There are always cool things going on in our ministry, but this week, you’ve got to hear about this one . . .  [Tell your volunteers about a recent win in your ministry.]

Here’s a few things coming up in our ministry . . .

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: RETREAT
Next month, we’re planning a weekend retreat designed to help students connect with God and with their small group. Get the details on our website!

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: VOLUNTEER MEETING(S)
As we get back into the rhythm after the holidays, it’s almost time to learn and grow together at our next meeting of the year! We hope to see you there as we learn about [add your own topic(s)] together.

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: MISSION EXPERIENCE
This summer, we’re taking teenagers on a mission experience! If you’d like to join us, make sure you’re registered before the deadline.

CHANGE: A 4-WEEK SERIES ON PRAYER
WEEK 2 BIG IDEA: PRAYER EQUALS CHANGE WHEN WE PRAY WITH GOD’S OWN WORDS

SERIES OVERVIEW:
If you were granted three wishes, it would probably be pretty easy to come up with three things you wish you could change about your life or the world around you. Maybe that’s because we know the world isn’t always the way it should be – and neither are we. In this 4-week series, you’ll challenge students to seek change in the world and in their own hearts by turning to God in prayer. Because prayer equals change when we begin and end with God, pray with God’s own words, pray like Jesus prayed, and pray for what matters most.

DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S SMALL GROUP GUIDE 

It’s true. Staring at our screens for too long makes us unhappy people. This matters for you as a leader, but it matters for the teenagers we’re reaching too. As we kick off a new year (and maybe some new resolutions) watch this video and ask yourself this question: How can I set better boundaries between me and my devices? And how can I help students do the same?

At least once this month, choose a volunteer to celebrate. Add their picture and a few sentences about what makes them awesome!

Are there any topics you don’t feel prepared to discuss with teenagers? What are they? Reply to this email and tell us about it so we can do a better job of equipping you!