In this episode, Robert Purvey talks about some of the ministries and strategies his church has used to impact youth and their families and schools. One of the immediate action steps he prompts is for churches to be present in the life of their local schools, with no strings attached, and leveraging the influence of students on these campuses.

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Ways for students to be influential within weekend services:

  • Media
  • Worship
  • Greeters
  • Intercessors (prayer)
  • **For 175-200 teens in students services, 4 or 5 adults serve on rotation, with 10 or more students in specific leadership roles

Understanding how to lead your students:

  • We must understand their context, culture, background, etc.
  • Modify curriculum which reaches multiple demographics and helps bring understanding between different races
  • Lead and train adults to be able to talk through topics
  • Share with church staff how leaders can best love and lead students where they are

Action Items

  1. Connect with a school
  2. Connect with another Youth Pastor
  3. Have a conversation about race

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