Ever get that feeling with your student small group that some of them are right on the edge of becoming serious followers of Jesus? The past two weeks I have had a couple of them make comments to me that I didn’t expect from them. During our small group time they are more engaged and involved than ever.
Where do you go from here? How do you “push them over the edge”? With some students they might need to be shoved over the edge but with others, just a gentle nudge is all it will take. This is one of my most exciting parts of student ministry. You can see a difference in their comments, how they worship during services, they actually start having a quiet time each day. They get the whole concept that Jesus is about a relationship with Him and not about religion. Love it and love to see the change that takes place. It’s almost like watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly.
Now the challenge is what you do with that student next. This is where I start helping them grow deeper and deeper in their faith and the best way I have found is to challenge them. Give them Bible reading, ask them to teach your small group one night. Use them to help others in the group grow in their faith as well. I also text them and continually encourage them.
Serve projects or serving in a ministry are a huge way to help students grow deeper in their faith. I’m already looking for projects over the summer with my guys so that I can keep them fully engaged and connected with each other.
Seeing this take place shows us the small role we play in getting our students committed to Christ and a reminder that if you make yourself available, God WILL use you for His glory!