The first step to starting a school revolution is connecting with your Youth Pastor or leader and asking them for their support. Have a conversation with them about what your school revolution might look like, ask for their ideas, share your ideas and discuss ways that you can connect your school revolution to your youth ministry.
If there is more than one youth ministry or Youth Pastor involved in your school that is phenomenal! The bible tells us that where there is unity, God commands a blessing. What an amazing picture of unity and God’s love when students from different churches and youth ministries come together to pray that Jesus would be lifted up in their school!
Your school needs your prayer and the prayers of your friends, 1 John says: And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours. 1 John 5:14-15 (MSG)
Boldly pray that God will cover your school in His presence, pray that lives will be changed and that souls will be saved. Bring the full desire of your heart for your school to God in faith and begin to believe that anything is possible, because it is! Don’t just pray alone, pray with friends and ask your Youth Pastor or Youth leader to pray with you and for you.
Starting a school revolution is a team effort. You can’t change the world on your own you need the right people around you. The book of Matthew says: When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” Matthew 18:20 (MSG)
See if you can find yourself a ‘crew’, a small group of Christian friends who are passionate about seeing your school changed for Jesus. Run the names of your crew past your Youth Pastor or leader and remember that it isn’t about the amount of people you have but about the amount of faith you have. Share your passion with one another and commit to making a long term difference in your school.
When you make a decision to publicly pray in your school you might be surprised with who rocks up. Even if they look different, talk different and go to a different church than you, these are generally good people for your crew. They might be way older, way younger or someone you would never hang with but if they passionately believe in the message of Jesus Christ and want to see the school changed then they are your crew!
Once you’ve got your crew, it’s time to make a game plan! Figure out what you want to do in your school and how you want to do it. Talk to your crew, your Youth Pastor or leader and your school chaplain get their input and begin to write it down. The bible says: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time. Habakuk 2:2-3
Some questions to answer when making your game plan are:
Who will lead it?
Where are you going to meet?
How regularly are you going to meet?
What are you going to do when you meet?
Will you worship?
Will you do a bible study?
Will there be food?
Will there be games?
How often will you meet with your Youth Pastor or leader for advice?
Click Here for more ideas to make your game plan.
Every school is different and has different rules around what is allowed when it comes to Christianity. Your school and its leaders might be open to your faith or closed to your faith but no matter where they stand, the book of Romans says that your school and its leaders (your principal and teachers) deserve your respect: Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. Romans 13:1 (NLT)
If you honour your teachers and principal with your words and actions you are being a good witness for Jesus and are making it easier for them to support you. If it’s possible, approach your school chaplain, or a trusted teacher and tell them that you’d like to start a Christian bible study at your school. Let them know your game plan and ask for their permission.
If you can’t get permission for a classroom because your school isn’t open to it right now, that’s okay. You can find a public area like an oval or outside eating area and respectfully gather there instead.
Once you’ve followed steps 1- 4, it’s time to let everyone know about your School Revolution! Don’t worry about how it sounds or looks, you have nothing to be ashamed of for the book of Romans says: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes
Romans 1:16 (ESV)
To help you spread the word, you can download some sick graphics by clicking here. You could also find a friend who is good with computers to help you print out flyers and post on your social media. Get as many people as you can to share it on their social media too. Remember, the best advertising of all is 'word of mouth'. Start to cut sick and tell everyone you can about how good your School Revolution is going to be.
If you want to take 'letting the word out' to the next level, talk to your chaplain or teacher about announcing it to your entire school during school assembly! Also getting your youth pastor to spread the word at youth. Every person that attends youth and your school will know about it and you will know that you have pastors, your chaplain, leaders and friends from different schools praying for you and cheering you on!
You’ve connected to your youth ministry and chaplain, you’ve prayed for God’s power, you’ve gathered your crew, you’ve made a game plan, you’ve talked to the right people and the word is out. It’s time to launch your School Revolution! It’s time to have your first gathering and go all in. Remember this isn’t a once off event, this is a weekly or fortnightly event that will build over time. Here’s some tips for your first gathering:
Set the room up so it feels warm and comfortable
Have some good music playing (click here for a playlist)
See if you can get some free food (everybody loves free food!)
Make sure your crew talks to every person who comes along
Grab the details of the people who came so that you can follow them up and invite them back
Personally invite people who have attended to come to your youth ministry after your gathering.
Ask your school for permission to invite your youth pastor and leaders to be a part of your meeting.