7. Challenge Generation Z and the Older Adults to Step Outside of Their Comfort Zones
Encourage each age group to share their faith with someone outside of their peer group. Have non-digital days with group activities. Times of reflection may include journaling with those artifacts also known as pencil and paper! Possible writing prompts could include letters to God expressing their fears and anxieties about our world. To keep these relationships thriving after the small group has ended, appoint someone to be in charge of follow-up with reunions, prayer chains, and quarterly care packages for college students. The goal of this venture is to create lifelong connections and faithful members in the body of Christ. As you plan, think of the long-term reach of this ministry.
8. Trust God with the Results
Do your best, and let God do the rest! Your effort is the extension of the heart of every youth minister who desires to see young people serve. Even when there are setbacks in how young adults are engaging the small group, we can find peace in knowing that God is so sovereign that he cares about every generation, young and old.
-Mrs. Antoinette H. Mosley (MDiv), known as “Miss Toni” to her students, has served as a youth minister for nearly 20 years. She is the Developmental Editor for Urban Ministries’ (UMI) Jesus and Me (J.A.M) youth Sunday School curriculum. She resides in Cincinnati , Ohio with her husband.