It is that time of year when students and families are in the midst of transition. The school year is ending, summer is beginning, and everyone is already looking toward to the next school year. As elementary students move into middle school, as middle school students become senior high students, and as the senior high students transition from school to the next steps in their lives, now is the time for us to help them as shift into the next stage. If you remember back on your own transitions in life, you will recall that they are both exciting and stressful. Students and parents wonder what they will encounter in this new space, who will they meet, what teachers will they have, and will they find new connections in this new stage in their lives. As ministers to these age groups, we have a vital and important role in helping make the connections and reaching out to those who are in transition.
You know your context and your kids, so you will have to decide how best to foster connections and be present as each student transitions from one ministry to the next.
You may assume that the students and their families know about the opportunities and ministries in the next stage of life and ministry, but they may not or they may not realize the breadth of what is available to them. Remember that an invitation from the ministry leader goes a long way to making them feel welcomed and connected to whatever is coming next.
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