Happy summertime, fam! We hope your family is having a blast and enjoying the calm before a new school year. And if you’re not . . . well, what are you waiting for? Go have some fun!

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

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: VOLUNTEER KICK-OFF
Our Volunteer Kick-Off is coming up quickly and we need you there! We’ll be hanging out, eating good food, and casting vision for the new school year. Don’t miss it! RSVP by August 1.

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: OPEN HOUSE
We’d love to see you at our Open House in August so we can introduce you to the new students and families in our ministry! Get the details on our website.

HEAR ME ROAR: A 4-WEEK SERIES ON EVANGELISM
WEEK 1 BIG IDEA: FILL UP ON GOD FIRST

SERIES OVERVIEW:

We’ve all heard it before. “Be bold!” “Don’t be ashamed!” “Take a stand!” But let’s be honest. Being bold about your faith can be awkward, intimidating, or just plain terrifying—especially when you’re a teenager who’s already feeling pressure to be liked and accepted. In this 4-week series, you’ll acknowledge that challenge, then encourage students to grow in their boldness as you walk through a few key stories in the book of Daniel. These four stories help us see that being bold begins when we fill up on God, surround ourselves with like-minded people, choose peace even when it’s difficult, and practice boldness consistently.

DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S SMALL GROUP GUIDE

Laugh more often. Seriously. Do it. You need it and so do your students. Finding ways to laugh with the students you’re leading will bond you, break down walls, diffuse tension, and maybe even put some things into perspective for all of you. This week, laugh with a teenager more than usual.

If you’re subscribed to Grow Your Ministry, now would be a good time to attach Volunteer Tip Video #12 from your Volunteer section.

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

As we get ready for a new school year, here’s an important question: How can we make next year extra awesome for volunteers? Hit reply and let us know!