This time of year is huge for church growth. We’re quickly approaching Easter and there are many new families who may be attending your church for the first time, or deciding to become more active in your church community. This increase in potential church member traffic is the perfect excuse to do a little spring cleaning in your Student Ministry space! We’ve pulled together a few ideas to help get you started.

Organize

We all know that youth services can get a TAD messy. Between the crazy games and constant snack eating (because we all know teenagers NEVER stop eating), your youth room can start looking like a tornado came through. Take time to clean up and organize shelves, bookcases, etc. that may need a little TLC. If you haven’t already, pick up plastic containers from your local dollar store to store supplies for games, Bible Study take-home sheets and extra snacks. Along with the typical organizing you would normally do, also considering re-organize the structure and format of your ministry. Are you in need of a leadership rotation? Do you need to switch up the flow of your services? This is a great time to sit down with your pastor or your team and talk through some of these things. Evaluating the way you do things and making any necessary changes can never happen too often. Often times, in ministry, we do the same things the same way over and over because…well…”that’s just the way we’ve always done them.” Don’t get caught in that rut!

Makeover

If you’ve been itching for a good time to re-vamp your student ministry space, here is your perfect opportunity. It doesn’t have to be a total overhaul. Even a simple fresh coat of paint can transform the whole feel of your room. Teenagers tend to get bored being in the same place over and over, so giving their room a mini makeover will help them feel like they’re in a brand new space! The truth is, we understand that you may not have much of a “Student Ministry” budget (if you even have a budget at all). It really doesn’t take much to give a space a mini-facelift. Check your local thrift stores/yard sales for fun pieces you can hang on the walls. You may even be able to find some cool seating for your students. Remember that it doesn’t need to happen all at once. Little, gradual changes will eventually make your space look brand new!

Curriculum

Curriculum may not be something you’ve thought about before, but we could encourage you to look into it. Especially for bi-vocational pastors, it can often be hard to keep your sermons fresh and relatable. YouthWorker has some great Small Group material you can use with your youth group to help spark Christ-centered conversation.

Whether your budget is small or unlimited, doing a little spring cleaning can change the whole feel of your youth services. Do what you can and God will honor it! We are so grateful to have the opportunity to serve you for another great season of student ministry.

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Kirsten lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, Carl and her beautiful daughter, Maci. She and her husband serve as Youth Pastors and Worship Leaders at their church. She loves her job and the opportunity she has to serve pastors and ministry leaders full time. When she’s not at work or church, you can probably find her wandering the aisles of Target with a Starbucks coffee in hand.