Have your congregation donate new 9-volt batteries to your youth group for a few weeks. Then, hand them out (or install them yourselves), in Jesus' name, in your neighborhood surrounding the church building. The batteries are for their smoke-detectors…take along a clipboard, paper, and a pen to take down the neighbor's prayer request…plenty of ministry to be had by all!!!
The reason this worked was because we didn't do the expected-try to convert people on the spot. We just met a need (batteries in smoke detectors) and offered to pray for them.
The neighbors were shocked… (NO PUN INTENDED)…They really couldn't believe it. The youth were really charged…(I did it again…) to show GOD's love so practically!
Marty A. Nichols, Youth Pastor, Cross Point Church, Centerville, OH
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.