How to Start a Christian Club
Hopefully by now you are excited about starting up a Christian club on your campus. Before you get started, it helps to know your purpose, your plan, and how you will promote your club.
Get your friends together and answer the following questions:
Defining Your Purpose
Whats been active at your school in the past?
Whats happening in other area schools?
Who else is interested?
Decide among yourselves who will do the following:
1. Who will be responsible for surveying the current status on clubs in your school?
2. Who will be responsible for gathering the names of students in your school who are in favor of a Christian club and who will actually attend?
3. Who will research your schools requirements and gather the appropriate documents for starting up a club at school?
4. If necessary, who will set up an appointment to talk with the principal?
Promoting Your Club
You can plan for a successful club, but if others in your school dont know what you are planning, you may not have anyone show up. You need to tell them! Personal invitations are the best promotion of all. The positive atmosphere your members will generate in your school will be all you need to attract more people into your group. T-shirts with logos on them are great to promote your club. You could have a t-shirt that says "S.W.A.T." (stands for Students With A Testimony) or "Ask Me About The Coolest Club Around" to get curious people talking. Be sure you have an answer ready to let them know how they can get involved. Announcements, the school newspaper, and activity boards are also good ways to promote your club.
Heres Your First Meeting
Before the meeting:
And the meeting goes like this ...
Note: If your group is larger than 10 people, get together with one or two friends before the meeting and discuss the questions. Then at the meeting if no one else comes up with an answer, these friends will be ready to give answers. If your group is less then ten people be ready to suggest answers to each question yourself.
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Instructions for prayer
Note: As the leader of this group, you need to be prepared with specific prayer requests and be ready to pray out loud in front of the group. At the first meeting this may be very new for many people. It will take time and practice for everyone to learn to bring requests and to pray out loud.
Say to the group
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Teacher/Student Birthday Club
Open it to anyone in your school. Allow members to sign up and then draw names to assign each person a birthday partner. On the day of the partners birthday...surprise him or her by decorating the persons locker, taking him or her to lunch, baking a cake, bringing in balloons, etc.
Project Trash Can
Challenge the students in your school to get sponsorships or donations per bag of garbage they collect in and around your school neighborhood. This could become city wide with other groups from other schools.
Offer free tutoring to students in your school during study hall, roll-room, lunch break, or other convenient times. This is a great way to demonstrate a servant heart while helping other students in your school.
First Fridays Video/Movie
On the first Friday of each month have your club offer a free movie to all students in your school during a break period. Movies should try to reflect a positive moral message, with room for sharing the Christian message. Your non-Christian friends will be surprised if you show a movie like The Elephant Man without trying to "force" religion on them!
If fundraisers are permitted in your school, offer a bake sale during noon every Tuesday (or on a day that works for you). Students will begin to look forward to the brownies provided by the Christian club on a regular basis. After all, isnt there a saying that says, "food is the way to someones heart?"