When second semester of senior year rolls around, most seniors start quitting things as the end of high school approaches. Some quit certain classes, some quit certain friendships, and some even quit church. On this episode, join Gerald Fadayomi, Marquise Cox, Crystal Chiang, and Sarah Anderson for a conversation on what youth workers can do to help second-semester seniors win—and not quit—as they prepare for graduation and the next chapter in their lives.
- What’s the problem with second-semester seniors? (3:00)
- Second semester is when seniors start quitting everything. (3:45)
- 70% of young adults stop going to church after graduating high school. (6:00)
- Senior Sunday for us as leaders feels like a celebration, but to students it feels like a divorce. (7:30)
- Graduation is not the finish line. (10:00)
- What can youth pastors do for their second semester seniors? (15:00)
- Have your second-semester seniors help lead weekly programming through hosting, leading worship, or leading another component of your service. (16:00)
- “The Big Three” for seniors as they graduate high school: Having a sound theology, true ownership of their faith, and finding authentic community. (20:00)
- Parents also experience similar feelings that their kid does as they go through their senior year. (30:00)
- Students will always call the person they know will show up for them, even when the student doesn’t show up. (32:00)
- Never ask high school seniors if they are coming to church on Sunday. Instead, tell them you will see them there. (34:00)
- Engage the adults of your church to invest in your seniors during their second-semester and beyond. (36:00)
- Have your senior small groups attend main service together as a group, so they can begin to feel part of the church as an adult. (40:00)
- What does your youth ministry have planned specifically for seniors during second semester? (42:00)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
“Senior Sunday for us as leaders feels like a celebration, but to students it feels like a breakup.” - Crystal Chiang Click To Tweet“According to recent studies, 70% of young adults stop going to church after graduating high school.” Click To Tweet “Graduation is not the finish line.” Click To Tweet “The three big things every senior needs as they graduate high school: A sound theology. True ownership of their faith. Knowing what authentic community looks like.” - Gerald Fadayomi Click To Tweet “Never ask high school seniors if they are coming to church on Sunday. Instead, tell them you will see them there.” - Crystal Chiang Click To Tweet
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Sarah is a writer and communicator who has been involved in ministry since 2003. In 2007, she joined the XP3 high school team where she now works as a lead writer and content creator. She also a contributing writer to the Parent Cue blog. Sarah lives in Roswell, Georgia, and is a big fan of her husband, her two boys, Asher and Pace, and, in her weaker moments, McDonald’s french fries.
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.
Marquise serves as a host, speaker, and groups director for North Point Ministries in Atlanta, and is a regular contributor to Orange’s XP3 High School curriculum. Marquise’s primary goal as he travels around the country speaking to the next generation is to help every student find their identity in Jesus. His personal life mantra is that “Jesus changes everything!” When Marquise isn’t on the road speaking, he’s doing life with his bride Krystal, hanging with high school students, or binge-watching his favorite shows on Netflix.
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