Now that summer is winding down, teens across the country are preparing to head back to school. With practices, games, and studying filling up family calendars, it is important for your church to remain connected with students during the school year.

Here are 3 ways to keep your church’s youth engaged during the next school year.

1. Host A Back to School Bash

Contrary to what many teens think, church can be fun! Bringing your students together for an evening of food, games, and dancing is the perfect way to send your students off to school with a bang! Hearing an encouraging word while they make new friends could be just what your students need to stay on track this school year. [bctt tweet=”Hearing an encouraging word while they make new friends could be just what your students need to stay on track this school year.” via=”no”]

Creating and managing your Back to School Bash will be a breeze with Church Base’s revamped Events module! Once you’ve set up the event, you’re ready to begin registering students and promoting the event on social media using our integrated platform. Use this event to kick start your efforts in building lasting relationships with the youth of your church.

2. Launch A Podcast

Let’s be honest, Sunday morning is probably the only time your youth are actively engaging with and studying the gospel. If teens are spending over three hours of their day using their phones anyway, why not meet them where they are? Bring your youth leaders and production team together to create a podcast! To keep your students engaged throughout the school year, its important to make teaching material and Sunday messages both relevant and digestible for them. [bctt tweet=”To keep your students engaged throughout the school year, its important to make teaching material and Sunday messages both relevant and digestible for them.” via=”no”]

If your church has a separate youth service, record and upload the audio from Sunday’s message to the Church Base sermon player. You could even have your youth pastors and leaders break down Sunday’s sermon for adults in a way that is fun and easy to understand. Hosting a weekly podcast for your youth ministry is the perfect opportunity to reach students during the week.

3. Create a Group Chat

While Sunday may be the only time you meet with your students in-person, the conversation doesn’t have to stop there. Sense of belonging is a key factor in how youth determine what they will spend their time doing and who they will do it with. Create a group chat to send daily messages of encouragement, share life updates, and just have some light-hearted fun with your group. [bctt tweet=”Sense of belonging is a key factor in how youth determine what they will spend their time doing and who they will do it with.” via=”no”]

With your Church Base app, you can create a closed group chat specifically for your youth ministry. This easy to use tool supports images and emojis, which is pretty much necessary when it comes to messaging Gen Z. Our group chat even allows private messaging, for students to seek advice from you in confidence. Creating a group chat for your youth and their leaders to stay in constant communication is a great way to build community right at your finger tips.

As cliche as it sounds, youth are the future of the world and the church. Your youth ministry should serve as an anchor and community for students to turn to when they experience the ups and downs of life. We would love to help you pour into the lives of the teenagers you lead. If you’re interested in a free demo of  the Church Base platform, you can schedule it here.

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