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5 Things to Think About Before You Step On Stage

As student leaders, sometimes we get so bogged down in the details of what we have to do to make Sundays successful that by the time we actually get to Sunday, we’ve forgotten to take the time to think about what we’re going to do when we actually step on to the stage. Whether you’re giving a talk or giving an introduction, your presence on the stage is important, and you want to make sure you’re making the most of it each and every time.

When it comes to stage presence, we consider our friend Joseph Sojourner the expert in the field! Whether he’s sharing a message, closing out a session, or just gearing everyone up for a good time (Piñata Party, anyone?), he does a great job of being prepared to take the stage to lead students. So we asked him to give you just five things he keeps in mind before stepping on stage in student ministry. Check them out below!

  1. Cast the vision.
    Every time you step on stage, remind yourself and your students of the vision of your ministry. That’s the heart of your ministry, and it’s important to keep that in the forefront of your mind. Instead of giving announcements or reminders, give vision. Remind students what your ministry is about and how all the things you have going on fit into that vision.
  2. Stay humble.
    The opportunity to stand in front of students in any capacity is a privilege, and that’s something I think about each time I step on stage. It’s a humbling feeling to know that God has given me the chance to speak to students about Him, and I don’t want to forget that. Remember to be humble enough to know that you don’t deserve the stage, but confident in knowing that God chose you to do it.
  3. Know where you’re going.
    There should be a goal—an ultimate destination—every time you step on stage. Where are you trying to go? What do you want students to get from the night? What’s the ultimate win? Know where you’re going each time you step on stage and keep that goal in mind.
  4. Remember to relax.
    While your words hold the most weight, believe it or not even your movements matter on stage. Think about your body language and remember to relax a little bit! If you’re stiff and uncomfortable on stage, your students will know. And they’ll instantly disconnect. Remind yourself to stay loose, relaxed, and just be who you are!
  5. What am I made to say?
    Remember that you have a message to deliver to students, and that message is the amazing, unconditional love of God. Always remember that no matter what other things you might have to say on stage, that saying what you’re made to say is the most important thing you can do for you students.
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Between Your Own Two Feet

I feel your pain. Midterms, spring sports, cravings for that spring break that has either come and gone or seems too far away.

The weather is teasing you and making you dream of our days on the beach, sharing a hotel room at the Boardwalk, in just a few months!

But you’re not there yet. You’ve still got a few weeks. Maybe you’re already feeling checked out, done. With everything. People, homework, sports…

Maybe the reason you’re feeling that 3rd quarter slump is because you’re in this season where it feels like there’s little excitement. Your flame might be dwindling since camp, since the beginning of the new school year, since Christmas break.

Your flame might also be dwindling in your spiritual life, the life we live with Jesus.

Your flame might be dwindling because you have a lot of questions and few answers.

I’m right there with you.

 

I heard something amazing this last weekend, and especially in this season I think it can relate to all of us.

You go where you’re sent, and you stay where you’re put, and you give what you’ve got until you’re done.

– Jill Briscoe

 

Jaw drop, heart slump, wide eyed emoji.

 

It might be heard to hear, hard to accept, but sometimes our 3rd quarter slump can mean that we have forgotten to give it all we’ve got until we are done.

Especially when it comes to our mission field. Not our mission field that is the week long trip in the summer, the mission trip overseas. No, I am talking about a different mission field. The one that may have been forgotten or glazed over while watching Stranger Things for the 7th time.

 

There’s a mission field that lies in the space between our own two feet.

 

What are you doing about it?

How are you loving your friends? How are you loving your sibling(s)?

How are you respecting your parents? Your coaches? Your teachers?

How are you filling yourself up to the brim so that love overflows into the lives of those around you?

You are planted where you are for a reason.

That reason might not be pretty, easy, or Instagram worthy, but it’s really important.

 

Paul writes to the city of Corinth, in the book we know as 1 Corinthians, encouraging them to keep pressing on for the work they are doing won’t be in vain.

What I love about this book in the Bible is that Paul was writing answers back to the Corinthians for all of their questions. He answers their questions, encourages them and leaves them with what I am going to share with you.

I think it’s something that we can hold onto today, even when that 3rd quarter slump has us feeling drained and lacking in motivation.

 

Therefore, by dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let NOTHING move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58

 

As you pray this week, show up to practice, sit in class…think about the place God has planted you. The place He knew and believed and trusted you to influence.

He made no mistake in landing you where you are.

He knows there are people around you desperately needing the same hope and love that you have stored deep.

He’s asking you take that space between your own two feet and love it with all you’ve got.

What are we going to do about it?

 

Share in the comments below with questions or comments about your personal mission field!

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Four Tips For Speaking To Middle School Students

Fact: keeping a middle schooler’s attention is tough. Social media has trained them to believe that the best content lasts only about 15 seconds. Television programming has them switching the scene every 30 seconds. Their teachers are even trying to accommodate by changing the activity every 10 minutes. But we as student pastors are still trying to keep the attention of hundreds of middle schoolers at a time with stylized monologues and sermons that can last up to 45 minutes! Something’s just not adding up!

We turned to Britt Kitchen, middle school ministry director at one of North Point Ministries’ Atlanta area campuses, for tips on communicating to middle school students. His biggest advice? Keep the talks under 15 minutes and change topics often, shifting from tension to truth to application to small group set up about every four minutes. Read on for a few other tips from Britt to keep in mind next time you’re communicating with your middle school students.

You are not the wise sage on the mountain. You get things wrong in life all the time, right? Who doesn’t? Share those moments from stage to model for your students that it’s okay to share their faults during group. Too many times I hear a speaker tell their bottom line and then use the Scripture to back up what they’ve said. But remember, the Scripture is the source of wisdom—not you! A better approach is to provide a situation that your students can identify with, a time when you may have gotten something wrong along the way. Then share a Scripture that helped you know what was right and the principles and truth you learned from it. Make God and His word the heroes of the story.

You are a strange adult-student hybrid. You are Tom Hanks in Big (and if you don’t know what that is, stop what you’re doing and go watch that movie. You won’t regret it. Go on… I’ll wait!). I often laugh at myself on stage when I catch myself using phrases like, “All of us middle schoolers know…” or “Being in middle school is so hard, right?” Guys, I’m not in middle school anymore, and neither are you! But our jobs are to identify with our students in such a way that they can relate to the situations, dilemmas, and applications that we’re talking about from stage. We have to find the balance between middle school student and adult leader. Use examples they can relate to and avoid the ones they can’t understand yet—ones that include adult things like driving, voting, and having kids. Embrace your position as adult-student hybrid to tell stories they can relate to as students and give wisdom that comes from your life as an adult.

 

You are a locomotive of focus. You’re a coal-breathing train driving down a rail of focus undeterred in your journey to the ultimate destination—your bottom line! You don’t acknowledge distractions in the room because you know that will make them an even bigger distraction to derail focus. This past Sunday during a service I had a group of boys rough housing in the back, a student in the front row get up to go to the bathroom, a leader spill his coffee on three nearby students, and another student try to perform a masterpiece tune by crinkling a soda can. Potential distractions? Yes! Did I notice? Of course! But did I call attention to them? Not at all! I had my freight train eyes fixed on the bottom line and moved full steam ahead towards it.

 

You are a broken record. “Haven’t I said this before?” Have you ever found yourself thinking that during a talk? If you have, believe me when I say that’s a good sign! It means you’re finally getting to the point where students are beginning to hear it. Your points have to be repeated again and again for people to take them to heart. Couple that with the fact that your students attend your program on average once every three to four weeks, the more you repeat yourself, the better chance your students will have recalling them. A yearly cycle of principles with different creative packaging, visuals, and illustrations is a great approach to help your students take your messages to heart.

 

We hope you found these tips helpful as you continue to lead your middle school students into a relationship with Jesus!

 

Team BigStuf

 

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3 Tips to Stay Within Your Student Ministry’s Budget

When the work of creating your student ministry budget for the year is finally done, you can kick your feet up and rest assured that the hard part is over, right? Not so much. While developing your budget can be hard, sometimes sticking to it can be even harder! Instead of waiting for the unexpected expense, budget cut, or general overspending, why not try and set yourself up for success in advance? Check out some wisdom from BigStuf’s Chelsea Pettis. Here are just three easy things she suggests you do to help stay on track and within your student ministry’s budget.

1- Ask for administrative help.
Recruit someone who loves all things Excel, details, numbers, and logistics to help you follow your spending. They’ll be the person to track all the actual dollars spent, manage all your upcoming deadlines, and track down that missing money from parents—you know, all the fun parts of student ministry budgeting! Having one person designated to watch all your dollars will save you the stress while still ensuring your ministry stays on budget.

2 – Check in.
Keep tabs on where you are in your budget throughout the year by checking in with your finance or accounting team. Request periodic financials from your finance team or track your budget in Excel if you don’t have a team helping keep your records. Ease yourself in by starting with quarterly reports. Check in on your budget at the end of each quarter and take a look at what your income and expenses look like compared to your annual budget. Are you on track? What adjustments might you need to make to stay within your budget? Checking in on your budget throughout the year will help you be accountable to staying on track.

• Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines.
Don’t procrastinate! Late fees are real, my friends! Help yourself avoid unnecessary payments by creating deadlines for each event and project. Think through the details of each major thing on your calendar. When do you need to book your venue? How long does it take to design and print a poster? When do parents need to turn in deposits? Figure out all your major deadlines ahead of time and then build in another week or two to create a buffer for your budget. If you go ahead and build in room for delay, you’re less likely to end up without the money when you really need it! The most important part of deadlines? Sticking to them! Deadlines are designed to help you stay ahead so take them seriously and try not to let one pass without being met. Believe me when I tell you that by incorporating just a couple of these things, you’ll avoid the headache of overspending or coming up short when it comes to your budget.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you plan within your budget this year!
Have a great week!
Team BigStuf

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Find Your Filter…

Have you ever looked at something through your favorite pair of sunglasses and it looked SO GOOD that you took out your iPhone? Swipe right and get to that camera before the light changes.

You look at the picture later and realize that your sunglasses gave you a filter that made the dead, brown leaves look gold. It made the flowers shimmer and the clouds look like they were popping out of the sky.

The picture wasn’t nearly as good looking as what you saw through your sunglasses. You might feel slight disappointment it isn’t as Instagram worthy as you thought.

We can be looking at the same thing but see it differently, even the sky.

We can have filters on people, the world, and even God…but the filter we use matters.

It doesn’t matter so that we can get the most number of likes or shares or mentions or be affirmed that our view is the best view, the best perspective, the best outlook. It matters because our filters affect the condition of our heart.

 

Romans 12:2 says it clearly…

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

No filter brings you to this place. The place of understanding the will of God or what is good or what is perfect. This place is found in uncovering what we mask with our filters, what we make look prettier than reality and therefore unattainable.

Jesus came down from heaven, took your place, and redeemed you as enough so that you can be the light in a culture that thrives off of a multi point check list and a perfectly filtered social media feed.

 

What would happen if we kept going to God for the renewal of your minds?

What would happen if you opened your journal instead of Netflix?

What would happen if you spoke with kindness instead of the negativity that’s trending?

What would happen if you let God’s truth seep deeper than the lies that you have to be enough for the world or that others have to be enough for you?

 

Here are three things that you can renew your mind with the truth of God and the honoring reality that He is using you to give other people hope…

1) Read and Pray Romans 12:2- open your journal, read this verse, and pray that God would give you the desire for His will and the renewal of your mind. There’s something crazy that happens when we are willing to surrender our agenda to a good God.

2) Don’t Open Instagram or SnapChat- don’t worry, I don’t mean forever! The challenge for this one is to hang out with a friend but leave your phone face down…just for ONE hour. Give them your full attention, talk about something else other than the pug picture everyone is tagging you in.

3) Change Your Language- if your circle of friends is one that naturally talks about other people, maybe in a negative way, be the one to redirect the conversation. We never know what other people are going through, what their home life looks like, how they might negatively view themselves already and YOU could be the one that gives them a compliment, encourages them, or makes them see themselves through the filter of God’s heart for them.

 

Have a question or topic you want Celeste to write about? Leave her a comment below!

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Youth Ministry Resources: 5 Ways to Promote Your Christian Youth Ministry Event

You’ve put in all the work, done all the planning, and finalized all the details to make your next student event one of the best yet. But then comes the biggest challenge of all: how do you make sure your students come? Figuring out creative and effective ways to promote your student events can be a challenge. But thankfully, we have student ministry expert Gerald Fadayomi in our corner to help us out. Check out some tips from Gerald, high school groups director and communicator at one of North Point Ministry’s Atlanta area churches, on how to successfully promote your next student event. 

5 Ways to Promote Your Youth Event

  1. Meet them where they are. Don’t try to promote your event through channels your kids aren’t using. Promote where your students are to get the best response. Students today are using social media more than ever. Instagram, Snapchat, even Musicly (mostly for middle school students) are great places to promote. And they’re fun! You can get creative with it and have a little fun in the promotion process.
  1. Find your few. Every student group has those few dedicated students who really love to take ownership and get involved. Find your few and let them do some of the promotion for you. Give them leadership in the process and the freedom to come up with some ideas of their own. Maybe even give them a role to play in the event—something they’re excited to tell their friends about. Students who are on board and bought in to the event will be the best resources to get other students to feel the same.
  1. Go old school. In an overly digital world, old school promotion tactics stand out more than ever. Try a little snail mail or even a 4×6 flyer for students to hand out to their friends at school. Have someone on your team (or even a creative student!) design the flyer and get it printed at an affordable rate on a site like primaflyers.com. While you don’t want these old school ideas to be your sole promotion tactics, they’re definitely worth incorporating in your overall promotion strategy.
  1. Partner with parents. It’s always important to keep parents informed and engaged with what’s happening in your student ministry, but it’s especially important for those middle and early high school students who can’t yet drive themselves to your events. Make the most of your interaction with parents and get them on board for your event. Send an email, give them a call, and even ask them to help out at the event as needed. Invite the parents in your ministry to truly be partners in promotion.
  1. Talk about it early. Build anticipation for your event by talking about it a month or two in advance. Make a point to share it on social media and announce it from stage for several weeks to not only create a sense of excitement around the event but also to keep reminders fresh on your students’ minds. You have their attention every week so use some of that time to your advantage and get the hype going around your event.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you plan and promote your next student event! Have a great week!

Have a great week!

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My BigStuf Story…

I remember the words to this day.

My now friend, then boss, Abi was sitting across from me cutting something out of paper. Probably hundreds of one particular item. And she said it,

 

“If you’re looking for something new this summer, you should apply for BigStuf.”

But how could I? 

 

I didn’t want to leave my church. I didn’t know how I would fundraise to be able to go. I had only experienced one night of BigStuf in my entire life and was terrified of making a decision off of one first impression and a handful of recommendations.

What if my experience wasn’t a good one? What if I didn’t fit in?

What if, what if, what if…

 

I went on the website later that night and downloaded the intern application for summer 2014. That was as far as I got. I let it sit on my desk until the first week of December.

Then I opened an e-mail. It was from the intern coordinator at the time. She was reminding me of the application deadline and ended with…

 

“I look forward to seeing your application!” 

 

I immediately e-mailed her back and told her I was behind in school and I was going to take summer classes so I wouldn’t be applying for BigStuf after all.

The next day, I was driving to work and I felt like God was nudging me.

This opportunity was something I couldn’t pass up; something I shouldn’t pass up. What was the harm in applying and just seeing what happened? Even if I was accepted I didn’t have to take it.

I e-mailed her back and told her I would be applying.

I ended up applying within the last two weeks before the deadline.

I ended up getting the internship, which to this day I still don’t even understand.

Side note: Literally one minute before my Skype interview I got a horrific bloody nose and was LATE, my video was THE WORST thing I ever created and it can’t be found on the internet anywhere anymore, and I felt all my answers to all the questions were half hearted and hard to follow.

 

But then I got the call. Then I said yes. Then I went.

That began my BigStuf Story…ironically, the 2014 theme.

 

That summer forever changed my life. It changed my life so much that I wanted to do it again. I was asked back as a summer staff member for 2015 and I was honored. That summer I saw another side of BigStuf, there was a ton of hard work to do but I also had the flexibility to have real and honest conversations with leaders and students. I heard incredible stories of God working in people’s lives. It made me reflect back on my own life, my own story, and rest in the reality that I really don’t have it all figured out but God most definitely does.

When I came home in August of 2015, I was entering into my senior year of college, and I was offered a full time position with my church in Colorado Springs. Those running the students environment were willing to put me on a stage and let me learn and risk as I shared about Jesus with high school students. This felt like a dream come true. I had watched speakers at BigStuf for two years and my biggest prayer in this new opportunity is that God would make something stick for the 15-30 students in the room listening each week. Each series I’ve done has weirdly been something I am going through myself. I was able to talk about things like conflict, doubt, prayer, insecurity and when faith feels dry, but that even amongst everything hard and difficult…Jesus is worth following.

I felt strongly that God was asking me to be here, but at the same time my heart was for students and I couldn’t brag enough about the spaces BigStuf created for God to do wonders in their lives. I had the privilege of periodically writing for BigStuf’s blog before, and have recently re-entered the arena as a committed writer, which is incredibly honoring for me.

I tell you all of this because I want to connect with you. I wish that I could sit across the table from you and hear all about your life and your questions and your wildest dreams for your generation and for the world. Though that would take a lot of time and airplane tickets, so I would love for you to leave me a comment below about things that YOU want to hear. Maybe you have questions about faith or why Netflix asks you if you’re still watching or even this years BigStuf theme. This blog is essentially FOR you and I would love to write about things that speak to your lives and your hearts instead of me just trying to put myself in your shoes.

So, don’t be shy! Let me know what would be helpful, inspiring, even essential for you to hear relating to questions about faith, or being a student/leader living out your faith in a world that might tell you that you don’t fit in, or why the filters we have change the way we live.

I am looking forward to journeying with you,

Celeste Elizabeth

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Student Ministry Resources: 5 Ways To Serve Your Small Group Leaders

When it comes to student ministry, some of the most valuable people on your team are the small group leaders and adult volunteers directly serving your students each week. You couldn’t do what you do without them, and, because of that, you want to do your best to love them well while they’re with you. It’s your job to do what you can to serve and support them to succeed.

So how can you do that? Check out a five quick thoughts from our dedicated and servant-hearted Intern Director, Larissa Capps, on how you can best serve your leaders.

5 Ways to Serve Your Small Group Leaders

  1. Be personable.
    Just as your leaders are one of your most valuable resources, you in turn are one of theirs! It’s so important to be personable and available to your leaders while they’re serving with you. You are the one they’re going to turn to for advice, direction, encouragement and prayer, but they’re only going to do that if you’ve made a point to be friendly and help them get comfortable with you beforehand. Simply being personable and trying to know your leaders will go a long way in pouring into and developing them as they serve.
  2. Be honest.
    While honest sometimes isn’t the easiest, it’s so important for you to always be respectfully honest with your leaders. Honesty has the power to open hardened hearts, create trust and form the foundation of a relationship. Try being honest about both the good and the bad with your leaders. Not sure where to start? Determine their strengths and weaknesses and speak honestly with them about both, highlighting and encouraging their strengths while guiding and building them up in their weaknesses. Practice what you preach and try this exercise on yourself and then be honest about your own experience with your leaders. Your transparency will open the door for honest conversation and camaraderie.
  3. Anticipate conflict.
    When it comes to working with other people, conflict is inevitable. We’re all human, we all make mistakes, and we’re all bound to find ourselves in conflict at some point along the way. But before you panic, trust me when I tell you that not all conflict is bad. In fact, when facilitated and approached appropriately, conflict can actually be healthy! Pray through your approach to conflicts with your leaders and approach them in love and encouragement rather than anger or defensiveness. Most of the time, you’ll be surprised by the way addressing and resolving conflict can facilitate growth in the hearts of your leaders.
  4. Show grace.
    Gosh, I can’t say it enough—grace upon grace upon grace! We must always show grace to the people we’re leading in the same way God’s grace has been so generously shown to us as we’ve served and led others. One of the best things you can do for your leaders is simply to show them grace. You cannot truly love them at their best if you aren’t willing to show them grace when they’re at their worst. That grace will go so far for your leaders because His grace is sufficient for all.
  5. Be a fan.
    When you’re in a position to lead others, you have to be for others. Choose to champion your leaders over yourself. Celebrate their wins. Encourage them in their accomplishments. Cheer them on as they serve. It’s so important in forming a relationship—especially one of leadership—that you be genuine in your love and support of others. Be their biggest fan!

We hope these tips inspire you to serve and support you adult leaders and volunteers!

Have a great week!

 

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Student Ministry Resources: 5 Ways To Engage Students With Music

Fact: the average teenager’s attention span ranges anywhere from eight seconds to about five minutes. That means that you as a student leader have just a measly eight seconds to get your students’ attention and only five minutes to figure out how to hold on to it! Talk about a challenge!

One of the best ways we think you can quickly and easily grab the attention of your students is with music. There are so many ways you can utilize music to excite and engage your students. And to give you some tips, we turned to resident music expert and world-renowned rap artist, our very own Joseph Sojourner. Check out Sojo’s five tips for engaging the students in your ministry with music.

5 Ways To Engage Students With Music

  1. Remix It!
    If you’re struggling to get your kids engaged with the music in your ministry, think about remixing some of your songs. Mixing up the arrangement of a familiar song is a great way to reengage and pull your kids back in. If you’ve been playing the same song in your worship set for more than a year, remix it to make it relevant again and reignite the excitement around it for your students. It’s unexpected, it’s new, and it gives them something to be excited about hearing again when they come back next week!
  2. Create walk-in playlists.
    At BigStuf, we always create incredible walk-in playlists to use before each session. It gets the buzz going in the room and gives students something to stay engaged with while they’re waiting for the session to start. Choose music from different genres to capture the different styles and interests of the students in your program. Or let them get involved by giving your students the opportunity to choose songs they’d love to hear in the playlist. If you have local talent that your students are interested in, include them as well! Be intentional about selecting music that’s fun, recognizable, and interesting to your students.
  3. Incorporate openers.
    Start your Sunday nights in student ministry with a fun opening song. Incorporating some familiar, fun songs as openers will get your kids’ attention quickly because they recognize the song and are excited to hear it at church! Just remember to not outkick your coverage here! If you don’t feel like you can do it justice (or do it better!), just don’t do it. Kids will know the original song so well that if your band can’t at least match their expectations for the song, your kids will lose interest.
  4. Ask and research.
    Maybe music isn’t really your thing. Maybe you’re more of a sports or movies kind of person. And hey, that’s okay! Just remember that if music isn’t your thing, you’re going to need to put a little more research and effort into your student ministry music selection. Ask your students who they’re listening to and look those artists up. Turn to your worship leaders and rely on their input for song selection. Let the experts be the experts and trust their guidance when it comes to music.
  5. Your visibility gives you credibility.
    Ultimately, this is true for most any part of your student ministry. The more visible you are to your students off stage, the more credible you’ll be to them on stage. If you’re actively engaged with them before and after your student ministry time, if you’re hanging out with them during the week, if you’re following them on social media, if you’re intentional about showing up in their lives beyond Sunday nights—that makes you visible. And the more they see and know you off stage, the more credibility you’ll have to them on stage—even with the details like music!

We hope you find these tips helpful as you connect with your students through music!

Team BigStuf

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Youth Ministry Resources: How to Start an Internship Program

If you’ve spent any time at BigStuf, then you know that the real all-stars of the summer are the amazing group of college-aged interns working tirelessly behind the scenes to make the camp experience incredible for your student groups each week. They are the hearts, hands and feet of BigStuf every summer, and that’s why we do our best to make the experience valuable for them while they’re with us.

Thinking about creating an internship program in your own student ministry? We’d love to help! Check out some wisdom on how to develop an internship program at your church from the incredible lady taking charge of ours—BigStuf’s Intern Director, Larissa Bright.

5 Tips for Developing Your Internship Program

  1. Prepare a vision. Before you do anything else, start by praying and preparing a vision for the program as a whole. What will this internship represent? What are its values? What do you hope your interns will walk away with at the end of their time with you?
  2. Determine the need. You want to make sure the internship is valuable for your interns. So rather than just placing them in random jobs, determine where your specific needs are and design the program around those needs. Where do you need extra help? What parts of your ministry could use extra hands? Where can you provide opportunities for leadership and growth in your interns?
  3. Set standards. It’s important to set the standards for your internship up front. Determine what you expect from your interns and how you’re going to communicate that to them. Establish boundaries and limits for the program and promote an understanding of why those things are important to maintain. Aim for excellence, humility, passion and respect to be the standards of the program.
  4. Encourage responsibility and ownership. There’s no better way to develop leadership in your interns than by encouraging them to be responsible for or take ownership of different aspects of the ministry. This could be as simple as giving them regular jobs or duties or as large as letting them plan and execute an event. The key is to entrust them to take ownership of something to develop their leadership skills and sense of responsibility in the internship.
  5. Meet weekly.
    It’s important to set consistent times to check in with your interns throughout the program. Meeting weekly allows you the opportunity to evaluate the highs and lows of the previous week, talk through issues or learning opportunities, ask questions and truly listen to and pray for your interns. More than anything, you want them to walk away from the program feeling seen, known and valued by you as a leader. Being intentional about meeting with them consistently is a great way to do just that.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you create your own internship program; or spark your thoughts about how to make your current internship program even better!

Have a great week!