I’ve been thinking a lot about how churches choose to run youth groups and would like some feedback on why you do things the way that you do.
Over the years, we’ve changed the format of a number of our groups for different reasons. We used to run a faith-based group on Thursday nights, but when it attracted lots of young people outside of the church, it slowly lost focus and became more of a social to cater for those young people. As a result, the faith content was diluted and eventually started up as a separate meeting on a Sunday night. Earlier this year that Sunday group moved from the evening to the morning, but the Thursday group still continues.
I’m not convinced we’ve got the balance right and could improve in a number of ways, but it got me wondering what everyone else does. I know of groups that run on Sunday mornings during the main church service, groups that meet Friday night, small groups that meet mid-week with a central gathering Saturday night, groups that do a variety of activities, groups that meet every couple of weeks, the variety is endless just like the names!
So what do you currently do in your church? When do you run your youth programmes and does it work effectively? I’m not interested in content so much (although that’s important), but would like to know what format and timing works for you.