Our youth ministry’s plan for the year

youth ministry game planFor the past couple Mondays the youth ministry leadership team at the church where I volunteer has been meeting to prepare for this next year of youth group. I’m one of the newer leaders to the table, so it’s been fun for me to listen to everyone’s observations of the past couple years of youth group and where we need to go this next year.

I thought I’d share with you guys what we’ve put together so far. It is definitely still a rough draft that will continue to be modified throughout our next meeting or two, but it’s at least a framework to share.

Defining a “win” for us: Students serving in ministry with humility out of passion for God.

Scope: 7th-12th graders (previously 6th graders were included, but not this year). The youth group meetings will span 34 weeks total this upcoming school year.


  1. Wednesday night meetings: We will use this time to teach the fundamentals of Christianity and steer it toward serving in ministry (salvation, baptism, communion, prayer, scripture reading, fellowship, tithing, spiritual gifts, personality traits, missions, personal ministry, circle of influence, 30 core truths, etc.). Junior high and senior high combined.
  2. Sunday morning meetings: The junior high and senior high are separate, but both go through the entire New Testament one year and the Old Testament the next year because we believe that Biblical literacy and knowing about God is key to knowing God and becoming passionate about Him.
  3. One-on-one discipleship mentoring: Each adult youth leader is prayerfully selecting 2 or 3 students to invest into one-on-one throughout the next school year. We know this is where deep life-change happens the most, so we want to capitalize on this and help kids move toward serving in ministry on an individual basis.
  4. Stretching and relationship-building events: Every event is done with the purpose of stretching teenagers out of their comfort zone (because that’s where the most spiritual growth takes place and where passion is formed) or for the purpose of deepening relationships that set the stage for deeper spiritual discussions later.


  1. Students will complete an anonymous written survey at the beginning and end of the school year, each accompanied by a lesson on the Parable of the Soils. The 4 categories of soil is what students will evaluate themselves against at the beginning and end of the school year. We hope to see a trajectory toward teens becoming good soil.
  2. The youth leaders will meet regularly throughout the year to evaluate on a gut level what we’re observing and feeling using the same 4 categories of soil as a basis for evaluation.

What does your plan of action look like for this next school year of youth ministry?

Posted on August 4, 2011

  • This is very similar to our year schedule. We have a tweak in it this Fall, as our church will be starting the Momentum initiative though Dave Ramsey…so we will be going through Generation Change. Here's a question for the forum,,,should we devote our main Wednesday night time to this…or go with a separate Sunday Night (not a normal meeting time) for GC? I like the main Wed night bc of the "Prime Time principle…but I also don't like it for the same reason. Any help would be great!

    • So cool to hear you guys are doing Momentum this year! We're hoping our church will do FPU since Dana and I went through the debt-free thing ourselves several years ago. Changed our life!

  • Sounds awesome! I like the beginning/end of the year survey. It'd be cool if you made that available to us, so we can compare it to our survey see if we should add on any questions!

    • I think the survey will only have two or three questions. It probably won't be anything too deep.

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  • Justin Mackey

    This seems like an Awesome Ministry Strategy…When I plan for the upcoming Year perform similar tasks. I feel that it is very important to have the youth on board as well as the staff you work with.

  • Looks wonderful!
    Do you have a copy of the evaluations that you do for the students and/or the lesson outline?

    • No. Like I said in a comment above, I don't think it will be too complicated of a survey. Probably only a couple questions related to what I shared in the post.

  • xjm716


    You should provide a copy of the evaluations.


  • Ben

    Love it. Hey Tim, about how often to do you your relationship-building events? Any specific ideas thrown out there yet? Also, are you guys planning any…for lack of a better term…"shallow" events? As in those events that attract visitors and unchurched (more so than discipleship or serving events do) that the main focus is just having fun and building friendships? My team and I have been pondering the new year and how to go about balancing each type of event.

    • Hey Ben! I'm not sure what the schedule is going to be like yet, but personally I'm not a fan of "shallow" events, and especially not the "attractional" events. I'm a much bigger fan of the "sending" events where we train and push our kids to share their faith with their friends than we are in trying to get kids to come to us to hear God's Word.

      Here are some more posts about it.
      Why I've abandoned outreach events
      Humorous example of attractional youth ministry

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