How to Get Involved
If we give our students tools to help them share the gospel, they might not be afraid. And if they encourage their lost friends to check out Jesus, those friends might find him as irresistible as Nathanael did. That’s good news.
In case you’re looking for ideas to develop your student to become a compassionate and successful witness, here’s a list of intentional choices you can make as parents, teachers, or leaders to facilitate environments for student influence and witness:
- Coach students’ teams or be a club sponsor.
- Take volunteer positions at your student’s school.
- Substitute teach in your student’s school.
- Host breakfasts, lunches, dinners, hang-outs for your student’s friends, teammates, and club-mates
- Have big birthday parties and invite lost friends.
- Take your student to every discipleship program your church offers: youth group, leadership training, choir, band practice, camp, retreat, etc.—put them in an environment for spiritual growth every time you can.
- Host block parties for the neighborhood.
- Do a ministry project together, like raising money or sending gifts to people.
- Become friends with the parents of the lost students that your student knows.
- Bake goodies for neighbors and let your students participate in baking and/or delivering
- Send your students on mission trips, where they can learn compassion and service.
- Encourage your student to serve at church (with you or by themselves); many volunteer positions are available to students, like nursery, preschool, greeting, offering, worship, tech, missions, set-up and clean-up, etc.
- Read/watch with your student to learn about various cultures, ethnicities, and family structures.
Jesus told many stories to help his audience understand the importance of being a testimony for him. He said that a follower was like a light on a lampstand, a city on a hill, salt in the food. At the same time, we are also instructed, “Do not love the world or anything in the world” (1 John 2:15) Like Jesus, our mission is “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10), not pretend they don’t exist, or it isn’t our problem.
If we help our students share the gospel at school (and everywhere they go), the fruit of their labor will reproduce results for the rest of their lives and beyond.
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