We hope you’re loving this series as much as we are. This is such an important conversation for teenagers and we are so glad you’re having it with them.

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

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: RETREAT
This 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.

MEANT TO BE: A 4-WEEK SERIES ON WISDOM
WEEK 3 BIG IDEA: DATING ON PURPOSE MEANS YOU KNOW WHO YOU’RE LOOKING FOR

SERIES OVERVIEW:
“We’re meant to be.” It’s how all of our favorite movies, songs, and books talk about love—as if the secret to an amazing relationship is a little bit of destiny, a whole bunch of feelings, and a tiny dash of magic. So it makes sense, when we observe the not-so-perfect, real-life relationships modeled by our friends, parents, and favorite celebrities, that we might start to wonder, “Wait—is that how relationships are meant to be?” In this 4-week series, you’ll give students a better lens for evaluating their current and future dating relationships as you help them see that the secret to a relationship that’s “meant to be” is to stay close to Jesus, date with purpose, know who you’re looking for, and keep sex in the right context.

DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S SMALL GROUP GUIDE

Think you’re a good listener? Maybe . . . but maybe not. During most conversations, we’re actually more focused on what we’re going to say next than on what the person in front of us is actually saying. To become a better listener, try this during your next conversation with a teenager: maintain eye contact, don’t interrupt, summarize what they’ve said, and ask follow-up questions.

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

Survey time! How old were you when you first started dating? [Look for fun ways to share these responses on social media or at your next program.]