Have you ever been dead tired from an event, and as you return to the church, each student gets picked up except for a few that beg you for a ride home? Yeah, it can be frustrating at times, but sometimes the rides taking these students home are the most productive and effective times that we have had together. I want to give you a few thoughts on why it is important to take students home.
- Taking students home show them that you care– This may be the sole reason that they open up more than ever during the ride home, because it is a gesture of kindness and care demonstrated from you to them.
- Taking students home may be the only reason students can come– Have you had those students who did not have the family backing to bring them and pick them up so their attendance is based on you or another youth leader to get them and take them home. Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture of the reason that they need the Gospel, and the only reason for them to hear the Gospel again is if you take the time to pick them up and take them home.
- Taking students home is an opportunity for discipleship– Try and change your perspective on taking students home. Instead of thinking about being in the comfy confides of your home relaxing, think about the discipleship and accountability that can be taking place with some of your students.
- Taking students home is an opportunity to build a further relationship with the parents– Get in the home, and try to connect further with the parents! It could be an opportunity to reach the families as well, depending on if the family has already been reached.
Just to clarify though for Youth Pastors: Some families take advantage of you, and the fact that you are willing to give them a ride. Be careful that you do not allow people to do this in the midst of trying to love them by giving students a ride.