Four Phases - One Goal
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Elementary - 9:45
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Faith Through the Phases
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Class Transition Time Change
Our hope is that our partnership, with parents, would lead all of Faith’s children to meeting Jesus at an early age and being equipped to walk with Him through every stage of life. Over the years, we, as a church, have been committed to making sure our kids have committed consistent leaders investing in their lives every week. We believe these relationships, paired with God’s Word, is the best way to see that hope realized.
Recently, our team was challenged with the idea, “If small groups become the primary answer, then that ultimately changes everything we do.” As we talked and prayed, we started brainstorming how our structures might be preventing our small groups from maximum effectiveness. We talked about how some kids become disconnected from our programs. We asked God how we might do better.
We identified our transition date (traditionally first Sunday in June) as a potential stumbling block for successful small groups for a couple different reasons.
-Our school year teachers typically serve 9 months vs 3 months for summer teachers.
-Child and volunteer attendance becomes sporadic over the summer.
As the NextGen staff team talked about moving kids into their new classes for the upcoming year, we want to start from a position of strength. Because our school year volunteers will invest in students for 9 months and because attendance becomes more consistent in the fall we’ve decided to keep kids in their current classes until mid-August. We believe the consistency that comes in the fall will increase our retention and student satisfaction in all phases.
In addition to overcoming those challenges, we’ll be gaining new space for youth and elementary ministries in the fall (we’re pumped about this!). We’ll also be changing how we structure some of our elementary classes starting this fall.
We know this impacts current 8th graders, 6th graders and upcoming Kindergarteners the most. It may even feel like a loss for some. We believe this will lead to better long term engagement and deeper relationships, especially in the older phases. We’re also still working on some ideas that will let these three grades get a taste of what’s coming this summer.
Ultimately, we believe waiting to transition all of our classes to the fall is going to lead us to more effective programming year around.