It needs to be fun, fun, fun! Successful groups have pupils coming to them because they WANT to be there, whether it’s a fast paced programme, a chilled out drop–in or a Bible study. Remember that the group will be meeting either during lunch break or immediately after school. The atmosphere should be relaxed and informal and the programme should allow time for the group to chill out and have fun together. Run the group that’s right for the young people and not just for you. Sometimes this will take a little more effort but it’s definitely worth it.
Effective groups have a strong sense of community, with shared memories and experiences. They provide a safe space for diverse young people with all types of needs and backgrounds.
Effective groups are visible in the school. Does the school know that you meet? Can the young people find where you meet?
Effective groups have leaders who engage with God and listen to Him.