By: Jamie Hooker

  • Dodgeball Tournaments
  • Tailgates
  • Movie Nights
  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties

To students, these might all just seem like fun and games, but we know there is more than meets the eye (yes, just like Transformers).

Contacting is a great way to meet new students, Club is a great way to share with a big group of students. But Building Times, that’s where the right to be heard is earned, where you go from knowing names of students to knowing their stories, their dreams, their fears.

And that’s why our team is focusing this year on making our Building Times count.

It’s not just about throwing the most events or the biggest events -  it’s about having meaningful experiences with lost students. The way to get the most out of a Building Time is to have the right students there. We do this for our biggest events by inviting everyone, but having volunteers, staff, and student leaders target 3-5 students each that they know need to be there, and making sure they actually get there.

Building Times can be anything from a big event where all your clubs are invited to something small where only ten students are invited. Whatever your Building Time looks like, you and your team need to know what the expectations are for the event up front.

What is the schedule?
Who are we inviting?
How are we going to get to know students better?

Depending on the shared experience, the attendees might never know the schedule and objectives, but it always needs to be known by your team. Your team, especially your student leaders, should know why they are at the activity and if you want them to have buy in for inviting students.

Building Times don’t have to be hard or complex - just spend time with lost students, sharing Jesus with them through your words and actions, all while having a good time. If you need help coming up with ideas, I don’t have all the answers, but I have a few things that have worked (and some that have totally bombed!). Feel free to email me and ask away.

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