As with most ministries, May is not the most intense recruiting season for our Student Ministry. Many times it feels like the season where you wind things down and shift gears for the summer. I usually assume that people are beginning to check-out and even need a break during the summer months. But this year has been an exception. We decided early on that we wanted to transition our 5th grade students into junior high and our 8th graders into high school during the first week of June (normally we wait until Fall Kickoff). We are tryiing an earlier transition this year because...
1) Our summer events are designed to help cultivate relationships which will make transition easier for students.
2) We want to give students more time to adjust to their new age group.
3) We want to hit the ground running in the Fall without having to wade through a transition.
4) We want incoming students to get to know older students that attend their school so that they will have a few familiar faces when they step into the halls of their new school in the Fall.
So with the earlier transition, we had to ramp up our recruiting process to get ready for the new classes. I have been very surprised at the number of leaders who have responded during this time. May really has turned into one of our most successful recruiting seasons that I can remember. We are introducing over 20 new leaders to our student ministry across all of our locations. I never would have guessed that we would see this much success at this time. I am now thinking that we should see May as a primary recruiting time in the future.