Transitioning to Student Missions

Your older GAs, RAs, or CAs are likely getting excited about big changes coming as they move into seventh grade and join the student ministry of your church. If your church does not currently have an active Acteens, Challengers, or Youth on Mission organization, now is the time to get one started. They are the missions organizations for children in seventh through twelfth grade. 

If your church does have an active Acteens, Challengers, or Youth on Mission organization, work with the leader to plan a time this spring when your older GAs, RAs, or CAs can join the student group for an activity. Plan a missions project they can do together. Or, plan a fellowship time for older children and students to get together and have fun; possibilities include going out for ice cream or seeing a movie and grabbing a bite to eat afterward. Give students opportunities to share what they love most about Acteens, Challengers, or Youth on Mission and why your GAs, RAs, or CAs need to be part of the organization.

If possible, partner one or more GAs, RAs, or CAs with a student to serve as their mentor for the spring and as children move into the student ministry. Plan two or three times for children to meet with their mentors. Encourage the students to get to know the children and help get them excited about student ministry and the missions projects that students will do in the fall.

If your group has a recognition service planned for the spring, invite students from the Acteens, Challengers, or Youth on Mission group to be a part of that service. They could hand out badges and programs or even give a quick testimony about “What GA/RA/CA meant to me, and why I love being an Acteen/Challenger/Youth on Mission today.” As your last act of leading your sixth-graders, make it your goal to encourage children to continue in their missions learning and doing as they move into the student ministry. The main goal is to make children feel welcome in the next stage of their missions journeys. You can do that well as you partner with students and leaders in Acteens, Challengers, or Youth on Mission. 

 

by Kym Mitchell

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