The teens are in the schools! When I was a youth pastor, I mailed a letter to every principle and coach in the Jr./Sr. high schools. I wanted an open door. I told them that I worked with teens in the city and some of our members attended their schools.
I offered my services in the following ways:
- Guest lecturer in humanities class.
- Speak on club day.
- Eat lunch with students and howdy
- Pray before ball games
- Work with troubled students
- Speak on spirit days
- Yard Duty
You may also want to begin fellowship of Christian Athletes Club for the school. Ours usually met before school, before practice or immediately after practice. I took what I could get. I had open access to the bench during games! All the athletic leaders in the school knew me. Win the leaders and the followers follow suit. We had 200 athletes in one school in our club and 60 got saved in one meeting. I would speak or bring in guest Christian athletes in the area to testify. It was electrifying! Rarely could I walk through the mall without an athlete greeting me by name. As I got school year books, I often saw my picture in them.
I would always abide by the principles rules. If he said that I needed a pass or name tag to visit, I always obliged. Most principals thrilled at free volunteer. Many of the teens became an active member in our church youth group, and many would never have been reached without going on campus.
Are you on the campus of your schools? Have you tried? You’re a missionary. They’re the mission field. There’s a Macedonian call “Come over and help us” Get into some schools for the long haul. Build a raport with the principal so he doesn’t think you’re exploiting the students.
From Basic Training for Sunday School Teachers