If the adult says, “I have no more time to invest”:

  • -Add specific young people to your personal prayer list and pray faithfully for them.
  • -Begin a non-threatening conversation with young people in the church foyer.
  • -Greet teenagers and young adults with a big smile and handshake.
  • -Ask them for a prayer request and then pray for them right then.
  • -Share a blessing or prayer request with them.
  • -Sit near young people in church services.
  • -Offer to take them with you on an errand.
  • -Ask key young people to help you with a project.
  • -Invite them to your home for a meal.
  • -Meet them at a restaurant. (You have to eat, anyway.)
  • -Give them something meaningful to you (like a book or CD).
  • -Sponsor them financially for a youth group activity, missions trip, etc.

If the adults say, “I have about 15 minutes a week.”:

  • Write them a note of encouragement.
  • Send an e-mail or text message.
  • Give them a quick phone call.
  • Offer to drive them home from youth group, church, or an activity. (Make sure to follow your church’s “child protection policy”.)
  • Initiate one-on-one conversations before or after services.
  • Brag on the young person to their parents.
  • Pray for a specific need every day.
  • Compliment them in front of someone else.
  • Congratulate them on a recent accomplishment.

If the adults say, “I have 30 minutes a week.”

  • Discuss your devotions together.
  • Go to 30 minutes of an event (sports, drama, music, etc.).
  • Offer to drop in to see them in youth group.
  • Meet them in a non-threatening location for accountability or prayer.
  • Drop in on them at work (if appropriate).
  • Pray for their specific needs each day.
  • Provide transportation to and from an activity or work. (Make sure to follow your church’s “child protection policy”.)
  • Memorize a passage of Scripture together.

If the adults say, “I have 2 hours a week.”

  • -Find something you have in common and do that together.
  • -Visit in the students’ homes. (Make sure to follow your church’s “child protection policy”.)
  • -Invite them to an evening in your home.
  • -Take them out to eat.
  • -Take their parents out to dinner.
  • -Help them with homework.
  • -Do a service project, ministry, hobby, or craft together (golf, crafts, working on cars, etc.).
  • -Pop a bag of popcorn and hang out.
  • -Go shopping together.
  • -Wash and wax their car.
  • -Listen to music or Podcasts together.
  • -Discuss a spiritual or theological question & search the Scriptures for the answer.
  • -Go on a simple activity together (miniature golfing, bowling, etc.).
  • -Have a Bible study.
  • -Take a gift to a needy friend together.

If the adults say, “I have 4 hours a week.”

  • -Play a round of golf – or do another activity together.
  • -Go on a hike.
  • -Go to a ball game or musical concert (let them select the artist).
  • -Make a video.
  • -Volunteer at a mission.
  • -Read/discuss a Bible study book.
  • -Teach the young person a new skill.
  • -Give emerging adults the opportunity to teach you something new.
  • -Participate in a church work day together.

If the adults say, “I have 10 hours a week.”

  • -Go on a camp-out. (Again, Make sure to follow your church’s “child protection policy”.)
  • -Clean/organize something together.
  • -Paint or build something together.
  • -Wash and clear the pastor’s car.
  • -Organize a food drive and deliver to a needy family.
  • -Start a new ministry at church together.