Action Checklist for Supporting Adults

  • Tell the young people in your life what strengths you see in them. They might not know what’s unique about themselves. Your comments could help them recognize the skills and abilities God has given them.
  • Consider signing up for a Mentor or Culture of the Call training.
  • Talk to fellow pastors, youth workers, or laypeople in your area about the Timothy Circle.
  • Encourage young people to sign up for an account on the Timothy Circle site.
  • Encourage parents to have conversations about faith and call at home.
  • For youth workers and Sunday School leaders — Let parents know what kinds of things you’re covering in youth group and Sunday School and empower parents to have conversations about those topics with their children.
  • Get to know the Timothy Circle trained mentors in your church.
  • Encourage young people to connect with a mentor.
  • Make sure your church offers camp scholarships to young people, talks about camp regularly during the worship service, and is subscribed for the local camp(s) catalogs and posters, etc.
  • Talk to young people about attending camps and events — both to encourage them to attend, AND to share in their excitement about their experiences after they return!
  • Find out where graduating high school seniors are heading in the fall, encourage them to participate in campus ministries at their college or university, and send their names to the campus ministers at the schools they’ll be attending.
  • Have area campus minister come and speak at your church.  Don’t forget to invite campus ministers or representatives from the schools in your area that are associated with your denomination!
  • Look around your church.  Does your church promote Christian summer camps?  Does your church provide scholarships to students to make it easier for them to attend?
  • Talk to your church worship committee about including times for both adults to talk about ways they have been called by God, and for youth to share about what God is doing in their lives, especially after mission trips, camp, and retreats.
  • Look around.  Are youth active in your worship service as ushers, greeters, scripture readers, and musicians? If not, work with your pastor and worship committee to make a plan for including them.
  • Ask your youth director if there are ways you can help recruit volunteers to be youth sponsors or Sunday school teachers.
  • Encourage people in your church to complete the Timothy Circle Culture of the Call course.  Especially consider youth workers, youth and young adult Sunday school teachers, and members of the education council.
  • Talk to young people at your church.  Do they feel that it is easy to be included in the life and leadership of the church? What makes it easy or hard for them to do so?  Share their thoughts with your pastor.
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