1. Add a greeting time in youth group. Give them a couple minutes to help new people feel welcome.
2. Spend time with a student every day. It doesn’t have to be physical, face-to-face, time—send them a quick text, comment on their Facebook, like an Instagram picture, etc. Just make contact with one or two students every day.
3. Start an Instagram account for your ministry. Post pictures every week of people, not places.
4. Give out your personal cell phone number instead of the church office line you completely ignore.
5. Walk slowly through church this week. You might be surprised at who stops to talk to you when you aren’t hurried.
6. Let someone else teach so you can work the room.
7. Allow volunteers to have their own style—don’t force extroverts into draining conversations with one person, or kill introverts by having them be up front.
8. Ask for your office hours to be trimmed 1 hour so you can be with students.
9. Go to the FCA huddle or Christian club on campus once a week.
10. Pick a sport or fine arts event to be at. Enjoy as much of it as you can, then text the student(s) afterward to congratulate them for a job well done.
This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.