The fall EXPLOSTION has finally stopped reverberating. Kick-off is over, the Gospel has been shared, football is over, and as you walk down the hall of your school following Thanksgiving break you feel a collective sigh from students and staff alike as they prepare to coast into Christmas break.  We catch our breath; autumn is over, a job well done.

 

The enemy wants us to coast:  “You did a great job so now drift into 2012, you’ll be fine, your ministry will be fine.  No need to turn it up a notch, no need to push yourself.” Paul had a better perspective.  Check out 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 from The Message, “I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”

 

As you prepare for December Club, here are some tips for leaving students “wanting more” as we head to break.

 

1)      Connect Fall Flyers – with fall sports over and musicals winding down make sure you find those kids who thought they were too busy to hit club.  Use student leaders to help.

 

2)      Maximize “The Costanza Rule” (Seinfeld reference for you guys under 30, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27RzZEOkeA).  Go out on a high note, instead of ending club with announcements, move your best, most outrageous crowd breaker to the end, especially for the final meeting of 2011.  Leave them with a “that was amazing” feeling as they head to break.

 

3)      Maximize Monday Momentum – Plan and promote building times for the same times slot as club over break.  Keep students consistently associating Monday nights, or whatever night, with Campus Life. Base your Building Times on your kid’s interests and local opportunities.

 

4)      Acknowledge Leaders – Keep Student Leaders and volunteers excited about Campus Life.  Plan a Christmas party/event for them and recognize their efforts for the past few months. Leave them energized and ready for more Campus Life.

 

Employ these tips in your own style.  Stay focused and energized and you will truly make it a December to remember for your students.

By: Matt Coppess

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