A Simple Way to Partner with Kids in Reaching Their Friends

Do you ever think about how you can help the kids in your church reach their friends beyond encouraging them to share and show the gospel during the week and coming up with creative way to help them invite friends to church on the weekends?

That is mainly how we encourage kids to reach their friends, and it’s still a super important aspect of our strategy, but something happened recently, almost by accident, that sparked a new idea, so I wanted to share it.

It all began when we started to have our kid’s do service projects every week during our Sunday Small Group time.

We melted crayons into molds for a local children’s hospital, made cards for a missionary family in our church, put together art kits for underprivileged kids in a neighboring apartment complex, etc.

And it’s been awesome to see our kids learning to give and serve when they come to church rather than just receiving.

But as we got into these projects, we quickly realized that coming up with new ones every week wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be.

Some projects we could do every month, but many of them were one time things.

So as we were trying to figure what to do one Sunday for our service project, someone had an idea: “What if we did something for [blank’s] swim team?”

And another person chimed in, “Yeah, we could buy some bottled water and have the kids make custom sleeves for each one, which [blank] could then hand out at the next swim meet!”

We contacted the parents of the kid we had in mind and asked them if they’d be up for us doing the water bottle project for the next swim meet, and the parents were totally onboard.

They even offered to make a card for the swim coach, explaining that the bottle sleeves were made by kids at our church as a service project.

So that’s what we did that Sunday.

We also announced to all our kids that they could let us know if they are part of a team, group, or have an idea for a project because we would love to partner with them.

It created lots of excitement among the kids because they were empowered to come up with ways that we could partner with them to reach their teammates and friends.

I’m super excited to see where this goes and can’t wait to see how God uses it.

Do you do anything special to partner with the kids in your church to reach their friends? Leave a comment.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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