As you seek to minister to teenagers, we want to help you and provide godly, challenging and inspiring role models, information and resources to get your kids thinking out of the box.
With a few easy steps your youth group can have a real and vibrant relationship with your missionaries.
Step 1: Make your missionaries ‘real’
Enabling your kids to connect with people they haven’t met is tricky. Introduce the missionary through different methods, share the missionary’s visions, and actively get to know their country and their work. You may need to redo the intro stuff each year as new kids join.
Step 2: Share life
Relationships develop as life and experiences are shared; sharing your missionary’s stories, prayer requests, keeping in personal contact and financially supporting as appropriate helps in this area.
You could have a special spot every two to four weeks to update and pray for your missionary. Use theme music, pictures, a Bible verse, something specific from their latest news, a reflection on a movie, or a challenge to live God’s way.
Step 3: Enjoy a reunion
After all this, when your missionary is in town every three years or so, it’ll be a reunion as they share, answer questions, challenge and inspire your youth with their talks.
Step 4: See youth grow more like Jesus
Partnering with a missionary gives you great opportunities to regularly challenge youth on the power of prayer and what it means to give God your whole life.
Spice up the link with Extreme Encounters
Extreme Encounters are activity-based learning events that CMS has put together to help your youth group have fun and start thinking about mission. Based on the Amazing Race, each Extreme Encounter is team-based and takes about two to three hours to run.
Our Extreme Encounter package includes detailed instructions, teaching content, lists of required equipment and basic resources. We will work with you to put on a great night. Each event includes a time of debrief and Bible reflection (about 10–15mins).
If you want to run a supporters night/awareness-raising picnic/swim-a-thon or other event based on the specific needs of your link missionary, we’ll do what we can to help. Feel free to contact us for ideas, information or other resources.