This is part 2 of Nathan Wells’s post from last week. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, head over there and then come right back!
When it goes deep
The guys naturally just began to group off and talk with one another. This was a great time for me and my co-leader to connect with them in some smaller settings. So we each sat in separate groupings that had formed throughout the night with some of the guys and hopped around, switching between groups every so often and seeking out individual conversations along the way. This is a great time to really have some serious and meaningful conversations with your students so don’t let it go to waste.
There is something magical that happens in the early hours of the morning (anywhere around midnight to 4am) where that wall and guard or mask that a student wears all the time crumbles before you. Bring up topics or maybe even some hard direct questions you’ve been worried or maybe to intimidated to bring up. If its really specific maybe try and have some one-to-one conversations throughout the night. You will see that they will actually answer the question and a conversation about it will ensue.
What about sleep?
You may or may not get any sleep that night but don’t complain about it. Remember the reason why you are having this Overnighter. It’s not for you, it is for your students. If you remember that throughout the night, it will be the most rewarding lack of sleep you ever gave up. By the end of it you and your students will have created so many memories and stories to share with one another and others. As a result, you will all be a lot closer and trusted then before you did this.
So be brave and go one night without sleep for God. It’s really not asking a lot and your students will remember how much you cared for a long time to come.
Nathan Wells, a dear friend of ours, is on the Tech Arts team at Saddleback Church and is also a high school small group leader. This is his second year in high school ministry, and he is doing great things with his group. Expect to read more from him in the future!