Get Excited! Here’s How to Start the Year off Strong and Stay Committed - Life.Church Leaders

Get Excited! Here’s How to Start the Year off Strong and Stay Committed

I hope you’re getting excited for an amazing semester of Switch! I’m Jill, and I’ve been a Switch leader in Oklahoma City for three years. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from being a Switch leader can be summed up in one word—relationships. I’d love to share some of my favorite tips with you about how to build and maintain lasting relationships with your students.

Now, I don’t want to scare you, but you need to know that Switch is a commitment. These students need someone, other than their parents, pouring into them. Students need committed, trusted, godly adults who can give them advice, encourage them, and help them find out who God has created them to be. Basically, these students are starving for relationships. And in fact, it’s possible that you might be the only one fostering their relationship with Jesus.

It’s important to be a trusted adult in these students’ lives. The reason it’s important to me is because I didn’t have anyone there for me growing up. I didn’t have someone to look up to, someone to tell me about Jesus, and someone to be there for me through life’s ups and downs. So I want to be that someone for a student. In fact, I believe that’s what we’re called to do. Jesus gave us the best example of this—just look at what the Bible says about that:

We love each other because he loved us first. 1 John 4:19 NLT

So, love your students. Help them feel like they belong, even before they believe. Don’t worry or stress over not getting to the questions. The most important part is building a relationship with them—letting them know you’re there and want to be a part of their life.

So, here’s some of my favorite tips for the first night of Switch as well as a few bonus tips for how to stay committed.

Your First Night Win:

How to Start the Year Off Strong:

Staying for the Long Haul:

Bonus Tips:

Remember, you don’t have to have all the answers to be a great Switch leader. You just have to care about your students and focus on building a deep, trusting relationship with them. And when you establish that relationship, you might be amazed at what can happen!