Something that I have learned over the years is that the teaching starts the minute the first student shows up. The way that you greet students makes a huge impact on their decision to pay attention to your teaching time later on that evening.
Here are a few things that need to be done when a student shows up to your program, small group, etc.
Call students by their name – If you know the students make sure that you call them by their names. I have often said that the most valuable thing a student owns is his/her name. By calling them by name you have shown that they are valuable to your ministry.
Ask students about their week – You may not get a whole lot out of the question, but keep asking them. You never know when they will come to you and share something important going on. One thing that I’ve done before in small group is to have students share if they’ve had a good week or bad week and why it was a good or bad week.
Let students know that you are glad to see them – Just saying those few words lets them know that you care and are excited that they are at your program.
This whole process may only take a minute, but sometimes students will really stop and share with you some things that are going on in their life. Make the most of the first few minutes when a student walks into your program because it will set the tone for their time with you.
Adam Reed is the Middle School Pastor at Prince Avenue Baptist in Athens, GA. You can find him over at Life in the Middle.
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