elloa has been working with Orange in some form or fashion since graduating from Furman University, and is currently the Director of Small Group Curriculum for 252 Kids. She loves helping churches create environments where kids are excited to engage with their Creator. Elloa and her husband, Mike, live north of Atlanta, Georgia, and have been married since 2007. Together they’re raising a sweet, precocious little girl and two cats.
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