Question:I am a Junior High Youth Pastor and am struggling to find an answer to the challenge of meeting the needs of the family when it comes to Youth Group on Tuesday Nights. It seems as though sports, homework, and just plain craziness at home has taken over the desire to come to YG during the week. We have a consistent group coming on Sundays that is our "Sunday School," but is that becoming the new YG for these kids and should we adjust our week to them instead of having our main event during the weekday when most parents feel they can't get their kid their. I am curious to see what you think about this.
Thanks for contacting us. Your issue is not all that uncommon these days. As a youth pastor, I faced a similar challenge. Our youth group night was midweek, but we struggled to get kids out for it. What I realized was that there is no special day of the week that youth group had to meet, so I mobilized to best meet the needs of the kids in my group. What that looked like for our situation was to "upgrade" the Sunday School hour into more of a youth group meeting. Then, we offered more of a lighter experience on Sunday evenings with games, etc. that kids were used to having midweek. Finally, we instituted in-home small group Bible studies during the week. It worked for us.
Another idea that might work for you would be to keep your Sunday School hour as it is and then after the Sunday service, have a lunch and youth group time to follow. (If the kids are already there, kids might be more willing to attend your meeting time after church.) Or, you might take the idea and make it a monthly rather than weekly event.
If you want to institute changes like this, be sure to float the idea up your church's "chain-of-command" first in order to make sure there are no sacred cows that you might come up against, like the youth have to meet on Tuesday night in order for it to be considered youth group.
The HomeWord Team