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5 Ways to Reach Your School District

09 Aug Student Ministry | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Reach Your School District
5 Ways to Reach Your School District
 
Some thoughts on Serving and Blessing Your Local School Districts

We all understand that the family has more time in the life of a student then we are given with students in the ministries where we serve. However we often underestimate the amount of time students are involved in their school district. Students spend at least five days a week and up to ten hours a day involved in the school district in different capacities. It’s essentially their full time job, and it has a profound impact on how they view themselves, other people, and even their relationship with God.

As the summer winds down and students prepare to head back to school, why not take some time to think about how you can influence these key influences.

Connecting with local school districts is an important responsibility for anyone involved in student ministry, and while there are endless ways in which we can invest our time in ministry- consider carving out some time to be involved in the school district.  (With some ministries this can be a challenge because you work with students from several different school districts. It would be valuable to have at least one connection with each district your involved in)

If you’ve never been involved with your school district before,
here are 5 tips that make a helpful process to get you started:

  1. Do your homework.

    Before walking into the front doors of the high school or middle school, find out if your community already has some youth pastors or community workers building a connection to the school (elementary, middle school or high school). Talk to them about being introduced to principles, social workers, guidance counselors and District Superintendent. They may be a great resource.

  2. Start at the top.

    If no one is connecting with the school, begin by contacting the Superintendent of the school district. Let he/she know who you are and that you work with students in the community and you would love to set up a meeting with them.

  3. “We come in peace.”

    Meet with this individual and ask how you can SERVE the school district. Some schools are very wary of individuals in the church seeking to proselytize. Make sure he/she knows you do not intend to do that. Instead, that you are only seeking out ways to help out. For example you could suggest helping at sporting events, lunch monitoring, sweeping floors etc.  Hopefully they may take you up on this at some point. However, they may not at first. Also, make sure to ask he/she if it is okay if you meet the principles and guidance counselors of the high school/middle school. Make sure to get their permission first.

  4. Earn trust for the long haul.

    If you get permission, start to make appointments to meet with personnel. After initial meetings, continue to build a relationship with them. Trust takes time. The school district will need to trust you. You need to earn trust to be able to be a resource and support system for them.

  5. Become a blessing.

    Once a relationship is built. Find creative ways to bless the personnel. Consider taking them out to lunch, send thank you cards to the guidance counselors at the end of the year for their time invested in the students you work with and/or send flowers to the secretaries on administrative professionals day. Think about holidays and other small ways you can be a blessing to teachers, staff, administrative, etc. This is for no other reason than to just love on these individuals. From my experience, these professionals rarely ever here, “thank you” from someone in the community. Thank them- bless them-and be the hands and feet of Christ to the school district.

 Biggest tip: Think about serving and blessing! It will go a long way.

Meredith Dahl
Executive Directory at Cross Connection Ministries
Meredith is the Executive Director of Cross Connection Ministries in New Holland, PA. She has received a Bachelor of Science in Student Ministry and a Master of Arts in Ministry (Concentration in Student Ministry) from Lancaster Bible College. Meredith and her husband live in New Holland with their baby boy Liam and love living, working and volunteering in their community.