Matt: When students get involved in serving they take full advantage of an opportunity for God to grow their faith. We show our love for Jesus by showing love to others and especially those in need. When students are able to use a hurt or a problem they once experienced and help other students going through the same thing they grow even more. God never wastes a hurt.
My co-leader and I had great plans at the beginning of the year to get our small group guys involved in several serve projects, but so far we’ve only done one. Last week at our mid-year planning session we made plans to commit to four more before the end of the school year. We also want to get our students involved in the planning process for these events so we get more “buy in” from them.
I use my example of volunteering and serving in high school ministry as an example to students of giving back to others. I don’t want to use it in a boastful way but rather a way of showing them that when you find something you’re good at and that you love doing, you get blessed just as much as the people you’re serving.
Steven: I’ll admit that the area of serving is one of the things I have great aspirations toward, but it never quite comes together like I hope. I definitely know how important serving is, but other things in ministry just seem to get in the way. Either there aren’t the right kinds of serve projects (as if that’s even a valid term) available when we can do them as a group, the guys can’t do something on a certain day or we just simply don’t plan enough. Serving needs to be intentional.
I think the best way to start serving is just set a date and do it. The best time I’ve ever had serving with my students was a day when only 4 or 5 showed up, but they committed to collecting food for our church’s food pantry and then sorting it at the facility. It wasn’t a high attendance serve project, but the guys that showed up saw how easy and God-honoring it is to serve others. We never would have started if we didn’t just plan a date and stick to it. If you’re like me, set a date right now and get it out to your students. You have to start somewhere.