Engaging Students: Opportunity Fair

posted Sep 20, 2018, 1:08 PM by Ginger Bowman

This week Jordan Whittington, College Minister at First Baptist Church in College Station, shares a great strategy for engaging students in the life of the church.

Sunday we held our 2nd Annual Opportunity Fair. This is a great chance for students to hear about the many ways that they can connect and serve. The fair happens during our Sunday morning College Group (our largest weekly gathering time). We provide breakfast to be enjoyed while student leaders involved in the various ministry areas share about their involvement. We divide our areas of service into three spheres: Serve our Campus, Serve our Community, and Serve our Church.

This year we had the following tables: Small Groups, Preschool/Children, Youth, Bless our Campus, Freshman Team, Neighborhood Missions, Worship & Praise Team, Orchestra/Choir, Creative Arts, and Food Pantry. Each table has a student ready to share about the works of that team and how students can participate. Our hope is for each student in our ministry to be involved weekly in a small group, actively participate in our church body, and to choose an area to serve weekly (alongside devotional faithfulness and relationally evangelizing). 

After hearing leaders share about each of the ministry opportunities we allow the students to visit the tables of their choosing to learn more or to sign up. Last year was our first attempt at an opportunity fair. Many students checked multiple boxes of areas they were interested in, however, few took the next step of plugging in. This year we are transitioning to a ticket system, encouraging students to choose wisely how they will spend themselves. Each student received 3 “tickets” (cards they are to write their name, cell, and email on) to place at the opportunities they are most interested in. Our hope is by limiting our selections we will increase our participation.

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